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Brookfield, IL 60513
This position encompasses three areas at Brookfield Zoo:
Hamill Family Play Zoo, an interactive play adventure filled with animals, plants, and people that engages children and families helping to develop caring attitudes towards the natural world. The Play Zoo lets children touch animals, paint murals, plant gardens, discover insects and so much more. It is an amazingly fun way to connect with nature.
Wild Encounters, where families can feed birds in our large aviary; visit, pet, and feed our adorable goats; visit the llamas, alpacas, reindeer, and visit wallaby walk.
Animal Ambassadors, where more than 70 individual animal ambassadors representing nearly 40 species occupy the holding areas, which are specifically dedicated to reptiles, birds, and small mammals. There is also an outdoor bird mew and an area for larger animals with adjacent outdoor access. It allows guests to get up-close views and personal experiences with some amazing animals around the zoo’s grounds. Staff will pop up in random places, bringing with them animals trained to engage guests. Common and unusual mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians will take center stage for anyone lucky enough to encounter them. Through these animals, staff can convey the importance of conservation.
This team is the primary animal outreach department at Brookfield Zoo, is very team oriented, performs chats and encounters, formal and informal, on-site and off-site. As such, this department has a heavy focus on animal training and educational interpretation.
This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by, under close supervision, providing general care for animals and performs related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and interpretives in assigned area. Inform, assist, and direct guests as necessary.
Primary job duties and responsibilities:
• 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. Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas. Study specific reference materials about animals in assigned area. Read other zoological and husbandry texts as assigned. Prepare and distribute food as directed. Perform routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed.
• 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.
• Strong public speaking skills preferred. Experience and enjoyment with public speaking skills and public interaction preferred. Experience with native North American and/or farm animals preferred. Ability to work in a fast pace and ever-changing work group preferred. Strong operant conditioning skills a plus. Successful candidate will be able to work effectively with children and families.
• This is a full-time position with rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings.