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SUMMARY: The Society believes its mission is best achieved by caring for animals at the Zoo. To that end, the Society employs animal care professionals, including but not limited to veterinary staff, animal behaviorists, animal managers and curators, nutritionists, scientists and animal care givers. The latter is referred to as an “Animal Keeper,” and under general supervision by Zoo management, an Animal Keeper has responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of an animal(s) and the animal’s habitat or exhibit. In addition, an Animal Keeper is expected to further the Society’s mission of the 3 c’s by providing information to the Zoo visitor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Specifically, an Animal Keeper “performs all aspects of animal care including upkeep of exhibits and adjacent areas, minor and emergency repairs to exhibits, designing and building displays and exhibit changes, conducting tours, public speaking, coordinating volunteers. “ See Agreement between the Society and Teamsters Local 856 for the period of January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022.
To provide better clarity to the above language, the following duties and responsibilities are included:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The Society encourages bilingual candidates to apply.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
EXPERIENCE: One-year paid experience working with ranch, farm, or exotic animals. A degree from an institution offering specialized animal management programs with a hands-on component or an internship working with animals may meet this qualification. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups. Ability to work in a team environment and be a team player. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. For certain species or dangerous animals, special and/or additional requirements may be necessary for the safety of employee, animal and/or member of the public.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: A valid Driver’s License.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals. May involve exposure to possible serious accidents or injury and to very disagreeable working conditions in handling dangerous or sick animals or raw sewage and other refuse.
Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. EOE.
Application: Please apply via our web site at:
Please attach a cover letter with your resume.
Please apply via our web site at:
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens1 Zoo Rd.San Francisco, CA 94132
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