The fundamental reason this classification exists is to plan, direct and participate in animal care operations work including general husbandry of the collections, record keeping, and exhibit facilities maintenance to ensure a professional standard of operations regarding animal health, welfare and conservation. Supervision is exercised on a daily basis over Zookeeper Is, IIs and weekend maintenance workers caring for the animal collections and facilities and acts as weekend Manager for the Zoo facility. The work responsibilities are: supervises the animal care staff in the delivery of animal care services; supervises and participates, as needed, in the care of the animal; inspects and monitors facilities and grounds and reports maintenance and repair needs; and maintains record keeping operations (Animal Registrar) of animals. The Assistant Animal Care Manager will serve as the manager on duty for weekends and holidays. Distinguishing Characteristics: The duties of the Animal Care Manager vary from the Assistant Animal Care Manager in that the Assistant Animal Care Manager is the Animal Registrar for the Zoo. The duties of the Assistant Animal Care Manager and the Zookeeper II vary in that the primary responsibility of the Zookeeper II is to feed and maintain the animals and exhibits daily. The Assistant Animal Care Manager provides relief work or acts in the absence of the zookeepers. Supervision is received from the Animal Care Manager in the form of verbal and written communication.
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in zoology, biology, animal science, or a closely related field and two years of professional zoo experience in the care and management of animal collections in a zoological park, to include one year of experience supervising animal care staff. Experience in the field may be substituted for college training at a level of one year of experience doing similar work for each year of college.
NOTE: Qualifying education, training and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.
Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen orders, wet, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances. Must be willing to handle, capture, and kill live rodents as needed to feed reptiles and other zoo animal. Must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required. Must have a valid Alabama driver’s license and an insurable driving record in order to drive city vehicles. Candidates will be subject to a medical exam following a conditional job offer.