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Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo - Assistant Aquarist

The Zoo encompasses a 485 acre campus and is home to more than 5,300 animals with about 1.29 million guests visiting annually. The Zoo is a coordinator of international conservation and breeding programs and is the State’s largest environmental educator with over 400,000 participants annually. The Zoo’s conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems and its education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout our region, and around the world.

Job Details

Job Class: Interpretive Naturalist Aide

Working Title: Interpret Naturalist Aide - Animal Care Technician 2

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 10/11/2021
  • Closing Date: 10/25/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoological Gardens-AFSCME
  • Division/Unit: Biological Programs / Aquariums
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Days of Work:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday; occasional after hours and overnights
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $18.16 - $24.48/hourly; $37,918 - $51,114/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 207 - Technical/AFSCME
  • Work Area: Marine Mammals, Aquariums, Life Support
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This is a second-level position responsible for performing husbandry and enrichment for the animals in the care of the Minnesota Zoo, including preparing and feeding established diets and cleaning and maintaining safe, secure and sanitary animal habitats and exhibit spaces. The incumbent ensures appropriate welfare of the animals in a manner that supports the Minnesota Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. The incumbent operates fleet vehicles to move around the Zoo campus.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare, deliver and/or feed animals according to established diet protocols and within daily deadlines so that the highest level of animal nutrition and animal health is maintained.
  • Perform cleaning of animal habitats and holding areas and staff workspaces and perform shifting of animals according to established protocols so that animal and staff areas are clean, sanitary, attractive and properly maintained and animals are safe and properly secured at all times.
  • Perform routine animal observation and enrichment according to established protocols so that the optimal health and welfare of each animal is maintained.
  • Assist with animal training for preventive medical tasks according to established protocols so that the optimal health and welfare of each animal is maintained.
  • Attend and/or complete all assigned reading and training within deadlines so that compliance with all applicable regulations, standards, policies and procedures is maintained.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and its projects and maintain the Minnesota Zoo.

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications One (1) year post-secondary coursework in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Ecology or closely related animal science field Ability to learn and understand the basic biology of multiple exotic or wildlife animal species Open water SCUBA certification or equivalent Current CPR and 1st AID certification or the ability to obtain certification prior to date of hire One (1) experience working with and caring for animals including preparing animal diets, feeding animals, maintaining sanitary animal living conditions, observing animal behavior, and maintaining animal records Ability to observe and accurately and completely report and record animal behaviors and activities Ability to understand and apply technical/scientific information that relates to the care and health of animals in human care Interpersonal communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate and work with colleagues and guests from different backgrounds with courtesy, respect, and interest in positive problem-solving Written communication skills sufficient to write, prepare, and edit materials such as animal records, emails, procedures, etc., with attention to detail and accuracy Math skills sufficient to add, subtract, multiply, divide, work with fractions and make basic measurement conversions Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet and other software applications sufficient to create emails and enter, compile, save and retrieve data Demonstrated ability to maintain a work environment that respects and values differences and diversity Current valid driver’s license Preferred Qualifications Two-year college degree in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Ecology or closely related animal science field Experience working with and caring for animals at an AZA accredited zoo or aquarium including preparing animal diets, feeding animals, maintaining sanitary animal living conditions, observing animal behavior, and maintaining animal records Experience testing and maintaining water quality chemical balance aspects for maintaining biological systems Experience working with and caring for fish and/or invertebrates in fresh and/or saltwater aquaria Experience working with and caring for marine mammals or animal ambassadors Advanced or Rescue SCUBA certification or equivalent

Perks

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Salary

$18.16 - $24.48/hourly

How to Apply

Visit the State of Minnesota Website and apply on line: Search Jobs / Careers in the State of Minnesota (mn.gov) or visit the Minnesota Zoo website

Search for job ID: 49656

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-431-9255

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