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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Zoo Keeper FT/ Senior Zoo Keeper CASCADE-Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

The Department is currently recruiting to fill multiple full-time benefited vacancies for Zookeeper positions at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, including one Senior Zookeeper vacancy and two full-time Zookeeper vacancies at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The Department is seeking highly motivated, personable individuals with strong leadership skills and innovative ideas to become part of a dynamic team of employees with a strong commitment to providing excellent service to our diverse community.

About Senior Zookeeper: Under the general direction of the Zoo Manager and Zoo Curator, the position is responsible for the supervision, training, scheduling, and assignment of Zookeepers, Trainees, and Volunteers in safely providing a high standard of care for animals in the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo animal collection. The position will assist the Zoo Manager and Zoo Curator in record keeping and maintenance, establishing and updating procedures, recruitments, public interaction, and daily operations. Also, the position will assist in Public Relations, Education, and program and customer service delivery. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills and must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels. Familiarity with a wide variety of taxa including birds, carnivores, hoof stock, primates and reptiles as well as a background in animal training and enrichment are preferred.  

 About Zookeeper Full Time: The position performs work involving the care and feeding of zoo, domestic farm, and/or non-domestic animals and maintenance of cages, enclosures, grounds and service areas; working with animals under all types of climatic conditions to prepare them for presentations, capture and restraint, basic husbandry, and behavioral enrichment. In addition, responding to general questions from the public regarding non-domestic and/or domestic animals.



Experience Required

SENIOR ZOOKEEPER: Education: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate. Experience: Three (3) years (equivalent to 6,240 hours) of experience in the care of zoo animals, including one (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) as a Zookeeper at a zoo facility. Acceptable Substitutions: Coursework from an accredited college or university in zoology, biology, or closely related field can be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience on a year-for year basis. One (1) year of coursework is equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units. [Note - there is no substitution for the 1 year or 2,080 hours as a Zookeeper at a zoo facility.] ZOOKEEPER: Education: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate. Experience: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) of experience in the care of non-domestic animals. Acceptable Substitutions: College coursework in zoology, biology, or related field can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year of coursework is equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units. BOTH: Licenses: Possession of a valid California Driver's License may be required. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last year. Competencies The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include: Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies, and federal and state rules and regulations. Demonstrated skills and experience with the following: Knowledge of and experience with modern zoo operating practices and principles, including safety. Knowledge of and experience with principles for working with domestic and/or non-domestic animals as they pertain to park and zoo exhibits and performance of animal husbandry tasks. Knowledge of and experience with normal domestic and/or non-domestic animal behavior, with the ability to recognize and report abnormal behavior, attitude, or appearance of animals. Knowledge of and experience with behavioral enrichment and animal training programs. Knowledge of and experience with performing and/or assisting with basic veterinary procedures, handling and restraint of a wide variety of animals such as reptiles, birds, mammals, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and/or other domestic and non-domestic animals as they pertain to park and zoo exhibits. Knowledge of and experience with performing basic construction and maintenance of animal habitats and displays, including plant maintenance. Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts. Initiative: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance. Multi-tasking: Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s). Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome. Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. Additional Competencies for Senior Zookeeper Only: Coaching: Provides guidance, opportunities, and motivation to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve employee’s capabilities. Conflict Management: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.

Further Comments

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Minimum Salary: 44,054.40 Maximum Salary: 69,625.92.

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