Herpetology Keeper




Organization: Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

ZOO KEEPER - HERPETOLOGY

DESCRIPTION:

The Houston Zoo is seeking a qualified individual for a full-time position as a zoo keeper in the Herpetology section. Herpetology Keepers carry out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals including cleaning, feeding, grooming, and observing animals, as well as providing training and enrichment. This position administers medication and treatment as directed and participates in education and conservation programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Attends to all aspects of daily animal husbandry, display maintenance, and visitor service for a large and diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians in a major zoological institution.

• Reports animal medical problems to supervisor and assists veterinarians and technicians with administering medical treatments. Reports facility and maintenance problems to supervisor.

• Writes clear, concise reports and maintains accurate records on animals in section.

• Develops and participates in educational presentations to enhance the visiting experience for the zoo guest.

• Participates in and supports collaborative efforts pertaining to the herpetology collection, such as reproduction of selected species, research, and conservation programs.

• Must be team-oriented and willing to work with other staff members to further the goals of the Herpetology section.

• Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, or extended hours when required.

• Must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.) and with potentially dangerous animal species (venomous reptiles, large boas and pythons, crocodilians, etc.).

SUPERVISION:

May serve as a lead person for zookeeper apprentices or volunteers.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

EXPERIENCE:

One year of experience in animal care in a zoo or under the direction of a licensed veterinarian is required. Experience may be substituted for education at the rate of six months of experience per 15 hours of college level credit.

Previous experience with reptiles and amphibians; experience with venomous species preferred.

In certain positions, specific training and work experience in zoological, aqua cultural, ecological and biological areas such as in schools, aquariums, nature centers, agricultural operations, animal merchandizing and conservation centers may be substituted for direct exotic animal care in a zoological facility.

KNOWLEDGE:

Two years of college level education (60 semester credit hours) in zoology, biology, animal husbandry or a related field of which 24 semester hours must be credit hours in life sciences or physical sciences.

A certificate of completion from an acceptable animal care program of not less that 30 semester hours may be substituted for 30 hours of college.

Carpentry and mechanical skills helpful.

SKILLS:

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

This position involves considerable physical exertion, such as regularly climbing of ladders, lifting of heavy objects (up to 80 pounds) on a highly frequent basis and/or assuming awkward positions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.

PHYSICAL SKILL:

Requires the ability to make closely coordinated eye/hand movements within very fine tolerance and/or calibration demands; or the ability to make rapid closely coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands; or the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker.

PUBLIC CONTACT:

Requires heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal skill, extensive interaction with the public and with donors, members and the press requiring a high degree of appreciation of customer service.

TO APPLY:

Please complete an online application through our website at

www.houstonzoo.org/careers