Job Title: Keeper II
Department: Carnivores (Giant Panda)
Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full-time hourly starting at $17.95. Pay
commensurate with experience. Zoo Atlanta is committed to regularly
evaluating keeper salary.
About Zoo Atlanta:
Minutes from downtown, Zoo Atlanta is the oldest and one of the most
respected cultural destinations in the Southeast’s largest and most
vibrant city. Culture, dining, nightlife, and famously eclectic
neighborhoods, not to mention a temperate climate year-round, attract
a growing number of newcomers to the one-and-only Atlanta. Atlanta is
known as the "City in the Trees," with the Zoo and
surrounding neighborhood showcasing why. The zoo is in a strong
financial position and is committed to investing in our staff and
facilities to continue our focus on animal care, research, and
conservation. We offer competitive pay rates, a diverse animal
collection and an enriching work environment. We are looking for new
team members dedicated to providing the best in animal welfare.
This position will focus mainly on the Zoo’s giant pandas and red
pandas. Zoo Atlanta is currently one of only three institutions in
the US that houses giant pandas. Animal keepers are responsible for
animal welfare and husbandry, including training and enrichment.
Additionally, animal keepers are responsible for maintenance of
habitats, holdings, and public areas as assigned. The Keeper II will
report to the area managers. For more information about our mission,
animal, conservation, and research programs visit www.zooatlanta.org.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES, SKILLS, AND RESPONSIBILITES:
- Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s strategic plan, mission
and values, and work with all zoo staff to support these plans.
- Maintain a high-performance level of excellent animal care.
- Participate in collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the
collection including training, enrichment, research, and education.
- Complete behavioral management training provided by Zoo Atlanta
and utilize operant conditioning and enrichment techniques.
- Complete animal welfare training provided by Zoo Atlanta,
participate in animal welfare assessments, and contribute to
follow-through on animal welfare action items when necessary.
- Effectively monitor health and behavior of the animal collection
and communicate changes to supervisor and veterinary staff. Oversee
administration of medications as applicable.
- 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.
- Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through
implementation of safety protocols and procedures.
- Use positive interpersonal skills to form and maintain
professional relationships within the work environment.
- Maintain a high-performance level of guest interactions including
scheduled on-ground talks.
- Positively promote and foster work that improves department
function and productivity.
- Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers
both written and orally.
- Write daily reports, logs, animal records, and other records as assigned
- Oversee activities of interns and volunteers.
- Responsible for special projects, procedures, and goals set forth
by the area managers and to proactively identify area needs and concerns.
- Must be dependable and reliable: be timely, be responsive, be
organized, meet deadlines, take responsibility, and help other zoo
staff as needed.
- Employees must strive to decrease our environmental footprint to
serve as models to our patrons to do the same through education and example.
- Must be able and willing to work flexible hours, weekends, and holidays.
- 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.