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Austin Zoo

Keeper 2/Keeper 3

SUMMARY:
 
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Curator and/or Director in carrying out daily animal husbandry, exhibit and holding area management and keeper chats/encounters as scheduled.  Keeper II/Keeper III will be trained through all areas of the zoo.  Starting level/pay will be based on years of experience.
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
·         All aspects of Animal Husbandry including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
·         Keeper chats/encounters as scheduled. Public media as requested by Curator/Director.
·         Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities, medical procedures, etc.
·         Cooperates with Animal Health staff for animal health issues, treatments, veterinary procedures, transfers and crating.
·         Reports facility needs to Curator/Director in a timely way.
·         Adherence to area specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s) including safety.
·         Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
·         Good knowledge of species-specific enrichment and training protocols.
·         Other duties as assigned.
 
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
·         Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required with specific knowledge of animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.
·         Keeper II:  3-5 years of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting. 
·         Keeper III:  5+ years of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting.
·         A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
·         Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.
·         Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.
·         Knowledge of Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
·         Must have good written and oral communication skills.
·          Ability to perform all husbandry tasks for all species within the facility.
 
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
 
·         In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
·         No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
·         Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
·         Ability to work in all weather conditions.
·         No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
·         Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to move up to 100lbs.
·         Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
·         Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
·         Proof of rabies vaccination preferred.
 

How to Apply

Send invoice to info@austinzoo.org and kim.sessions@austinzoo.org; 512-288-1490

Austin Zoo
Austin, TX

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