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Zookeeper - Grand Rapids, MI - Carnivores and hoofstock

John Ball Zoo
Grand Rapids, United States Posted: March 31, 2024


Reporting to the Area Curator, the Zookeeper performs technical animal management work in accordance with established procedures and protocols, required for proper care and maintenance of animals under human care at the John Ball Zoo. This includes the care and feeding of exotic and domestic animals; the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, exhibits, and yards; and observation and reporting on the physical and behavioral condition of the animals. This position will be focusing on Area 1 at our zoo, dealing with our carnivores and hoofstock. 

  • This position is a union position based on union steps starting at  $16.78
  • This position will have Monday and Tuesday off. 
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A ZOOKEEPER 
  • The Zookeeper performs technical animal management work in accordance with established procedures and protocols, required for proper care and maintenance of animals under human care at the John Ball Zoo.
  • This includes the care and feeding of exotic and domestic animals; the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, exhibits, and yards; and observation and reporting on the physical and behavioral condition of the animals. 
Experience Required
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD BE:
  • Knowledgeable of and experienced with modern principles of animal care and welfare, including behavioral enrichment, medical treatments, exhibitory, nutrition, disease, transport, and positive reinforcement-based training techniques.
  • SCUBA certified from a recognized dive training organization or able to be trained in SCUBA Capable of demonstrating professionalism and maturity at all times Skilled in proper interpretive techniques to relay information to visiting public A positive, energetic, and supportive co-worker.
  • A strong and effective communicator and a strong team player. Innovative and willing to look for solutions. Capable of following all zoo and industry safety guidelines.
  • Experienced with or interested in working with large and small carnivores, hoofstock, and other small mammals. Willing to work holidays, weekends and a shift adjustment in the summer months.
Further Comments
New to Grand Rapids:
  • Come live in the beautiful Grand Rapids where you can find live music, art festivals, outdoor recreation, and nationally ranked food and craft beverages.
  • You can drive 20 minutes and be by the beautiful Lake Michigan, hike and kayak by the Grand River, or stay downtown and enjoy a variety of food and drinks.
  • Grand Rapids is known as Americas’ best beer city, nation's craft beverage capital, and a top 20 U.S. Foodie city.
  • There is a little bit of everything here in Grand Rapids to attract everyone including our growing zoo! John Ball Zoo is a drug free facility under federal regulations.
  • Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • We invite individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, hairstyles, or any other characteristic to join our team where diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated.
  • We envision a future of being a world-class zoo, a premier education facility, a renowned conservation center, and a wildly successful national visitor attraction. Want to help make the adventure come alive? Apply today and join us!
Perks
  • BENEFITS AT JBZ We offer incredibly competitive benefits including:
  • Three medical plan options including HSA-eligible plan Employer paid Short-term and long-term disability Employer paid Life Insurance and voluntary buy-up coverage for family members Employer Paid Employee Assistance Program Dental & vision for employee & family 12 full weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment Daily zoo walks YMCA gym discounts Medical and dependent care flex spending accounts Wellness plan and healthy living reimbursement
  • We offer 6 days of personal time, generous vacation time, and 11 paid Holidays each year 401(k) with a 4% match and 3% employer contribution Zoo discounts including employee-only zoo experiences Tuition reimbursement after 1 year of employment Additional medical benefits to meet you and your family's needs, A FREE Premium Zoo membership for you and your family.
Salary
  • Hourly - 16.78

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