Commissary Keeper

Organization: Brevard Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Melbourne, FL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Under general supervision, this full-time position is responsible for preparing scientifically recommended diets for zoo animals and maintains the zoo commissary kitchen facility. The commissary keepers are required to operate equipment such as: hand truck, two-wheeled carts, and employee vehicles. They also unload vendor deliveries and update inventories, supervise volunteers in kitchen related duties, work closely with animals, maintain zoo security after hours, and often work while being viewed by the public via live camera feed.


• Prepares zoo diets and other substances for consumption by zoo animals by processing and combining them according to dietary instructions.

• Orders produce, notifies vendors of any discrepancies in shipments.

Loads and unloads foodstuffs and supplies, rotates stock, and maintains inventory control records.

• Maintains work area by cleaning and disinfecting walls, floors, countertops, and refrigeration equipment.

• Operates a manual pallet jack, various kitchen appliances, and drives a delivery pick-up truck or van.

• Helps with various projects including animal enclosure upkeep, maintaining compost, relocating animals, and filling out animal daily reports.

• Patrols the zoo after hours and initiates a quick response if problems arise.

• Contributes to maintaining high morale among all Brevard Zoo employees by developing and maintaining cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, customers, and the general public.

• Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions, and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within Brevard Zoo.

• Interfaces effectively with upper management, professionals, customers, and the general public.

• Complies with USDA, OSHA, Environmental Health, and Brevard Zoo Safety Policies.

• Engages in interactions with animals including participating with training sessions, feedings, enrichment, public presentations, play sessions, and possibly care of animals in quarantine or hospital areas.


• High school diploma or GED

• One year of experience performing food preparation OR completion of an approved training program in food service.

• Commissary/Kitchen experience at an AZA facility desirable.

• Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions sufficient to be able to establish

a safe working environment.

• Skill in using kitchen utensils including knives, blenders, and commercial meat grinders and food choppers.

• Knowledge of inventory practices and requirements sufficient to be able to identify shortages and reorder supplies as necessary.

• Knowledge of basic mathematics sufficient to be able to perform calculations in preparing a variety of diets.

• Ability to identify problems and provide adequate information, including alternative solutions regarding problematic situations to the supervisor.

• Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills including the ability to produce and maintain written records, inventory plans, and diet recipes.

• Ability to read, interpret, and follow organizational policy and procedures and other written guidelines for work functions, and to work independently.

• Ability to lift 50 pounds.

• Must be able to work holidays, weekends, and perform tasks in weather typical of Florida.

Americans with Disability (ADA) specifications:

• The physical demands that are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individual to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs. Balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk to hear, taste or smell. The employee must occasionally and/or move up to 50 pounds.

• Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

• The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate.

• The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Jackie Fisher, Human Resources Director at or 8225 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, FL 32940. No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until April 19, 2013.