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Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.
Position Title: Zookeeper
Reports To: Zoological Curator/Manager
FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt
All positions with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. are classified as 'Safety-Sensitive.'
(All candidates for employment with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. must pass a pre-placement drug screening prior to beginning work)
Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of “Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.” A dynamic group of passionate individuals brings the zoo to life each day, 365 days per year, caring for animals, greeting guests, educating the public and managing the facilities. Each member of the team is integral to the success of the zoo as a key asset in the City of Tulsa and the Northeast Oklahoma region, delivering recreational opportunities, providing unplugged family time and conserving animal species for future generations.
This position is responsible for the daily care, maintenance and observation of assigned animal collection and associated facilities. Will be involved with exhibit maintenance, diet preparation, conservation breeding programs, veterinary procedures, animal training and enrichment, addressing guests and education programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Other duties may be assigned in keeping with the mission of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI)
This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Excellence and Continuous Improvement
Stewardship and Conservation
Safety and Security
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.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Environmental Resources, Wildlife Management or a related field from college or university; six months of exotic animal experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Generally, one year of full time exotic animal experience will translate to one year of college.
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 of customers, employees of TZMI and the general public.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money.
Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; International Species Information Systems (ISIS) a plus; Internet Browser(s)- Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.
Other Skills, Abilities or Qualifications
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable on TZMI’s insurance carrier. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Use of any/all of the following: automatic and standard transmission vehicles, rake, shovel, wheel barrow, pallet jack, catch pole, capture nets, snake hook, small hand held and power tools (hammer, screwdriver, drill, wire cutters etc.), scale, garden hose. General knowledge of zoo animal husbandry and observational skills. Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals. Must be capable of emergency response handling to avoid injury to self, others, and animal. Good observational skills. Must have strong interpersonal and communications skills. Maintain good time management to perform responsibilities showing productivity. Actively seek ways to streamline processes; open to new ideas and approaches, initiative, planning and organization; flexible and adaptable; follow instructions; seeks additional training and development.
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.
This position requires substantial standing; substantial walking, moderate sitting; substantial reaching with hands and arms; substantial climbing or balancing; substantial stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; substantial talking or hearing; moderate lifting up to 60 pounds.
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.
This work environment involves minimal working near moving mechanical parts; substantial work in outdoor weather conditions; substantial work with moderate noise level. May involve substantial work in a wet or humid environment.
Reports To: Zoological Curator/Manager/Supervisor or Veterinarian
To apply for this position, please follow this link.
Tulsa Zoo6421 E 36th St NTulsa, OK 74115Phone: 918-669-6601Fax: 918-524-9631
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