Emergency Medical Technician
Kansas City Zoo - Kansas City, MO

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This is a SEASONAL position.


Under specific supervision of Dr.Eppler and general supervision of the Security Manager, the EMT is employed as a part-time provider of professional expertise to the service of those patrons or staff requiring basic medical, directional, or customer service assistance. Performs related work as required.

  • Administers first-aid according to established protocols and level of training to patrons and staff.
  • Immediately reports serious injuries requiring additional medical care to Dr. Eppler.
  • Immediately contacts ambulatory services as requested or needed in medical emergencies
  • Takes the lead in reuniting lost children with parents/guardians
  • Maintains an incident report on every specific medical occurrence
  • Supports and adheres to the zoo’s policy manual.
  • Contacts Security Manager or Lead EMT to maintain ordering and stocking of appropriate medical supplies.
  • Maintains professional licensure to practice as an Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Missouri.
  • Ability to work normal business hours, holidays, and after-hours FOTZ sponsored events.
  • Maintains professional attire and personality at all times.

  • Active. Heavy lifting – lifts and carries items weighing up to 75 pounds. Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing are needed to ensure a safe work environment. Must be able to be on feet for four hours at a time.

  • Usually in an outdoor setting where temperature extremes of heat, up to 100° F+ in summer and temperatures below freezing in winter.

  • Internal: Daily with other zoo employees and supervisor.
  • External: Daily with visitors, volunteers, and guests.

  • Knowledge of emergency medical procedures, technology and terminology.
  • Immediate knowledge of zoo safety rules and regulations.
  • Ability to tolerate stress working with zoo patrons and staff.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in a written and oral fashion.
  • Ability to endure high risk situations when transferring or ministering to patrons.
  • Ability to exercise judgment concerning assigned work activities and daily work objectives.
  • Ability to plan, both long and short-term.
  • Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, visitors and volunteers.

  • Certification and licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician and at least 6 months of experience in a similar position.

  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of current negative TB Test.
  • Willingness to work a rotating shift and rotate work tasks.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and holidays, during all climatic conditions.
  • Adherence to random drug testing and background check

  • Must be able to make immediate decisions concerning safety of patrons and staff.

  • Latitude is given to the position to carry out work objectives and determine methods appropriate for dealing with situations that arise in context with level of training and licensure.

  • High. Frequent short deadlines. Hectic work environment with occasional periods of high stress.