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Animal Diet Technician (full time & part time)

Nashville Zoo
Nolensville, United States Posted: July 11, 2024

Nashville Zoo is dedicated to inspiring a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation, and leadership. With a diverse collection of animals and a commitment to wildlife preservation, we provide engaging experiences for visitors of all ages.

  • Under the general supervision of the Commissary Area Supervisor, the Animal Diet Technician is responsible for the daily preparation of diets, including all duties related to diet preparation for all the animals in the collection within Nashville Zoo, and for outreach programs as necessary.
  • The Animal Diet Technician is responsible for diet preparation, cleaning and sanitizing work areas and work materials, unloading supplies and running errands as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the accurate preparation of diets in accordance with diet menu specifications for all required departments.
  • Drive a zoo vehicle for the purpose of retrieving and or delivering supplies and materials.
  • Unload various supplies from trucks and vendors using a pallet jack when needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining clean and sanitary conditions of food preparation areas including counters, floors, coolers, freezers, grain rooms, supply areas.
  • Operate various types of equipment in the performance of duties such as grinders, blenders, food processors, dishwashers, scales, pallet jacks etc.
  • Maintain effective communication with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Maintain effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities.
  • Interact and communicate with coworkers, immediate supervisor, vendors, veterinarians, and visitors as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed.
  • Model Nashville Zoo’s image and code of professional ethics in words and actions at all times.
  • Knowledge of safety practices while handling sharp kitchen utensils (knives, etc.)
  • Knowledge of animal diet preparation and animal diet terminology.
  • Ability to receive, understand, and carry out verbal and written instruction, direction, and assignments.
  • Ability to perform physical work activities in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with employees and to deal with the public in an effective and positive manner.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Ability to write and present professional presentations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and comfortable with public speaking.
Education/ Experience:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Zoo, animal diet and/or kitchen prep experience is desirable.
Physical Responsibilities:
  • Ability to work indoors in temperatures of 76 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round in high humidity and outdoors in temperatures ranging from below 20 to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit regularly.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period or for an entire work shift. Applicants are required to have the ability to bend, stoop and extend oneself etc., as required for performing assigned tasks. 
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 50 pounds without assistance.
Work Schedule:
  • Full Time Hours: 6:00am to approx. 3:00pm
  • Part Time Hours: 6:00am to approx. 11:00am
  • Flexibility: Position may require flexibility in working hours to accommodate special events, emergencies, or animal care needs.
  • Must have flexibility to be available to work weekends.
  • Nashville Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, Employee Assistance Programs, a 401(k) plan with company match, paid time off, sick leave, long-term disability coverage, park discounts, and membership benefits.
Pre-employment requirements:
  • Nashville Zoo is an EEO Institution and a Drug Free Workplace.
  • At-will employment
  • Candidates for this position are required to submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.
  • Candidates for this position are subject to yearly Tuberculosis Screenings.
  • Due to the safety of our animal collection, candidates joining our Behavioral Husbandry Department must be full vaccinated against COVID-19.

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