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Zookeeper, Pachyderm

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Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Physical Address
Brookfield, IL 60513
Job Description

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. The Society is an active partner in wildlife protection programs around the world. We have pioneered the field of conservation psychology, the study of how people connect with animals and nature. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Humane Association, Brookfield Zoo provides state-of-the-art care through top-notch medical, husbandry, and nutrition programs to thousands of animals representing over 500 species. We take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation, have an exciting, fast-paced work environment, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Employees are committed to our important conservation mission.

This position will be focused on the care of large mammals and ungulates in the Pachyderm and Great Bear Wilderness facilities. Experience caring for rhinos is required. Experience with North American bison, pygmy hippo and tapirs is preferred. This position includes indoor and outdoor exhibits in all extremes of Chicago weather. Ability to operate a bobcat or similar equipment is also preferred. The successful candidate will excel at public interaction, tours, and informal chats.

As a Zookeeper in our Mammals West department under close supervision you will provide general care for animals and perform related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and interpretives in assigned area. As a Zookeeper, you will also inform, assist, and direct guests as necessary.
The successful candidate will be expected to: Observe assigned animals closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their behavior, health, and welfare. Keep animal records as assigned. Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment. Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretives as assigned. Report maintenance needs. Perform minor maintenance tasks as assigned. Prepare and distribute food as directed. Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas. Perform routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed.

Also expected is to study specific reference materials about animals in the assigned area. Read other zoological and husbandry texts as assigned. Monitor guests to insure animal and human safety and protection of Society property. Communicate with and assist guests. Take initiative to facilitate guests’ appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit. Demonstrate knowledge of and implement Society-wide and area emergency procedures as directed. Other related duties as assigned.

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