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Kansas City Zoo

ANIMAL COMMISSARY SPECIALIST (FULL TIME)

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Under direction, performs routine work assignments involving the preparation of Zoo animal diets and maintenance of commissary kitchen. Performs related work as required.
 
 
POSITION DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Duties
Percentage
Diet Preparation and Inventory Control:
  • Prepares fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and other substances for consumption by Zoo animals by cutting, weighing/measuring and combining them according to dietary instructions.
  • Orders food products and supplies and inspects shipments for discrepancies/quality.
  • Loads and unloads commissary shipments, rotates stock, and maintains inventory control records.
55%
Commissary Safety and Cleanliness:
  • Maintains work area by cleaning and disinfecting commissary kitchen.
  • Practices general pest control procedures.
  • Reports maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.
20%
Customer Service:
  • Coordinates with outside food suppliers for shipments and deliveries.
  • Greets and welcomes all guests.
  • Assists with all guests’ needs, including questions and inquiries.
15%
Assists in training new commissary keepers and volunteers.
10%
 
*This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.
 
 
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. EDUCATION & FORMAL TRAINING:
    1. High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Certificate accepted or at least one year of experience in a similar position.
  1. EXPERIENCE:
    1. Skill in using kitchen utensils, including knives, food processors, blenders, etc.
    2. Knowledge of proper handling, preparation, inspection, and storage of fresh produce, meat, fish, grains and other nutritional components.
    3. Knowledge of inventory practices and requirements sufficient to be able to identify shortages and reorder supplies as necessary.
    4. Knowledge of type and application of sanitation and pesticide methods around foodstuffs.
    5. Ability to perform basic mathematics and calculations in preparing a variety of diets.
    6. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
    7. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  1. OTHER MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    1. Must have valid driver’s license.
    2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
    3. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have sufficient mobility to ensure a safe work environment.
    4. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
    5. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
    6. Must pass a background and drug screening.
    7. Must be vaccinated or agree to become vaccinated for COVID-19, to work safely with staff and the animals under the team's care.

How to Apply

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Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: (816) 595-1234

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