I have been working with the Animal Ambassadors as an Animal Care Specialist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg since the summer of 2009. After my friend and fellow blogger Kendell left for Wolf Haven to become a wolf trainer, I was promoted to her previous position as Associate Animal Care Specialist. But my first job with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment was as a Shallow Water Hostess at Water Country USA during my summer break from college in 2005 and 2006. I had so much fun working there but knew that working with animals was what I wanted to be doing, so after graduating I searched for jobs at Busch Gardens. I was lucky enough to have grown up about 30 minutes away from the park and as a child I visited often. I hadn’t been in years, but I remembered there being a petting zoo that had a cool variety of animals so that was where my search began. Turns out, the petting zoo was long gone and that area is now the Sesame Street Forest of Fun! What I found instead was a position as a seasonal Animal Care Specialist. I started a few months later and the rest is history.
Before working with the animals at Busch Gardens, I received my B.S. in Biology and have volunteered at the Virginia Living Museum as an exhibit interpreter and animal caretaker and at the Virginia Zoo as a zookeeper aide. I have known most of my life that I wanted to be a zookeeper. I love my job because I am that plus so much more. When people ask me what I do for a living, I usually describe myself as a zookeeper/animal trainer/educator because I do all of those things every day. I get to work with such an amazing variety of animals and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you through this blog!