Keeper Aide

Seasonal Keeper Aide

Position: Seasonal Keeper Aide

Reports to: Director of Animal Care

Coordinates with: Animal Care, Veterinary and Education Staff

Summary of Responsibilities:

A highly motivated, skilled individual who will perform tasks associated with the diet preparation, husbandry and maintenance of domestic, native and exotic animals in an education and conservation-oriented zoological park.  A successful candidate has a collaborative, team-oriented approach to problem solving, exercises good judgment, efficiently manages time, foresees and applies safety precautions, possesses excellent communication skills, is able to work in a team environment and maintains confidentiality and Zoo safety protocols. All EPZ staff members are responsible for delivering exceptional guest service by creating positive interactions with guests and staff alike.

  • As essential personnel, animal department staff are expected to be available as per business needs which include weekends, holidays, evenings and in inclement weather
  • Foster an appreciation of wildlife and their habitats that will inspire active participation in conservation
  • Assist management in ensuring safety, cleanliness, and efficiency in all areas of the operation of the Zoo
  • Follow and adhere to all policies and procedures and safety protocols for the department and the Zoo
  • Use proper radio etiquette and adhere to proper uniform attire at all times
  • Perform and assist with animal diet preparation in the all-new public-facing Animal Commissary
  • Perform diligent observation and daily husbandry of all animals in assigned domestic barnyard area (donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, owls and alpacas) as stated in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Daily cleaning of exhibits, holding areas, and zoo grounds, as stated in the SOPs
  • Provide overall care and maintenance of assigned work areas ensuring animal health, welfare and the safety of animals, staff and guests through established SOPs for animal care and exhibition as set forth by AZA and USDA
  • Recognize and remove toxic plants from animal enclosures
  • Daily animal record keeping 
  • Provide approved animal enrichment in accordance with schedule
  • Report maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate supervisor
  • Assist in training interns as directed
  • Assist veterinary staff with the capture, restraint and treatment of animals as well as administration of prescribed medications and treatments (strictly according to written instructions)
  • Deliver animal presentations (including virtual) and public speaking when required
  • Observe for any unsafe acts which would cause harm to a guest, Zoo property, or animal collection
  • Perform other duties assigned by Director of Animal Care, Commissary Manager, Assistant Curators Veterinary Staff or CEO
  • Responsible for the safety and care of animal collection and zoo guests
  • Work assignments are subject to the hazards inherent in caring for wild animals in captivity and may include:
    • Interaction with a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors, animal body fluids, cleaning materials, disinfectants, etc.
    • Inclement weather conditions
    • This position requires significant amounts of heavy lifting
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with EPZ staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work irregular hours as needed including nights, holidays and weekends
  • Ability to work special events and other functions as required

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 400 hours of non-domestic animal husbandry experience working in a zoo setting with diverse taxa including large hoofstock is required, experience in animal commissary strongly preferred, AZA accredited facility preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, zoology, biology or related field
  • Successful Completion of the San Diego Zoo Global Academy Animal Welfare Professional Course
  • Proficiency in positive reinforcement training preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Must have negative TB test
  • Capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor 
  • Must have good physical strength and endurance including the ability to lift, move and transport up to 60lbs
  • Able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to work from heights or in confined spaces and have ability to ascend, descend and work from and around stairs and ladders
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Pay: $16/hour

Identification: Two forms of official valid identification is required. Ability to pass background and child abuse clearances

Keeper Aide - Seasonal