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Zookeeper - Elephants

Sedgwick County Zoo
Wichita, United States Posted: May 17, 2024


In a team setting provides daily care for a multigenerational, multi-sex herd of African elephants. Care includes: feeding, cleaning, observing, recording, and reporting behavior. Participates in elephant well-being assessment practices. Produces and provides goal-based animal training and enrichment. Inspects facilities for security, safety, repair and maintenance. Interacts and provides customer service to all Zoo defined customers. Job duties may extend to other animal taxa. This position participates in a mandatory on-call rotation.

Animal Care and Management
  • Ensure animals are housed and cared for in ways that meet all Zoo-defined goals.
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of AZA Accreditation Standards for elephant management and care.
  • Observe and understand the complexities of animal behavior, including individual animals and larger social context, animal general health, and behavior.
  • Recognize abnormalities and potential medical conditions and communicates observations of animal behavior and health condition to veterinary staff, supervisor, curator, and other pertinent staff members.
  • Prepare animal diets. Monitor and report to supervisor the quality of all dietary components, food intake by Zoo animals, and unintended diet consumption by non-collection animal pests.
  • Under the direction of veterinarians and/or supervisors administer medications or treatments as instructed.
  • Drive Zoological Society-owned vehicles, as needed, to care for or transfer animals to other zoological facilities. Animal transfer trips may occasionally require overnight travel.
Animal Well-being 
  • Through consultation with supervisors and other resources, maintain and develop a skillset of positive well-being and animal training as outlined in the elephant management plan.
  • Conduct and evaluate appropriate enrichment activities to satisfy the requirements of the elephant management plan and the Zoos enrichment program.
  • Use positive reinforcement training in a restricted contact situation, train elephants to assess medical conditions and to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Maintain thorough and accurate record keeping: animal training, enrichment, behavioral observations and health conditions.
Area Maintenance
  • Clean and maintain service areas, animal habitats and public areas so they are clean, organized and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Complete daily inspections of animal habitats and associated facilities for security and safety concerns.
  • Conduct minor repairs to facilities or promptly submit concerns to supervisor.
  • Ensure that habitats are ready for public display in a timely manner.
  • Communicate any pest control concerns to supervisors or veterinary team.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation during emergency situations.
Experience Required
  • Three years of experience in Biology, Zoology, Animal Care, or a related field.
  • Up to three years of experience (all) may be substituted with education that provides applicable knowledge and skills.
  • Per Sedgwick County Policy, this is a driving level position that requires a valid US driver’s license without restrictions and current proof of automobile insurance.
Further Comments
  • Sedgwick County offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes health coverages, paid leave, regular compensation reviews, retirement plans, and professional development opportunities. For more detailed information, please visit our benefits page at SCBenefits.
  • It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services, including employment, on the basis of race, color, sex, including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, marital status, religious or political affiliation, genetic information, disability, status as a member of the uniformed services or any other similarly protected status.
  • Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to qualified persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please contact the Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777).
  • Please do not use this phone number for employment questions.
  • Applicants are contacted only if they are determined to be qualified candidates.
Salary
  • $20.10

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