City of Tucson


$22.83-$38.08 Hourly / $47,486.40-$79,206.40 Yearly
Salary Grade: 814

General Description

Supervises zoo personal in providing for the care and well-being of zoo animals and in maintaining exhibits and facilities in a professional zoological institution.

Essential Functions

Uses independent judgment for the following:

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.

Provides excellent customer service by responding to information requests, ensuring grounds, exhibits and animals are in good, clean condition, participating in and encouraging presentations to visitors, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements.

Maintains a knowledge of current progressive animal care techniques, including training, enrichment, nutrition, animal health, safe capture and restraint techniques, and exhibits.

Ensures compliance with USDA and AZA guidelines.

Coordinates public relations and marketing by planning and directing public relations, advertising, and marketing opportunities, maintaining photos, slides, and video collections for historical and research purposes and writing press releases, calendar listings and media advisories. 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.

Coordinates veterinary rounds and animal capture and treatment by reviewing animals listed on the veterinary inspection sheet, scheduling and coordinating transfers, working with contract veterinarians and ensuring proper treatment.

Reviews and selects animals for purchase or surplus by researching animals' behaviors and compatibility, meeting with personnel to discuss logistics and planning, determining what permits and exhibit barriers would be needed and arranging for ground or air transport.

Reviews, maintains and coordinates repairs and maintenance of equipment, performing landscape and design functions, and creates new exhibits, modifies or improves facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years of animal care experience in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

TB Skin Test

50 lb Lift Test

Other Information

FLSA Status: Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 23

Occupation Group Description: Zoo

EEO Job Category Code: H

EEO Job Category Description: Service Maintenance

Organizational Level: First Level Supervisor

NCCI: 9102

Bargaining Unit: No Representation

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: 3255; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;