Director of Animal Care
Location: Berry, KY
Job Type: Full-time
Open Date: 10/8/2019
Close Date: Will remain open until position is filled
Honey Hill Farm is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Honey Hill Farm provides quality animal interaction to the public by operating long-term, seasonal petting farms at a variety of amusement parks throughout the country, as well through service of family events in the Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville areas.
Founded in 1997 by animal lover Sally Powell, we are an established but growing family business with an emphasis on providing access to animals for children and families who would not otherwise have it.
While we have over 100 seasonal team members in a variety of customer service related positions throughout the country, our full-time staff is headquartered in Berry, KY and includes fewer than 10 close-knit employees. Our animal care team is focused solely on meeting the daily care needs of our animals, which are mostly made up of domestic animals like goats, sheep, chickens, cows and equines, but also includes a few exotic animals like camels and kangaroos.
The Director of Animal care will lead and oversee a small staff in meeting the daily health and wellness needs of each of our 600 animals. He or she will serve as an advocate for animal care, meeting all existing standards, as well as making recommendations and changes for improvements in departmental efficiency and results.
The ideal candidate is highly motivated and organized and is ready to hit the ground running. This is a hands-on position, requiring extensive physical and administrative work, excellent leadership, communication and organizational skills and an advanced knowledge of animal science and agriculture.
- Determining the daily care needs of over 600 animals, including sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, equines, chickens, ducks, rabbits, cows, pigs, yaks, camels, kangaroos, cavies and tortoises.
- Setting goals for animal wellness standards and ensuring that those standards are being met for each of the animals in our care at all times.
- Developing personal relationships with the animals and serving as a leader and advocate for the animals in our care.
- Working closely with other team members to make appropriate assignments of animals at parks or events.
- Communicating the daily care needs to the animal care team, as well as to the other team members who are responsible for animals on short-term assignments at parks and events.
- Ensuring that the facilities are always clean and safe for our animals.
- Acquiring and training new animals to meet our growing company’s needs.
- Closely monitoring the appearance and behavior of all animals for signs that may indicate illness or injury, and responding quickly and appropriately to address the issue.
- Diagnosing and administering medication for routine illnesses and injuries or working closely with veterinarians to diagnose and treat more complex issues.
- Ensuring that the company remains in compliance with all USDA and state regulations regarding the travel and display of animals in multiple states.
- Maintaining detailed records of animal histories, including names, birthdays, veterinary care, known health or behavioral issues, etc.
- Hiring and training staff in the animal care department, as well as managing staff schedules that often change to meet seasonal demand.
- Recognizing weaknesses in the existing systems for animal care and implementing changes that will improve the efficiency of the program.
- A passion for animals and for animal care
- A four year degree in Animal Science, Agriculture, Zoology or other related field is highly preferred
- 2+ years in a leadership role with proven leadership skills is highly preferred
- Advanced knowledge of animal science, including dietary requirements for livestock, common viral or parasitic threats and their treatments
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to work independently or in team setting
- Enthusiasm for continued education and a willingness to conduct ongoing research about best practices in animal husbandry
- The ability to perform labor intensive work in a wide variety of extreme weather conditions
- The ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Strong problem solving skills and the ability to recognize weaknesses in a system and implement effective solutions
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Word and the ability to learn other relevant software programs
- A clean driving record and the ability or willingness to learn to operate trucks with trailers, off road vehicles and other farm equipment
- A flexible schedule that will allow periodic travel to other states or weeknight/ weekend hours during animal emergencies
- The ability to manage time effectively and prioritize tasks
- The ability to handle the stress and emotional difficulty that often accompanies working with animals
- A pleasant and positive attitude even when facing challenging circumstances
- Excellent references
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.