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Conservation Specialist

Job Details

Full Time


Applications are being accepted for a full-time Conservation Specialist.

Responsibilities: The Conservation Specialist provides daily care and ensures appropriate animal wellbeing for ongrounds conservation animal care programs. This position advances the zoo's ongrounds conservation efforts and builds involvement with local partners, staff, and the community. This position also contributes to positive guest experiences and performs other duties as required. Additional duties may include assisting with environmental quality monitoring, quarantine procedures, and field project coordination. See for a full job description.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related or conservation field, three years of experience in a zoological or conservation setting, and experience with hellbender husbandry are preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2024



About the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction and well-loved community treasure, welcoming more than 600,000 guests each year and consistently named as one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo team provides exceptional animal care to 1,500 animals and 200 species throughout our 40 acre campus, participating in over 60 cooperative species survival programs. The zoo is committed to engaging diverse communities in our conservation work, delivering high-quality and educational community outreach programs, building a supportive and safe team culture, creating fun and welcoming experiences for all guests, and providing animals with opportunities to thrive physically and mentally through healthcare, nutrition, and advanced behavioral husbandry programs.

Mission: Connecting kids and animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care.

Vision: To create future generations of nature enthusiasts through leadership in animal care, educational experiences, and conservation.