Zoo keeper (part time)

Organization: Virginia Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Virginia Zoo currently has a vacancy for a part time (19 hours a week) zoo keeper to be trained for relief keeper duties.

Daily duties and requirements for zoo keepers include the following:

• Observes animals, checking for medical problems, changes in behavior, feeding habits, and overall well being.

• Feeds animals as specified by curatorial staff in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements.

• Treats sick or injured animals with specified medications.

• Cleans, disinfects and maintains animal exhibits, enclosures, food and water dishes, pools and other areas.

• Keeps daily records on each animal (behavioral observations, and exhibit integrity and maintenance, etc).

• Supervises interns when required.

• Conducts animal demonstrations for zoo visitors and writes educational presentations.

• Must be able to handle and assist in the restraint and capture animals.

• Must be able to lift heavy feed and manure receptacles and walk long distances.

• Must have knowledge of behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.

• Must have knowledge of animal restraint apparatus such as ropes, squeeze cages, catch poles, shifts, nets etc.

• Must be able to use tools and operate small equipment.

• Requires normal hearing and seeing capabilities and the ability to stand, bend, lift, stoop, push and pull.

• Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and work in a team environment.

• Must work in a professional and friendly manner with zoo staff, volunteers and zoo visitors.

Qualified candidates should have a bachelor degree from an accredited four year college/university program and a minimum of 1 years professional work experience in a zoo or wildlife park facility.

This is a part time non-exempt hourly position with a starting pay rate of $13.58. Please see the City of Norfolk Human Resources web site for more details and to apply, application page for this position should open Monday 13th May onwards. Applications will only be accepted via the City of Norfolk website. http://agency.governmentjobs.com/norfolk/default.cfm

Applications will be accepted until May 23rd, 2013.