Montgomery City County Personnel

Zoo Dietitian (#CI7557)

Pay Grade


Nature of Work

The fundamental reason this position exists is to maintain the nutritional health of Montgomery Zoo’s zoological collection through the preparation of foods and medications. The work responsibilities of this position are: prepares food for the zoological collection, cleans and maintains assigned areas, maintains proper inventory levels of food items and supplies, maintains records of animals’ diets, and performs basic bookkeeping functions. Incumbent receives direct supervision from the Animal Care Manager, Assistant Animal Care Manager and the Conservation and Enrichment Manager. Indirect supervision is provided by the Director, Deputy Director and the Veterinarian. 

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or G.E.D. and one year of professional full-time experience preparing food. Experience must include ordering food/supplies and the proper procedures for preparing and handling food. Preference will be given to individuals with experience preparing food, grains, and medications for animals.

NOTE:  Qualifying education, training and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.


Special Requirements

Must be able to handle, capture, and kill live rodents as needed to feed reptiles and other zoo animal. Must be able to tolerate the odor of grains, feed, raw meats, and disinfectants as needed to prepare diets for the zoological collection. Must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver’s license and an insurable driving record in order to operate a city vehicle when picking up or transporting live animals or crates to and from the airport, or picking up food supplies. Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. Must be willing to work holidays, weekends and overtime as needed for scheduled times, special events, and emergencies. Candidates will be subject to a medical exam following a conditional job offer.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbents must be able to stand for long periods of time in order to prepare diets for the zoological collection. Incumbents must be able to walk, bend, reach, kneel, stoop, and crouch in order to clean, prepare food, store supplies and conduct inventory. Incumbents are also required to push, pull, lift, stack, and arrange heavy objects (kennels, grain/feed bags, hay bales, boxes of food, mops, buckets, etc.) weighing up to 70 pounds. 

CLASS: CI7557; EST: ; REV: 9/23/2019;