Detroit Zoological Society
  • Amphibian
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full-time

Full Benefits (Medical + Dental) - 401K Match, PTO


The Amphibian Department Zookeeper provides care, feeding, enrichment and training for amphibians to ensure their well-being and contributes to outstanding guest experiences by ensuring that amphibian exhibits are properly maintained.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide daily care, including but not limited to, feeding and enrichment of animals at the National Amphibian Conservation Center, and ensure maintenance of animal life support systems.
  • Design, build, and maintain amphibian habitats.
  • Design, install, and maintain aquatic life support systems.
  • Clean animal enclosures and other exhibit areas.
  • Observe and document physical condition and behavior of animals.
  • Maintain environmental quality of amphibian habitats.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure safety and security.
  • Capture and restrain animals as needed.
  • Monitor animal social conditions and situations.
  • Develop and submit enrichment practices to Coordinator of Enrichment and Research.
  • Design, construct, and provide enrichment devices to animals.
  • Provide daily care and maintenance of live food cultures.
  • Coordinate animal health and other medical procedures with veterinary staff.
  • Provide medical treatments as prescribed by the veterinarians.
  • Perform routine maintenance and make minor repairs to equipment and facilities.
  • Communicate needs for maintenance department work requests to supervisor.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Maintain records, inventories and other information and provide written and verbal reports as required.
  • Train new staff as required.
  • Train and supervise interns.
  • Conduct educational presentations in both formal and informal settings.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Conditions: Work is performed indoors and outdoors with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions, with frequent exposure to and contact with dangerous animals, with risk of zoonotic disease transmission (Hepatitis B, Herpes B, Tuberculosis, Salmonella and others), and with exposure to computer monitors. Evening work may be required.

Physical Requirements: The ability to perform principal duties is required. The Amphibian Department Zookeeper must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Minimum

  • Provide daily care, including but not limited to, feeding, enrichment, and operant conditioning training for mammals
  • Clean animal enclosures and other exhibit areas
  • Perform routine exhibit maintenance, including mowing, trimming, and other routine maintenance activities
  • Observe and document physical condition and behavior of animals
  • Inspect facilities to ensure safety and security
  • Capture and restrain animals as needed
  • Monitor animal social conditions and situations
  • Develop and submit enrichment practices to Coordinator of Enrichment and Research
  • Design, construct, and provide enrichment devices to animals
  • Coordinate animal health and other medical procedures with veterinary staff
  • Provide medical treatments as prescribed by the veterinarians
  • Perform routine maintenance and make minor repairs to equipment and facilities
  • Communicate needs for maintenance department work requests to supervisor
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations
  • Maintain records, inventories and other information and provide written and verbal reports as required
  • Train new staff as required
  • Train and supervise interns
  • Conduct educational presentations in both formal and informal settings.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Bachelor's degree in zoology or a related discipline.
  • Two years of experience in the care and management of Amphibians.
    • OR, an Associate's Degree in a related discipline and four years experiences in the care of captive wildlife, two of which include the care and management of Amphibians.
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