Zoo Atlanta Job Description
Job Title: Keeper II Position Posted 11/2017
Department: Primates Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Zoo Atlanta is currently expanding its keeper staff and we are looking for enthusiastic applicants to join our team! Zoo Atlanta houses a diverse collection of primates including the largest zoological collection of apes in the country. We are seeking an experienced keeper to add to our team. Animal keepers are responsible for animal husbandry (including training and enrichment) and maintenance of exhibit, holding and public areas of the assigned department. The Keeper II will report to the area managers.
- Maintain a high performance level of general keeper dutiesincluding excellent animal care and visitor interactions including scheduled on-ground talks to our guests.
- Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures.
- Actively support and implement area policies, procedures and protocols to ensure the highest standards of care for the collection and the safety of staff and visitors
- Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the collection including training, enrichment, research and education
- Actively foster constructive attitudes and a team orientation among staff.
- Support the mission, vision and values of Zoo Atlanta and its departments.
- Oversee activities of interns and volunteers
- Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers
- When possible, actively participate in workshops, seminars, activities and conferences aimed at continually improving job knowledge and professional development.
- This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by management
- A minimum of three years’ animal care experience in a zoological setting
- Good communication skills, an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and a willingness to give regular talks to visitors, special groups, etc.
- Experience with operant conditioning and enrichment techniques
- Must be able to function as a team member and support Zoo Atlanta’s mission
- Must be dependable and demonstrate flexibility regarding work schedules
- Must be willing to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays
- Possess basic writing and computer skills to complete reports and other written work as required
- Able to safely operate a vehicle and use light power tools after suitable training
- Four-year degree in biology, psychology, or related field; sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of education requirement
- Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and have the physical ability to perform strenuous work, including lifting at least 50 pounds repetitively
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment
To apply for this position, please go to our website: zooatlanta.org/About/Careers