Denver Zoo
  • Animal Care-Birds
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Other

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo's Animal  Care department has an opening for a Temporary Night Animal Care Staff position. 

This position advances the Denver Zoo's mission and goals by providing for the security and integrity of all facilities and for the animal collection.  This position could be scheduled from 4:30 PM - 12:30 AM or 12:00 am 8:00 am, (one or the other, but not a mix of the 2 shifts) 5 days a week and the work week will be determined after hiring.  The time frame is July 2017 through November 2017. We seek an experienced animal care staff individual with highly preferred knowledge to appropriately care for the various taxa at Denver Zoo.  

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Inspect all facilities and animal specimens through careful touring of zoo grounds, buildings, animal holding areas, and service areas.
  • Note any mechanical, structural, security, or collection issues and immediately contact the appropriate supervisor.
  • Clean pools, enclosures, or service areas as required.
  • Transport food, supplies, or equipment to locations within Denver Zoo as required.
  • Captures, handles and moves animals using accepted zoo practices to facilitate shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.
  • Provide care for a specific species of zoo animals through administration of preventive treatments and medications, prepares approved diets, and feedings as needed.
  • Coordinate the efforts of contractors and maintenance staff when they are working in animal areas.
  • Record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.
  • Utilize in-house computer data systems and software.
  • Cooperate with other departments and outside contractors.
  • Maintain satisfactory working relationships and a professional appearance.
  • Follow Denver Zoo safety protocols.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs various tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus two years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.                         ********OR*******
  • Associate Degree or equivalent number of college credit hours in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus four years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Intern experience within Denver Zoo's animal department will qualify for the AZA-related years of full-time zookeeping provided at least an Associate degree in biological sciences is held. Intern experience at other institutions will not be considered.                                  ********OR*******
  • Individuals without a degree may be considered only with ten or more years of full-time experience at the minimum level of zookeeper involved in the exhibition and husbandry of a variety of exotic animals at an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ability, with proper training, to work in all aspects of animal care, husbandry and training within the department in which individual is assigned.
  • Work on weekends and holidays are required.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Operate a variety of light and medium equipment.
  • Clear driving record.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License within three months of hiring.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen. The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals and may be exposed to zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Completed applications must be submitted by June 2, 2017

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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