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North Carolina Zoo

Rocky Coast Zookeeper

Zookeeper - Rocky Coast
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $31,200 - $35,500
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Randolph County
CLOSING DATE: 06/17/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


***Pay Grade GN06 - Recruitment Range - $31,200 - $35,500***
*****Job offer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment screen conducted by assigned provider.***** 
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Primary Purpose of this Position:
The NC Zoo is seeking an enthusiastic team member to be part of its Rocky Coast work unit. Animals cared for include polar bears, pinnipeds, arctic foxes, North American porcupine, and the seabird colony. Responsibilities include the daily assessment and care of these species both on-habitat and off-habitat animal areas.
 Daily duties also include:
  • Heavy lifting of hay, grain, manure, etc; heavy duty cleaning and scrubbing is a routine occurrence. 
  • Systematic observation of animal health and behavior both on and off exhibit. Participation in a behavior focused program that utilizes trust-based relationships, animal choice and control, and positive reinforcement operant conditioning to work cooperatively with the assigned animals to provide optimal care. 
  • Development and implementation of a holistic behavioral management program which utilizes training, enrichment, variability, and research to provide a dynamic environment where optimal welfare.
  • Thorough and accurate written records for computer databases.
  • Actively participating in team problem solving and decision making processes.
  • Participates in NC Zoo programs, to include: behavioral management, enrichment and Environmental Management System (EMS) programs.
  • Required to participate in the zoo's occupational health program due to potential exposure to zoonosis.
  • Position has rotating schedule that involves working holidays and weekends and involves both indoor/outdoor work.
  • May be assigned to work with other animal species in other work units as needed.
  • Interaction with zoo visitors in formal and informal settings.
Job Requirements:
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and after regular work shifts.
  • Position is considered "Essential/Mandatory Staff" and required to work on adverse weather days and during zoo emergencies.
  • Must be able to capture, handle and restrain live exotic and potentially dangerous animals and use associated capture equipment.
  • Must be scuba certified or able to become certified within 6 months of employment.
  • Job offer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment screen conducted by assigned provider.  
Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit: 
The North Carolina Zoo exists for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all of North Carolina's citizens and visitors to the zoo. The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world's wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo displays, conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American and African regions of the world through the presentation of live animal exhibits from these regions.
 Department Information:
 The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.


**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**
  • Demonstrated hands-on animal care experience with large carnivores and/or pinnipeds and/or seabirds  gained from working at an AZA accredited zoo or related facility to include the following:
1) Positive reinforcement based operant conditioning. 
2) Environmental enrichment. 
3) Keen observation skills to discern and interpret subtle changes in health, condition and behavior of animals, and to monitor breeding activity.
  • Demonstrated experience using safe practices and protocols with large carnivores and/or pinnipeds and/or seabirds gained from working at an AZA accredited zoo or related facility. 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of biology, animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior.
  • Demonstrated experience with record-keeping.
  • Demonstrated experience using computers and MS Office.
  • Proven communication skills to include guest interactions, public speaking, reporting and/or team interactions.


Associate's degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field from appropriately accredited institution, or High School Degree and two years of animal care experience in a zoo or related facility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. 
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. 
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-807-7373

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NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

Experience Required

Associate's degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field from appropriately accredited institution, or High School Degree and two years of animal care experience in a zoo or related facility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 



Recruitment Range - $31,200 - $35,500

How to Apply

Deadline 06/17/21 5:00 p.m. EST     APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 

NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

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