Animal Keeper 2 - Penguins

Organization: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (AZA Member)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore seeks an enthusiastic professional to join our dynamic team! The Animal Keeper 2 will observe changes in animals’ appetite, disposition, habits, and in physical appearance and/or excreta to detect indications of stress or illness; inspect enclosures, fencing, pools, and furniture for cleanliness and/or structural defects and to perform minor repairs as needed; prepare diets for animals, clean and fill water containers, and place food in exhibits at specified times; clean facilities, exhibits, and associated animal areas according to the area protocols or as directed by management; and transfer animals in accordance with departmental policy and standards from one enclosure to another for husbandry purposes. This person will provide species appropriate and approved enrichment to animals; and assist in data collection for approved research projects; provide routine maintenance of facilities and minor repair of equipment, exhibits, and all associated animal areas. He/she will maintain familiarity with all animal recapture and restraint equipment; capture and restrain animals for routine veterinary, emergency, training or husbandry, and management procedures; and assist with medical care procedures and administer medication as directed. The Animal Keeper 2 will provide general maintenance of grounds in and around exhibits and associated facilities; act as a member of the Animal Recapture Team as needed and directed; drive to specified locations as needed; and interact in a consistently pleasant and helpful manner to fellow employees, guests, vendors, and other visitors of the Zoo and demonstrate the highest standards of internal and external customer service. Assignments include contact yard areas and animal guest interactive areas. This person will maintain reports on all animal conditions in daily reports, diary, records, etc.; provide regular updates to the Area Manager on the condition and status of the animal collection; attend general staff meetings and departmental meetings; interpret the Zoo to guests, donors, and zoo associates; attend all staff training sessions as directed; and, promote the mission of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. He/she will unload and store commissary items; and, maintain equipment and tools in a good state of repair; perform other duties as assigned; and, adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo. This is an hourly, non-exempt, full-time position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associates degree in zoology, biology, or related field preferred. Or, two years of continuing education towards a bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or related field preferred. One year of paid or unpaid animal experience, excluding pets; Must possess a valid driver’s license; and, Must be familiar with computer operations including Microsoft Office programs and data entry. Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals from ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds; Ability to operate both independently and as part of a team in a productive and efficient manner with proper time management skills; Extremely well organized; Self-directed, collaborative, and detail oriented; and, Possess a positive attitude and a general philosophy/outlook in line with the Zoo’s mission. Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, telephone, radio, and vehicles, hand tools, animal restraint and capture devices, incubators, gardening/carpentry tools and machinery, computer, scales, etc. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance; Must be able to lift 75 pounds with assistance and 50 pounds unassisted as needed; Must be able to travel large areas of the Zoo on foot as needed; Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events; Must be able to stand and remain active for an eight hour shift; Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions; Must be able to climb a ladder carrying up to 15 pounds; Exposure to zoonotic diseases and risk of animal attack; Exposure to potential environmental hazards such as poison oak/ivy, uneven terrain, and insect bites/stings; and, TB test, physical required.

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