Organization: Hutchinson Zoo
Location: Hutchinson, Kansas, Country
Job or Internship: Job
Under the supervision of the Zoo Curator, the Zookeeper performs a full range of activities required for the care and management of animals in a municipal zoo collection including maintaining a safe, healthy, clean, and attractive living environment and provides courteous assistance to the public. This employee should possess excellent public relation, organizational, and communication skills.
• Observes, interprets, and documents animal behaviors, health status, and food consumption; advises supervisory staff of problems or concerns; Provides animals with adequate diets, fresh water and activities to maintain animal physical and psychological well-being; and provides animals with activity and enrichment opportunities; Provide care for animals such as vaccinating, worming and other parasite treatments; providing proper habitats for mammals, reptiles and birds; weighing animals;
• Maintains indoor and outdoor cages, enclosures, exhibits, holding cages and service areas by cleaning, disinfecting and performing general maintenance to these areas as needed; Conducts scheduled inspections of their areas and grounds to ensure animal well-being and the security of City property; Assist with injury rehabilitation, behavior modification and enrichment programs for animals; provides animal with interactive items and activities to relieve stress and boredom; and provide exercise for animals as needed; Assists the veterinarian in the evaluation, diagnosis, medication, medication dosage calculation, and treatment of diseased animals; administers first aid to injured or sick animals;
• Performs preventative or routine maintenance of animal environments including collection, installation, and/or maintenance of furnishings and substrates; may assist with planting of landscape materials; Opens and closes zoo buildings and grounds and assists in providing security during public hours; Assists in providing zoo visitors informational, promotional, and educational opportunities.
Two years of full time paid work experience in a zoological, wildlife park or a closely related environment is required. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment.
A bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or a related field and one (1) year of verifiable experience in the care and feeding of a variety of exotic animals is desirable.
Certifications and Licenses:
This employee must possess a valid Kansas Driver’s License.