Assistant Animal Supervisor
Kansas City Zoo - Kansas City, MO

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This assistant supervisor position will specifically help to lead the Savannah team here at the Kansas City Zoo. This area includes, but may not be limited to, masai giraffe, springbok, lesser kudu, eland, scimitar-horned oryx, black rhino, lions, serval, black-footed cat, bat-eared fox, meerkat, rock hyrax, ostrich, and masked lovebirds. Previous work with these animals, or similar species, would be beneficial to the potential candidate.

This is a FULL TIME position with benefits.

Organizes and coordinates daily functions and upkeep of assigned area of responsibility.

Assists the Animal supervisors in coordinating the daily activities of the zoo keeping staff to ensure that daily animal husbandry needs are satisfied.

Assists with training of zoo keeping staff in areas of animal husbandry/handling, safety practices and animal exhibit maintenance.

Assists in animal health procedures.

Observes and reports on issues concerning animal behavior, animal health, and other relevant activities.

Assists with scheduling employees within work group for daily coverage, cross-training, etc.

Knowledgeable of and able to complete routine for entire coverage area.

Ensure zoo is meeting institutional guidelines for disinfection, pest control, grounds maintenance.

Inform supervisors of any maintenance issues and/or work orders that need filed.

Provide input on animal husbandry, enrichment and operant conditioning within area

Effectively communicate management decisions regarding animal husbandry, enrichment and operant conditioning to zookeepers.

Ability to lift 75 pounds

Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing to ensure a safe work environment

Ability to remain on feet for up to 4 hours at a time.

Duties will be performed in a variety of weather conditions. Environment will vary by assigned work group.

Daily with zoo visitors, volunteers, guests and occasionally with other zoo professionals.

Interacts with curators, supervisors and zookeepers in assigned area.

Knowledge of animal behavior, husbandry, and welfare.

Knowledge of proper animal handling techniques for animals in assigned work group.

Knowledge of institutional policies, protocols, and regulations

Ability to exercise judgment concerning assigned tasks.

Ability to communicate clearly in a written and oral fashion

Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with visitors and co-workers.

Bachelors Degree in a biological science and 2 years animal husbandry experience.

Must have valid drivers license.

Proof of current negative TB test.

Ability to work weekends, evenings and holidays during all climatic conditions.


Must be able to make immediate decisions concerning safety of animals and people.

Low to Moderate

Direct supervision from Animal Supervisors to carry out work objectives and determine the best method for dealing with situations that arise.

High. Frequent short deadlines

Hectic work environment with occasional periods of high stress.

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