PUEBLO ZOO JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest!

 

To apply:

Interested in one of the positions listed? Email a resume and cover letter to jobs@pueblozoo.org. See application instructions for any additional requested materials. 

Current Open Positions:

Gardening Specialist

Part-Time Ambassador Animal Keeper (Temporary)

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Gardening Specialist

Non-Exempt Seasonal Part Time

Reports to Facilities Director

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Duties include maintenance of Zoo gardens, grounds work, completion of special gardening projects and seasonal special events grounds duties.  

 

WORK SCHEDULE:

This is a part time seasonal position comprised of working four 8 hour days per week from March – August and three 8 hour days per week from September – November.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Maintain gardens and grounds including planting, soil preparation, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, trimming, and applying herbicides and pesticides, cleaning beds, and raking.

  • Provide input for zoo-wide horticulture planning including maintenance of current landscaping, new exhibits and special projects.

  • Maintain plant identification signs.

  • Assist with mowing, when assigned.

  • Monitor garden irrigation systems, making adjustments and repairs as necessary.

  • Maintain and enforce toxic plant and browse lists; working with Veterinary Medicine and Animal department representatives.

  • Supervise volunteers, CRs (Useful Public Service) and seasonal workers, as assigned.

  •  Maintain shop and other work areas in a clean and orderly manner.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, health regulations, procedures, & goals.

  • Drives or operates mechanical equipment and motor vehicles safely and without causing damage to Zoo property or equipment.  Must be able to drive a standard transmission.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Working knowledge of similar or related duties; ability to follow written and oral directions; physical strength and stamina; ability to foresee and apply safety precautions necessary; must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; willingness to accept regular weekend, holiday and occasional after hours assignments; exercise good judgment in evaluation of situations and making decisions.  Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills; ability to produce and maintain digital records, plans and simple landscape drawings. Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policy and procedures and other written guidelines to work functions, and to work independently.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Possess physical strength and stamina; ability to foresee and apply safety precautions necessary; must be able to lift at least 50 pounds;  Able to bend, stoop, crawl, push, pull, carry and walk on uneven surfaces and work outdoors in extreme weather conditions.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee is expected to perform.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires high school diploma or equivalent.  Training or degree in horticulture or related subjects, preferred.  Requires experience in gardening.  Experience in maintenance of automated irrigation systems preferred. Must be insurable with Zoo underwriter and possess valid driver's license at time of application and obtain valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days.  During employment, must maintain valid Colorado Driver's License and driving record sufficient for insurability by Zoological Society underwriter.

APPLICANTION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply, send cover letter and resume to jobs@pueblozoo.org. Position is open until filled. 

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Part-Time Ambassador Animal Keeper (Temporary) 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION  

Performs basic husbandry for the Ambassador animal collection under the supervision of the Area Supervisor.   This position works closely with volunteers.  Subject to 24-hour on-call availability for emergencies.  This position is 20 hours per week, and will last for 6 months, with the possibility of a permanent position at the end of the term.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Routine cleaning of animal exhibits/holding/service areas to USDA/AZA standards

  • Preparing and distributing animal diets

  • Observing and reporting animal behavior and medical concerns

  • Administering veterinary treatments under direction of Area Supervisor or Vet

  • Observing and reporting maintenance needs of equipment, buildings and grounds

  • Assisting in setting up animal exhibits

  • Routine handling of animals during public demonstrations

  • Answering questions from the public in a friendly, educational manner

  • Overseeing volunteers/interns as directed

  • Writing accurate and detailed animal records

  • Assist with developing and executing training and goal-based enrichment plans

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

Must possess a working knowledge of similar or related work, ability to follow written and oral directions, and the ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations.  Applicant must possess physical strength and stamina, including lifting 50lbs, bend, climb, stoop, and reach.  Requires working directly with grass hay, alfalfa, straw, and furred/feathered/scaled animals.  Applicant must be able to foresee and apply safety precautions where necessary.  The position will require working weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hours assignments.  Must obtain a valid CO driver’s license within 30 days.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must have a high school diploma, and have at least 1 year of professional small animal handling experience.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Candidates meeting the following criteria will be strongly considered:

  • Experience working with volunteers of all age groups

  • Arthropod, amphibian, and reptile experience

  • Experience with small animal enrichment

  • Animal care experience in an AZA facility

 

APPLICANTION INSTRUCTIONS:

Send resume, cover letter, and references to jobs@pueblozoo.org by end of business July 20, 2020.  No calls, please.

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