Animal Keeper(23)




Organization: Brookgreen Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Pawley's Island, South Carolina, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Brookgreen Gardens is a non-profit sculpture gardens with an AZA accreditated zoo within the grounds. We currently have an opening for an Animal Keeper. The Animal Keeper is responsible for the safety, health and well being of animals through routine cleaning and maintenance of enclosures, feeding, observation and handling of animals. Duties to include but not limited to:• Preparing diets, feeding procedures; documents qualities, orders feed and other supplies as directed.• Makes a daily inventory of the animal collections, provides daily assessments of the health and behavior of the animals and records these assessments in the zookeeper logbook. Records and reports any unusual condition regarding the animal’s health to supervisor. Prepares other written reports as required.• Participates in capturing, restraining, and moving animals; administers medication and dietary supplements as directed.• Cleans and maintains the areas within each exhibit and the adjacent public areas. Reports any maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to supervisor. • Cleans and maintains the zoo commissary and other animal support facilities and equipment.• Participates in the animal enrichment program.• Answers guests' questions about the collections and exhibits• Gives guest presentations (i.e. Meet the Animals Program, sidewalk interactions with guests, animal ambassador) both at the zoo and outreach situations.• Undertakes other appropriate tasks as may be assigned.Minimum Qualifications: General knowledge of the animals native to the Southeastern United States; knowledge of animals in captive situations, knowledge of proper animal care and handling techniques, experience with animal restraint, ability to work comfortably and effectively with peers and management; demonstrated commitment to excellence in work products and relationships with co-workers. An associate’s degree in biology or a related field and two years of appropriate experience in a zoo, wildlife, veterinary or related institution is preferred. A high school diploma and five years of appropriate experience in a zoo, wildlife, veterinary or related institution will be considered.Please go to the Brookgreen Gardens website, http://www.brookgreen.org for an application. Submit application and a current resume with 3 references to: Brookgreen Gardens, Human Resources Department, PO Box 3368, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, fax (843)235-3069, or email HR@Brookgreen.org.