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Zoo Keeper

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Location: Rochester, NY
Title: Zoo Keeper
Deadline: Until Filled
Salary: $34,157 - $43,270 annually
Agency/Dept.: Parks

Description of Duties

This position, in the Department of Parks, Seneca Park Zoo, is responsible for the care and feeding of zoo animals and the upkeep and maintenance of zoo property.  Work is performed both inside and outside zoo buildings in a variety of weather conditions including heat, cold, high humidity, rain and snow. Employees are exposed to the hazards and diseases of the zoological animal collection as a routine part of their duties.  Work involves the use of disinfectants and cleansers and work is performed around dusty enclosures and storage areas.  The work also involves moving items weighing a maximum of forty (40) pounds.  Employees may be required to work a varying schedule including evenings and weekends. The employee reports directly to and works under the general supervision of a higher level staff member. Does related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma plus EITHER:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, or a closely related field, or a closely related field; OR,
  2. Two (2) years paid full time or its part time or volunteer* equivalent experience caring for animals in a setting such as an animal hospital, Veterinarian’s Office, Zoo, wildlife refuge, sanctuary or other environments/positions devoted to animal care; OR,
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

*volunteer experience must be documented by the participating agency.  Employment dates, average number of hours worked per week, and job duties must be included.

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