ESSEX COUNTY TURTLE BACK ZOO: ANIMAL ATTENDANT
The Turtle Back Zoo is looking for a dynamic individual to join its animal care staff who possesses an excellent understanding of animal care and training. Under direction, cares for and feeds dogs, cats, and other exotic animals; does related work as required. Good communication and organizational skills and the ability to work well alone or with others in a team environment are a must. Position reports to the Curator and/or Director of Animal Operations on staff.
Positions in this class are primarily involved with the care, feeding, cleaning, and grooming of animals, and the cleaning of their living quarters and adjacent areas. This position will learn/work all routines within the facility and therefore work with many taxonomic classes of animals. In contrast to animal control officers, positions in this class are not responsible for the enforcement of state and local animal control regulations or for the capturing, impounding, and destroying of animals. Positions in this class do not require a knowledge of:
- The law as it affects animal control.
- The handling of stray and diseased animals.
- Community safety as it relates to animal control.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
- Feed, water, clean, groom, and exercise animals.
- Cleans and sterilizes animal food bowls and water pans.
- Cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes washing and grooming areas.
- Cleans and disinfects animal living quarters and may clean other areas including the office and outside areas.
- Collects samples for veterinarian analysis of parasites.
- Observes animals general health, diet, weight, appetite, etc., for negative symptoms.
- Maintains security within the area that the animals are housed.
- Transports animals to veterinarian for check-ups, shots, deworming or other examination and treatment.
- Assist with the training of animals.
- Perform routine clerical work in keeping records of animals being housed.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the care, husbandry and feeding of animals.
- Knowledge of the methods of cleaning and disinfecting enclosures and related equipment.
- Knowledge of identifying symptoms of health disorders in exotic animals.
- Ability to work indoors and outdoors in adverse conditions.
- Ability to maintain simple records.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
- Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with co-workers and zoo guests.
- Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the zoo or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
To be considered, email resume, cover letter, and 3 references to TBZooJobs@Gmail.com