Insectarium Keeper




Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is looking for a dynamic individual to join their team as an Insectarium Keeper. This is a full-time (40 hours per week with benefits), union position, which is subject to the successful completion of a probationary and the deduction of union dues.

Responsibilities: This position encompasses skilled professional and technical work in the routine daily care of assigned collection, enclosures and related facilities in the Insectarium. Duties may include related tasks and/or unrelated duties as assigned:

Clean animal displays, holding areas, service areas, public sections and grounds; Complete inspection of all enclosures to ensure the safety of the animal collection; Identify maintenance issues and correct or repair each as required, reporting non-correctable maintenance issues, including potential safety hazards, to the Maintenance Supervisor; Observe general animal health and behavior, on a daily basis, and report any abnormal circumstances to a supervisor; Maintain records of health, behavior, enrichment, operant conditioning and visitor engagement issues in designated programs in assigned areas, via electronic programs or hard copies (if computer access is interrupted); Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures for the animal collection; Perform behavior modification and enrichment programs in assigned areas; Instruct new personnel in the proper methods of animal care consistent with approved policies and procedures; Assist in the training, supervision, evaluation of volunteers, interns, and vocational students, as needed; Assist animal health and curatorial staff with animal handling, capture, restraint, transport and medication administration; Develop and present visitor engagement programs that include, but are not restricted to, random encounters, educational programs and Meet-the-Keeper programs; Interact with the public and Zoo staff in a professional and courteous manner; Make decisions consistent with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden policies and procedures when required; Perform daily duties in all sections of assigned department as required; Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements: 1) Experience working in a USDA-APHIS PPQ containment facility, 2) in-depth knowledge of terrestrial invertebrate (arthropod) biology, 3) Experience working with terrestrial invertebrates (arthropods) in a zoological environment and 4) Horticultural skills including the culture and harvesting of food plant species. Successful applicants must demonstrate excellent communication and problem solving skills, while applying good judgment, to deliver animal care and guest experiences that meet the highest standards. The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with co-workers (including staff, interns, students and volunteers) is required. Candidate must be comfortable with guest interactions and in delivering public presentations, including daily keeper encounters.

Working Conditions/Other Requirements: Employment is conditional upon the successful passing of a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen and background check. Employees hired after 7/1/2010 may not smoke or use any form of tobacco products at any time, whether on or off duty, as a condition of employment. This means that you must be nicotine-free by the time of your pre-employment drug screen, which follows an offer of employment and is a condition of hire. The drug test will include a screen for cotinine (a nicotine metabolite). If you currently use any tobacco product, or if you are engaged in a tobacco cessation program, you must be completely free of the use of any nicotine-containing products by the time of your drug screen forward. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects; Must be able to lift and move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance; Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle. Incumbent is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.

Employee Benefits: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off banks; company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate.

Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country.

Recently, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected status.