Part-Time Animal Keeper - Farm and Waterfowl




Organization: Little Rock Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Job or Internship: Job

JOB OBJECTIVE:

To perform various duties required to maintain a clean and healthy environment for farm animals, waterfowl and other assigned animals at the Little Rock Zoo.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Observes farm animals, waterfowl and other animals in assigned areas for injuries or symptoms of disease, and changes in behavior; reports changes and problems to supervisor; recommends changes to assist animals' psychological and physiological well-being;implements approved changes. Prepares food and feeds farm animals, waterfowl and other animals as assigned according to established diets and assigned

schedule; researches and recommends diet changes based on time of the year and the behavior and body condition of animals; implements approved changes. Maintains detailed narratives and charts of animal observations, care, and handling. Captures and restrains animals for transport, examination or medical treatment. Prepares a list of animals in assigned area requiring routine veterinary care; notifies supervisors of animals that require emergency medical attention. Administers prescribed medication to farm animals, waterfowl and other animals as assigned by mixing with food or by injection as required; assists veterinarian in administration of medication or treatment of animals. Completes daily worksheets listing amount of food eaten, training performed and enrichment supplied, medications administered, changes in animal behavior,

symptoms of disease or other indications of needs for special attention. Maintains plant life in displays and enclosures by watering and fertilizing as necessary; sprays or spreads approved chemicals to exterminate pests, diseases or unwanted plants. Unloads and stores shipments of food and supplies; notifies supervisor of supplies needed. Cleans cages and enclosures using chemical disinfectants, water hose and other hand tools. Provides special handling or training for specific animals as required. Recommends animals to be acquired or transferred; recommends repairs and special projects. Answers questions and provides information to Zoo visitors regarding animal diets, handling, and habitat; educates visitors regarding harassing or feeding animals. Operates motorized vehicle to transport animals or pick up supplies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of high school and two (2) years of experience in the care of farm animals, waterfowl or other exotic animals in a controlled environment. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:

Must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Apply on line at WWW.LRJOBS.NET

Application and Supplemental Questions required by CLOSING DATE:

06/03/13 11:59 PM

HIRING/ENTRY SALARY: $8.00 - $10.00