Zookeeper II (Albany, GA)

Agency
Chehaw Park & Zoo
Location
Albany, GA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$10.22 – 11.18 per hour, based on experience
Last Date to Apply
09/30/2021
Website
http://www.chehaw.org
Description
Chehaw Park & Zoo is looking for a motivated professional to join our animal husbandry team and ensure high standards of animal care and positive guest experience. The ideal candidate will have a solid working knowledge of zoo and aquarium safety and animal husbandry best practices. This role requires a dedicated person who can maintain aesthetically pleasing terrestrial habitats that promote positive animal welfare for a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Team work will be essential to complete large projects and effectively care for the collection as a whole. JOB DUTIES • Attend to assigned animals; prepare diets, feed, and provide water; sanitize enclosure furniture/floors and food/water dishes as scheduled or necessary; perform approved enrichment and training activities; assist in the capture and restraint of animals • Inspect animals for health problems; collect fecal samples for testing; condition/train animals for veterinary procedures; assist veterinarians with medical exams and procedures, including surgery and necropsies; administer medications to animals • Record relevant information in facility’s recordkeeping database, including animal observations, health concerns and treatments, acquisitions/births, dispositions/deaths, etc.; objectively complete animal welfare assessments, as assigned • Perform routine repairs and maintenance on exhibits/enclosures as needed; construct improvements, furnishings, and decorations for exhibits; may replace substrate, control weeds, and collect browse • Assist in planning and conducting educational and interactive guest programs; engage the public to encourage curiosity and facilitate a positive experience • Support institution’s Vision, Mission, and Value statements; maintain a positive example in meeting the needs of fellow staff, volunteers, and guests COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Full-time (40 hours per week) Starting wage: $10.22 – 11.18 per hour, based on experience Benefits: paid-time-off; sick time; vision, dental, and health Insurance; retirement plan. Relocation package available to eligible new hires. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to ckoenig@chehaw.org prior to October 1, 2021. Subject line should read: Zookeeper II TAMU.
Qualifications
• Associate degree or equivalent experience • 2+ years of previous experience and/or training involving animal care, wildlife biology, or related field • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to/from work • Significant knowledge about exotic animal husbandry and captive management; ability to build upon this knowledge and to adapt as necessary to animal collection changes • Basic computer skills • Must be able to lift 60 pounds and work outdoors in all weather conditions on a daily basis; must be able to tolerate strong odors, dust, hay, dander, and dampness; may be required to stand or sit for extended periods of time and/or to twist, bend, crouch, squat, climb, crawl, kneel, jump, swim, or carry objects for short distances; may be exposed to chemicals, fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts, vehicles, and potentially dangerous animals
Contact Person
Chelsea Koenig
Contact eMail
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