I loved almost everything about this job, even on the worst days I still loved it.
My typical day for me included:
-feeding and checking on the animals throughout the day
-checking updates from the previous week
-direct volunteers in daily chores and make sure they stay on task
-administering medications to animals that needed it
-providing enrichment to animals
-educating public and volunteers
-write up daily report
-close up the building after checking all locks and doing a final check on the animals.
I learned a massive amount at the Oregon Zoo including animal training, animal husbandry, leadership skills, public speaking skills, and good cleaning habits to name a few.
My co-workers and volunteers I worked alongside were wonderful and I learned as much from them as they did from me. I enjoyed interacting with the visitors to the zoo and teaching about the animals I cared for and the environment we share with them. The hardest part of my job was seeing animals go down hill, especially if the animal was one I particularly cared for. But this was also one of the best parts of my job that I was lucky enough to build the special bonds with these amazing creatures and teach people about them.
The only the bad thing I have to say about this job is about the management. When I first started the job the management was wonderful, really understood the job and its requirements and also cared deeply about the people that worked under them. A new manager was hired and changed the entire feel of the job and treated the existing employees very poorly and also had very poor management skills enough so that they caused many employees to quit.
Overall good job, just needed better management.