Lorikeet Aviary Monitor - Seasonal (1 Position)
Kansas City Zoo - Kansas City, MO

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This is a SEASONAL position.

BASIC FUNCTION:

Under direction, performs routine work assignments involving the monitoring of the lorikeet exhibit, care of the lorikeets and maintenance of the exhibit.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Prepares nectar and other diet items for the lorikeets.
  • Responsible for the daily observation of animal health and welfare.
  • Reports births, deaths, injuries and/or irregular behavior of animals to appropriate manager.
  • Answers visitor’s questions about the Zoo and the animals as necessary.
  • Ensures the safety of the lorikeets.
  • Works with lorikeet volunteers.
  • Reports maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.
  • Carries out duties and job assignments as delegated by appropriate Animal Manager or Assistant Curator.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:
  • Active. 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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Mainly outside working in extremes of heat, up to 100° + in summer.

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

SKILLS NEEDED:
  • Knowledge of animal behavior.
  • Knowledge of procedures used for the proper care and handling of exotic and domestic animals.
  • Eventual knowledge of zoo safety rules and regulations.
  • Ability to tolerate stress working with exotic animals.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding spaces.
  • Ability to exhibit patience when caring for animals.
  • Ability to exercise judgment concerning assigned work activities.
  • Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, visitors and volunteers.
  • Skill in observation in order to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • A high school degree/GED.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work a rotating shift and rotate work tasks.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and holidays, during all climatic conditions.

DECISION MAKING:
  • Must be able to make immediate decisions concerning safety of animals and people.

SUPERVISION:

Considerable latitude is given to the position to carry out the work objectives and determine the best method for dealing with situations that arise.

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

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