Zoological Aide

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job




CLOSING DATE: April 5, 2013

HOURLY WAGE: $9.19 per hour

HOURS: Seasonal position, approximately 440 hours between May 20th and September 2, 2013. 32- 40 hours per week to include weekends; hours and days per week may vary.

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a part-time/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


This seasonal position is responsible for caring for a large collection of budgies in a walk-through aviary. Duties include, but are not limited to, daily husbandry and care of budgies, exhibit maintenance, maintaining records, and interacting with zoo visitors on a daily basis. Other duties as assigned.


 Must be a high school graduate

 College degree in biological sciences desirable

 Previous exotic bird or animal husbandry experience preferred

 Must have excellent customer service and observational skills

 Must be able to communicate effectively and follow written & oral instructions

 Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays


 A resume and cover letter with dates of availability must be included with the required application form

 Employment is subject to a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Lifting and carrying heavy objects or animals weighing up to 80 pounds; pushing; climbing; walking; kneeling and crouching to work with and feed animals; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized equipment and tools.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at www.metroparkstacoma.org. Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.