San Antonio Zoo
  • 13-Mar-2020 to 12-Apr-2020 (CST)
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 12.50
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Employee discounts on merchandise, food, and entry. Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance benefits after 3 months of employment. Paid leave accrual benefits after 4 months of employment

As an Animal Care Specialist in the Herpetology Department, you will perform a variety of tasks related to the handling and care of animals and their environments. The work requires an amount of independent action with less immediate supervision given after experience is acquired.

Essential Duties

  • Observe, evaluate, and report animal behavior and condition to a supervisor on a daily basis.
  • Perform routine and special duties involved in the daily care and maintenance of reptiles and amphibians in captivity including venomous species.
  • Exchange information with supervisory staff and coworkers on a regular basis.
  • Clean and maintain animal enclosures, service areas, and holding facilities.
  • Assist in treating zoo animals in accordance with the instructions of a supervisor or Zoo Veterinarian.
  • Successfully secure animals, their enclosures, and other associated structures
  • Provide assistance in the construction and maintenance of animal enclosures, facility renovation and/or animal transfer.
  • Provide information and assistance to the public.
  • Drive motor vehicles or operate mechanical equipment as required.
  • Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.
  • Constantly exhibit an attitude of service inside and outside of the zoo, showing hospitality to all.
  • Be fully committed to the mission of San Antonio Zoo to create awareness that inspires action to care for the wild world we steward and animals we protect

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hours assignments.
  • Knowledge of amphibian and reptile behavior and biology.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Ability to work safely around delicate, wild, and dangerous animals.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Able to communicate in English.
  • Able to safely operate light motor vehicles.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Associate degree in wildlife management, zoology, biology, or related field preferred.
  • One-year zoo keeping experience.
  • Sufficient delicacy to handle, examine and move without harming sick, injured, or struggling small animals.
  • Sufficient strength, agility, and coordination to net, capture, and/or restrain animals of extreme size, strength, and agility.
  • Experience in care and maintenance of venomous snakes, crocodilians, and large constrictors preferred.

Physical Demands

Based on an 8 hour workday

Never = 0 hrs   Rarely = 0-2 hrs   Occasionally = 2-4 hrs   Frequently = 4-6 hrs    Continuously = 6-8 hrs

Sit: Rarely

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Bend: Frequently

Squat: Occasionally

Kneel: Occasionally

Crawl: Rarely

Climb: Rarely

Reach: Frequently

Grasp: Frequently

Push/Pull: Occasionally

Twist/Turn: Rarely

Corrected Vision must include:

    Seeing 20/20

    Normal Distinguishing colors

    Normal Depth Perception


Ability to lift heavy objects (60 lbs.) objects from ground level, move approximately 10 feet and perform this at least 5 times in succession without danger of injury.

Corrected Hearing skills must include:

    Normal frequency sensitivity

    Normal frequency selection


Ability to withstand extreme outdoor temperatures typical of south Texas and extreme working conditions.

Speaking skills must include being understood when speaking:

    In person

    On the telephone or radio


Swimming ability preferred.

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