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It is an exciting time to work at the Blank Park Zoo as many projects are in the works. A new Lion center with two exhibits, a renovated tiger center with three exhibits and new holding and life support system for Pinnipeds will be constructed over the next few years.
Current animals in area:(*represents current or future breeding group)
California Sea Lion
To manage day-to-day operations of a specific area of the animal care department. Supervise personnel and assure adherence to established zoo protocols and practices. Focus on communication within and outside the department.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Direct reports: Animal keepers, seasonal/temporary keeper staff, interns, and volunteers.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Completion of four years of college and two years of experience in zoological animal care OR any equivalent combination in which education and experience are interchangeable at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience. College degree and supervisory experience preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively with all ages of visitors and staff.
Ability to understand budgets, timelines, and staffing schedules
Ability to understand and write employee evaluations, set priorities, use goal setting for self and staff, be able to collaborate and prioritize regular work and projects
All normal computer business skills required (Microsoft office – Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
Ability to grow and advance staff, understanding of modern animal care standards especially as they relate to enrichment, animal restraint, diet preparation, safety, and behavioral management. The ability to research all applicable topics.
Iowa motor vehicle license
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, etc. to perform animal care, horticulture, and maintenance tasks.
Ability to function in all types of weather.
Please complete the Blank Park Zoo on-line application and attach a cover letter and resume.
Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and give employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking and seek fulfilling employment. In return Blank Park Zoo offers competitive income, benefits, and an excellent working environment.