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Fort Worth Zoo

Animal Collections Mammal Intern

Summary:  
This position will assist keepers in the care of a variety of animals within the Zoo.  Positions at this level are expected to perform under the immediate supervision of Collections Department staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist in feeding and watering animals in and around existing quarters; clean, sanitize, maintain and repair animal quarters as required; shovel, rake, hose, sweep, dust and mop floors
• Assist keeper staff in preparation of diets for animals; clean and maintain work area and food storage containers
• Observe how staff maintain adequate records on daily activities; assist in observing animal behavior for signs of illness, weight loss/gain or injury; report any signs of illness or injury
• Assist keeper staff in supporting veterinarians in minor operations or related activity, administer prescribed medications, submit fecal samples and other duties as needed
• Assist keeper staff in guiding animals through daily routines per established training schedules and guidelines as directed.
• Assist in cleaning and maintaining food storage containers and carrying out animal diet directives from the Nutritional Services Department
• Assist keeper staff in the zoo-wide behavioral management program by presenting approved animal training and enrichment projects
• Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
• Assist in feeding live prey and or euthanize some prey items as related to the requirements of specific taxa
• Assist in properly maintaining exhibits, animal facilities, equipment and life support systems (as apply) as trained for specific positions

Qualifications:
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.
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
Must possess ability to:
• Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities

Education and/or Experience:
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Interest in zoology or a related field desirable but not required

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or or move up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Team oriented environment
• Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
• Exposure to a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors and animal body fluids
• Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions
• Exposure to chemicals (cleaning, water chemicals, additives, etc.)
• Ability to work special events and functions as required

How to Apply

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/careers

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110

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