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ZooFari Camp Teacher

Start Date:          May 6 (flexible)

End Date:            August 4 (flexible)

Commitments: Applicants must be able to commit to teach a minimum of 5 weeks between May 30th and August 4th. The weeks are not required to be consecutive. If selected, the individual must attend a two-day camp training May 6-7, 2017.

Work Hours:    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May be asked to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate early    check-in and late check-out.

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Over 1,200 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Birmingham Zoo Summer Camps annually. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. The curricula for the Zoo’s camps are written by Education Department staff and, along with the operational aspects of camp, are taught to incoming teachers during the required teacher training days. A teacher must work at least 5 weeks during the summer.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Zoofari Camp Teacher will ensure that the materials, supplies, crafts, and activities are prepared for each day, and are responsible for keeping their classroom area clean and orderly. Teachers are responsible for instructing the campers in the material developed for camp and for the campers’ safety.

DUTIES

  • Implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good camp habits.
  • Provides progress and interim reports as required to the camp manager and guardian/parent(s).
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong grasp of subject matter.
  • Uses effective oral and written expression.
  • Follows check-in, check-out and safety policies of camp for campers.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoofari Camp guidelines, reasonable rules of camp classroom behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.

SUPERVISES

No direct reports, but oversees the Zoo Campers, Zoo Camp Aides and Volunteers

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The Zoofari Camp Teacher position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

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.

Camp teachers, as with any employee of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The following physical demands 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 and tools.
  • 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.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Teacher with science background preferred;  or current College student in the Sophomore, Junior or Senior level and must be majoring in Education/Biology/Zoology or related fields
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated and be able to multi-task
  • Must posses excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 17, 2017.

To apply, complete an online application at www.birminghamzoo.com and attach a current resume.

ZooFari Camp Aide

Status:                  Seasonal Position (no benefits)

Start Date:          May 6 (flexible)

End Date:            August 4 (flexible), if selected, the individual must attend a two-day camp training May 6-7, 2017.

Work Hours:    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May be asked to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate early    check-in and late check-out.

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Over 1,200 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Birmingham Zoo Summer Camps annually. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds.  ZooFari Camp Aides will assist with the daily operations and preparation for ZooFari Camp.

RESPONSIBILITY:

The ZooFari Camp Aide will ensure that both campers and teachers have materials needed for camp and are knowledgeable about the day to day operations of camp. Helps maintain an organized office and implements fun and excitement when leading activities such as rallies, substitute teaching and field days.

DUTIES:

  • Creates a safe environment for campers and coworkers.
  • Encourages camper enthusiasm and the development of good camper habits.
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Develops, in accordance with ZooFari Camp guidelines, reasonable expectations for camper behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Helps with check-in, check-out, early care, extended care, lunch, substitute teaches, leads rallies and field days, camp prep., and other duties as assigned.

SAFETY ANALYSIS:

The ZooFari Camp Aide position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

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.

Camp aides, as with any employee of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following physical demands 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 and tools.
  • 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.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Creative.
  • Works well with others.
  • Innovative.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 17, 2017.

To apply, complete an online application at www.birminghamzoo.com and attach a current resume.

Zoo Educator – Full Time

Summary: 

The full time Zoo Educator is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating age-appropriate curricula and lesson designs for all aspects of educational programming at the Zoo. They ensure that materials, supplies, and activities are prepared for each lesson, and are responsible for those materials.  The Zoo Educator is responsible for the instruction and care of the students in their charge. This position requires a strong ability to work in a team oriented atmosphere.

Duties Include:

  • Plans and implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives. Able to write and/or follow curriculum for all educational programs.
  • Makes purposeful and appropriate lesson plans that provide for effective teaching strategies and maximizes time on task.
  • Plans and implements a program of study designed to meet individual needs of students. Creates an environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Works and collaborates with other Education staff in preparation and implementation of Zoo education programs.
  • Collaborates with school-based teachers to provide professional development, curriculum materials and activities to supplement their curriculum.
  • Encourage student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good learning habits.

Qualifications:

  • Must have teaching philosophy and experience aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, problem-based learning, and child development.
  • Preferred teaching background in science education
  • Preferred teaching philosophy aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, problem-based learning, and child development
  • Must be goal-oriented, highly motivated, able to multi-task and collaborate with others
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal oral and written communication skills
  • A significant amount of time will be spent outdoors; exposure to the elements can be expected.

Apply on line and upload your resume to include salary expectations.

Seasonal Zoo Crew Positions

College students, Retirees, or Folks that just love the Zoo – Looking for fun work this spring and summer?  Become part of the Birmingham Zoo Crew!  Now interviewing for a limited number of seasonal positions that will begin in March and could last until the end of August.    Must be flexible to work full or part time hours, weekends and during Spring Break (the week of March 26 – April 1).  Must love working with people, especially crowds.    Looking for folks that can provide fast and friendly service, high energy and the enthusiasm for guest interactions and is safety conscience.  Cashier experience preferred.

Must like working outdoors and being in the summer heat.  Working outdoors in the elements is a requirement as well as standing for long periods of time.  Apply online, www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment.  EOE

Zoo Services Host or Hostess

Job Summary:

The Zoo Services host or hostess is responsible for the cleanliness of the Zoo grounds, upkeep of the restrooms, trash collection, parking lot sweeping, and set up/take down crew for various group sales events and special events.

Essential job functions include:

  • Daily cleans and refreshes Zoo grounds to include parking lot, picnic area and restrooms. Demonstrates proper use of all cleaning chemicals and equipment.
  • Pulls and picks-up trash daily.
  • Conducts daily morning preparation of Zoo grounds for opening.
  • Sets up, as well as takes down props, tables, etc., for various Zoo special events to include outside company rentals, all Zoo events, weddings, etc.
  • Acts as a parking crew member for all major high attendance periods (i.e. Spring Break, school field trip days).
  • 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).
  • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines.
  • Understanding and appreciation for BZI’s mission.

Physical demands:

  • Long periods of standing and walking; stooping, bending, kneeling reaching with hands and arms
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Assignments can be outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

Interested candidates should complete an online application

Animal Care Professional I – Animal Programs – Seasonal

SUMMARY

This position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animal collection in their department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  They are also responsibility for developing and presenting animals and animal programs to the public in a variety of location.  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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

In addition to husbandry duties, Programs 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: March 1

Seasonal Position Available: 6 months

Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred; experience in theater or related public speaking field a plus.
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning a plus. Preferred experience in a zoo setting.
  • Must have Certified Interpretive Guide (IATCB) certification or ability to get certified. AZA membership preferred.
  • 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 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.

To apply, please complete an online application.

Animal Care Professional I – Animal Programs

SUMMARY

This position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animal collection in their department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  They are also responsibility for developing and presenting animals and animal programs to the public in a variety of location.  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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

In addition to husbandry duties, Programs 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.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred; experience in theater or related public speaking field a plus.
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning a plus. Preferred experience in a zoo setting.
  • Must have Certified Interpretive Guide (IATCB) certification or ability to get certified. AZA membership preferred.
  • 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 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.

To apply please complete a Job Change Request Form, attach a current resume and submit to Human Resources.

Lorikeet Keeper

This seasonal (March 1 – October 31, 2017) 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.
  • Implements and monitor behind the scenes programs/tours with assistance from the Animal Care Professional (ACP) – Lorikeets.
  • Implements and/or assist with events and special programs for Bird Recognition days.
  • 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, 2017– October 31, 2017
  • 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.

Interested candidates should go online to www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment, and Application for Employment.  Please attach current resume.

Train Operator

Job Summary:

The Birmingham Zoo is looking for a responsible, mature adult (over 21 years of age) to drive the Zoo Train as well as narrate the train tour of the Zoo.  Full or part time positions available, days and hours will vary, will include some weekends.  Must have a current, valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within last 5 yrs.).  Must be comfortable interacting with the public and conducting the train tours.  CDL preferred, mechanical exp. a plus, but not necessary.   Assignment will be outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.  The Zoo is a drug and smoke free environment.  EOE.   Apply online.

Interested candidates should complete an online application; attach a current resume and salary expectations.

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