Detail of : Seasonal Animal Keeper - Small Mammal Team Job Opening in Des Moines
April 14, 2021
Reports To: Small Mammal Supervisor Status: Non-Exempt
PURPOSE OF POSITION
This position is under the direct supervision of the Small Mammal Supervisor and is responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to animal care of the following species: Red Panda, Golden Headed Lion Tamarin, King’s Island Wallaby, Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Llama, Meishan Pig, Miniature Donkey, Trumpeter Swan, Black Tailed Prairie Dog, Indian Peafowl, and Koi. Seasonal keeper may have the opportunity to work with the Egyptian Fruit Bats, dependent on previous rabies vaccination. Previous experience and skill level may determine the selected candidate’s ability to work around the Japanese Macaques.
The following duties are essential to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Provides for husbandry needs of all animals in care by participating in daily cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, training, enrichment, and daily observations.
Responsible for daily observation of animal health and welfare. Reports abnormal behavior and problems to area supervisor. Maintains accurate daily records of animal collection.
Cooperates and assists with veterinary treatments and instructions.
Participates in membership programs including tours, presentations and lectures.
Adheres to established animal handling and related safety protocols. Participates in established animal escape drills and procedures. Under supervision, captures, restrains, and transports animals.
Performs minor repairs and improvements of exhibits under supervision.
Identifies and communicates with maintenance repairs needed for the safety of animals, visitors and staff as well as overall upkeep of the facilities.
Functions effectively in both team and individual settings, and works toward adopting and creating best animal welfare practices.
Collaborates with area supervisor and team to achieve common husbandry goals.
Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the .
Other duties as assigned.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Previous work experience in animal related field.
Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Foundation
ResourcefulUnderstanding of, or has the ability to, research all applicable topics as they relate to modern zoological management, USDA and AZA standards of animal care and welfare and customer service.
FlexibleAbility to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintaining composure in an environment that can be stressful.
IndependentMust be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
PositiveMust be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
Clear communication skills, both verbal and written in all directions
Customer–oriented – Must be able to exercise professional customer service skills at all times, with many different types of people and all situations.
InnovativeAbility to propose solutions to areas of concern as related to animal care and welfare.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
4 year college degree and paid experience in the zoo field. Experience along with a college degree can be interchangeable at a rate of 1 year of college to 1 year of experience.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to staff and to visitors of all ages.
Intermediate word processing skills, with working knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Understanding of ZIMS and other similar zoo related software as appropriate.
Valid Iowa motor vehicle license
First Aid / CPR training as appropriate
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 successfully perform the essential functions.
Standing – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Walking – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time on uneven surfaces such as hills, snow, ice, grass, mud, etc.
Sitting – Approximately less than 1/2 of on-the-job time.
Driving – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
Use of hands to lift or handle – Approximately 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Reaching with hands and arms – Approximately 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Climbing or balancing – Approximately less than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling – Approximately 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Talking or hearing – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
Tasting or smelling – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
Weight lifted/Force exerted – Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, etc. to perform maintenance and animal care tasks, non-continuously.
Vision – Close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Ability to function in all types of weather including extreme heat and cold. The majority of the job involves being outside.
Complete the online application and attach cover letter and resume.
If your qualification is matched with the requirement above, please submit your online application directly through Blank Park Zoo system at :
Only qualified candidates that meet with the above requirements would be processed in this recruitment.
Only candidates that meet the above qualification will be shortlisted.
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