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General Summary: The Animal Keeper will provide care and maintenance of the animals and their associated exhibits and holding areas. The Animal Keeper is responsible for working collaboratively with other keepers and coworkers to achieve departmental and Zoo-wide initiatives. The Animal Keeper will report to his or her assigned Area Manager and the Assistant General Curator.
Communication (Internal and External):
Management of Resources (financial, human resources, facilities):
● Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or a related field of study strongly preferred.
● Three years of paid or unpaid professional animal experience preferred; Experience may NOT include pets;
● Experience in a zoological or related institution strongly preferred;
● Must possess a valid driver’s license; and,
● Must be familiar with computer operations including email, 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, respectful, 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, scales, etc.
● Must be able to lift 75 pounds with assistance and 50 pounds unassisted as needed;
● Must be able to climb a ladder carrying up to 15 pounds;
● 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 stand and remain active for an eight hour shift; must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance;
● 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 work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions;
● 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,
● Initial tuberculosis (TB) test and physical required;
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified. Therefore, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.
Please apply at www.marylandzoo.org
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore1876 Mansion House Drive BaltimoreBaltimore, MD 21217Phone: 4435520890
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