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City of Watertown, SD



This position is responsible to assist with the animal care and animal collections for the Bramble Park Zoo; provides for safe, sustainable, and attractive recreational opportunities for residents and the general public. 


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  1. Ensures a safe and excellent customer service experience to our residents, members and patrons.  
  2. Provides food preparation, feeding, animal husbandry, and maintenance of animal exhibits.
  3. Perform daily observation of animals to identify normal and abnormal behaviors related to husbandry/health issues; coordinates with staff on animal training programs to facilitate husbandry behaviors.
  4. Communicates questions or concerns regarding medical/health issues of specimens in collection to supervisor.  Assists with treatment as directed by veterinarian.
  5. Maintains animal health records and animal activity records.
  6. Provides enrichment for animals.
  7. Responds to customer complaints and/or concerns.  Advises supervisor(s) of complaints and/or concerns not resolved.
  8. Maintains animal supplies as needed.
  9. Trains new seasonal employees.
  10. Provides backup assistance to other department personnel as needed. 
  11. Performs grounds care, custodial, light maintenance services for backup purposes as needed.
  12. Inspects, cleans, and performs preventive maintenance or repair on equipment used.
  13. Ensures all activities are carried out in a safe manner; adheres to all safety regulations; ensures all regulations pertaining to the safe use of equipment are understood and followed.
  14. Reports all accidents to the appropriate authority.  Follows all policies for reporting.
  15. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Knowledge of related occupational hazards and safety practices and procedures. 
  2. Knowledge of administrative policies and procedures of the City.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
  4. Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
  5. Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
  6. Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits with minimal direction and supervision.
  7. Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  8. Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
  9. Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications consistent for this position.
  10. Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
  11. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
  12. Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
  13. Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
  14. Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations.
  15. Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  16. Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
  17. Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
  18. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
  19. Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provision of Freedom of Information Act and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
  20. Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed.


The physical and work environment characteristics described in this description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or as otherwise required by law.  Employees needing reasonable accommodation should discuss the request with the employee’s supervisor. 

  • This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Work has standard vision requirements.
  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
  • Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • Work is performed daily both in and outdoors under all weather conditions and includes exposure to inclement weather, noise, vibrations, airborne materials, chemicals and live animals. 
  • Work is generally in a moderately noisy setting (e.g. business office, light traffic). 


  • High school diploma/equivalent and a minimum of two (2) years animal husbandry.


  • Associates degree in a life science.
  • Experience working with animals in an accredited institution.


Nothing in this job description limits management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Experience Required

High school diploma/equivalent and a minimum of two (2) years animal husbandry.


Full beenfits

How to Apply

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City of Watertown, SD
23 2nd St. NE
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-882-6200

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