Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Woodland Park Zoo is seeking experienced Animal Keepers to join our Animal Management Team. There are four part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions open at this time.
Animal Keepers are responsible for providing direct animal care within assigned areas of the zoo.
What you’ll do:
- Assess animals daily to ensure they are properly cared for and secured.
- Observe animal behavior, report abnormal behavior patterns and provide technical advice to management and staff.
- Prepare food for and feed assigned animals according to approved diet plans.
- Clean and disinfect assigned animal and exhibit areas.
- Follow treatment plans and preventive health programs as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarian or Zoo Curators.
- Identify and communicate safety concerns to management in a timely manner.
- Participate in the capture and restraint of animals as directed by management.
- Implement animal care procedures and policies, including record keeping.
- Maintain supply inventories.
- Assist with the physical transfer of animals.
- Support special animal care activities such as physical examinations, minor exhibit repairs and modifications, and major exhibit maintenance projects.
- Assist in development and implementation of behavioral husbandry program.
- Plan, prepare, and conduct public presentations on animal care and conservation.
- Participate in exhibit design process and implementation, as directed.
- Provide technical assistance to internal or external researchers conducting authorized zoo studies.
- Represent the Woodland Park Zoo to the media, as directed.
- Conduct behind the scenes tours, as directed.
- Support fundraising/development efforts of the zoo.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
When we’ll need you:
- This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited opportunity and your work schedule will be determined with your supervisor.
- Weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required.
- This position may require that the individual be available or on-call 24-hours a day.
What you’ll bring:
- Bachelor's degree in a life sciences field from an accredited four-year college or university; and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
- Past experience working in a zoo, AZA accredited zoos preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Experience using animal management databases a plus.
- Valid WA state driver’s license with a safe driving history.
- Commitment to the zoo’s mission and Core Values.
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. The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while cleaning animal exhibits. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds when cleaning and maintaining exhibitry and moving animals. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing, smell, and a variety of vision capabilities. Interaction with visitors and animals requires talking and hearing.
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Pay: $25.54 per hour
- As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment.
- People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days). A criminal background check, driving record review, and pre-employment physical will be required of the selected applicants. A pre-employment tuberculosis test is also required for certain animal teams.
Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at zoo.org/jobs; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required.
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.
Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at firstname.lastname@example.org.