Overview

Job Description

Position Objective:

To find a Wild Animal Keeper for Queens Zoo

Principal Responsibilities

  • Perform safe, proper, and humane care of assigned animals according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior wild animal keeper and /or the supervisory/curatorial staff.
  • Prepare animal diets according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior wild animal keeper and/or the supervisory/curatorial staff.
  • Perform safe and proper maintenance of assigned animal exhibits, holding facilities and associated service areas according to established protocols or under the direction of the appropriate senior wild animal keeper and/or the supervisory/curatorial staff. Routine maintenance can include but is not limited to watering plants, clearing, and cleaning drains/catches, changing lightbulbs, cleaning exhibit glass.
  • Assist curatorial/supervisory staff in developing safe, proper, and humane protocols for the management and maintenance of the animal collection, exhibits, holding facilities and associated service areas.
  • Participate in the modification and enhancement of animal exhibits under the direction of the appropriate senior wild animal keeper and/or the supervisory/curatorial staff to include, but not limited to the installation of plant material, perches, and exhibit props such as rocks and logs, monitoring water quality, addition of substrates, cleaning of exhibit glass where maintenance staff does not have access.
  • Inspect animal exhibits, holding facilities and associated service areas to ensure that they are clean, well lit, properly ventilated, properly heated, or cooled, and that all mechanical systems are operating properly. Report any deficiencies and/or required maintenance – whether Animal Department or Maintenance responsibility – to the appropriate senior wild animal keeper, or the supervisory/curatorial staff. Make any minor repairs necessary to assure safe, proper and human animal management.
  • Observe assigned animals for any changes in activity pattern, social behavior, feeding behavior and food preference, any abnormal behavior or evidence of injury and illness, any indications of sexual behavior or sexual cycle. Summarize these and any other observations relevant to safe, proper, and humane management in a daily report submitted to the appropriate senior wild animal keeper and the supervisory/curatorial staff. Maintain life history cards and other assigned record keeping. Promptly report anything which might require immediate action to the appropriate senior animal keeper or the supervisory/curatorial staff.
  • Carry out the curator and veterinarian’s instructions for the care of sick and injured animals and summarize required procedures in a daily report submitted to the appropriate senior wild animal keeper or the supervisory/curatorial staff.
  • Submit a daily report to the appropriate senior animal keeper and the supervisory/curatorial staff which summarizes events/changes in the animal collection and staff activities of within assigned work areas, identifies required maintenance, and lists needed supplies and equipment.
  • Participate in QZ animal behavior programs to facilitate animal management and to enhance and enrich the daily lives of the animals in our care. Develop animal conditioning skills and techniques. Maintain each animal’s current level of behavior criteria through effective observation, listening and training application. Develop a proactive approach to behavioral husbandry. Anticipate behavioral issues and discuss with senior/supervisor/curator to avoid potential problems. Implement department programs to condition behaviors and acclimate both naive, and experienced animals to exhibits. Provide special attention to the need to make animals more visible to our guests.
  • Serve as relief Senior Wild Animal Keeper in their absence if instructed by the supervisory/curatorial staff.
  • Aid the public and provide information concerning the Queens Zoo, visitor services, exhibits and the animal collection.
  • Enforce the Queens Zoo’s visitor rules and regulations.
  • Perform other related tasks and duties at the instruction of senior animal keepers and/or the supervisory/curatorial staff.

Physical Requirements

Qualification Requirements

  • The position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions. Tasks require manual dexterity and ability to safely use tools (e.g., drill, wire cutters, computer keyboard) and operate equipment (e.g., food processors, scales, life support systems). Some tasks require climbing, kneeling, bending, navigating uneven terrain, and moderate lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, holidays, evenings, and special events as the schedule demands.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must successfully pass a background check.
  • Valid current driver’s license (preferred).
  • Computer proficiency required
  • Bachelor’s Degree with major in biology or a related field with one-year recent
  • Full time paid experience in the handling, feeding and care of animals in a zoo or on a stock farm with experience supervising animal care staff OR an equivalent combination of education or experience including internships at related animal care facilities.
  • Ability to represent WCS in a professional manner and to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with employees, colleagues, City, and other government agencies, outside contractors, and the public.

Differential Pay Opportunity (requires training or certification paid for by WCS)

  • Pest Control

Salary Range

$41,407