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Professional Summary
A detail and results oriented, passionate, and energetic professional with experience working within Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited organizations since 2008, and valid California driver's license.
  • Animal care
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Intuitive people management skills
  • Charismatic public speaker
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinker
  • Quick learner
  • Commitment to quality and service
  • Resource management
  • Creative problem solver
Work History
Animal Keeper, 05/2014 to Current
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Husbandry and care of animals in the carnivore section. Administers all food, medication, and vitamins. Maintains clean animal exhibits, holding areas, and keeper work areas. Monitors animal behavior and health, and reports changes to supervisor. Conducts keeper talks and interacts with the public daily.

  • Achieved title of Sea Lion Primary by demonstrating leadership, knowledge of the species and animal training.
  • Implemented new record keeping system at Sea Lion department which improved productivity and streamlined communication.
  • As Sea Lion Primary, advanced productivity of the department by training and educating staff on advanced behaviors.

Temporary Animal Keeper-Carnivores, 05/2014 to 12/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Same responsibilities as position listed above.

Temporary Animal Keeper- Children's Zoo, 07/2014 to 11/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Cared for various invertebrates and exhibits at the Insect Zoo. Husbandry and care of rabbits, guinea pigs, and lovebirds including exhibit maintenance. Coordinated activities of Insect Zoo adult and teen volunteers. Trained adult and teen volunteers on various daily tasks. 

As-Needed Animal Keeper, 03/2014 to 07/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Husbandry and care of animals in carnivore, primate and children's zoo sections. Maintained and clean animal enclosures and exhibits.

Aquarist, 08/2012 to 03/2014
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California

Operated and maintained aquatic animal life support systems. Monitored animals in quarantine facilities and followed all quarantine procedures. Performed educational lectures, underwater dive shows, and conducted tours as assigned.

  • Implemented new practice of communication used by staff to coordinate animal captures for medical procedures.
Keeper Aide/Seasonal Keeper, 11/2008 to 05/2012
Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield, IL
Daily animal husbandry and care for bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and grey seals. Assisted veterinarians in all animal medical procedures. Conditioned new behaviors with all animals. Kept accurate and detailed animal records. 
  • Developed new process for how staff members communicate about enrichment items and their location.
  • Responsible for creative design and building of enrichment storage structures which improved department enrichment organization.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biology: Zoo and Aquarium Studies, August 2010
Western Illinois University - Macomb, IL

This certificate program was designed to educate students on detailed animal biology, concepts of animal training, practical management skills required for working with people, and provide practical experience working in and around zoos and aquariums. 

Bachelor of Science: Animal Science, Chemistry, May 2008
University of Illinois - Urbana, Illinois

Non Degree: Exchange Student, December 2007
University of New South Wales - New South Wales, Australia
Coursework focused on biological and environmental issues. Focus within the marine environment, marine and aquatic ecology, life in arid lands, and geology.