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Macaw Keeper - Full Time

Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis, United States Posted: July 11, 2024


If you are an animal care professional experienced in maintaining and caring for a variety of Macaw species, and enjoys conducting informational and formal presentations, look no further--your next career is at the Indianapolis Zoo! We are currently on the hunt to add a practiced Macaw Keeper to our flock. Don't fly past this exciting opportunity!

  • The ideal candidate is committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.
  • This position will work with a variety of macaw species, birds of prey, black vulture, to co toucan, Eastern yellow-billed hornbill, American crow, and domestic chicken.
  • Prior experience in an animal care profession, preferably a zoological setting, is required.
  • Psittacine experience and free flight training experience is highly desired.
  • This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position that requires availability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed.
  • A team-oriented personality that is temperamentally suited to work with animals is a requirement. Strong observation and communicative (both verbal and written) skills are a must.
  • The Macaw Keeper role involves a great deal of interaction with the public, requiring good speaking skills and the ability to provide outstanding customer service.
  • This position will assist in the training of seasonal care staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Working with Macaws requires a special skill set and physical responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:
  • One (1) year of prior related work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/ university in Life Sciences, Zoology, or a related field is required.
  • Must be able to participate in area chats, feeds, and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Must possess exceptional public speaking skills and the ability to provide outstanding customer service to guests.
  • Completes daily and weekly area duties, including reports.
  • Assists with research projects and exhibit modifications.
  • Conducts interpretation responsibilities with a variety of Macaw species.
  • Must have the ability to perform daily husbandry tasks and manual work involving the care and maintenance of the animals and exhibits under this position's care.
  • Displays a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Physical strength and stamina with the ability to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/ or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors under all environmental conditions and temperatures.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps, and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium to perform various duties.
  • Exceptional visual acuity is required, along with the ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.)  Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.
  • Will be required to learn and implement species quarantine procedures as directed by Assistant Curator/ Curator.
  • Valid driver's license and driving record insurable by our carrier.
To apply:
  • Interested candidates must apply online on the Indianapolis Zoo's website.
  • Interested candidates must include a resumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to be considered. 
  • Employment at the Indianapolis Zoo is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a background check, motor vehicle check (if applicable) and a drug test.
Perks
  • Work for the wildest employer in Indianapolis! Some perks include:
  • Medical (Health Savings Account with employer contribution included), Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term
  • Disability paid through the Zoo for eligible employees; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, complimentary Zoo Membership, Reciprocal Benefits to other local institutions, and many, many more!!!
Salary
  • $19 per hour

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