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Zoo Keeper FT/PT Unbenefited- Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
San Jose, United States Posted: June 01, 2024

The Department is currently recruiting to fill (2) full-time benefited vacancy and multiple part-time vacancies for Zookeeper positions at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The Department is seeking highly motivated, personable individuals with strong leadership skills and innovative ideas to become part of a dynamic team of employees with a strong commitment to providing excellent service to our diverse community. 

  • The position performs work involving the care and feeding of zoo, domestic farm, and/or non-domestic animals and maintenance of enclosures, grounds and service areas; working with animals under all types of climatic conditions to prepare them for presentations, training, capture and restraint, basic husbandry, and behavioral enrichment. In addition, responding to general questions from the public regarding non-domestic and/or domestic animals.
Other Qualifications
  • The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.
Job Expertise:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies, and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience with the following:   
  • Knowledge of and experience with modern zoo operating practices and principles, including safety. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with principles for working with domestic and/or non-domestic animals as they pertain to park and zoo and performance of animal husbandry tasks.   
  • Knowledge of and experience with normal domestic and/or non-domestic animal behavior, with the ability to recognize and report abnormal behavior, attitude, or appearance of animals.   
  • Knowledge of and experience with species specific behavioral enrichment and animal training programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with performing and/or assisting with basic veterinary procedures, handling and restraint of a wide variety of animals such as reptiles, birds, mammals, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and/or other domestic and non-domestic animals as they pertain to park and zoo exhibits. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with performing basic construction and maintenance of animal habitats and displays, including plant maintenance.
Communication Skills:
  • Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.
  • Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills:
  • Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Social Awareness:
  • Demonstrates the ability to read or sense other people's emotions and how they influence the situation of interest or concern; demonstrates empathy and organizational awareness.
  •  Meeting Ethical Standards: When confronted with ethical dilemmas, acts in a way that reflects relevant law, policy and procedures, agency values, and personal values.
Analytical Thinking:
  • Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Experience Required
  • Minimum Qualifications Education Completion of high school, General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate
  • Experience One (1) year experience in the care of non-domestic animals.
  • ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS College coursework in zoology, biology or related field can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Licenses/Certificates Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license may be required.
  • Salary range: $49,030.80- $ 59,535.84 annually.

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