Zoological Aide

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job



CLOSING DATE: March 10, 2013

HOURLY WAGE: $9.19 per hour

HOURS: 40 hours per week, to include weekends and holidays as needed. Hours and days per week may vary. Position is limited to less than 1,200 hours per calendar year: June/July 2013-July/Aug 2014

START DATE: Between June 1 and July 10, 2013

LOCATION: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a part-time/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


Under the supervision of full-time Animal Care Technicians, this position is responsible for the daily maintenance and husbandry of invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds in the Kids’ Zone area; animal diets/food preparation and feeding; exhibit cleaning and general maintenance; animal health observations; medical treatments; record keeping; animal handling; public demonstrations and education interpretation with and without animals; other duties as assigned.


 Must be a high school graduate

 Must be at least 18 years old

 College experience in biological sciences desirable

 Previous animal husbandry experience preferred

 Must be able to communicate effectively and follow written & oral instructions

 Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays


 Current valid first-aid and CPR cards desired

 Employment is subject to a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Lifting and carrying heavy objects or animals weighing up to 50 pounds; pushing; climbing; walking; kneeling and crouching to work with and feed animals; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized equipment and tools.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form along with a resume and cover letter. The resume and a cover letter are required and must be completed and submitted with the completed and signed application form in order to be considered for this position. Failure to submit all the required forms may result in your applications being rejected. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at www.metroparkstacoma.org. Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.