Zoo Dietitian

Recruitment #19-CI7557-01

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. 

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. 

Kind of Examination

Applications are being accepted to fill one (1) vacancy and any vacancies that may occur during the life of the register.  The current vacancy is with the Montgomery Zoo. Applicants will be screened and qualified based upon education and experience as shown on the application and willingness/supplemental questionnaire.  For this reason, applicants are urged to fill in the application form and willingness/supplemental questionnaire completely providing detailed information concerning the kinds of jobs they have held, the dates they held them, where and exactly what their duties were. If more than five qualified applications are received, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to rank applicants on the register. Tied scores will not be broken. If there are five or less qualified applicants, they will be considered equally qualified and placed on the register in alphabetical order.

Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Additional Information

BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program.

DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a preemployment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.

I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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