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North Carolina Zoo

NC Zoo Zookeeper - Cypress Swamp

JOB CLASS TITLE: Zookeeper
POSITION NUMBER: 65015881
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
DIVISION/SECTION: NC Zoo
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $31,200 - $35,500
SALARY GRADE / SALARY GRADE EQUIVALENT: GN06
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
CLOSING DATE: 12/02/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
 
***Pay Grade GN06 - Recruitment Range - $31,200 - $35,500***
*****Job offer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment screen conducted by assigned provider.***** 
 
Learn about the NC ZOO: https://www.nczoo.org   
Learn about employee perks/benefits: https://oshr.nc.gov/state-employee-resources/benefits




Primary Purpose of this Position:
The NC Zoo is seeking an enthusiastic team member to be part of its Cypress Swamp work unit.  The successful candidate will be working with a variety of North American species including a diverse collection of mammals, avian, amphibian, reptile, fish and invertebrate species.  An emphasis for this position will be placed on the reptilian and amphibian species housed in the Cypress Swamp work unit. Species include but are not limited to: American alligators, Alligator snapping turtles, Puerto Rican crested toads (breeding colony), Eastern indigo snakes and various other reptile and amphibian species, particularly those found in the North Carolina Sandhills region. Other species the candidate will be trained on include Cougar, with potential for training on native species housed in the sister work unit of Streamside. Responsibilities include the daily assessment and care of both on-habitat and off-habitat animal areas.

Daily duties include:
  • Systematic observation of animal health and behavior. 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 animals in our care 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 with 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.

 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 have good physical agility, strength, vision, and hearing, and the ability to perform strenuous physical work in extremes of weather and challenging physical environments.  Such as walk, stand, see animals and habitats for observation and safety as well as hear animal's sounds, radio communication and emergency situations.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to capture, handle and restrain live exotic and potentially dangerous animals and use associated capture equipment.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain a valid NC driver's license.
  • Must be SCUBA certified or become SCUBA certified within one year of hire date.
Candidate Requirements:
  • Must have good interpersonal relations/teamwork skills.
  • Must be team oriented, willing to learn and to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Must be innovative and willing to look for solutions.
  • Must be able to strictly follow all safety guidelines.
  • Must have good physical agility, strength, vision & hearing, and the ability to perform strenuous physical work in extremes of weather and challenging physical environments, e.g. outdoor animal enclosures. Specifically, this means the ability to lift 50 pounds, walk, stand, see animals & exhibits for observation and safety as well as hear animal's sounds, radio communication and emergency situations.
*****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. Visit - https://www.ncdcr.gov/

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:
**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 North American reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and avian species gained from working at an AZA accredited zoo, sanctuary setting or related facility to include the following:             
  • Positive reinforcement based operant conditioning
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Observing and understanding the complexities of animal behavior, including individual animals and larger social context
  • Demonstrated experience of animal husbandry to include knowledge of biology, including animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior.
  • Demonstrated experience of safe practices around a variety of North America native taxa, including venomous snakes, gained from working at an AZA accredited zoo, sanctuary setting or related facility.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with the safe handling of crocodilians and associated protocols.
  • Demonstrated experience with record-keeping.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office.
  • Proven communication skills to include visitor interactions, public speaking, reporting and/or team interactions.
Management Preference:
SCUBA certified  
 
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
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. 
 
SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
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).
 
CONTACT INFORMATION: 
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670

Please visit our website at www.nczoo.org for more information regarding our facility.

 

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.

Perks

https://oshr.nc.gov/state-employee-resources/benefits

Salary

$31,200 - $35,500

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/index.html

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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