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Non-Exempt Full Time Hourly Position - Union

The Buffalo Zoo is hiring an Animal Keeper II for the SOAR Team (Sea

Lion, River Otter, Arctic Edge Team).

Basic Purpose and Responsibility:

Under the supervision of the General Curator and/or Assistant Curator,

the Keeper II is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations

associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of

animal exhibits within the SOAR team.

Essential Functions:

* Primary accountability for specific functions and results. The

list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be

supplemented or changed as necessary.

* Prepares and provides diet and feeding regime to designated

animals as specified by the Keeper III, Curator or veterinarian.

* Assists in the cleaning and shifting of animals to perform exhibit

maintenance duties and modify exhibits to meet seasonal


* Assists veterinary staff with any prescribed treatment routines or

medication administration.

* Records and reports any abnormal animal health or behavioral

condition to the supervisor noting any short or long term


* Assists with departmental research projects as directed by the

Curator and provides support to other Zoo projects as needed.

* Identifies any potential maintenance or safety issues and reports

them to the supervisor.

* Cooperates in answering questions presented by the public, other

zoo employees, volunteers and interns to promote quality guest


* Assumes the duties of Keeper I and Keeper III on an as needed


* Oversees work activities and provides training for interns or

seasonal workers assigned to that area.

* Performs any additional animal care duties or departmental

responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.

Experience Required

Position Qualifications: To perform at a proficient level and be fully

qualified, a person would be expected to have: Education (Minimum

Needed): Two-year degree in one of the natural sciences or other

discipline - four-year degree preferred. Degrees in other fields may

be substituted by additional relevant experience. Experience (Minimum

Needed): Two years experience with a diversified exotic animal

collection gained through internships, volunteer experience or

employment. Extensive domestic animal experience may be a qualifying

substitute. Marine mammal (specifically Pinniped and/or Polar bear)

husbandry and care experience highly preferred. Demonstrated

understanding and tangible achievement with behavioral management

techniques including operant conditioning training and enrichment

implementation is also highly preferred. Special Skills: Experience

with physical restraint equipment, vehicles and related maintenance

equipment. Demonstrated proficiency in use of all cleaning and

husbandry equipment and supplies.

Further Comments

Other: Must possess or be able to obtain within 30-days of

employment a valid New York State driver s license and have an average

or better driving record based on the evaluation process of our

insurance company. Retention of position is contingent upon

maintaining required license. Must upgrade to classification

appropriate to requirements (non-CDLC or CDL class). TB Test

conducted annually. Must be able to work weekends and holidays as

necessary. The Buffalo Zoo is an At Will employer and all Buffalo Zoo

employees are subject to employment eligibility and background

security checks as well as testing for illegal substance use as



Full Time benefits available include health plan, life insurance,

dental, vision, 403B retirement plan, annual leave time, holiday time,

and sick time. Benefits are available after the successful completion

of an introductory probation period of 60 days of work.

How to Apply

This is a full-time, non-exempt hourly CSEA union position. If

interested, please submit resume and cover letter to Dave Brigham,

Assistant Curator, Buffalo Zoo, via *********************** by Nov

1st, 2019. Use subject line: Buffalo Zoo Animal Keeper II SOAR.

Attachments are to be formatted: Last name first name Cover Letter.Doc

or PDF, and Last name first name Resume.Doc or PDF.

Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: **********

Fax: **********

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