Zookeeper I - Aviary

Organization: North Carolina Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Asheboro, North Carolina, United States
Job or Internship: Job



DEPARTMENT: Dept of Environment & Natural Resource

SALARY : $26,903.00 Annually

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time

CLOSING DATE: 12/17/12 5:00 PM Eastern Time


The NC Zoo is seeking a Zookeeper I assigned to its Aviary and Avian Propagation facilities work areas. Animals cared for include a wide variety of bird species (passerines, flamingos, waterfowl, cranes, storks, hornbills, etc.) housed in either the RJR Forest Aviary exhibit or in one of the three off-exhibit avian propagation/holding facilities. The bird collection consists of approximately 200 individuals representing 45 different species and a small collection of South American Red-footed and Yellow-footed Tortoises. Responsibilities include the daily assessment/observation and care of exhibit and off exhibit animals; food presentation and assessment of consumption; observation/monitoring of extensive avian breeding activity; visual evaluation of health, condition, and behavior; keeping extensive written records for computer database; operant conditioning (for purposes of training/handling birds in public “Animal Encounters,” as well as for husbandry/medical purposes); interaction with zoo visitors in formal (to include “Keeper Talks” and programming with trained birds during “Animal Encounters”) and informal settings. Participates in team problem solving and the decision making process. Participates in NC Zoo programs, to include: behavioral management, enrichment and EMS programs. Required to participate in the zoo's occupational health program due to potential exposure to zoonosis. Position has rotating schedule that involves working holidays and weekends and involves both indoor/outdoor work.


Applicants must document on the application their knowledge skills and abilities as well as all related work experience to the position for which they apply.

Applicant must have a strong working knowledge of avian husbandry, anatomy and behavior gained from a zoo or related facility. Knowledge includes the care and handling of birds (capture/restraint), medical treatment, diet preparation and daily maintenance of exhibits/off-exhibit enclosures.

Prefer the applicant have practical experience and a working knowledge of exotic birds, particularly passerines.

Applicant must have keen observation skills to detect subtle changes in health, condition and behavior, as well as to monitor extensive avian breeding activity.

Applicant must have knowledge of operant conditioning and environmental enrichment practices.

Applicant must have good oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work within a dynamic team, ability to speak in a public setting and basic computer knowledge.

Applicant must have good physical agility, vision and hearing and the ability to perform potentially strenuous work. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, walk, stand, see animals and exhibits for observation and safety as well as hear animal sounds and radio communication and emergency situations.


Graduation from a two-year technical or community college with a degree in zoo animal technology or other related curriculum; or graduation from high school and two years of animal care experience in a zoo or related facility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.


All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Applicants must document on the application their knowledge skills and abilities as well as all related work experience to the position for which they apply.

Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. SEE ATTACHED RESUME WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION. To receive credit, all experience must be included in the work history sections. Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit.

Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For additional information, please contact:

NC Zoo

HR Department


For additional information regarding our facility, please visit our website at www.nczoo.org.