Organization: Potter Park Zoo
Location: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Job or Internship: Job
ZOOKEEPER 400Starting Salary: $34,276 (2011 Rate)Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M., March 8, 2012Requested Documents: Resume, cover letter, copy of college transcripts and application_____________________________________________________ INGHAM COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION ZOOKEEPER 400 General Summary:Under the supervision of the Zoo Director and Veterinarian/Curator, performs a wide range of skilled work involving the care of animals. Identifies and treats minor injuries and illnesses. Maintains detailed, hand-written records. Cares for a variety of animals. Uses a variety of techniques to capture and move animals when required. Provides directions to visitors at the facility and answers questions, when possible, from members of the public. Cleans cages and operates a wide range of animal care equipment. May drive a truck with a horse trailer weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds. Essential Functions:1. Performs a wide range of skilled work involving the care of animals at the Zoo.2. Carries food and other supplies to cages and enclosures.3. Feeds, cleans, waters, bathes, and grooms domestic and exotic animals as directed on a regular basis using hand held equipment and other tools as required.4. Identifies minor injuries and illnesses and reports both verbally and in writing to veterinarian.5. Maintains detailed, hand-written, records, regarding the care of animals as directed.6. Uses a variety of techniques to capture and move animals when required.7. Cleans cages using brooms, scrub brushes, shovels, rakes and various chemical disinfectant compounds.8. Provides directions to visitors at the facility and answers questions, when possible from members of the public.9. Operates a wide range of animal care equipment including incubators, steam cleaners and a variety of trucks. May drive a truck with a horse trailer weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds. Other Functions: Performs other duties as assigned.(The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.) Employment Qualifications: Education: High School Diploma or GED with one (1) year of college level course work in animal husbandry.Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of experience in the care of animals and the maintenance of facilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Other Requirements: * Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.* Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in the care of animals and the equipment used in zoo operations. * Knowledge of custodial duties relating to zoo operations. * Skill in preparing and maintaining records and reports. * Ability to communicate effectively and follow verbal and written instructions. (The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.) Physical Requirements: * Ability to walk on various types of terrain in all climate conditions. * Ability to perform various types of maintenance and construction tasks necessary to build and maintain animal facilities. * Ability to climb stairs and ladders and regularly lift and haul equipment, tools, and supplies weighing from 25-50 pounds. * Ability to perform other routine physical functions like bending, sitting, standing, squatting, twisting, turning, grasping, scooping, etc. typical of zookeeper duties and employees. (This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the requirements listed above. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.) Working Conditions:* Primarily works in and around caged animals.* Exposure to extremes of temperature, animal feces and unpleasant odors and potential safety hazards associated with working with zoo animals.
For more information about the zoo visit www.potterparkzoo.org
How to Apply:
Do not send materials to the zoo.
For more information visit us at http://pe.mi.ingham.org/Home/CurrentJobOpening.aspx or send resume, cover letter, college transcripts and application via:
Mail:5303 S. Cedar Street, Suite 2102, Lansing MI 48911
Hand Deliver:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Fax: 517 887-4396