Animal Keeper Elephants and Large Hoofstock




Organization: Little Rock Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Job or Internship: Job

JOB OBJECTIVE:

To perform various duties required to maintain a clean and healthy environment for elephants and other animals as assigned at the Little Rock Zoo.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Observes elephants and other animals in assigned areas for injuries or symptoms of disease, and

changes in behavior; reports changes and problems to supervisor; recommends changes to assist animals' psychological and physiological well-being; implements approved changes. Prepares food and feeds elephants according to established diets and assigned schedule; researches, recommends and implements approved diet changes. Maintains detailed narratives and charts of animal observations, care, and handling. Captures and restrains animals for transport, examination or medical treatment. Administers prescribed medication to elephants and other assigned animals by mixing with food or by injection as required; assists veterinarian in

administration of medication or treatment of animals. Completes daily worksheets listing amount of food eaten, medications administered, changes in animal behavior, symptoms of disease or other indications of needs for special attention, and any repair or maintenance required for enclosures. Unloads and stores shipments of food and supplies; notifies supervisor of supplies needed. Cleans elephant cages and enclosures using water hose and hand tools. Operates motorized vehicle to transport animals or pick up supplies. Provides special handling or training for specific animals as required. Answers questions and provides information to Zoo visitors

regarding animal diets, handling, and habitat; educates visitors regarding harassing or feeding

animals. Serves as backup to Animal Keepers in assigned areas. Reviews available material and completes animal surveys for other zoos by providing detailed narratives and charts on behavior, diet, and zoo habitat. Operates a City pool automobile in the performance of essential job functions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Completion of high school and two (2) years of experience in the care of elephants. Equivalent

combinations of education and experience will be considered.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be available to work nights, holidays and weekends as required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

ONLY On-Line Applications Accepted.

Application and Supplemental Questions required.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:

http://www.lrjobs.net

CLOSING DATE: 12/14/12 11:59 PM

HIRING/ENTRY SALARY: $26,171 - $31,405 plus benefits