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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Zoo Animal Technology
Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida
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Date Posted 08/05/2019
Faculty-Science-Other Science
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Santa Fe College (SF) was recently recognized as the top-rated community college in the United States.  Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity.  A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community in which to work and live.

Compensation: $715 per semester credit hour and/or $28.60 per contact/clock hour based upon the SF Salary Schedule.


The Zoo Animal Technology Program at Santa Fe College is the premier zookeeper-training program in the United States.  The Zoo Animal Technology Program educates students in animal care and conservation and trains them in the responsibilities associated with working in a zoological facility via a combination of classroom instruction and practical real-world experience.     To facilitate the training of animal professionals, the College has its own on-site functioning zoo, open to the public.  The SF Teaching Zoo, a ten (10) acre facility set in a naturally wooded environment is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) provides a home to a diverse collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates enabling students to experience hands-on all aspects of zoo animal care from habitat construction and maintenance to interacting with the public. 

Under general supervision, the Adjunct Assistant develops, prepares and teaches a variety of specialized zoological concepts consisting of  Introduction to Zoos and Aquariums, Basic Zookeeper Technology and Lab, Animal Management 1, 2, 3 and 4, Zoo Topics, Herpeculture, Aviculture, Mammal Culture, Aquarium Culture, Animal Nutrition and Animal Breeding..  Adjunct Faculty are employed on a term-by-term basis and may be assigned teaching duties at SF’s main Northwest campus or at any of the College’s six educational centers.  Course offerings within The Teaching Zoo may be taught during the day, evening, or online, as well as taught using other distance learning formats.

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Train students on specific zookeeping skills such as cleaning, sanitation, animal restraint and  handling, diet preparation and feeding, animal behavior and observation, operant conditioning, safe zoo practices, and guest interactions.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate the zookeeping skills and competencies of students within the SF Teaching Zoo.
  • Plan, organize, and deliver zoological instruction in didactic, laboratory and/or classroom settings to promote student success within a community college setting.
  • Support and promote the college and departmental missions centered on excellence in teaching and learning through quality instruction, curriculum enhancement, and service.
  • Collaborate with department chair, faculty, and peers to evaluate, revise, and develop curriculum to cultivate the mastery of course content.
  • Provide students with frequent, timely assessment of and clear feedback regarding academic performance.
  • Appropriately document student progress and maintain accurate records such as attendance, grading and achievement of student learning outcomes.
  • Honor student confidentiality and privacy as per appropriate laws, regulations and college rules.
  • Proctor exams, participate in departmental meetings, as well as college taskforces and/or committees as necessary.
  • Maintain appropriate office hours proportionate to the instructional assignment.
  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Coordinator, Zoo Animal Technology Program/Chair, Natural Sciences


Required: An Associate's degree in Zoo Animal Technology or a Bachelor's degree in any of the qualifying fields of Zoology, Wildlife Ecology, and/or Animal Management.    A criminal background check will be conducted.

Preferred: At least two years of professional experience within a zoological field is preferred, as is relevant teaching experience within a community college setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:The Adjunct Assistant must have the ability to deliver a high level of interactive customer service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships throughout the organization, communicate effectively and possess proficient computer skills, including familiarity with the Microsoft Suite of Office Applications. The successful applicant must be willing to work a flexible schedule at multiple sites, as well as demonstrate the ability to work well with students, faculty and staff at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment.

Application Process: Applicants must submit an online SF Employment Application, up-to-date resume and college transcripts to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts will only be accepted for review purposes.  Candidates should be aware that official transcripts will be required prior to any offer of employment being made.

Required Documents:
Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts
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