City of Tucson


$14.10-$23.49 Hourly / $29,328.00-$48,859.20 Yearly
Salary Grade: 915

General Description

Cares for exotic zoo animals, maintains display areas in healthful and sanitary conditions, and assists in public education about zoo animals. Work assignments are subject to the hazards inherent in caring for wild animals in captivity.

Essential Functions

Cares for animals by planning diets, preparing food, transporting food to exhibits, refilling water bowls, bathing and grooming animals, collecting samples, interacting with animals, observing behaviors, training animals, providing and evaluating enrichment for animals.

Maintains exhibits, holding areas and related facilities by sweeping floors, raking debris, hosing down areas, cleaning pools, streams and ponds, disinfecting equipment and areas, installing and maintaining plants, washing windows, cleaning food bowls, making repairs, exterminating pests, hauling hay, dirt, rocks and other materials. Assists with the capture, transport and medication of animals.

Participates in exhibit planning and development, orders and stocks food supplies, takes inventory, maintains records, educates the public through tours, lectures and special events, repairs vehicles and equipment, patrols grounds and monitors visitor behavior, and testing and maintains water quality.

Responds to questions and concerns.

Maintains reports by reviewing recorded data, reviewing cleanliness, reviewing animal illnesses and behaviors, entering data into computer programs and reviewing reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 1 year of paid experience handling exotic (non-domestic) animals within a zoological garden or similar type setting.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

TB Skin Test

50 lb Lift Test

Other Information

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 23

Occupational Group Description: Zoo

EEO Job Category Code: H

EEO Job Category Description: Service Maintenance

Organizational Level: First Level Employee

NCCI: 9102

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Primary

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 3252; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;