Wildlife Show Temporary Staff work April through September 2019. This is a seasonal position that involves variable hours and a flex schedule (30-40 hours/week average). Temporary show staff members are expected to work weekends. (Please note: The pay range has been corrected from the original posting.)
Would you like to spend the summer working with birds of prey and helping to educate zoo visitors about these remarkable creatures and important conservation topics? In this seasonal position, you'll assist with the presentation of the Wildlife Live free-flight summer shows, which showcase the animals in our collection and provide visitors an up-close look at their natural behaviors.
Wildlife Summer Show Staff support backstage activities during shows and provide care for the animals in our collection (i.e., cleaning, diet preparation). You will also assist with training and show behaviors, although direct contact with animals may be minimal. This position requires excellent communication and critical thinking skills. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, highly variable environment and be a strong team player.
To learn more about Wildlife Shows and the zoo in general, please visit our oregonzoo.org.
At the Oregon Zoo, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.
1) Electronic application, 2) answer to supplemental questions, 3) resume and 4) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.
Essential Job Duties:
An employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.
Assist with the presentation of summer shows, including crowd control, set-up and cleaning of show stage and associated areas
Educate visitors in informal question and answer settings, including animal displays and public chats.
Maintain equipment (props, biofacts, perches)
Safely operate Zoo vehicles, both on and off grounds.
Confirm show details with internal and external stakeholders, including monitoring zoo communications for accuracy, updating signage, and answering visitor questions
Keep clear communication with other staff and volunteers.
Participate in safety and emergency procedures involving both animals and visitors
Perform day-to-day care and husbandry duties required for species in the Program Animal collection including cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, and enrichment.
Observe animals to identify normal and abnormal behavior. Immediately alert regular staff of any issues so corrective action can be taken.
May assist with more advanced husbandry tasks such as weighing, animal introductions, capture and restraint, in a free contact environment. Ensure procedures are completed within established protocols.
Follow Oregon Zoo's guidelines for handling of Program Animals per written protocols and direction from regular staff and area supervisor
Keep detailed and concise daily records on the variety of animals in the collection
Assist other staff in directing the day to day work of volunteers and interns
Perform related duties as assigned.
Metro organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. This position is classified as an Instructor III.
Two years cumulative experience beyond high school in zoology, biology or a related field;
Two years experience working with exotic animals, including knowledge of animal handling and presentation practices and methods; and
Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and standard business software including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of professional animal care practices, including handling, husbandry and safety (both human and animal).
Knowledge of procedures, materials and equipment used in cleaning, feeding, and caring for exotic animals.
Knowledge of animal behavior training and enrichment techniques.
Ability to provide excellent customer service and interacting with employees, volunteers, the public and others encountered during the course of work in a courteous and professional manner.
Ability to keep comprehensive and accurate records.
Ability to follow complex written and oral instructions.
Ability to use all standard office equipment, including a computer and relevant software.
Ability to fulfill Metro's employee values of public service, excellence, teamwork, respect, innovation and sustainability.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, volunteers, vendors, and others encountered during the course of work.
Ability to work in a safe manner and follow Metro safety policies, practices, and procedures.
Ability to perform the assigned duties of the position.
Working Conditions: Duties may require prolonged strenuous efforts in hazardous locations, contaminated areas, enclosed spaces, at heights, under inclement weather, and in proximity to dangerous animals and other adverse conditions. May need to lift up to 50 pounds.
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Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.
Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
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Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.
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