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Fresno Chaffee Zoo inspires wonder of our natural world, provides an engaging learning environment, and creates a passion for conservation.
This position is responsible for the daily care, feeding and enrichment of animals in the assigned collection or section. Duties include maintaining cleanliness of animal enclosures and ensuring that Zoo policies and protocols are followed consistently. This position will regularly interact with Zoo guests to answer questions, provide animal information, and ensure an excellent guest experience.
This position will primarily be assigned to our Africa Twiga team which includes white rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, greater kudu, common eland, impala, cheetah, ostrich. pink-backed pelicans, Egyptian geese, ostrich, and yellow-billed stork. This position may also be assigned to work in other areas of the zoo as needed at the discretion of the Animal Management team.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:
-Minimum of an Associate’s degree or 60 credits towards a Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Animal Science, Zoology or other applicable field is preferred.
-Minimum one (1) year related experience in a zoological or wildlife facility.
-Twelve units of accredited college or university level course work in animal science, zoology, biology, wildlife management, or related field may be substituted for six (6) months experience.
-Strong verbal and written English skills and the ability to communicate effectively with the public. Bilingual skills a plus.
-Valid California driver’s license and good driving record, preferred.
-Ability to work evenings, weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed. Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Zoo may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.
-This position is regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch, and kneel; use hands and arms for care of animals and cleaning of enclosures. Regularly required to climb stairs or ladders.
-The employee is regularly required to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds, and occasionally up to 75 pounds.
-Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires, sight, hearing and sense of smell.
-Visual acuity to read printed instructions and safety information, and to assess animal behavior. Color perception is also required.
-Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication (in person and via telephone), at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
-The position functions both indoors and outdoors, with potential exposure to heat, cold, and inclement weather.
-The employee is regularly exposed to a variety of animals with risk of animal bites (including venomous), zoonotic disease, and other animal-related injury.
-The employee may be required to work at heights.
-Occasional travel may be required.
Become a member of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo team and help us on our quest to share these incredible animals with the Central Valley!
Interested Applicants should apply online: www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/careers
Fresno Chaffee Zoo894 W. Belmont AveFresno, CA 93728Phone: 559-498-5910
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