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As one of the top zoos with over 450 species of animals, Seasonal Keepers receive valuable hands-on zookeeping experience while providing high-quality care for the welfare of the collection. You will demonstrate your practical understanding of animal behavior, ability to work with live animals safely, and attention to details while closely observing assigned animals, carefully observing the condition of the assigned area and animal enclosures, and maintaining animal record documentation as assigned. Your friendly demeanor, good interpersonal skills and outstanding communication skills will contribute to creating an extraordinary guest experience as Seasonal Keepers may work in public areas and may interact with guests.
As Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year, Seasonal Keeper positions require the ability to work rotating shifts including weekends, holidays and evenings. This position also requires that you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license. This is a temporary (seasonal) position. The union hourly wage for this position is $13.00 per hour.
This position starts April 1, 2021.
This position is working in three animal areas:
Hamill Family Play Zoo - where children can touch animals, paint murals, discover insects.
Wild Encounters - where families can feed birds in our aviary, and visit our goats, llamas, alpacas, reindeer, and wallabies.
Animal Ambassadors – representing nearly forty species dedicated to personal experience and education, both on and off site.
Public speaking skills, public interaction with guests (children and families), and operant conditioning skills a plus.
High school graduate or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree or college coursework in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and experience preferred. Minimum six months animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience preferred. Must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and ability to work with live animals safely. Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred. Must be able to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly. Must be reliable. Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
Good interpersonal and communications skills. Must be able to interact in a courteous and professional manner. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently. Multilingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus. Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at www.czs.org/careers. Please look for requisition number 2131BR.
CZS/Brookfield Zoo3300 Golf RoadBrookfield, IL 60513Phone: 7086888400
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