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Zoo Keeper- Cat Country / Zambezi River Hippo Camp - Full Time

Memphis Zoo
Memphis, United States Posted: March 14, 2024

Summary: The Zookeeper is primarily responsible for daily husbandry of a collection of animals as it relates to their physiological and psychological well-being as well as providing general maintenance of enclosures and habitats within an assigned exhibit. The Zookeeper is also responsible for ensuring a positive guest experience and facilitating keeper chats.

Collection Encompasses:
  • The Cat Country / Zambezi River Hippo Camp team cares for all Felid species from fishing cats to tigers as well as hippos, Nile crocodiles, flamingos, African hoofstock, and other species.
Essential Functions:
  • Daily husbandry of assigned animals.
  • Works safely around potentially dangerous animals.
  • Facilitates formal and informal educational talks to large crowds.
  • Actively observes animals’ behavior, checking for any signs of illness or disorder; reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to supervisor; works with vet staff to address medical needs.
  • Prepares and administers appropriate daily diets and maintain accurate records of assigned animals.
  • Appropriately cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures/habitats according to written protocols and ensures a sanitary and safe environment.
  • Exercise good judgement when making decisions that affect our collection.
  • Assists hospital staff in all aspects of animal treatment within the assigned section.
  • Partners with research staff for ongoing research projects associated with animals in collection.
  • Incorporation of modern behavioral husbandry techniques such as operant conditioning and environmental enrichment into animal care.
  • Maintains organized work areas and organized animal records.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field
  • Previous experience with animal care and handling
  • Previous experience working safely around dangerous animals
  • Written and oral communication Proficiency
  • Proficient in MS Office, current technology and applications for communication, research and record keeping.
  • Records and reports creation and management
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Stress Management/Composure
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork Orientation
  • Behavioral Husbandry techniques
Supervisory Responsibility:
  • None
  • Reporting Structure: Reports to Associate Curator
  • Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time 40 hrs. per week position which regularly requires weekend work.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, chemicals and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately loud while on Zoo grounds.
  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear.
  • The employee is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Further Comments
  • 16-19.50

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