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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 Class: Interpretive Naturalist Aide
Working Title: Interpret Naturalist Aide - Animal Care Technician 2
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:
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
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
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.
$18.16 - $24.48/hourly
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 ZooApple Valley, MN 55124Phone: 952-431-9255
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