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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Animal Health Center ACP/Animal Nutrition Center Technician

SUMMARY

This is a full-time position split between animal care at the Animal Health Center (AHC) and diet preparation at the Animal Nutrition Center (ANC), based on where help is needed most. While at the AHC, the ACP is responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animals in quarantine or under medical observation. While at the ANC this position prepares and delivers diets, ensuring food safety and maintaining USDA and AZA compliance and standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Assists with keeping the health center clean and organized.
  • Is familiar with, and helps enforce, quarantine protocols as directed by the Director, Animal Health.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Makes observations regarding assigned animals including; general activity, interaction with other animals, fecal matter and reproductive behavior.
  • Develops a good line of communication with the Veterinarians to ensure that all AHC animals are monitored and cared for and that any problems are reported.
  • Prepares animal diets as directed.
  • Delivers diets to the various collection areas as directed.
  • Cleans and maintains the nutrition center according to procedures and USDA and AZA standards.
  • Accurately maintains necessary records.
  • Communicates problems, issues or concerns as it relates to the collection, staff or public to the manager or a member of senior staff.
  • Performs manual labor to include; moving feed bags, boxes of meat and fish, hay bales, and shavings.
  • Engages and interacts with Zoo visitors/guests concerning Zoo operations, education and conservation.
  • Interacts with other ACP’s and co-workers from other departments in a professional manner.
  • Follows established protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The technician position is impacted by a wide variety of hazardous exposures: 

  • Depending on assignment, the ACP will have to deal with the unpredictability of wild animals.
  • The care and husbandry of animals, some of whom are dangerous.
  • The use of cleaning agents and other chemicals.
  • A hospital environment with all hazards common to the health industry such as needles, medications, USDA drugs, X-ray equipment, etc.
  • The handling of a variety of sharp cutting utensils used in the preparation of animal diets.

Specific training and procedures will be provided designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection. 

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory. 

This position, as with any staff member of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the staff handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, staff should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds
  • Exposure to wet surfaces during daily cleaning
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education and work experience

  • High School Diploma; some College, or College degree preferred with a background and/or degree in conservation biology, environmental science, marine science, social science, or other related field.
  • At least 1 years ACP experience in either work experience or internship preferred.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate with others to provide deliverables on an agreed upon deadline.
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrated time-management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft suite; experience with online databases a plus
  • Strong organizational skills with strong attention to detail.

Desirable qualities

  • Strong interest in advancing the conservation missions of zoos and aquariums.
  • High self-motivation and a detail-oriented work ethic.
  • Professional, positive, and enthusiastic demeanor.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Seasonal flu and COVID vaccination.
  • Must be First Aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends.  Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work.

BENEFITS

  • Pay rate of $15.00 per hour.
  • Paid time off (vacation, personal, holidays, and bereavement leave)
  • Medical health insurance costs partially covered 
  • Dental and vision health insurance options available
  • Basic life insurance and accidental death, and dismemberment policies covered for employee
  • Critical illness and accident insurance options available
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 401K plan
  • Short term disability covered
  • Long term disability option available 
  • Flexible spending account option available
  • After one year, eligible to apply for a Passion Into Conservation Action (PiCA)  grant, which is a Zoo funded conservation research project

How to Apply

Employment | Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205-879-0409

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