The fundamental reason this position exists is to provide animal care to animals housed in the Montgomery Zoo. The essential functions of this position are: observes animal collections and exhibits on a routine basis, maintains animal exhibits, feeds animals, trains Zookeeper Is, and contributes to departmental objectives. The Zookeeper II differs from the Zookeeper I in that the Zookeeper II is responsible for a specific section of the zoo and is required to have specialized knowledge of the animals in that section whereas the Zookeeper I may rotate among the different sections of the zoo. The Zookeeper II assigns work responsibilities to Zookeeper Is. Incumbents receive direct supervision from the Assistant Animal Care Manager, the Conservation & Enrichment Manager, and Animal Care Manager.
High school diploma or G.E.D. Two years professional animal care experience in a zoo, wildlife preserve, circus, ranch, or similar setting.
Must be able to tolerate working under difficult conditions to include extreme heat and cold and deadlines as needed to care for animal collection and maintain exhibits. Must be able to stoop, climb, walk, run, and crawl. Must be able to lift heavy objects such as food bundles or food bags weighing up to 60 pounds unassisted. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Must have and maintain a valid Alabama Driver's license and an insurable driving record in order to drive city vehicles to pick up various produce and food items. Candidates will be subject to a medical exam following a conditional job offer.