Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is a private, professionally operated facility. We insist on a drug-free facility. See a list of our institution’s and personnel’s credentials and professional affiliations.

Position
Hours
Type
Description
General Curator Full time Year round Responsible for the physical and mental well being over 700 animals in the Poikilothermic, Homeothermic and Safari departments. Supervises a staff of 10 to 16 full time and part time animal care persons and 10 to 14 seasonal/part timers. Reports to Asst. Director of Zoological Affairs. At least 5 years supervisory experience managing a public collection in a medium sized zoological facility required. College degree in biology or related field or ten years experience in zoo field also required. Salary commensurate with experience and competitive in the field. Please do not apply if you do not have the required experiences.
Feline/ Primate Specialist Full time Year Round Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required. These positions are intended for a person who has mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and is looking to continue their professional growth. You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care. Salary commensurate with experience, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation is possible.
Supervisor of Poikilothermic Animals Full time Year round Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required if replaced with four addition years in the zoo field. These positions are intended for people who have mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and are looking to continue their professional growth.
You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care. We offer professional development financial assistance, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation may be possible.
Aviculturist Full time Year round Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required if replaced with four addition years in the zoo field. These positions are intended for people who have mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and are looking to continue their professional growth.
You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care.
We offer professional development financial assistance, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation may be possible.
Handyman – Jack of all Trades Full time Year round Don’t continue to work in a “zoo”. Bring your skills to a zoo, our zoo.

Looking for a craftsman that knows which end of a saw, screw driver, wrench or what have you, to hold.

Must be familiar with mechanics and/or basic construction including simple plumbing and electrical repairs,  welding and concrete work.

A seasoned craftsman or craftswoman with amicable and flexible personality a plus.

Entry Level Animal Care Full time Year round Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age. You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance. . Must be able to travel large areas of the Zoo on foot as needed. Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events; Must be able to stand and remain active for an eight hour shift; Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions;

DUTIES:

  • Caring for small mammals and birds in the CWPZoo’s collection.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting displays and off-site areas in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintaining accurate records and paperwork necessary to maintain a captive animal population.
  • Support all aspects of CWPZoo’s safety procedures.
  • Other tasks as assigned

All positions are open until filled. Salary commensurate with experience and competitive in the field.

Send us a cover letter, your resume, and references: Catoctin Zoo, Attention R. Hahn, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788. Or email materials here.

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