Zoo Keeper II (Reptiles)

Mid-level Zookeeper position at Audubon Zoo. The position encompasses semi-skilled professional work in the routine daily care of assigned animals and exhibits. Reporting directly to the Assistant Curator of an assigned area, and under the general supervision of the Curator, Zookeeper III’s: perform routine zookeeper duties, work under general supervision in a wide range of functions, assist in the training and supervision of animal keeper and volunteer staff and assume the duties of Zookeeper IV’s as required when higher management is not available.

Job Description:

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality.

  • Identifies and corrects minor or routine maintenance problems and reports other maintenance needs directly to supervisor.
  • Assists in developing new facilities and improving existing ones as assigned.
    Interacts positively with the public and co-workers.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment to evaluate any emergency situations that arise.
  • Ability to work as a team with volunteers and other staff.

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.

  • Develops and presents guest programs as required.
  • Performs/participates in shows/chats/feeds for our guests as scheduled.
  • Conducts behind-the-scenes tours for VIP’s, donors, and Audubon Education programs as scheduled.
  • Extensive interaction with the public which may include on and off grounds educational and media presentations.

Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation.

  • Observes general animal health and behavior on a daily basis and reports any abnormal situations to a supervisor.
  • Assists in the composition of technical reports on various aspects of captive animal management and exhibition as assigned.
  • Performs daily duties in all sections of assigned department as required.
  • Maintains records of health and behavior status of animals in designated area as directed.
  • Prepares and follows prescribed diets and feeding procedures.
  • Performs behavior modification and enrichment programs as assigned.
  • Instructs new personnel in methods of animal care consistent with policies and procedures.
  • Makes decisions consistent with Audubon policies and procedures when required.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment to evaluate each animal’s health, diet, behavior, and any emergency situations that arise and conveys concerns or abnormalities to their supervisor.
  • Assists in training, supervision, evaluation and assignment of volunteers as needed.
  • Participates in capturing, restraining, and moving animals.
  • Assists veterinary and curatorial staff in treating animals as assigned and prescribed.
  • See ADDENDUM for “section specific” duties, certifications, etc.

Supervision: Assists in supervising volunteers, may serve as contact person for the area at times

Experience:

  • 4 years of animal experience at an AZA institution or an Associate’s degree and 3 years of animal experience at an AZA institution or a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (or related field) and 2 years of animal experience at an AZA institution.
  • A general knowledge of zoonotic diseases and their prevention.
  • Experience in the care, restraint, and handling of exotic animals and zoological exhibits.
  • Good knowledge of the principles of captive exotic animal management.
  • A general knowledge of zoonotic diseases and their prevention.

Education:

  • High School degree or equivalent
  • College credits in Biology or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Accurate oral and written communication skills

Licensure/Certification:

  • Must maintain a valid La. Driver’s License
  • Current Tetanus shot
  • Current TB test
  • Current Rabies and Hep B vaccinations as required by department

Software Requirements: Proficiency in basic computer processing, use of the ZIMS record program

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:

  • Operates medium and heavy equipment as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to operate power tools, lawn equipment, etc.
  • Must have the ability to use mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, phone, and copy machine.

Physical Requirements:

  • Willingness to work overtime including weekends and holidays, and be available based on special needs/circumstances on a 24 hour basis.
  • Willingness to learn and teach.
  • Willingness to work outdoors, regardless of weather conditions
  • Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and per OSHA regulations: Heavy work involving lifting no more than 100 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animal and zoonotic diseases.
  • Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds..

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Cleans animal areas and grounds.
  • Maintains off-exhibit areas in a clean, organized and safe fashion.
  • Ability to work on a team and with volunteers.
  • Willing to perform Pest Control duties as necessary.
  • Willingness to serve on the zoo’s Hurricane Team if necessary.

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