Full Job Description
Keeper Aide, Birds
The Brookfield Zoo bird collection is focused on population sustainability and the continued development and improvement of avian husbandry standards. Being a northern institution where a large portion of our birds are
housed indoors much of our collection is comprised of passerines. We maintain a large number of off exhibit breeding aviaries where we work with multiple pairs of many of the species housed at the Zoo. We have a strong presence in the AZA bird community, managing the SSP’s for the red-capped cardinal, blue-grey tanager, silver-beaked tanager, snowy owl, crested guineafowl, and red-billed hornbill. We also have strong involvement in the PACCT (Passeriformes,
Apodiformes, Coliiformes, Caprimulgiformes, and Trogoniformes) TAG.
The Keeper Aide, Birds contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by, under close supervision, providing general care for animals and performing related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and interpretives in assigned area. Inform,assist, and direct guests as necessary.
Primary job duties and responsibilities:
Prepare and distribute food as directed.
Observe assigned animals closely, routinely, and objectively
report to supervisor on their behavior, health, and welfare. Keep animal records as assigned.
Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment. Monitor and clean public
space(s), plants, and interpretives as assigned. Report maintenance needs. Perform minor maintenance as assigned.
Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas as assigned.
Study specific reference materials about animals in assigned area. Read other zoological and husbandry texts as assigned.
Develop proficiency in routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed.
Monitor guests to ensure animal and human safety and protection of property.
Communicate with and assist guests. Take initiative to facilitate guests’ appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their zoo visit.
Demonstrate knowledge of and implement Society-wide and area emergency procedures as directed.
Other related duties as assigned.
Position Requirements and Specifications
Position requirements and specifications:
High school graduate or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and experience preferred.
Animal care facility, farm or kennel, or other equivalent animal experience required.
Minimum of 2 years of experience working with birds in a captive setting preferred.
Incumbent must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and ability to work with live animals safely.
Good interpersonal skills. The ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred.
Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
Must learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly.
Good decision-making skills. Must be alert and make sound, independent judgment.
Incumbent must demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job duties.
Incumbent is expected to acquire general knowledge about the Chicago Zoological Society, gain an understanding of the Society’s mission statement, and become familiar with and follow policies and procedures, including emergency procedures.
Must be reliable.
Valid driver's license required.
Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently.
Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.
Responsibility for Society Property: Incumbent is responsible for the care and proper use of equipment and property.
Responsibility for Safety of Others: Incumbent is responsible for the safety of guests, animals, employees, interns, volunteers, etc., as instructed. Must be alert to hazards and potential hazards and take action to remedy or report these as appropriate.
Contacts: Primary contacts include staff, professional associates, volunteers, docents, interns, and guests.
Other Qualifications and Characteristics: Incumbent must possess a genuine interest in animals and their welfare. Must work cooperatively and follow appropriate communication channels. Must possess ability to adjust quickly to
changes, and represent the Society in a professional manner at all times.
Keepers are frequently subjected to potential hazards that include direct contact with or close proximity to live animals. Zookeeper positions are physically demanding, and employees may be subjected to a variety of physical demands and
environmental factors and exposures. Incumbents may be required to undergo physical examinations, including
vaccinations, inoculations, blood tests, or other such testing or procedures as may be required by law or deemed reasonably necessary. This is a full-time, temporary position with rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. This job description contains the primary duties and responsibilities of the position, but in no way implies that these are the only duties the employee may ever be called upon to perform.
The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This is a full-time temporary position paying $23.02 per hour per union contract.
This is a temporary full-time position that requires the ability to work rotating shifts including weekends, holidays, and evenings.
Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo
Animal Programs Administration