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Denver Zoo

Seasonal Animal Ambassador Keeper Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo has two temporary opportunities for Seasonal Animal Ambassador Keepers. The Seasonal Animal Ambassador Keepers help advance the mission of Denver Zoo--to secure a better world for animals through human understanding--by providing energetic and creative assistance with animal care and other various Animal Ambassador Collection activities. The selected candidates will contribute to a team of talented, experienced staff and volunteers.

Length of Position and Hours: We currently anticipate that these seasonal, hourly positions will begin April 1, 2017 and go through Sept 9, 2017. Hours will be scheduled at 20 hours per week, working four 5 hour days, with occasional additional hours for special circumstances or events. Applicants must be available to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings.

Essential Functions:

  • Daily husbandry for the Animal Ambassador collection, which includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. These tasks include cleaning enclosures, preparing diets and providing enrichment for this animal collection.
  • Completing various projects to maintain animal care and upkeep of the facility.
  • Assisting in the presentation of live animal shows and demonstrations, which may consist of small groups to larger audiences.
  • Handling specific collection animals to conduct informal public animal demonstrations.
  • Demonstrating excellent customer service skills while working with visitors.
  • Coaching and serving as mentors for teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining excellent communication, both written and oral, with supervisors.
  • Representing the zoo professionally to guests and demonstrating excellent customer service skills when working with visitors.
  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.

Additional Responsibilities include:

  • Working respectfully with other keepers, staff, and adult and teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining flexibility and a positive attitude in an ever-changing work environment.
  • Ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within deadlines.
  • Following all safety protocols and advising supervisors of safety concerns.
  • Ability to work outside in varying climates/weather conditions.
  • Perform various tasks as assigned.

Experience Required

Qualifications: Student/graduate of environmental education, biology, zoology, psychology, or related fields. Willingness to handle animals (training will be provided). Enjoy working with children and the public. Interpretation experience and/or public speaking skills a plus. Interest in conservation and environmental education. Bilingual Spanish is a plus. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work dexterously with hands and arms. Ability to stand for extended periods of time. Ability to pass drug and alcohol screening. Ability to pass reference and background check. Provide negative TB test result prior to start date if hired.

How to Apply

Please use this link or visit our web site https://denverzoo.applicantpool.com/jobs/129408.html

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205

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