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Full-Time Animal Keeper

Posted: April 25, 2024 Expired: May 23, 2024
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Lead
FULL TIME
High School

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Full-Time Animal Keeper

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Animal Keeper is responsible for the daily care and welfare of animals within their area. Each member of the Lehigh Valley Zoo team plays a crucial part of helping our organization save species.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Knowledge of current zoo animal husbandry standards and natural history for a diverse population of animals
  • Knowledge of USDA and AZA standards
  • Performs all daily husbandry tasks including cleaning and diet prep
  • Must be able to evaluate and report animal behavior to Lead Keeper and Assistant Curator
  • Maintains accurate and detailed daily animal records
  • Implements and evaluates behavioral enrichment in accordance with zoo policy
  • Basic knowledge of operant conditioning
  • Assist the veterinary staff in capture and restraint, administration of prescribed medications and procedures as necessary
  • Maintain exhibit aesthetics including routine exhibit maintenance and small repairs
  • Demonstrates knowledge of zoo-wide and area emergency procedures
  • Interacts with zoo visitors through animal presentations, scheduled and informal keeper talks and generally provide a positive guest experience
  • Works cooperatively with other zoo departments
  • Demonstrates an ability to work in a team setting with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates initiative and motivation to learn and complete projects
  • Participate in regular Animal Care team meetings and trainings
  • Communicates department updates to the team and supervisors in a timely and professional manner
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience Required

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES • Animal handling skills • Critical thinking skills to trouble shoot and reveal solutions to assist the progression of the animal care team • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy as well in a group setting • Excellent time management with ability to multitask • Good interpersonal skills with the ability and desire to work as a team member • Able to follow written and oral direction, exercise good judgment, and apply safety precautions applicable to the work • Knowledge of and a history with operant conditioning techniques QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of training and experience • Minimum one to two years, comparable level experience in a zoo environment • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour assignments • Possess a valid driver’s license PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT • Physical Demands: Employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occassionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. The employee must be able to drive Zoo vehicles • Work Environment: You are often required to perform physical labor in varying weather conditions. You can be bitten, scratched, kicked, or otherwise harmed by wild animals.

Salary

Starting $14/hour

How to Apply

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/2299931/Animal-Keeper

Lehigh Valley Zoo
5150 Game Preserve Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
Phone: 6107994171

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  • http://www.LVZoo.org
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