Employment Opportunities

All seasonal positions have been filled but we will continue to accept resumes for Guest Services, Jr Keeper and Grounds Keeper.

Registrar and Veterinary Technician

Full time hourly position

This position serves as a member of the animal management team, assisting in the oversight, development, and implementation of the zoo's animal health and record keeping plan.

Reports to: General Curator

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Veterinary Technician

The Veterinary technician's responsibilities include performing or assisting in the performance of animal health care duties including anesthesia, dentistry, surgery, emergency medicine, critical care and preventative medicine.

  • Prepare for and assist veterinarian in performing clinical procedures
  • Maintain and monitor anesthesia, including the operation of inhalation anesthesia equipment and patient monitoring devices
  • Conduct various types of laboratory tests including, but not limited to, fecal analysis for parasites
  • Make arrangements to forward samples for analysis to outside laboratories
  • Accurately dispense and record medical prescriptions; properly administer medications and vaccinations as directed by veterinarian; maintain current pharmacy inventory, treatment areas, laboratory, and equipment inventory; and, assist with ordering drugs, medical supplies, laboratory supplies, and inventory maintenance
  • Create and maintain accurate medical record documentation of clinical procedures, prescriptions, and diagnostic laboratory work
  • Perform cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of the treatment room, surgical instruments, and equipment
  • Communicate regularly with the Veterinarian, Zoo Director, and Animal Care Staff regarding management of active medical cases
  • Assist with sample preparation, clean veterinary animal enclosures, and service areas as required


The Registrar's responsibilities include managing the institution's animal records and related policies, validating the quality of recorded data, and ensuring the legal compliance of all animal transactions. The Registrar also serves as liaison to relevant government agencies, other zoological institutions and conservation organizations, including Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

  • Accurate and detailed animal record keeping utilizing ZIMS with MedArks
  • Coordinate animal transfers (paperwork and shipping arrangements) both to and from the Red River Zoo
  • Ensure proper state, local and federal permits are maintained
  • Serve as the IR to AZA TAGS, SSP's and Studbooks

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program
  • Licensed as a veterinary technician in ND or obtain license within 6 months
  • Minimum 3 years of clinical veterinary technician experience
  • Valid driver's license
  • Able to lift up to 65 pounds without difficulty
  • Able to work outdoors in ND weather conditions
  • Able to work in a variety of physical positions including sitting, bending, standing and walking
  • Able to work nights, weekends and holidays when necessary
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times
  • Understanding of AZA standards for data management or ability to attend AZA Institutional Records Keeping Course
  • Must be a self-motivated, team focused individual

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide animal health care under close and remote supervision by a veterinarian
  • Training at the AZA Conservation Academy: Institutional Record Keeping Course completion
  • Experience working as a registrar at an AZA Accredited zoo or aquarium
  • Zoo veterinary technology experience
  • Experience using ZIMS
  • Experience using ZIMS with Medical or MedArks
  • Demonstrated experience with state and federal animal permitting
  • Experience working with AZA TAG's and SSP's

To apply, send resume, cover letter including salary requirements, and three professional references to Lisa Tate, Executive Director - director@redriverzoo.org.


Internships are available for motivated persons that have completed at least two years of college coursework, or college graduates seeking on the job experience.

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