Under immediate supervision (Zookeeper I) or general supervision (Zookeeper II), to perform a variety of duties involved in the care and maintenance of zoo animals, exhibit areas, and facilities of a zoo; and to maintain records of diets and botanical care. The Zookeeper I exercises no direct supervision over other employees. The Zookeeper II may exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff.
Examples of Duties:
- Care for a variety of classes of zoo specimens including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians; clean and maintain animal display areas; observe and report sick specimens; care for and feed animals.
- Assist in the construction and maintenance of zoo facilities; request maintenance assistance in repairing damaged displays and zoo facilities.
- Prepare diets and foods for a variety of classes of zoo animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians according to established policies and procedures.
- Review dietary manuals and assist in evaluating dietary needs of zoo animals.
- Maintain botanical material within zoo exhibits.
- Clean and maintain the zoo commissary and supply rooms; maintain inventory of food stuffs; advise supervisor as to needs with assigned section.
- Meet the public and answer questions about the zoo and animal collections.
- Assist with animal capture and restraint.
- Write daily report; review animal record files.
Safe driving principles and practices.
Operate a food grinder, lawn mower, and incubator.
Operate a motor vehicle safely.
Ability to :
Learn the hazards and inherent dangers involved in working with zoo animals.
Learn the diet and nutritional requirements of zoo animals.
Learn to respond to an animal or public related emergency to prevent injury.
Learn to open, enter, exit, and secure animal enclosures, and service areas.
Learn to net, capture and/or restrain animals of extreme size, strength, and agility.
Learn to handle, examine, and move without harming sick, injured, and/or struggling small animals.
Follow and carry out specific oral and written instructions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
In addition to the qualifications for Zookeeper I:
Specific operation policies and procedures.
Hazards and inherent dangers involved in working with zoo animals.
Diet and nutritional requirements of zoo animals.
Learn the area and treatment of zoo animals.
Ability to :
Respond to an animal or public related emergency to prevent injury.
Open, enter, exit, and secure animal enclosures, and service areas.
Net, capture and/or restrain animals of extreme size, strength, and agility.
Handle, examine, and move without harming sick, injured, and/or struggling small animals.
This is an entry level position, but preference may be given to individuals with experience in the care of animals.
Two years of experience equivalent of that of a Zookeeper I in the City of Abilene.
High School Diploma or a GED.
License or Certificate:
Valid Texas Driver’s License.
Special Requirements :
Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, climb, lift 50 lbs., and display sufficient field of vision and auditory acuity to be aware of animals or vehicles approaching from the rear; exposure to cold, heat, outdoors, and chemicals, ability to travel to different sites.
Requires the ability to work a flexible work schedule that includes nights, holidays, and weekends.