Saturday, March 28, 2009

Carnivore Keeper - Chicago Zoo

Keeper Any Level - Large Carnivore (Bears and Big Cats) or Large Animals

Requisition ID# 729TBW

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological
Society by, under close supervision, providing general care for animals
and performs related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and
interpretives in assigned area. Inform, assist, and direct guests as


Prepare and distribute food as directed. Observe assigned animals
closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their
behavior, health, and welfare. Keep animal records as assigned.
Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment.
Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretives as
assigned. Report maintenance needs. Perform minor maintenance tasks
as assigned. Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas. Study
specific reference materials about animals in assigned area. Read other
zoological and husbandry texts as assigned. Perform routines of assigned
areas and specialized procedures as directed. Monitor guests to insure
animal and human safety and protection of Society property. Communicate
with and assist guests. Take initiative to facilitate guests'
appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit. Demonstrate
knowledge of and implement Society-wide and area emergency procedures as
directed. Other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in relevant biological field or equivalent combination
of training and/or experience required. Animal care facility, farm,
kennel, or equivalent animal experience required. Large carnivore
(bears and big cats) experience highly preferred; large animal
experience preferred. Incumbent must possess an understanding of
practical principles of animal behavior and the ability to work with
live animals safely. Good interpersonal skills. The ability to
interact in a courteous and professional manner. Knowledge of natural
history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred. Must be capable of
dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently. Must learn and
integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly. Good
decision-making skills. Must be alert and make sound independent
judgments. Ability to perceive and act upon relevant changes in animal
behaviors and conditions. Incumbent must have or acquire general
knowledge about the Society, gain an understanding of the Society's
mission, and become familiar with and follow Society policies and
procedures. Incumbent must develop proficiency in routines of assigned
areas and specialized procedures as directed. Incumbent must
demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job duties. Must be
reliable. Valid driver's license required for Illinois residents within
90 days of hire; valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state
residents. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
fluently. Spanish fluency a plus, but not required. For The Living
Coast and Seven Seas keeper positions, SCUBA Certification required
within one year of hire. This is a full-time position with rotating
shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Hourly Rates are as
follows: Assistant Keeper: $ 19.36/hr., Keeper: $ 21.28/hr., Sr. Keeper
$ 22.87/hr.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please email
your resume/cover letter noting position title and ID# 729TBW in subject
line and in your cover letter to: greatjobs@czs. org. For more
information about our organization and career opportunities please visit
our website at



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