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Wildlife Conservation Society

Provisional Wild Animal Keeper- Central Park Zoo

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform safe, proper and humane care of assigned animals according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff
  • Prepare animal diets according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff
  • Perform safe and proper maintenance of assigned animal exhibits, holding facilities, and associated service areas according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff
  • Assist curatorial/ supervisory staff in developing safe, proper and humane protocols for the management and maintenance of the animal collection, exhibits, holding facilities and associated service.
  • Participate in the modification and enhancement of animal exhibits under the direction of the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff to include, but not limited to, installation of plant material, perches and exhibit props such as rocks and logs
  • Inspect animal exhibits, holding facilities and associated service area to ensure that they are clean, well lit, properly ventilated, properly heated or cooled and that all mechanical systems are operating properly. Report any deficiencies and/or required maintenance to the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff. Make any minor repairs necessary to assure safe, proper and human animal management
  • Observe assigned animals for any changes in activity pattern, social behavior, feeding behavior and food preference, any abnormal behavior or evidence of injury and illness, any indications of sexual behavior or sexual cycle. Summarize these and any other observations relevant to safe, proper and humane management in a daily report submitted to the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff. Promptly report anything, which might require immediate action to the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff.
  • Carry out the veterinarian’s instructions for the care of sick and injured animals and summarize required procedures in a daily report submitted to the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff.
  • Submit a daily report to the appropriate senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/ curatorial staff which summarizes events/changes in the animal collection and staff activities of within assigned work areas, identifies requires maintenance and lists needed supplies and equipment.
  • Serve as acting Senior Wild Animal Keeper in their absence if instructed by the supervisory/curatorial staff
  • Aid the general public and provide information concerning the Prospect Wildlife Center, visitor services, exhibits and the animal collection
  • Enforce the Central Park Zoo visitor rules and regulations
  • Perform other related tasks and duties at the instruction of senior animal keeper and/or the supervisory/curatorial staff

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires outdoor work in all weather conditions. Tasks require manual dexterity and ability to safely use tools (e.g. drill, wire cutters, computer keyboard) and operate equipment. Some tasks require climbing, kneeling, bending, navigating uneven terrain, and moderate lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, holidays, evening and special events as the schedule demands

How to Apply

If interested, please apply using the careers link https://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

Wildlife Conservation Society
East 64th Street
NY, NY 10021
Phone: 7182207880

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