CHILDREN’S ZOO SPECIALIST I (FULL-TIME)
Jun 12, 2015
Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo is focused on developing empathy for nature and wildlife through interactive programming for children and families. The area’s programming is delivered throughout the day requiring extensive contact with guests. Children’s Zoo Specialists are both interpreters and animal care specialists. This position is responsible for the animal husbandry and care of domestic and exotic animals used for programming, contact and exhibit. Children’s Zoo Specialists develop and deliver interpretive presentations and activities for contact yards, interactive aviary, nature-based play and learning facilities as well as deliver keeper chats. This position also assists in mentoring the area’s youth volunteers and interns.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Follow protocols and operating procedures to maintain a high level of animal care. This includes but not limited to: monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing enrichment and operant conditioning, exhibit maintenance and improvements.
- Thoroughly and accurately communicate daily status of animals and interpretive programming verbally and in writing to coworkers, Supervisors and Curator as well as input data and information into ZIMS and other record-keeping systems.
- Engage in positive guest interactions with an audience of children and their families; assist in the implementation of divisional conservation and education goals. Responsible for creating comfort in and empathy for nature through modelling of nature play behaviors and the development and delivery of interpretive opportunities through animal encounters, nature collecting and trading and keeper chats as well as delivery of assigned educational programs.
- Work with and mentor youth volunteers and interns throughout daily routine.
- Perform facility maintenance and exhibit modifications as directed. Maintain Zoo equipment and property in clean, safe and appropriate condition; return it ready for next use.
- As instructed, assist with monitoring and control of pest species, feral animals, predators, etc that may pose hazards to the health or well-being of the collection.
- Learn and implement USDA regulations and AZA guidelines for program animal care and welfare.
- Follow all safety protocols and perform appropriate role in emergency procedures. Attend to guests concerns including delivery of first-aid while maintaining a calm and positive demeanor.
- Attend and complete required training classes and tests.
- Regular, reliable and punctual attendance as scheduled. Flexibility required in scheduling as needed to cover special and miscellaneous events and activities.
- Represent Dallas Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Animal care and interpretation experience preferred, preferably in a Zoo, museum, nature centers or similar setting.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, zoology, education, or related field strongly preferred or equivalent combination of training and experience.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Must display a high level of customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude. Must have a desire to engage and work with large groups of children and adults. Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management and other employees.
- Must have excellent observational skills.
- Must be flexible, organized, self-motivated, and a team player.
- Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing. Spanish fluency a plus.
- Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint) or ability to master this and other software used by the Zoo within first few weeks after hiring.
- Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders, and carry up to 50lbs.
- Must be able to work holidays, weekends and evenings.
- Must be able to actively work outdoors in inclement weather.
- Must have a valid driver’s license with reliable transportation.
How to apply
Apply online: You may download an application or e-mail a resume with cover letter to zoojobs@DallasZoo.com. Be sure to place the job code of the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Job codes are on the individual job listings.
Apply by mail: Download and mail a completed application or resume with cover letter to: Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Attn: Human Resources 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203
Apply by fax: Download and Fax a completed application or resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources at 469.554.7388.
Apply in person: You may complete and turn in an application or drop off a resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources.
Please note: All applicants desiring to be considered for more than one posted position must apply for each position separately.
Due to the heavy volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews and/or further screening will be contacted.
Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. EOE M/F/D/V www.DallasZoo.com
Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to ZooJobs@DallasZoo.com. All applicants MUST place job code CZSP1in the subject line to be considered.