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The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Zoo cares for a diverse collection of plants and animals on a 120-acre campus. We enjoy strong community support and an annual attendance in excess of 1,000,000 guests. The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is financially strong, and is actively implementing an exciting master plan.

The part-time Bird Animal Caretaker maintains the welfare of the Zoo’s assigned animal collection and its environment through daily husbandry and interacts with the public and enhances visitor experiences. Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Curator, this position performs a variety of skilled/semi-skilled work required for the care and safety of animals, staff, and the public. The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Bird department cares for a variety of bird and small mammal species. The ideal candidate will be familiar with all aspects related to the care of birds and small mammals in captivity and be skilled in training techniques. In addition, the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels and possess excellent communication and organizational skills to function effectively in a team environment.

Essential Functions

  • Actively participates in daily advanced animal husbandry techniques.
  • Maintains and renovates exhibits, service areas, and equipment.
  • Supports daily purposeful enrichment and documentation to promote, encourage and evaluate natural and engaging behaviors.
  • Develops a basic understanding of and supports operant conditioning training for advanced behaviors and public demonstrations. Participates in Training Certification.
  • Observes, monitors, and reports animal behavior changes and medical problems.
  • Assists in veterinary medical procedures. 
  • Educates the public and provides positive guest experiences.
  • Collaborates with other Zoo departments.
  • Participates in collaborative efforts to research natural behaviors of the animals in the area.

Non-Essential Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to participate in general animal husbandry, handling, and capture/ restraint practices and procedures, and all appropriate documentation that may be required.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry methods and water quality testing (if required as part of the job).
  • Knowledge of general buildings and grounds maintenance and repair work.
  • Knowledge of and experience with basic computer operation.
  • Knowledge of the policies, practices, and procedures of the Oklahoma City Zoo and the assigned department and area (to be acquired within 30 days of hire).
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in preparing and maintaining a variety of records, reports, and correspondence using appropriate format and computer software.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, professional colleagues and the public, both in person and through phone, e-mail and written correspondence.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; skill in working in an environment subject to constant interruptions and quickly changing priorities; ability to prioritize responsibilities when necessary; effective time-management skills.
  • Strong sensory skills, such as eyesight, hearing, and/or dexterity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Physical Demands

  • Required to walk, sit and stand for periods of time.
  • Ability to push, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and move intermittently throughout the day.

Work Environment

  • Indoor/Outdoor.
  • Driving around the Oklahoma City area throughout the year.
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles, on an occasional basis.
  • Noise level is usually quiet to moderate, with occasional increases due to large groups of people in Zoo buildings and on ground.
  • Exposure to external environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays and during emergency situations such as dictated by weather.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma required, Bachelor’s Degree in biology, zoology, or related field preferred.
  • Two years of experience working with animals in a zoological setting (volunteer work included).
  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle operator’s license and pass a Driver’s History check to operate Zoo vehicles.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, a physical examination, and a drug test.
  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.

This is your opportunity to be a part of a distinguished and advancing organization in a remarkable area. Please send cover letter, resume and references to: Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or email

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

First consideration given to applicants that apply by 9/11/2019.

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