Destination
San Diego Zoo
Job Code
961001
Shift
Any
Category
Operations
Average Hours per Week
40
Employment Status
Without Benefits

Exotic Animal Nutrition Summer Fellow 2018 - San Diego Zoo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

Job Description:

Exotic Animal Nutrition Fellow 2018 - San Diego Zoo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park

JAMBO!

It all began with a ROAR over 100 years ago!

San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization’s vision - We will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure at San Diego Zoo Global.   Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.  Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to provide GRRREAT Customer Service and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global!

Are you ready to start your adventure and put your Passion for Wildlife to Work? 

TRAVEL ITINERARY:

Destination – 2018 Fellowship in Exotic Animal Nutrition San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. A paid six-month fellowship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including both clinical and research aspects, is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition.

Duration of your adventure - The paid six-month fellowship has a negotiable starting date (May through until July 2018).  Fellows must be available for full time work the entire six months.

Seats (positions) available - 1

Attire while on adventure - The Society has a very conservative grooming policy.  Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty.   Jewelry may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard. No facial or tongue piercing.

Requirements for this adventure include:

This program is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition, nutritional ecology and/or nutritional physiology. The successful candidate will also demonstrate excellent writing and quantitative abilities, plus a passion for the natural world and a desire to conserve it.

Candidates must be enrolled in or have a degree in animal science, biology, nutrition, wildlife science, or a related field and have completed an introductory animal nutrition class. The Fellow may obtain University credit for completed projects if agreed upon by the candidate and Director of Nutritional Services prior to the initiation of the internship.

The fellowship has a negotiable starting date (May through until July 2018).  Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s school schedule in arranging the start and end dates. The Fellowship is a full-time paid 6-month experience.  The typical workweek is from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday; some evenings, weekends and holidays are expected.

The Fellowship will take place at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and will require the Fellow to have their own transportation to travel to both locations. The rate of pay for the Fellowship is $11.50 per hour.  The Fellow is responsible for their transportation, living arrangements, and expenses.    Applicants must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

Typical activities for this fellowship may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Documenting and recording diets and hand-rearing protocols.

2. Evaluating body condition of exotic animals.

3. Conducting intake and digestibility studies.

4. Assisting with pasture, browse, or feed collection, sample preparation, and analysis.

5. Observing feeding behavior.

6. Conducting applied research and data entry.

7. Clinical nutrition rounds.

8. Formulating and analyzing diets as needed by San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park animals under the supervision of one of the nutritionists.

Expectations for Fellow include participation in orientation, attendance at specific events, and completion of a learning checklist which includes information specific to the business of San Diego Zoo Global. This Fellowship experience will not be limited to Nutrition, but will help you to gain additional insight and appreciation for the Animal Health, Conservation, Educational and Recreational components as well.

Pay Rate – The rate of pay for the Fellowship is $11.50 per hour.

Availability - The Exotic Animal Nutritional Fellow must be available Monday - Friday, for approximately 40 hours per week. Some weekends and holidays may be required. The Exotic Animal Nutritional Fellow will be required to work approximately 160 hours per month during the Fellowship.

Transportation - The Fellowship will take place at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and will require the Fellow to have their own transportation to travel to both locations.

Required attendance includes:

San Diego Zoo Global orientation as well as specific Nutritional Services orientation.

As part of on-boarding process within the first week of Fellowship, newly hired employee will need to complete and pass (> 90% score) five My Academy classes.  These classes are provided on location at San Diego Zoo. 

  • Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security
  • Working Safely With Dangerous Animals
  • Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)
  • The Fundamentals of Animal Learning
  • Animal Nutrition

Application – In order for your application to be considered, you must submit your resume and cover letter online in PDF format, including your name and position in the filename (e.g., 2018.Name.Nutrition Fellowship.Resume.pdf). The cover letter should be tailored to this fellowship and serves to introduce you, explaining how your qualifications, experience and enthusiasm are a match for this position. 

Additionally, please mail/email copies of college transcript(s), unofficial are fine, and one letter of recommendation, preferably written by an academic faculty member to Dr. Katie Kerr, San Diego Zoo Global, P.O. Box 120551 San Diego, CA 92112 or emailed to kkerr@sandiegozoo.org. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Kerr by email.  All materials must be submitted by the deadline indicated.

Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time, THURSDAY, February 28, 2018

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY
   **San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**


SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER
 

Job Requirements:

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The 2018 Exotic Animal Nutrition Fellow will perform all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction.  The Fellow performs a wide variety of duties, depending upon the assignment, this opportunity provides students with applicable job experience working for assigned SDZ Global departments. This position reports to the supervisor or manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs a wide variety of duties
  • Continues post-secondary education pursuits or may have completed post-secondary education while obtaining applicable job experience
  • Performs special assignments as required
  • Obtain professional development and serves as a resource to assigned department
  • Maintains a variety of contacts in order to respond to inquiries and requests
  • Adheres to all SDZ Global and department policies and practices
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards
  • Some assignments may require a valid California or out of State driver license

Ability to:

  • Use Microsoft Office and other computer programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word)
  • Understand department assignments
  • Take directions and follow-up on assignments
  • Work with teams and effectively with others

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

May be office, warehouse environment and some assigned duties may be outdoors; environment varies  with assigned duties.

Our Mission: San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

Our Vision: We will lead the fight against extinction

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Varies with assigned duties; lift approximately 25-40 pounds; may require walking, sitting, standing, and bending.

 ALL NEW HIRES ARE SUBJECT TO PASSING A DRUG SCREEN.

Deadline to apply:  
Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time, on February 28, 2018.