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Job Title:   KEEPER/CHS-Urban Jungle/Koala/Sun Bear/Panda-ZOO
San Diego Zoo
163503
Any
Animal Care
ANY
With Benefits

JOB DESCRIPTION:

       THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY
**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**


Deadline to apply:  Thursday, May 2, 2013
Applications must be submitted online by 9:30 PM Pacific Time.

(Union Position) $19.82 - $21.52 per hour.
 
" Put Your Passion for Wildlife to Work"

Essential job functions for this position include the day-to-day management of animals, feeding and providing for the general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals, cleaning exhibit enclosures and contiguous areas, providing exhibit security and performing related work as required. Hoof stock, marsupial and/or large carnivore experience is necessary.  This employee will be required to work various areas throughout the Urban Jungle/Koala/Sun Bear/Panda Teams.  Animal husbandry knowledge, an understanding of mammal management, direct experience working with animals in a zoological setting, a basic understanding of positive reinforcement operant conditioning and animal behavior, care, feeding and handling of exotic animals is required.  Safety practices around wild animals and guest interactions/public presentations are necessary. Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects and work on uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust and allergens are components of the position. Selected candidate will also be required to move about on slippery surfaces, handle toxic and/or hazardous materials and possible exposure to zoonotic diseases. May work from elevated positions and/or in confined or cramped spaces. The qualified candidate is expected to be a team player and have good communication skills.   A degree or equivalent experience in biology or a scientifically related field from a recognized institution and/or one year working in an accredited zoological facility is essential.  Interested applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week, approximately 40 hours per week which may include late shift coverage. Valid California driver license is required.  (Extended 4/23/13)


One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle.  If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program.  Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report for you.  In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record.  You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative. 

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Keeper performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation, and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. The Keeper, under general supervision, feeds and provides for the general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals (mammals, reptiles or birds). This position reports to a Lead or Supervisor.
 
This class is distinguished from the Senior Keeper class in that the Keeper works under supervision.  The Keeper performs a wide range of semi-routine functions at either the Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  This class also consistently demonstrates the desire and ability to engage in positive relationships with internal and external customers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Prepares food and water for exhibit animals
  • Loads and unloads food from trucks
  • Feeds exhibit animals
  • Administers prescribed medication and keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned animals
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans exhibit areas, pools, animal sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Provides species-appropriate enrichment to assigned animals
  • Maintains appropriate health and behavior records on assigned animals
  • Responds to questions from the public concerning exhibits
  • Provides exhibit security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving animals
  • Participates in and supports animal training programs
  • Assists medical staff in treating animals
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports maintenance needs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Adheres to all Organization and department policies and practices
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES  

  • Prepares food and water for exhibit animals by cutting, measuring portions and adding nutrient or supplements
  • Observes assigned animals closely with regard to general appearance, diet consumption levels, condition of fecal matter, etc.
  • Provides exhibit security and takes appropriate action to prevent vandalism or maltreatment of animals by the public
  • Provides care to neonates utilizing assisted rearing protocol
  • Cleans exhibit enclosures and contiguous areas
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures and reports other maintenance needs
  • May participate in either formal or informal presentations with guests including keeper talks, animal-feeding demonstrations, and behind the scenes tours
  • May maintain plant life within or around exhibit areas
  • May assist in installing, repairing and maintaining irrigation systems in exhibit areas
  • Operates light and medium equipment such as dump trucks, skiploaders, forklifts, water trucks and other vehicles
 

ANCILLARY FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
 
 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
  • QUALIFICATIONS

    Education, training and/or experience which would clearly demonstrate the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined.  Examples would be 12 to 16 college credit hours in zoology, animal biology or animal husbandry; or, one to two years of work experience in a Zoo or similar environment where appropriate knowledge and skills in animal care could be acquired; valid California driver license.
     
    Knowledge of:
    • Animal behavior
    • Animal biology and zoology
    • Care, feeding and handling of wild animals
    • Safety practices around wild animals
    • Techniques for restraining or capturing wild animals
    • Public Speaking
  • Ability to: 
    • Respond to cautions from co-workers
    • Monitor animal behavior and appearance
    • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
    • Use computer programs  (Word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and Internet)
    • Communicate and work effectively with others
    • Work in a team environmentand motivate others
    • Multi-task and prioritize
    • Understand and follow directions effectively
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
    • Adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures and regulations
    • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above
     

    WORKING ENVIRONMENT

    Frequent exposure to close contact with a wide variety of exhibit animals, mammals, reptiles, or birds; work in uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens; move about on slippery surfaces; handle toxic and/or hazardous materials; and work in confined or cramped spaces.
     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    This position has been identified as one requiring lifting in excess of 50 pounds; frequently move moderate to heavy objects; standing, bending, squatting, twisting, reaching, etc; may work from elevated positions.
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  • ALL EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A DRUG SCREEN.
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