Animal Keeper Sr. - Carnivores
City of Little Rock, AR - Little Rock, AR

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To perform various duties required to maintain a clean and healthy environment for animals at the Little Rock Zoo and provides working supervision to assigned Zoo personnel, ensuring the proper care of animals and facilities in the carnivore area of the Zoo.

Essential Job Functions:

Provides working supervision to Animal Keepers and other assigned Zoo personnel in a carnivore area of the Zoo in the absence of the designated Curator or as assigned; ensures that duties such as feeding, cleaning, and special projects are completed; ensures observance of safety procedures; provides training for assigned personnel and volunteers. Develops, implements, and maintains best practices in the care of carnivores through modern principles relating to captive care. Observes animals in assigned area for injuries or symptoms of disease, and significant changes in behavior or physical appearance; reports changes and problems to supervisor; recommends to supervisor changes in animal activity schedules, diets and displays to assist animals' psychological and physiological well-being, based on the results of research and input from Animal Keepers; implements approved changes. Participates in the development and maintenance of standard operation procedures; assists in implementation of goals and objectives; recommends new procedures and methods for improving efficiency and effectiveness; implements upon approval. Completes daily reports, listing projects status and condition of animals; determines what special projects are needed, through research and from review of Animal Keeper reports and input; recommends special projects and implements upon approval. Notifies supervisor, Veterinary Technician or Zoo Veterinarian of animals that require medical attention; provides assistance to the Zoo Veterinarian in the capture and restraint of animals, trimming claws, and completing lob forms; ensures prescribed medication is administered to animals, either orally with food or by injection; contacts Veterinarian in emergency situations. Ensures food is prepared for animals according to established diets; ensures animals are fed according to established schedules; ensures that dietary and nutritional standards are met; prepares feeding schedules and diet cards. Answers questions and provides information about animals or displays from members of the public; serves as a tour guide; educates visitors about the Zoo, specific animals, animal diets, handling, habitat, mistreatment and harassment of Zoo animals; presents information to various groups. Provides working supervision to Animal Keepers in the absence of the Curator or other supervisory personnel. Inspects enclosures daily for safety and security concerns; recommends repairs; ensures the performance of maintenance and minor construction work on buildings, enclosures, equipment and other special projects; notifies supervisor of discrepancies. Ensures maintenance of plant life in animal exhibits; supervises spraying or spreading of approved chemicals to exterminate pests, diseases or unwanted plants. Provides special handling, training, and transportation for animals as required. Operates automatic transmission automobile/truck and standard (manual) automobile/truck in the performance of essential job functions.

Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements:

These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Husbandry, Animal Sciences, or related area, two (2) years of experience in the care of carnivores and other exotic animals in a controlled environment, and one (1) year of experience as a lead worker. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

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