Organization: Roger Williams Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Providence, RI, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Roger Williams Park Zoo of Providence, Rhode Island, one of the nation’s oldest zoos exhibiting over 100 animal species, is currently recruiting for a full-time Zookeeper.Summary of Responsibilities:Reporting to the Deputy Director of Animal Care, our Zookeepers are responsible for the feeding and general welfare of our zoo animals.Job Functions:• Assume immediate responsibility for the general welfare of animals in accordance with USDA and AZA guidelines.• Prepare food, feed, and provide water to the animals.• Regularly inspect animals and report sickness, injuries, or any other changes in their condition to the appropriate up-line personnel.• Assist, as directed, in medicating, capturing, crating, and transporting animals; assist veterinary department with animal restraint and procedures as needed.• Cooperate in zoo sponsored research, educational projects, and in establishing, modifying, and dismantling of exhibits and displays.• Clean and maintain the animal cages, exhibits, pens, pools and ponds, exhibit buildings and zoo grounds associated with exhibits including roads and paths within the perimeter fence of the animal areas. Service may be required on exhibits and animals outside of zoo grounds (temporary exhibits, etc.).• As directed, is responsible for:o Environmental enrichment, training, and conditioning of targeted species.o Assisting in training new Zoo Keepers and educational interns in the functions and workings of their area of responsibility.o Maintaining accurate records, prepares reports, maintains inventories, and picks up food when necessary.o Public safety during a crisis (fire, escape, etc.) on zoo grounds.• Participates in employee training programs.• Checks and secures cages, exhibits, gates, doors, locks, and exhibit buildings for security.• Performs customary maintenance and repairs on cages, fences, equipment, etc., and submits work order to appropriate up-line personnel if unable to accomplish maintenance or repairs.• Assists in pest control.• Acts as ambassador for the zoo, advising the public on viewing, feeding, and touching animals.• Must be available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, overtime, and be on call for emergency situations. • Performs other related duties as assigned.Minimum Qualifications:• A degree from an accredited college or university in zoology, animal science or related field and two (2) years previous animal care experience in a zoo or aquarium setting, or four (4) years animal care experience in a zoo or aquarium setting.• Familiarity with USDA and AZA guidelines.• Must test negative for Tuberculosis and have a current Rabies vaccination.• Familiarity and knowledge of animal enrichment, animal physiology, temperament, reproductive cycles, physical needs, and behavior for a wide variety of animal species.• Working knowledge of the prevention and precautionary actions that must be taken against various zoonotic diseases within the collection.• Ability to:o Handle and control animals; familiarity with animal escape and crisis procedure and proficiency with the use of capture equipment.o Maintain accurate records, understand and follow complex directions, and learn new skills.o Communicate effectively and courteously with the public and knowledgeable to answer their questions. o Lift fifty (50) pounds.o perform all essential functions of the job• Proficiency in using hand and power tools, physical capability to perform heavy manual labor, and willingness to work shifts and weekends.• Must possess and maintain a valid State Driver’s License.If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to be a Zookeeper of a well-renowned Zoo in the New England area, located in one of the most exciting and diverse cities on the east coast, send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: employment@rwpzoo.org-or-Roger Williams Park Zoo1000 Elmwood AvenueProvidence, RI 02907ATTN: Zookeeper Search