Animal Keeper - Primates

Organization: Oregon Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 @ 5:00pm, Pacific

Entry: $19.81; six months: $21.06; eighteen months: $22.38; thirty months: $23.79; 42 months: $25.28/hour. Day shift. An applicant pool may be established for future vacancies in this classification from the applications received for this position.

The Keeper in this position cares for a variety of exotic animals in the Oregon Zoo’s Primate work area. Duties include cleaning animal holding and exhibit areas; observing animals and maintaining comprehensive records; assisting with breeding and research projects; and participating in the development and implementation of improved animal care and exhibit plans. Keepers also provide education, talks, tours and behind-the-scenes experiences for a variety of audiences. The person in this position will serve as a resource to other Animal Keepers, as needed, and may provide training and direction for volunteers, interns and temporary keepers. Lead direction is received from the Senior Animal Keeper.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor degree in biology, zoology, or related field and three years of progressive primate experience in a zoo or similar institution working with a variety of primates (old world, new world primates and apes); or equivalent combination of education and experience. At least two years experience working with great apes is required with demonstrated skill in ape training, enrichment, and social introductions. Animal keeping experience should illustrate sufficient knowledge to be familiar with duties associated with routine maintenance, feeding, and general husbandry care. This position requires the possession of, or the ability to obtain, First Aid/CPR certification.

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About the Oregon Zoo

Owned and operated by Metro regional government, the Oregon Zoo has an annual attendance of over 1.6 million visitors. The zoo located along the MAX light rail line, just minutes from downtown Portland, is highly regarded nationally, regionally and locally. The Oregon Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals representing 279 species of amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates and mammals.

It's an exciting time at the zoo! The passage of a voter supported bond measure has allowed us to design and build new exhibits for elephants, primates, polar bears, hippos, California condors and a new conservation education facility, a new veterinary center and penguin filtration system. The master plan includes a strong focus on water and energy conservation and improved sustainability of all zoo operations.

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