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Keeper II -Ambassador Animals

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-747760
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Seasonal
    • Date Updated: October 29, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Keeper II

Department: Ambassador Animals

Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Full-time

Job Purpose:

Animal keepers are responsible for animal husbandry, including training and enrichment. Additionally, keepers are responsible for maintenance of habitats, holding, and public areas of the assigned department. The Keeper II will report to the area managers. For more information about our animal, conservation, and research programs visit www.zooatlanta.org. The Ambassador Animals department includes 3 work areas; World of Wow Theater includes our free flight demonstration birds, Wieland Wildlife Home includes our tractable education animals, and Outback Station includes our contact yard and periphery exhibits. This position is a primary position in the Outback Station/Contact Yard.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, SKILLS, AND RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Monitor health and behavior of the animal collection and communicate changes to supervisor and veterinary staff. Oversee administration of medications as applicable.
  • Maintain a high-performance level of general keeper duties including excellent animal care and guest interactions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to form and maintain positive relationships within the work environment.
  • 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 guests with the willingness to provide constructive feedback.
  • Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the collection including training, enrichment, research and education.
  • Complete behavioral management training and utilize operant conditioning and enrichment techniques.
  • Actively foster constructive attitudes and positively participate in a team environment.
  • Support Zoo Atlanta and its departments which include marketing, education, veterinary services, facilities and external department initiatives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and supervise activities of interns and volunteers.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers, both written and orally.
  • When possible, actively participate in workshops, seminars, activities and conferences aimed at continually improving job knowledge and professional development.
  • Must be willing to fully support Zoo Atlanta’s strategic plan, mission and values, and work with all zoo staff to support these plans.
  • Responsible for special projects, procedures, and goals set forth by the area managers.
  • Support Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and research initiatives.
  • Must be dependable and willing to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Perform non-scripted public demonstrations and animal encounters utilizing live animal ambassadors.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 3 years prior related animal care experience as determined by Zoo Atlanta is required. Paid experience at an AZA accredited facility is preferred.
  • Good communication skills, an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and a willingness to give regular talks to guests, special groups, etc.
  • Experience with operant conditioning and enrichment techniques is preferred.
  • Must have strong written and oral skills.
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency to complete the functions of this position.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use light power tools after suitable training.
  • Experience with domestic hoofstock is preferred, especially hoof care.

EDUCATION:

  • Four-year degree in biology, psychology, or related field is preferred; sufficient relevant experience will be considered.

DRIVING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and have the physical ability to perform strenuous work. .

MISC:

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

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