Education Program Coordinator - Small Mammal Keeper

Organization: Monterey Zoo
Location: Salinas, CA, us
Job or Internship: Job

The Education Program Coordinator / Small Mammal Keeper will be responsible for accomplishing animal care, exhibit maintenance, and coordination of the Educational Programs.  This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done.  Must be a proven leader, team player, and team member.  The priorities for this position include attention to animal care and health, fostering a positive team environment, and accomplishing an excellent guest experience.

Essential Job Functions

  • All team members must understand the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors.  Pro-active, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires. 
  • Provides for the needs of a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates through regular feedings, administering treatments as directed, exhibit maintenance and environmental enrichment programs for the species.
  • Input of data into the animal records databases; assures that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health.
  • Coordinates the purchasing relating to purchases such as food for the animal collection; assures that animal food, maintenance equipment and supplies are ordered and stocked in appropriate amounts, given the needs of the facility and the availability of resources.
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques.
  • Keep all exhibit areas and off exhibit areas clean, neat and well organized.
  • Help train new employees to assure compliance with established standards and protocols.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.      

Experience- One year of professional experience at a public zoo, wildlife park, animal facility or similar institution and a demonstrated knowledge of zoological operations.   

Other Requirements- Demonstrated ability to lead and work as a part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision   

A valid driver’s License with a good driving record  

Ability to drive small-medium size trucks is required.        

Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and/or weekends and holidays.  

Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.     

Language Skills- Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals,

professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.  Ability to write

reports and business correspondence.  Abilities to effectively present

information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers and the

general public.   

Interpersonal Skillsfriendly, positive attitude toward others.Ability to display servant

based behaviors to include:being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed.   

Guest/Customer Service Skills— must have knowledge of principles for providing quality customer service. This includes understanding guest needs, meeting quality standards for service and guest satisfaction.    

Reasoning Ability- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions

furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several

concrete variables in standardized situations.


Physical Demands- Must be able to work outdoors in any weather, lift 50 pounds, walk briskly or run if needed.  Must be able to move heavier items with assistance and do repetitive physical work such as raking and shoveling.  

Work Environment- Mostly outdoors in all weather. Some areas such as the reptile area are hot and humid. Must be able to handle or be near any animal in the collection. Will be exposed to several outdoor allergens such as dust and hay.  

Computer Skills- Must have working knowledge of Microsoft based office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)     

Public Presentation- Must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children.    

Pre Employment Testing- Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.  

Compensation – $10-$13 per hour DOE  

Benefits- One week paid vacation for every one year worked. Vacation times and dates must be approved by management.  Low cost housing is available on site. Commission on some tour sales.  Annual Bonus. No medical or relocation benefits.


Monterey Zoological Society, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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