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Animal Care Professionals

Seasonal ACP – Ambassador Animals

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking Seasonal Animal Care Professionals (ACPs) for the Ambassador Animals Department.

Responsibilities include the daily inspection, feeding, cleaning, enrichment, medicating, and maintenance of the animals in the Ambassador Animals Department.  The collection includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

In addition to husbandry duties, Ambassador Animals ACPs will conduct interpretive programming, including participating in and conducting on-grounds animal presentations, Zoo to You off-ground events, special marketing events, birthday parties, and summer wildlife shows.   ACPs will be expected to interact and interpret with visitors in a positive manner.  Strong public presentation skills while working with live animals is preferred.

Preferred Start date: April or May, depending on assignment duration
Seasonal Position Available: 4 months (April – July or May – August)
Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Biology-related degree (or working towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred; experience related to public speaking field a plus.
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning a plus. Preferred experience in a zoo setting.
  • Candidates must possess good communication, observational, and organization skills and the ability to work well with others in a team environment. Must possess good public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform duties in extreme weather.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test prior to employment. Rabies vaccinated with updated titer results preferred.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Seasonal Lorikeet Keeper

This seasonal position is responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities and welfare of the Lorikeets and Lorikeet Aviary in the Bird department.  Activities in this position will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo. Ensures a positive experience when Zoo Guests are feeding Lorikeets in Aviary.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE

  • Delivers and maintains a dynamic interpretive and educational experience in the lorikeet exhibit.
  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Develops a good line of communication with the ACP’s, Zoological Manager and Curator to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report and/or avian observation form.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents Public Animal Talks to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree; some college preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Will be interacting with Zoo guests regularly; presentation skills helpful.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • First aid/CPR certified preferred
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal – March 1 – October 31
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Long periods of standing and walking;
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Assignments are mainly outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Full-Time Animal Care Professional I – Reptiles

JOB SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for an Animal Care Professional in the Reptile Department. Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care including, but not limited to, monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, keeping accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented. This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Become familiar with the BZI employee hand book, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Set a positive example for their fellow Animal Care Professionals. Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participate in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time.
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Full-Time Animal Care Professional II – Predators

JOB SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is looking for a dynamic and experienced keeper to join our team. Our Animal Care Professional Level II (ACP-II) is a full time position responsible for the daily training and husbandry of 12 species of animals in the Predator building through operant conditioning and enrichment to provide exemplary animal care and welfare. In addition to animal care and training, this position will also include daily maintenance of animal habitats, behind the scenes tours and interactions, and public lion training demonstrations. Collectively with other zoo employees, these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo. As part of the predator department, this position may include cross training on other routines, as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Displays and demonstrates knowledge of the basic biology, behaviors, and the husbandry needs of animals in the Predator building.
  • Cleans and maintains all animal areas to USDA standards, this includes the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals.
  • Maintains highest level of safety at all times.
  • Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, and strategic plan of Birmingham Zoo.
  • Identifies, recognizes, documents and reports any abnormal animal behavior, facility issues or any other issues in their department to their Zoological Manager in a timely manner.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical issues to the Zoological Manager and Veterinary staff in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrates skillful use of operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Maintains and updates the departments’ animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents keeper chats to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field highly preferred.
  • At least 3 years’ experience on staff in a zoological institution (AZA accredited zoo or aquarium preferred).
  • Experience with operant conditioning and enrichment programs.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must be dependable and demonstrate flexibility in regards to work schedules, including hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Become familiar with the BZI employee hand book, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Set a positive example for their fellow Animal Care Professionals. Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participate in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Full-Time Animal Care Professional (All Levels) – Trails of Africa

JOB SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for Animal Care Professionals in the Trails of Africa Department (including Lead position).  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to reticulated giraffe, southern white rhinoceros, Nile hippopotamus, ostrich, plains zebra, and several species of duiker.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying habitats, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field required.
  • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with hoofstock preferred.
  • Experience training using operant conditioning preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:
    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 60 pounds.
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear personal protective equipment.
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Full-Time Zoological Manager – Children’s Zoo

JOB SUMMARY

The Zoological Manager (ZM) of Children’s Zoo is the primary person responsible for Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds animals, habitats, and staffing. Additionally, this person is the point person for planning, coordinating, and directing personnel with the department to ensure that the collection and facilities are maintained in a safe and healthy manner. Collectively with other zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is education, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Conducts day to day supervision of Animal Care Professionals, Volunteers, Interns and/or other staff members in assigned areas.
  • Responsible for animal husbandry, enrichment and welfare of animals in assigned area.
  • Ensures that animal records and employee files are up to date and maintained in accordance with zoo policy, state and federal regulations and national animal record keeping standards.
  • Develops skills in staff through various formal and informal training programs.
  • Develops and coordinates employee, maintenance and animal care related scheduling within assigned area.
  • Works with Curator on hiring and disciplinary actions with a focus on developmental objectives.
  • Completes performance appraisals and evaluations on all direct reports with Curators input.
  • Displays knowledge of the basic biology, behavior, and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Curator and Veterinary staff in a timely manner.
  • Develops a good line of communication with assigned staff, Curator, and VP of Living Collections to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported in a timely manner.
  • Uses positive reinforcement training techniques with the animals in their department.
  • Uses environmental enrichment in daily routines and with Curator, develops departmental program, including researching and developing new enrichment options and development of enrichment schedules. Documents results of enrichment by using the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Trains and encourages staff in utilizing the environmental enrichment program and the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Trains staff on the importance documenting appropriately on the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department. Trains and monitors staff on properly utilizing the animal record keeping systems.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report. Trains and monitors staff on appropriately documenting on the Daily Report.
  • Maintains and updates animal files. Trains and monitors staff on appropriately maintaining and updating animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.Monitors and evaluates staffs techniques of capturing, crating and transferring of animals.
  • Prepares and presents Public Animal Talks to Zoo visitors and guests. Encourages staff to engage Zoo visitors with prepared Animal Talks.
  • Encourages staff to actively participate in one or more of the following: AAZK, enrichment or training committee, safety committee, interpretive committee, weapon’s team, area research projects, education or conservation programs, or other activity that enhances or promotes the Birmingham Zoo.
  • Exhibits the ability to apply classical and operant conditioning and to train at least basic behaviors, as defined by the area SOPs.
  • Actively plays a key role in resolving any animal related emergencies or drills that occur within the zoo (i.e. dangerous animal escape), regardless of which animal area the emergency is in.
  • Prepares for animal immobilizations. Assigns staff tasks in preparation of immobilizations.
  • Evaluates animal’s dietary needs. Consults with the Curator and veterinarian about dietary needs based on the condition of the animal, weather and temperature influence, and any other special consideration relating to the species or individual animal.
  • Guides exhibit creation, designs or changes in their area.
  • Champions conservation efforts by BZI. Encourages staff to participate in conservation efforts.
  • Insures compliance with all BZI policies and Procedures.
  • Upholds the standards of AZA and USDA at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College degree in an animal studies program
  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience in a zoological institution.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Familiarizes themselves with the BZI employee handbook, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Creates, applies for and/or accepts projects that benefit the animals under their care or conservation efforts and to present those results to peers at a conference, or to co-workers at Zoo training sessions
  • Seeks out courses or training opportunities to better their skill and knowledge base. Shares their knowledge with others.  Is encouraged to publish or present papers in their specialty area.
  • Sets a positive example for their staff and other Zoo Managers.
  • Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participates in AZA or AAZA membership, committees and activities.
  • Actively participates in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 


Finance

Full-Time Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY

The Payroll and Benefits Coordinator is responsible for bi-weekly payroll processing and payroll tax filing, as well as benefits programs (including medical, vision, dental, group life, short-and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account, and paid leave). Under direction of the HR Manager, this role is responsible for the oversight and preparation of time and attendance records for payroll input, maintenance of timekeeping records; maintenance of benefits records and documents necessary for implementing benefits coverage; and maintenance and distribution of plan documents and employee communications relating to benefits. This role also conducts other HR functions such as administering leave time, training managers and employees on payroll software time and attendance functions, and other functions within the HR Department.

POSITION FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for the preparation and processing of biweekly payroll; review and ensure accuracy of approved timesheets; track and deduct all garnishments and other special payroll deductions.
  • Handles the electronic timekeeping system, to include set up of each employee, adherence to FLSA; monitoring submissions of approved timesheets, ensuring valid data transfers to/from payroll and benefits services.
  • Processes payroll data such as garnishments, vacation/personal time, insurance, and 401(k) deductions.
  • Ensures completion of personnel action forms for new position requests, new hire information, leave requests, status changes, wage increases, etc.
  • Polls electronic time clocks and review the downloaded information for completeness and accuracy; maintain electronic time clocks.
  • Conducts end-of-month and end-of-year closing activities for payroll.
  • Assists with employee screening and onboarding process to include coordinating drug screenings and background checks, as well as assembling new hire and benefits packets.
  • Assists new hire employees with benefit options and conducts the enrollment of new employees in benefit plans.
  • Coordinates the annual Open Enrollment process.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local payroll, wage, and hour laws and best practices, and ensures that quarter-end and year-end tax deadlines and procedures are followed timely and accurately.
  • Responsible for COBRA administration.
  • Coordinates yearly testing and compliance reporting for 401(k) Plan and Section125 plans.
  • Coordinates leaves of absence and processes claims or requests (FMLA, Short-and Long-Term Disability, worker’s compensation).
  • Maintains files on all current and former employees.
  • Prints name badges for employees, interns, volunteers and contract workers.
  • Assists in completing salary surveys or other reports for AZA or other member organizations as directed.
  • Responds to requests from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations and Unemployment office in order to establish final determination of claims.
  • Prepares documentation and facilitates yearly Workers Compensation Insurance audit.
  • Reviews and reconciles monthly benefit invoices to insure accuracy of billing and enrollment.
  • Designs and runs reports from payroll system as requested.
  • Assists with yearly EEO-1 reporting.
  • Assists CFO and Senior Staff Accountant with financial reporting
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associate degree Business Administration/Finance, HR, or related field is required; College degree in Accounting or related field is preferred.
  • Payroll certification preferred.
  • At least three (3) years direct payroll processing experience.
  • Solid understanding of payroll and the legal requirements of payroll and benefit programs (ACA, COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA, FLSA, IRS Section 125, and payroll laws.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel.
  • Work history in payroll platforms such as Paycor, ADP, Paychex.
  • Ability to organize and write procedures in a logical/methodical manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; team building skills; and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise extreme discretion.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Operations

Full-Time Zoo Services Lead

JOB SUMMARY

The Zoo Services Lead is responsible for the cleanliness of the grounds, monitoring of the restrooms, trash collection, parking lot sweeping, and the set up for various group sales events and special events.

DUTIES INCLUDE

  • Sets, models and maintains customer service standards and expectations to Zoo Services staff.
  • Prepares and distributes weekly schedule of Zoo Services staff.
  • Schedules the outsourced janitorial team.  Monitors quality based on contractual agreements.
  • Monitors department budget.  Assists with budget development for area.
  • Assists Operations Manager with hiring, discipline, and termination recommendations of Zoo Services staff.
  • Inventories and orders the Zoo janitorial for all areas.  Ensures supplies are picked up or delivered in a timely manner.
  • Trains Zoo Services staff on safe and proper use of all cleaning chemicals and equipment.
  • Supervises and assists in daily cleaning of picnic area and trash pick-up as well as cleaning of all Zoo grounds.  Sets standards and expectations for Zoo Services staff in terms of Zoo cleanliness.
  • Conducts daily morning preparation of Zoo grounds for opening.
  • Meets weekly with the Special Event Coordinator and receives direction on the set up, as well as take down, for various Zoo special events to include outside company rentals, all Zoo fund raising events, weddings, etc.  Communicates needs to Zoo Services staff.
  • Monitors, facilitates and assists with the set-up, take down, and storage of all elements involved in Boo at the Zoo and ZooLight Safari.
  • Assists in assembling a parking crew for all major attendance periods (i.e. Spring Break, school field trip days).
  • Insures that regularly scheduled maintenance on vehicles assigned to Zoo Services is being maintained.
  • Keeps up to date on state and federal safety requirements.  Insures all requirements are met.
  • Keeps the Operations Manager regularly informed of the progress and results of daily operations for conformity with established objectives, programs and budgets.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Degree or GED, College preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, etc.
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Full-Time & Part-Time Cleaning Services Attendant

*Both full-time and part-time positions are available.

JOB SUMMARY

The Cleaning Services Attendant maintains the cleanliness of the Zoo grounds, restrooms, collects trash, and performs related custodial duties.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Daily cleaning of Zoo grounds including walkways, public and office buildings, and restrooms.
  • Demonstrates proper use of all cleaning chemicals and equipment.
  • Monitors the zoo’s restrooms on a frequent ongoing basis to ensure cleanliness and that all restroom supplies are fully stocked.
  • Responsible for following cleaning checklists for cleaning zoo offices, zoo public buildings, restrooms, and walkways.
  • Follows proper trash and cardboard removal procedures.
  • Pulls and picks-up trash and recycling throughout the zoo daily.
  • Conducts daily morning preparation of Zoo grounds for opening.
  • Assists with cleaning needs for after-hours events throughout the year as assigned.
  • Occasionally assists with the set-up, take down, and storage of tables, props, and other elements for internal and external events throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.)

  • High School Degree or GED.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or willing to be certified.
  • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines.
  • Understanding and appreciation for BZI’s mission.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

*Both full-time and part-time positions are available.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 


Maintenance

Maintenance Technician

JOB SUMMARY

Birmingham Zoo is looking for a Full-Time Maintenance Technician in our Maintenance Department. Work involves executing projects to maintain, repair or construct facilities at the Birmingham Zoo. Work assignments are received through work orders, observation and meetings. Work is evaluated through meetings, budget, time constraints and results achieved.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Performs preventative maintenance; responds to trouble calls and work orders, inspects buildings and equipment; implements repairs, maintenance and installation as needed or assigned.
  • Depending on skill set, is involved in routine maintenance involving electrical, HVAC, carpentry, auto repair, welding, plumbing, concrete work, and construction.
  • Performs routine maintenance on the train and carousel.
  • Maintains maintenance logs as directed.
  • Completes engine repairs.
  • Completes all work orders as directed.
  • Utilizes and/or operates vehicles such as trucks and construction vehicles.
  • Utilizes the following materials: blueprints, calculator, computer, general office equipment, hand-tools, and power equipment.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED — some College or degree preferred.
  • Two to five years of field experience within a building trade or related skill set.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have basic competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years) as well as a valid Alabama Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Must provide documentation of current, negative TB test within the last year.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The Maintenance Technician position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to the maintenance industry.  Some of the following exposures will occur daily:

  • Hazards associated with train and carousel ride operation and maintenance.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents
  • Hazards associated with swimming pool maintenance and the use of chloride.
  • Equipment operation requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as ear and eye protection.
  • Understanding the hazards of confined space.
  • The hazards of working with electricity.
  • Requirement to troubleshoot equipment in high and hard to reach locations.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for following safety policies and procedures for their areas.

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

 


  • The Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free facility.