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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Zoo
Job Title: Zookeeper
Salary: $13.784 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Provides daily care for mammal collection including but not limited to: feeding, cleaning, observing, recording, and reporting behavior. Conducts training and enrichment activities. Inspects facilities for security, safety, repair and maintenance. Interacts and provides customer service to all zoo defined customers.


Essential Job Functions:

Animal Care and Management

  • Demonstrates and maintains knowledge of basic mammalian natural history and behavior.
  • Monitors and interprets animal general health and behavior, recognizes abnormalities and potential medical conditions.
  • Effectively and timely communicates to supervisors and veterinary team observations of animal behavior and health conditions. Handle animals for medical purposes and in preparation for transport.
  • Under the direction of veterinarians and/or supervisors administers medications or treatment as instructed.
  • Prepares animal diets which may vary widely among taxa.

Animal Welfare

  • Through consultation with supervisors and other resources maintains and develops a skillset of animal training, enrichment and welfare.
  • Conduct and evaluate enrichment activities to satisfy AZA standards.
  • Conduct and evaluate positive reinforcement training when appropriate.
  • Record animal training and enrichment observations and health conditions in daily records.
  • Participate in animal welfare assessment activities.

Area Maintenance

  • Clean and maintain service areas, animal habitats and public viewing areas. Areas are to be clean, organized and free of clutter. Public areas are to be clean, presentable and aesthetically pleasing for zoo defined customers.
  • Uses wheel barrows, rakes, shovels, hoses, scrub brooms, tubs and a variety of other tools.
  • Daily inspects animal habitats and associated facilities for security and safety concerns.
  • Conducts minor repairs to facilities or promptly submits concerns to supervisor.
  • Ensures that habitats are ready for public display in a timely manner.
  • Communicates any pest control concerns to supervisors or veterinary team.



Communication:  Actively listens to co-workers and customers to put himself/herself in other people’s shoes to gain a better understanding of what they are saying.  Comprehends written and oral information and direction and takes appropriate action.  Communicates intentions and ideas openly and directly.  Keeps relevant people accurately informed and up-to-date of both positive and potentially negative information.

Personal Effectiveness:  Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work. Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions. Diplomatically handles situations. Adapts to changing needs, conditions and work responsibilities.

Analytical Thinking:  Anticipates the consequences of situations. Thinks of several possible explanations or alternatives for a situation. Recognizes causes and consequences of actions and events that are not readily apparent. Anticipates and thinks ahead about next steps.

Self-Assessment:  Presents self crisply and impressively. Approaches challenging tasks with a can-do attitude. Does what he/she commits to doing.

Time Management:  Identifies more critical and less critical activities and tasks; adjust priorities when appropriate. Effectively allocates time to complete work; coordinates with others to avoid conflict. Uses time effectively to ensure work completion.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:  Two years coursework from an accredited college or university or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Years of Experience:  1-3 years of experience at an AZA Facility

License, certifications, etc… Valid State of Kansas Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:  Degree in Zoology or Biology from an accredited college or university

Years of Experience:  3-5 years of experience as a zookeeper in an AZA Facility


Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving animals and their habitats exhibits using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of exhibits. The employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the health, and record behavior to make general animal observations.
  • The employee is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.



Hose, shovel, scrub, rake, food preparation equipment, motor vehicle, animal care equipment, and office equipment


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  40 hours per week

Location of work:  DGF - KOCH

The employee is subject to activities that occur in both inside and outside environmental conditions.  The employee is subject to potential hazards of working with dangerous animals.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20008634

Open Date: 9/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 10/26/2018 11:59:59 PM