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Wildlife Nutrition Assistant

San Diego Zoo
San Diego, United States Posted: February 09, 2024


The Wildlife Nutrition Assistant responsibility will be to prepare a wide variety of foods, which include live and frozen wildlife prey and completed diets; perform a variety of general warehouse and store functions, unload and load vehicles, and make deliveries. This position reports to the Wildlife Nutrition Warehouse Manager.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Prepares food and diets for the wildlife
  • Processes (cutting, chopping, grinding) various fruits and vegetables
  • Handles invertebrates, fish, rodents, meats and other food items
  • Receives materials and food supplies
  • Delivers materials and food supplies
  • Organizes materials for delivery and loads and unloads
  • Drives to multiple sites within the Zoo and Safari Park
  • Washes and sanitizes containers, surfaces and equipment
  • Operates kitchen utensils and appliances
  • Maintains vertebrate and invertebrate prey cultures
  • Performs routine maintenance of equipment and facilities
  • Determines measurements (weight, volume) for diet
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Nutrition Department is seeking an individual who is inspired to be a part of an organization that is committed to protecting wildlife around the globe.
  • Someone to join us in our commitment to provide the best diet requirements to all wildlife in our care.
  • Who has a positive attitude, works well with others, is a good communicator, and self-motivator.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Food safety training and certification is highly desired
  • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing 
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • Comprehension of wildlife care and nutrition
  • Safe food preparation and handling techniques
  • Proper methods of receiving and warehousing
  • Safe driving practices and California motor vehicle laws
  • Commercial and household food processing operation and maintenance
  • Wildlife nutrition and feeds
  • Competently perform the responsibilities outlined in the Representative Duties section
  • Properly maintain equipment and supplies
  • Perform special projects as assigned
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles safely
  • Take and follow work instructions
  • Effectively communicate
  • Work effectively with others
  • Learn the safe operation of electric and manual a pallet-jacks and folk-lifts
SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
IMPORTANT DETAILS
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Union Position - If selected there will be union fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Hourly Rate: $20.98
Salary
  • Hourly Rate: $20.98

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