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Keeper II (IAC & RFF)

Posted: April 25, 2024 Expired: May 23, 2024
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
High School

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

ABOUT US The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable and valued. We are a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation. The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Dese

Keeper II (IAC & RFF)

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Keeper II.  This position will be shared between two programs in the Department of Animal Experiences (Raptor Free Flight and the Interpretive Animal Collection) and hours will be based on the needs of each program. The ideal candidate will have experience working with a variety of raptors used in outdoor free-flight programs, have experience using telemetry, enjoy working with a variety of taxa including reptiles and invertebrates, have knowledge of operant conditioning training methods, have the ability to multi-task, be comfortable presenting programs in a theater setting and/or small group setting, and work well with a variety of volunteers and docents.

Ensures animal welfare and institutional support by performing the duties below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following; other duties will be assigned

  • Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds, or unbaling forage grasses per department practices and protocols.
  • Cleans and fills water containers and places food in enclosures per department practices and protocols.
  • Adds vitamins, medications or supplements to food or water as prescribed by ASDM's Veterinarian.
  • Observes animals to detect illnesses or injuries and notifies Curator or ASDM's Veterinarians of findings. Will promptly notify Curator or veterinary team of issues and concerns.
  • Assists ASDM's Veterinarians and Veterinary Technician in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries.
  • Will perform injection of prescribed medications after appropriate training from ASDM veterinary staff or Vet Technician.
  • Cleans and disinfects animals' quarters per department practices and protocols.
  • Will assist with developing desired animal behaviors per department practices and protocols.
  • Will be involved in the training of co-workers.
  • Will be involved with the training, management and certification of volunteers
  • Under curatorial direction, transfers Collection animals from one location or enclosure to another for purposes such as rearrangement of exhibits, veterinary needs, or programs.
  • Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified per department practices and protocols.
  • Answers visitor questions concerning animal habits, conservation, or museum operations.
  • Participates in educational activities as required, (i.e., Docent classes, ADC, Art Institute, media).
  • May be responsible for training volunteers, Docents and Education staff on how to work with interpretive animals.
  • Assists other collection departments, maintenance, and exhibits staff when required.
  • May assist in the collection of specimens and exhibit materials per ASDM guidelines.
  • Will provide and create approved environmental enrichment, following AZA guidelines and per department practices and protocols.
  • Will participate in formal presentations at ASDM or off-site, (i.e., Keeper talks, theater programs, behind-the-scenes tours).
  • Will complete on-line annual training as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities
There are no staff supervisory responsibilities associated with this position. However, this position may supervise and/or provide direction to volunteers assisting with Keeper duties.

Experience Required

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year College or university; and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Language Skills Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Mathematical Skills Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Reasoning Ability Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Computer Skills To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer software knowledge to include word processing, data base, and spreadsheet applications. Other Skills and Abilities Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region highly desirable. Knowledge of zoo facilities and operations desirable. Knowledge of natural history, safe animal capture and handling, husbandry, and ecosystems required. Must be able to work holidays and weekends. Must demonstrate schedule flexibility according to department needs. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain Satisfactory 39-month DMV report 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Physical demands include lifting animals, crates with or without animals, food bags, boxes, containers (grain, frozen quail, frozen meat). Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is often loud (working with macaws), but hearing protection is occasionally required. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required as directed. The above position description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Further Comments

This position is considered open until filled; however, application review will begin immediately. Please understand that if offered a position, you will, as a final condition of employment, be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide a satisfactory 39-month DMV report. We are an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. For this position, we are seeking candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent green card holders. We believe that inclusive teams with diverse perspectives are essential to our success and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, within the remit of the eligibility criteria.


Bargaining Unit Position; plus a comprehensive benefit package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance, FSA, HRA, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays, personal business days, sick leave and vacation. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.


$16.25 per hour, position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

How to Apply

Please apply at:

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
Phone: 5208833045
Fax: Arizona Sonora Desert Mus

@Arizona Sonora Deser

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