The fundamental reason this classification exists is to manage the animal care operations work including general husbandry of the collections, veterinary care 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 the Assistant Animal Care Manager, Conservation and Enrichment Manager, Zookeepers, and indirect supervision over maintenance personnel, all involved in the delivery of animal care services and the maintenance of the exhibits and grounds.
A four-year degree in zoology, biology or related field from an accredited college or university and three years of progressively responsible experience in the care and management of animal collections in a zoological park. Experience in the field may be substituted for college training at a rate of two years of experience doing similar work for each year of college. Preference will be given to candidates who possess the minimum requirements necessary for Professional membership in the Zoological Association of America.
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 able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.
Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (50 - 80 pounds).
Requires the ability to start, stop, operate and monitor the functioning of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials used in performing essential functions.