Zoo Keeper - Birds




Organization: San Antonio Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: San Antonio, TX, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Nature of Work:

Bird Department Zoo Keepers perform a variety of tasks related to the handling and care of animals/birds and their environments. The work requires an amount of independent action with less immediate supervision given after experience is acquired.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

• Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.

• Constantly exhibit a guest service attitude, a smile, and an obvious interest in guest comfort and service.

• Communicate with the public in a courteous and tactful manner and assist guests with questions and directions to various areas of the Zoo. Address the guest - do not wait to be asked.

• Remove trash and debris from public areas; i.e. pick up litter whenever you see it.

• Observe, evaluate, and report animal/bird behavior and condition to a supervisor on a daily basis.

• Perform routine and special duties involved in the daily care and maintenance of animals/birds in captivity.

• Exchange information with supervisory staff and coworkers on a regular basis.

• Clean and maintain animal/bird enclosures, service areas, and holding facilities on a daily basis using all necessary equipment.

• Successfully secure animals/birds, their enclosures, and other associated structures.

• Assist in treating zoo animals/birds in accordance with instructions of a supervisor or Zoo Veterinarian.

• Provide assistance in construction and maintenance of animal/bird enclosures, facility renovation and/or animal transfer.

• Provide information and assistance to the public.

• Drive motor vehicles or operate mechanical equipment as required.

• Any and all other duties as assigned.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

• Knowledge of avian behavior and biology.

• Ability to work safely around delicate, wild, and dangerous animals.

• Ability to handle, examine, and move sick, injured, or struggling birds in a safe and appropriate manner.

• Ability to handle, examine, and transfer eggs safely.

• Have sufficient strength, agility, and coordination to net, capture, and/or restrain flying birds of various sizes and speeds.

• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

• Able to safely operate light motor vehicles.

• Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hour assignments.

• Valid driver's license.

• Associate degree in wildlife management, zoology, biology, or related field preferred.

• One-year zoo keeping experience preferred.

Please apply at www.sazoo.org/jobs. Starting pay is $10.00/hour.