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Chicago Zoological Society / /Brookfield Zoo

Assistant Animal Care Specialist, Pachyderm

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

 
Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world.  The Society is an active partner in wildlife protection programs around the world.  We have pioneered the field of conservation psychology, the study of how people connect with animals and nature.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Humane Association, Brookfield Zoo provides state-of-the-art care through top-notch medical, husbandry, and nutrition programs to thousands of animals representing over 500 species.  We take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation, have an exciting, fast-paced work environment, and a family-friendly atmosphere.    Employees are committed to our important conservation mission.
 
This position will be focused on the care of large mammals and ungulates in the Pachyderm and Great Bear Wilderness facilities. Experience caring for rhino, North American bison, pygmy hippo, and tapirs is preferred. This position includes indoor and outdoor exhibits in all extremes of Chicago weather. Ability to operate a bobcat or similar equipment is also preferred.  The successful candidate will excel at public interaction, tours, and informal chats. 

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by, under close supervision, providing general care for animals and performs related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and interpretives in assigned area.  Inform, assist, and direct guests as necessary.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

Observe assigned animals closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their behavior, health, and welfare.  Keep animal records as assigned.  Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment.  Prepare and distribute food as directed.  Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas.  Study specific reference materials about animals in assigned area.  Read other zoological and husbandry texts as assigned.  Perform routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed. Demonstrate knowledge of and implement Society-wide and area emergency procedures as directed.

Monitor guests to insure animal and human safety and protection of Society property.  Communicate with and assist guests.  Take initiative to facilitate guests’ appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit. Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretives as assigned.  Report maintenance needs.  Perform minor maintenance tasks as assigned. Other related duties as assigned. 

 

Experience Required

Position requirements: Bachelor's degree in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and/or experience required. Animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience required. Must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and the ability to work with live animals safely. Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred. Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently; learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly; develop proficiency in routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed; and demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job duties and be reliable. Must be alert and make sound independent judgments. Ability to perceive and act upon relevant changes in animal behaviors and conditions. Good interpersonal skills and decision-making skills required. The ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner. Must have or acquire general knowledge about the Society, gain an understanding of the Society’s mission, and become familiar with and follow Society policies and procedures. Valid driver’s license required. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently. Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.

Further Comments

Assistant Animal Care Specialist is a one-year probationary position to attain Animal Care Specialist status. Animal Care Specialists are frequently subjected to potential hazards that include direct contact with or close proximity to live animals. These positions are physically demanding, and employees may be subjected to a variety of physical demands and environmental factors and exposures. May be required to undergo physical examinations, including vaccinations, inoculations, blood tests, or other such testing or procedures as may be required by law or deemed reasonably necessary. This is a full-time position with rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. This job description contains the primary duties and responsibilities of the position, but in no way implies that these are the only duties the employee may ever be called upon to perform. The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Workplace safety is the Chicago Zoological Society’s top priority. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they request and receive a religious or medical exemption. New hires must have at least received their first vaccine dose prior to their start date. (Updated 9/16/22.)

Perks

Benefits, 401K, PTO

Salary

24.86/hour

How to Apply

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at www.czs.org/careers.  Please use the Advanced Search feature to look for requisition number 2397BR.

 

Chicago Zoological Society / /Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 7086888400

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