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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Zoo Keeper FT/PT/Senior Zoo Keeper CASCADE - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

The Department is currently recruiting to fill multiple full-time and part-time vacancies for Zoo Keeper positions at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and Emma Prusch Farm Park, including one full-time vacancy for a Senior Zoo Keeper position at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.
Zoo Keeper FT/PT: The position performs work involving the care and feeding of non-domestic and/or domestic animals and maintenance of cages, enclosures, grounds and service areas; working with animals under all types of climatic conditions to prepare them for presentations, capture and restraint, basic husbandry, and behavioral enrichment. In addition, responding to general questions from the public regarding non-domestic and/or domestic animals.

Senior Zoo Keeper: Under the general direction of the Zoo Director and Zoo Curator, the position is responsible for the supervision, training, scheduling, and assignment of Zoo Keepers, Trainees, and Volunteers in safely providing a high standard of care for animals in the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo animal collection. The position will assist the Zoo Director and Zoo Curator in record keeping and maintenance, establishing and updating procedures, recruitments, public interaction, and daily operations. Also, the position will assist in Public Relations, Education, and program and customer service delivery. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills and must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels. Familiarity with a wide variety of taxa including birds, carnivores, hoofstock, primates and reptiles as well as a background in animal training and enrichment are preferred.

Experience Required

Zoo Keeper: Education: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate. Experience: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) of experience in the care of non-domestic animals. Acceptable Substitutions: College coursework from an accredited college or university in zoology, biology, or related field can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year of coursework is equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units. Senior Zoo Keeper: Education: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate. Experience: Three (3) years (equivalent to 6,240 hours) of experience in the care of zoo animals, including one (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) as a Zoo Keeper at a zoo facility. Acceptable Substitutions: College coursework from an accredited college or university in zoology, biology, or closely related field can be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience on a year-for year basis. One (1) year of coursework is equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

Further Comments

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) is a 16-acre amusement park and Association of Zoo's & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo located in San José, California. HHPZ is open year-round catering to families with children. It operates seven amusement park rides, showcases various endangered species, and operates one of the oldest classical puppet theaters in California, as well as offering many other playgrounds and attractions emphasizing play and imagination in a natural conservation setting. Emma Prusch Farm Park is a 43-acre Regional park in San José, California. The park is open year-round and helps demonstrate the valley's agricultural past in a rural atmosphere. It includes a 4-H barn (the largest in San José), community gardens, rare-fruit orchards, demonstration gardens, picnic areas, event buildings, playgrounds, and is home to the Hatchery Preschool and Veggielution. Through the park's interactive Small Animal Area, themed classes, and camps, children have an opportunity to experience and learn about the park's unique collection of Farm Animals.

Salary

39,644.80-59,675.20

How to Apply

To apply online, go to www.sanjoseca.gov. Scroll to the bottom and click on Careers. Click on Open-Competitive Recruitments. Go to page three and click on Zoo Keeper FT/PT/Senior Zoo Keeper CASCADE – Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services – (1901248)

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
1300 Senter Rd.
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 794-6400

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