[MARMAM] Interested in working at a zoo or aquarium?

Sarah Courbis sarahcourbis at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 22:09:39 PDT 2014

Are you interested in working at a zoo or aquarium?  In this very
competitive field, it helps to have good training!  Portland Community
College in Portland, Oregon offers a unique opportunity to earn an
Associate’s Degree in Biology and Management of Zoo Animals.  Graduates are
prepared to serve the zoological community in a variety of capacities
including zookeeper or aquarist, animal trainer, zoo educator, animal
presenter, wildlife rehabilitator, registrar and laboratory animal

Students have the opportunity to work closely with animals and staff at the
Oregon Zoo and to gain additional experience in related fields and at many
other unique facilities in the region.  Our program has been designated as
an official Learning Partner of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA), which means that some of the courses in the BMZA program will also
qualify as required electives for different concentrations in the AZA
Development Certificate Program <https://www.aza.org/certificate.aspx>.
The AZA Certificates are organized into concentrations such as behavioral
husbandry, education and interpretation, and management and operations.

*Applications to the program will be accepted from mid-January to mid-April
for the 2015-2017 program which begins in September 2015.  There are some
prerequisites (see below), so if you want to apply, you will want to get
these requirements done prior to April 2015.  More details follow below.
Please go to http://www.pcc.edu/programs/zoo-animals/
<http://www.pcc.edu/programs/zoo-animals/> for further information.  *

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Biology and Management of Zoo Animals

Rock Creek Bldg 7, Rm 202 | Faculty Department Chair: Joyce Kaplan
<http://www.pcc.edu/scripts/sdquery.pl?all=Joyce+Kaplan> | 971-722-7688 |
joyce.kaplan at pcc.edu
*The Call of the Wild*

Caring for wildlife in captivity today is very complex and involves many
different fields, as well as being intricately tied to species survival in
the wild. Zoos are no longer simply showcases where animals are presented
for the entertainment of guests. Modern zoos work to conserve threatened
and endangered species, from the large to the small, both on the zoo
grounds and in their natural habitats. A variety of career fields are
available including education and public relations, record-keeping,
research, conservation biology (including overseas work), horticulture,
veterinary services, and a career ladder that may include zookeeper, senior
keeper, curator, and zoo director.

The biology and management of zoo animals requires a great deal of
knowledge to maintain a sustainable population of animals in captivity and
insure their physical and mental well-being. It is critical to learn about
the anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behavior, and nutrition of a very
wide variety of animals. You also need a great deal of practical experience
working with all types of exotic animals to be able to put your knowledge
into practice. Animal husbandry, handling, health management, population
management, training, enrichment, record-keeping, and exhibit care and
management are all important. Education and guiding the public towards an
appreciation of animals is a new and critical role of the zookeeper as
well. You will need to excel in public relations as well as in animal
*Degrees and Certificates*

In this program you can earn the following:

·         *Associate of Applied Science Degree*

For program admission information, please visit
http://www.pcc.edu/programs/zoo-animals/admission.html .

*Prerequisites and Requirements* (must be completed before April 2015):

(College placement tests are administered through assessment centers.)

·         High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent required.

·         Completion of WR 121 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=WR%20121> or
higher with a C grade or better or previous degree.

·         Completing MTH 65 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=MTH%2065>, or
MTH 63 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=MTH%2063> with a C or better, or
passing a math class with a C or better for which MTH 65
<http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=MTH%2065>or higher level math skills are
a prerequisite, or passing the PCC competency exam for MTH 65

·         Completion of BI 112 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=BI%20112>
 or BI 211 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=BI%20211> and BI 212
<http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=BI%20212> or equivalent major's biology
coursework (including molecular /cellular/genetics components).

·         Completion of CH 151 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=CH%20151>
 or CH 104 <http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=CH%20104> or equivalent
general chemistry course with laboratory.

·         Completion of a minimum of one additional course from the General
Education/Discipline Studies list

·         Documentation of computer literacy through CAS 133
<http://catalog.pcc.edu/search/?P=CAS%20133>, equivalent coursework or

·         A minimum of 20 documented hours of direct animal husbandry

·         All prerequisite coursework and experience must be complete by
the end of winter term prior to the early spring application deadline.
Courses planned for spring term will not be considered. Pass/No Pass
evaluation is not acceptable in the prerequisite courses.

Hope you will join us!


Sarah Courbis, Ph.D.

sarahcourbis at gmail.com
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