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Nutrition/Browse Technician / State Program Administrator Technical Specialist

Mn Zoological Gardens
Apple Valley, United States Posted: June 28, 2024

This position provides assistance to the Animal Nutritionist with animal feed acquisition, inventory management, record-keeping, and developing the zoo's browse program.

  • The incumbent collaborates with staff across the Animal Care, Health, Conservation, and Behavior (CHCB) division, as well as many other zoo staff and community partners to ensure the highest level of animal care in a manner that supports the Minnesota Zoo's mission of connecting people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.
  • The incumbent must be able to drive fleet vehicles throughout the Zoo campus.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Assist the Animal Nutritionist with developing and maintaining a browse program capable of providing sufficient browse for animal diets.
  • Place orders for animal feed to meet the needs of the animal collection.
  • Assist the Animal Nutritionist with maintaining diet records for the zoo collection.
  • Keep current on food safety practices regarding storage and handling of feeds ranging from raw meat and fish to hay and browse. 
  • Perform other duties as needed to ensure the care of the animals in the collection, the smooth functioning of the department, and/or the reputation of the Zoo.
Experience Required
  • Qualifications The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position.
  • Only applicants whose application materials clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of these minimum qualifications will be considered for the position.
  • To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • One year of experience working in an AZA accredited zoo, food industry, forage management, or related field;
  • Computer skills with business applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access etc., sufficient to enter data and maintain inventory databases;
  • Math skills sufficient to accurately convert units of measure;
  • Plant identification skills sufficient to identify common safe and toxic browse;
  • Customer service skills sufficient to work with co-workers, community partners, vendors, and guests courteously and respectfully;
  • Valid driver's license. Preferred Qualifications
  • College degree in Nutrition, Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or related field;
  • At least 1 year experience working in an established zoo browse program;
  • At least 1 year experience leading a team and training other employees or volunteers;
  • Data entry experience with diet formulation software;
  • Experience with inventory management related to perishable foods;
  • Experience operating chainsaws and driving a vehicle with a trailer;
  • Familiarity with AZA, USDA, and other relevant standards for browse and food handling as it relates to multiple species.
  • Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.
  • Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe.
  • Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world.
  • Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.
  • $22.26 - $31.38 / hourly; $46,478 - $65,521 / annually

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