Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $21.70/hour
Deadline: Apr 17, 2023
Department: Conservation and Science
Supervisor: Conservation and Science Manager
FLSA Status: Full Time, Regular, Non-exempt
Application Submission Deadline: 4/17/2023

General Statement
The Conservation Technician II is responsible for maintaining the safety, health and well-being of all assigned conservation specimens through the performance of documented husbandry practices, especially husbandry of animals reared specifically for release to the wild. This position assists in training of new staff and volunteers, participates in field conservation activities, provides support of conservation partnerships as assigned and participates in guest interaction in support of ACNC’s conservation mission and institutional goals. 

This position is based at the Phoenix Zoo’s Johnson Conservation Center and works with ten native species from a broad range of taxa, including black-footed ferrets, narrow-headed gartersnakes, pygmy-owls, desert fish, springsnails, and more.

Essential Duties:

    1. Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance. 
    2. Follow all animal servicing and safety guidelines. Perform routine husbandry by feeding prescribed diets, monitoring and reporting diet consumption consistent with documented Standard Operating Procedures, observing and reporting any health or behavioral abnormalities of specimens, administering prescribed medication to specimens, and assisting veterinary staff in carrying out health monitoring and assessment.
    3. Perform routine maintenance of facilities by maintaining animal care protocols and reporting any structural or mechanical problems; provide support in the development of facility plans and assessment; assist in routine inventory of supplies, notifying supervisor/manager of replenishments completed or needed.
    4. Participate as assigned in non-routine health and husbandry activities such as animal transports, animal introductions/breeding, and restraint and treatment of animals.
    5. Respond to animal emergency circumstances according to approved protocols.
    6. Assist Conservation and Science Manager and Senior Conservation Technician(s) in training new staff and volunteers, ensuring appropriate knowledge and understanding of section Standard Operating Procedures and that established training protocols are followed by staff and volunteers.   
    7. Participate in appropriate field conservation activities as assigned (e.g., surveys, field transport, releases). Camp overnight if needed for field conservation activities.
    8. Participate as appropriate in AZA, national, and/or global conservation efforts (e.g., studbook keeper, species coordinator, or taxa-focused conservation group(s) member, etc.)
    9. Work collaboratively with other staff and departments to meet the Johnson Center’s overall goals and objectives, including participating as necessary with Education, Events, Development, Marketing and PR events.
    10. Conduct presentations regarding Johnson Center animal programs and goals. Initiate engagement and interaction with guests in support of the Zoo’s conservation mission.
    11. Participate in the collection and analysis of data from ex situ and in situ activities and assist Director of Conservation and Science with development of publications.
    12. Assist the Conservation and Science Manager and Senior Technicians with written reports and field equipment checks.
    13. Serve in specialized departmental roles as assigned by supervisory staff (e.g., behavioral enrichment liaison, volunteer liaison, safety officer, etc.).

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments.)


    1. Bachelor’s degree in life sciences required.
    2. Minimum of two years full-time paid relevant husbandry experience or part-time equivalent thereof (Master’s degree in a related biological field may be substituted for one year of experience).
    3. Demonstrated ability to effectively train staff following established training protocols.
    4. Experience with laboratory equipment and tools such as microscopes, water chemistry analysis tools, etc.
    5. Strong oral and written communication skills required, including ability to engage with the public to share conservation and scientific messages.
    6. Experience participating in wildlife-related field work.   
    7. Experience collecting data for scientific research.                 
    8. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
    9. Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces.
    10. Ability to work indoors and outdoors, often in extreme weather conditions.
    11. Possession of a valid driver license.
    12. Ability to learn to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle and tow a trailer set-up if needed.
    13. Ability to learn how to use specialized computer programs for animal husbandry data collection; GIS, camera software (Milestone), statistical analysis programs, etc.
    14. Demonstrated ability to work well in groups and independently.
    15. Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual tuberculosis test.

Applicants must upload a resume/CV in addition to a cover letter explaining interest in the position and any prior experience with animal husbandry, field work, and/or laboratory research.

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