Desert Zookeeper II




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

JOB CLASS TITLE: Zookeeper II - Desert

POSITION NUMBER: 60033362

DEPARTMENT: Dept of Environment & Natural Resource

DIVISION/SECTION: NC Zoo

SALARY: $28,826.00 Annually

SALARY GRADE / SALARY GRADE EQUIVALENT: 62

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time

WORK LOCATION: Randolph County

OPENING DATE: 01/09/13

CLOSING DATE: 01/23/13 5:00 PM Eastern Time

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

This is a lead Zookeeper position at the NC Zoo assigned to the Sonora Desert work section. The Sonora Desert is a mixed species exhibit. Animals cared for include a wide variety (50 species) of reptile (including venomous), bird, mammal, invertebrate and fish species. This position will be primarily responsible for the bird collection of 12 species’ and 34 individuals. The position will be required to cross train for reptile and mammal routines and train to handle venomous reptiles. Responsibilities include the daily assessment/observation and care of exhibit and off exhibit animals; food presentation and assessment of consumption; observation/monitoring of 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. Provides leadership for the work section by training, coaching and providing feedback to co-workers, as well as planning/organizing and setting priorities/goals for the work section. Plays a lead role in maintaining continuity of husbandry and information exchange and demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills related to avian natural history. 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**

Must have a strong working knowledge from a zoo or related facility with the care and handling of birds (capture/restraint), medical treatment, avian anatomy, avian behavior, diet preparation and daily maintenance of exhibits/off-exhibit enclosures. Prefer practical experience and a working knowledge of Desert birds.

Must have working knowledge of operant conditioning and environmental enrichment practices.

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

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.

Must have good leadership qualities to provide daily leadership for the work section by training, coaching and providing feedback to co-workers, as well as by planning/organizing and setting priorities/goals for the work section.

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.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

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

SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

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.

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. 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.

Please visit our website at www.nczoo.org for additional information regarding our facility.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:

http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/index.html

NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting

An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government