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The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Zoo cares for a diverse collection of plants and animals on a 120-acre campus. We enjoy strong community support and an annual attendance in excess of 1,000,000 guests.

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate individual to join the Behavioral Husbandry team in the role of Behavioral Husbandry Associate.  The Oklahoma City Zoo is a dynamic and progressive facility with a strong focus on behavioral husbandry training. The ideal candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, function effectively in an energetic team environment, and possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Under the direct supervision of the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, position will assist with implementation of behavioral husbandry projects by providing support through partnerships with our animal departments in a multitude of ways including but not limited to programmatic consistency, animal welfare, assisting in the creation of guest experiences, and technical training skills of the animal caretakers.

Essential Duties

  • Under the direct supervision of the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Welfare facilitates animal behavior goals with all resident animals.
  • Assists animal department staff in continuous goal setting and prioritization for training and enrichment projects.
  • Observes and coaches animal department staff on animal training and enrichment techniques.
  • Improves animal visibility and activity for guests through training and enrichment programming.
  • Ensures animal department staff is documenting training sessions and enrichment initiatives, utilizing the outlined process. Monitors and updates training and enrichment logs, records, procedures, and policies.
  • Reviews animal training plans and provides feedback. Remains current with Association of Zoos and Aquariums policies, standards and guidelines relative to animal training and enrichment.
  • Assists animal teams with development and implementation of case-specific behavior evaluations and behavior management plans, as assigned.  
  • Captures and organizes videos of various training and enrichment projects.  Sets up trap cameras and reviews footage.
  • Participates in staff meetings as a training program mentor to foster progressive culture of behavioral husbandry among animal care staff.
  • Supports welfare initiatives by assisting with various studies and data analysis. 
  • Completes animal welfare projects as directed in a timely manner.
  • Assists with various initiatives as they arise (i.e., conduct literature searches, compile/evaluate training and/or enrichment data, implement enrichment projects, etc.)
  • Assists with various animal behavior research projects as they arise (i.e. assessment of modified exhibits, animal visibility studies, etc.).
  • Assist with enrichment initiatives (i.e. locating items, assisting in construction of items, evaluating current items through assessments, inventory of current items).
  • Conducts training, classes, and workshops as related to welfare and behavioral husbandry.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • College Major in Biology, Zoology, Psychology or other related science majors preferred.
  • 2 years’ hands on experience working with variety of taxa, preference for animal behavior or training experience.
  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle operator’s license and pass a Driver’s History check

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2000 Remington Place , Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or email 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

First consideration given to resumes received by June 28, 2019

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