Animal Keeper - Africa




Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Animal Keeper – Africa DepartmentDescription: The Cincinnati Zoo is currently seeking (4) full-time zookeepers for the Africa Department within the Animal Division. Responsibilities include the daily inspection, feeding, cleaning, training, enrichment, medicating and maintenance of the animals in the Collection. This dynamic collection will include a variety of species including, but not limited to hoof stock, carnivores & birds. Summary: This position encompasses skilled professional and technical work in the routine daily care of assigned animals, enclosures and related facilities of the Zoo’s Africa Collection. These are full-time (40 hours per week with benefits) keeper positions, which are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period and the deduction of union dues. This position requires weekend work with regular off-days to be determined.Clean animal displays, holding areas, service areas, public sections and grounds; Complete inspection of all enclosures to ensure the safety of the animal collection; Identify maintenance issues and correct or repair each as required, reporting non-correctable maintenance issues, including potential safety hazards, to the Maintenance Supervisor; Observe general animal health and behavior, on a daily basis, and report any abnormal circumstances to a supervisor; Maintain records of health, behavior, enrichment, operant conditioning and visitor engagement issues in designated programs in assigned areas, via electronic programs; Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures for the animal collection; Perform behavior modification and enrichment programs in assigned areas; Instruct new personnel in the proper methods of animal care consistent with approved policies and procedures; Assist in the training, supervision, evaluation of volunteers, interns, and vocational students, as needed; Assist animal health and curatorial staff with animal handling, capture, restraint, transport and medication administration; Develop and present visitor engagement programs that include, but are not restricted to, random encounters, educational programs and Meet-the-Keeper programs; Interact with the public and Zoo staff in a professional and courteous manner; Make decisions consistent with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden policies and procedures when required; Perform daily duties in all sections of assigned department as required; Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree a related field and demonstrated knowledge and successful experience in animal husbandry and experience using operant & classical conditioning & animal handling techniques with large mammals; A minimum of two years experience working with hoof stock and/or carnivores is required; experience with avian taxa is desirable. Successful applicants must demonstrate excellent communication and problem solving skills, while applying good judgment, to deliver animal care and guest experiences that meet the highest standards. The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with co-workers (including staff, interns, students and volunteers) is important to possess within a successful applicant. Candidate must be comfortable with guest interactions and in delivering public presentations, including daily keeper encounters. Successful candidates will embrace and continuously demonstrate the Core Values of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden which include, but are not limited to: Building Collaborative Relationships through open communication and active listening; having Positivity and Energy through positive attitudes and making time to celebrate successes; having Accountability, Mutual Trust and Respect through taking ownership of issues, learning from mistakes, treating others with respect, holding self and others accountable and doing what you say you’re going to do; possessing Progressive Thinking through being a self-directed learner, and learning from others, thinking creatively, challenging the status quo respectively, and demonstrating relentless pursuit for improvement; and having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership through respect and care for the living collection, going the extra mile, always being an advocate for the Zoo and demonstrating a strong personal ownership. Working Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen and background check. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects. In addition, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; Strength to perform average lifting of up to 50lbs; the ability to walk over uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time; the ability to work outdoors in inclement weather; and coordination for activities involving stooping, kneeling, and crouching. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle). The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. Cover letter and resume should be included in your online application.Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate.Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected status.