Jessica Claire
  • , , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Energetic Safari Park Director comfortable with handling animals of all breeds, species, and sizes. Committed to well-being of all animals and peace of mind of owners. Fully devoted to learning as much as possible to better myself, the team, and overall animal husbandry and care.

  • Facility Operations
  • Friendly, Positive Attitude
  • Computer Proficiency
  • Team Leadership
  • Activity Planning and Coordination
  • Scheduling Events and Programs
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Feeding and Watering
  • Work Planning
  • Animal Examinations
  • Breeding Habits Explanation
  • Illness and Injury Detection
  • Injury and Illness Treatment
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Animal Quarters Maintenance
  • Animal Behavior Education
  • Physical Condition Monitoring
  • Animal Training
  • Critical Thinking
  • Customer Service
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Animal Observations
  • Animal Rehoming
  • Meal Preparation
  • Dependable and Responsible
  • Animal Transfer and Transport
  • Animal Quarters Temperature Control
  • Problem Identification
  • Human and Animal Safety
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Inventory Management
  • Attention to Detail
  • Progress Documentation
  • Honest and Ethical
  • First Aid and Immunizations
  • Medication Administration
  • Proper 'Safe Darting' and reversal administration
  • Heavy equipment operation and training
  • Achieved "Greatest socially distanced activity" in the state of Mississippi at McClain Safari Park.
  • Moved up 3 levels of management my first year at McClain Resort.
  • Impromptu speech award at Keesler AFB SLS out of 250 cadets.
  • Won distinguished graduate at Kessler AFB SLS.
  • Won 'Honor Flight' at Keesler AFB SLS.
Work History
Safari Park Director, 02/2019 to Current
GopuffSebastopol, CA,

I oversee all of our animals and their welfare, interactions with park guests, and training at McClain Safari Park. I am responsible for around 30 team members and over 450 individual animals from around the world.

  • Orchestrate weekly activities scheduled for assigned groups and facilitate smooth transitions for on-time arrival.
  • Factor-in abilities, needs and interests of participants in development of events and programs.
  • Responsible for ordering and maintain all recreational equipment.
  • Train staff members on conducting events and following safety procedures.
  • Expand cross-functional organizational capacity by collaborating across departments on priorities, functions and common goals.
  • Conduct scheduled and impromptu evaluations to assess work performance.
  • Maintain team efficiency by strategically delegating daily activities, monitoring output and rewarding positive contributions.
  • Apply customer feedback to develop process improvements and support long-term business needs.
  • Boost team member productivity by enhancing performance monitoring and instituting motivational approaches.
  • Answer questions, point out important features, and offer further details about special exhibits to educate visitors.
  • Built personal relationships with guests to promote positive experiences.
  • Administer medications to animals in treatment on a regular, scheduled basis and document any changes in condition under 2 licensed DVMs.
  • Monitor animal behavior and complete examinations alongside my vet to identify illnesses, injuries or potential diseases.
  • Monitor animals for signs of disease, illness or injury and communicate concerns to the owners.
  • Maintain clean and organized boarding areas to promote animal wellbeing.
  • Manage an animal inventory of over 450 animals, order new supplies for them as needed, and maintain optimal storage to meet expected needs for new animals.
  • Care for sick or injured animals by seeking out veterinary care and notifying owners.
  • Create routines for daily animal health status by carrying out an optimal feeding and watering schedule.
  • Handle day-to-day running of park ensuring high levels of productivity and progression
Key Manager, 08/2015 to 09/2020
Penn State UniversityUniversity Park, PA,
  • Listened to and addressed customer concerns using creative problem-solving in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Developed, implemented and managed business plans to promote profitable food and beverage sales.
  • Actively participated in ongoing customer service programs to build sales and rapport in community.
  • Clearly and promptly communicated pertinent information to staff, such as large reservations or last minute menu changes.
  • Reconciled cash and credit card transactions to maintain accurate records.
  • Organized special events in restaurant, including receptions, promotions and corporate luncheons.
  • Carefully interviewed, selected, trained and supervised staff.
  • Oversaw front of house personnel to maintain adequate staffing and minimize overtime.
  • Delivered in-depth training to workers in food preparation and customer-facing roles to promote strong team performance.
Animal Caretaker, 01/2007 to 02/2019
Lazy J RanchCity, STATE,
  • Kept animal coats clean and healthy with regular washing, grooming and trimming.
  • Restocked supplies and rotated items to maintain efficient operations and prevent expiration of perishable goods.
  • Maintained clean and organized boarding areas to promote animal wellbeing.
  • Swabbed ears to remove wax and dirt, removing extra hair to allow air to circulate freely and avoid infection.
  • Optimized livestock health and reduced disease risks by applying animal husbandry optimizing care.
  • Boosted animal health by carrying out optimal feeding and watering schedule.
  • Monitored health and behavior of animals by looking for urine and fecal output, completing weight checks and observing appetite during feeding.
  • Mixed and administered special food formulas to individual animals based on unique dietary needs.
  • Restrained animals safely during exams and procedures.
  • Managed breeding programs while factoring in issues such as animal age and readiness.
High School Diploma: , Expected in 05/2012
Ridgeland High School - Ridgeland, MS
  • Member of RHS AFJROTC for 4 years. Reached rank of Cadet Colonel and became Flight Commander.
  • Member of RHS football team for 4 years. Undefeated for 1 year to the North State Championship.
  • Member of RHS Theatre for 2 years and participated in several plays.
  • Graduated with 3.4 GPA
Honor Flight: Military Leadership Training, Expected in 06/2011
Keesler Air Force Base Summer Leadership Program - Biloxi, MS,

I was asked to return the next year to oversee the same training to a new group of cadets.

Distinguished Graduate: Military Leadership Training, Expected in 06/2010
Keesler Air Force Base Summer Leadership School - Biloxi, MS,

I was selected to attend an annual military leadership program on a military base in Biloxi.

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