Job Summary - The Heritage Farm Attendant role maintains and enhances the welfare of the Zoo’s Family Farm animal population in accordance with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) advanced standards for professional animal care. Responsible for the daily care of domestic and ambassador animals, their enclosures, surroundings and support facilities; daily reporting of assigned areas and specimens; public engagement and education; and animal conservation and research. Incumbents must have a strong foundation in animal husbandry and a commitment to positive, collaborative team relationships.
- Provide the daily care to maintain and enhance the welfare of the Zoo’s Family Farm population of domestic and ambassador animals. Order, prepare and present approved diets. Observe, evaluate, record and report animal activities, behavior and physical condition with consideration of patterns and natural history. Ensure the tidiness, hygeine, and maintenance of animal enclosures. Collaborate with veterinary team to promote animal health and nutrition. Train, manually restrain, capture and/or transport animals to facilitate medical procedures. Administer approved medications and treatments as prescribed.
- Facilitate and participate in animal training and enrichment programs in alignment with established targets for species behavior and wellbeing. Perform welfare assessments for assigned animal population in accordance with established standards.
- Ensure the tidiness, hygiene, and maintenance of service areas and surroundings. Operate and maintain animal life-support systems and environmental controls. Identify and report maintenance and pest control needs. ·
- Proactively engage with volunteers and visitors to enhance their experience. Conduct formal and informal public presentations, including animal care, natural history, conservation and research. Assist in the training of educators, tour guides and volunteers. Maintain positive, collaborative relationships with maintenance, grounds, creative, and all other zoo departments.
- Report and maintain records, e.g. animal feeding habits, diets, breeding behavior, health status, physical conditions, enrichment and training.
- Complete and maintain copies of work orders and other records regarding the operation and use of the animal area facilities. ·
- Conduct other duties as assigned. Examples include but are not limited to: serve on animal emergency response team, provide backup coverage for animal commissary operations, support security and safety programs, serve on committees and parallel teams.
- EXPERIENCE: six months of experience in the care, feeding, and housing of wild or domestic animals in a zoo or farm
- KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the characteristics, care, and habits of animals; skill in handling animals; ability to present animal education programs to the public and to interact with audience members during presentations; ability to lift and carry 75 pounds; ability to push and pull 25 pounds; and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others.
- EDUCATION: Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalency degree is required. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older.