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Zoo Miami

Zookeeper Aide - Pachyderm

Zoo Miami is currently seeking an exceptional individual to support our Keeper staff with their animal husbandry efforts in the Pachyderm area. We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that is looking to enter the animal care field at a high-performing AZA institution.  Candidates will be relied on heavily to support the animal husbandry routines as well as provide guest engagement opportunities by being approachable, engaging and passionate while delivering exceptional customer service. 

Summary: This positions reports directly to the Curator in the Pachyderm area.  They are responsible for the daily maintenance and care of the animals and exhibits in their assigned routine including raking, shoveling, sanitation, enrichment, record keeping and dispensing food and water as directed. Also, provides exemplary guest service experiences to all zoo guests through guest engagement opportunities such as animal handling and public presentations.  Work hours are up to 29 per week on a varying schedule.

Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:

Daily maintenance routines of animal exhibits as set forth by AZA, USDA, Zoo Miami, and area supervisors.

Observes animal behavior and reports unusual/abnormal behavior to a supervisor.

Assists in the preparation and distribution of diets as directed.

Assists in the maintenance and disinfection of food preparation and distribution areas.

Assists in the preparation, distribution, and evaluation of daily enrichment materials.

Records animal behavior and observations in accordance with protocols or as directed.

Performs related duties including special projects as required.

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: Eighth grade. One year of experience in guest service or general labor is required. Must possess a Driver license. Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends on a varied work schedule. Preferred Qualifications: Associates degree and six (6) months of experience in an accredited facility is highly preferred.

Further Comments

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species. We are proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence. This is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future.


This is a part time hourly position with Miami-Dade County.

How to Apply

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position you MUST apply online through the Miami-Dade County Human Resources website, and search for Job Opening #43940. Resumes should also be directed to: Zoo Miami, Human Resources, . Applications will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 ST
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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