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



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Animal Care Professionals

Living Collections

Maintenance

Visitor Services

 



To apply to one of these positions, please fill out the online application

ONLINE APPLICATION



 

Animal Care Professionals

Full Time ACP I – South America/Primates

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional I in the South America/Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care within a diverse collection of species, including squirrel monkey, cotton top tamarin, lemur, and giant anteater.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental enrichment, preparing diets, modifying habitats, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  This position requires the ability to work both independently and within a team.  The desired candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is 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.  The successful candidate will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field (preferred)
  • Current, valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations within the last five years (required)
  • Current negative TB test with documentation, or willingness to have a TB test administered (required)
  • Experience in a zoological institution, primate focus preferred
  • Capacity to act decisively under a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, complete projects, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Awareness of the management of zoo primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Aptitude for fostering teamwork both within and across teams
  • Competency in computer skills
  • First aid/CPR certified, or be willingness to be certified

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds
  • Regularly utilize hands, fingers, tools, or controls
  • Frequently stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Speak clearly and/or receive verbal communications under a variety of conditions
  • Maintain balance under exposure to wet, slippery, and/or uneven surfaces
  • Work within close proximity of dangerous animals
  • Wear a face mask, gloves, and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time
  • Perform strenuous duties under challenging physical conditions and in extreme weather

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time with benefits
  • Base schedule consists of five, eight-hour work days and may include weekend, evening, and holiday hours

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

 


Living Collections

Full-Time Curator of Living Collections

JOB SUMMARY

This position oversees the animal collection, animal habitats, and programs, under the leadership of the VP of Living Collections. Additionally, this position assists in the planning, coordinating, and directing of personnel within the Living Collections department and the operation of the zoo to ensure that the animal collection and facilities are properly maintained in a safe and healthy manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises assigned Zoological Managers and other staff members in animal areas.
  • Responsible for animal husbandry, enrichment, training, welfare and exhibitry of the animals within the Zoo.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop and implement the Institutional Collection Plan.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop animal department policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that animal areas are in compliance with all regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations, including USDA and AZA.
  • Partners with other departments to meet the Zoo’s animal care, guest experience, operational, media, and revenue goals.
  • Responsible for continuing education in zoology, enrichment, welfare and animal husbandry for self and assigned staff members.
  • Develops job-specific skills in employees through various formal and informal training programs.
  • With area Zoological Managers, ensures that animal records are up to date and maintained in accordance with Zoo policy, state and federal regulations, and national animal record keeping standards.
  • Responsible for working with the Registrar to secure all permits and reports involving procurement, disposition, shipment and exhibition of animals in accordance with BZI Animal Management policies. Ensures that transport, loading and unloading of animals is done safely and efficiently according to IATA, USDA, AZA and other governing authority guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with all BZI policies and procedures.
  • Initiates the development of ideas for animal habitats.
  • Assists in the design or modification of animal habitats.
  • Coordinates with the veterinary staff to ensure the health and welfare of all Zoo animals.
  • Assists and guides Zoological Managers in hiring and disciplinary actions with a focus on developmental objectives.
  • Completes annual performance appraisals of all direct reports and coordinates with other managers on the evaluation of their employees as assigned.
  • Prepares for, and initiates, human and animal-related emergency and safety procedures, including dangerous animal escape procedures, in coordination with the Safety Manager.
  • Assists in preparation of annual budget for animal areas, makes purchases, and monitors budget throughout the year.
  • Acts as Animal Department Coordinator (ADC) or person in charge of the Zoo when assigned.
  • Participates in local, national, and international conservation efforts, including AZA programs and other efforts as approved by the VP of Living Collections.
  • Represents the Zoo by writing articles for Zoo publications, publishing and presenting papers in specialty area, and representing the Zoo at professional conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Zoological Managers and/or senior-level keepers.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • College degree in zoology, biology, or related degree and five years’ experience as an animal manager in an accredited zoological institution, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Membership in AZA and/or graduation from AZA’s Professional Development program is preferred.
  • Understanding and appreciation of BZI’s mission.
  • Must be willing to travel locally. Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • 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.
  • Must have good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must be able to complete weapons training.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Weekdays and weekends required with evening work and holidays as needed.
  • Will be in “Animal Department Coordinator” rotation.

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


Maintenance

Full-Time 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 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.


Visitor Services

Seasonal Cashier

Full-time AND Part-Time positions available

JOB SUMMARY

The Cashier is responsible for providing fast, friendly service to our guests while following proper cash handling procedures.    Responsibilities include following proper cash handling procedures from collecting payment and making change so that register balances at end of day.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Greets all visitors with a smile and offers assistance.
  • Communicates clearly and in a friendly manner.
  • Insures accuracy of transaction to visitor and communicates appreciation for their business.
  • Applies cash handling procedures, asset protection policies and requirements to daily routines. Accounts for any “overs or unders” at closings.
  • Completes tasks on all checklists associated with the cashier position.
  • Utilizes computer in the preparation and use of daily cash worksheet and balancing at the end of each day.
  • Cleans and organizes assigned areas.
  • Serves as a team player to help others complete their objectives as needed. May be required to work in another capacity in the visitor services area as needed.
  • Identifies and follows all Zoo sanitation standards.
  • Identifies and follows strict safety protocols for guests as well as staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • High School Degree; valid driver’s license with no negative driving record
  • Familiar with proper cash handling protocols; Retail experience helpful.
  • Cashier Experience preferred
  • Basic computer skills; Good organizational skills; Ability to follow written and verbal directions; must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle high volume traffic while maintaining good customer service
  • Must work as a team player.
  • Must be flexible to work when needed, including weekends and evenings.

Physical demands:

  • Long periods of standing and walking;
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 20 pounds;
  • Assignments can be outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

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


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