Posted: 03/27/2022

DESCRIPTION:
Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Zoo Division of the Community Services Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.
RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Experience working closely with and caring for non-domesticated captive animals;
  • Successful completion of tuberculosis test prior to employment with an annual test thereafter;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within 60 days, with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo (valid out-of-state license may be considered);
  • Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Desired: 

  • College level courses in Zoology or experience with animal husbandry.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Prepares and administers animal diets in accordance with nutritional and dietary needs as prescribed by the Curator;
  • Assists in the administration of veterinarian care, including application, dosage, and procedures prescribed by veterinarian and supervisor;
  • Provides routine animal care, including washing, cleaning, and sanitation of animal enclosures;
  • Monitors animal behavior, reporting any abnormalities, injuries, or illness to supervisor;
  • Inspects animal enclosures and public barriers on a regular basis to ensure safety of the animals and public and to prevent escape;
  • Cleans zoo facilities, animal enclosures, holding facilities, public facilities, and confinement areas;
  • Performs construction, maintenance, and landscaping of facilities and grounds;
  • Inspects equipment on a regular basis to ensure proper maintenance;
  • Maintains logs, reports, and other written materials, as directed;
  • Answers questions from the general public;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.
 OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES
  • May be required to work outside of normal business hours;
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties;
  • Must obtain and maintain all required licenses and/or certifications; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
 
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of
  • Captive animal behavior and care;
  • Zoo operations and procedures;
  • Basic carpentry, maintenance, landscaping, and cleaning procedures; and
  • Safe use and maintenance of hand tools and other equipment used to perform duties.
Skill/Ability to
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Work around potentially dangerous animals;
  • Subdue and control wild animals, which may include restraining an animal or being present during euthanasia;
  • Construct displays and construct, repair, and maintain facilities and animal enclosures and exhibits using hand tools and light equipment, applying safety standards to prevent hazards;
  • Perform landscaping tasks and maintenance of grounds;
  • Safely operate, repair, and maintain equipment;
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle and golf cart;
  • Maintain a high standard of public image;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other entities, vendors, and the public;
  • Work well with others and participate fully in a team-oriented environment;
  • Interface with other employees and citizens in a courteous and respectful manner;
  • Project positive support of the department and all City organizations always; and
  • Maintain and enhance the Community Services Department's commitment to customer service excellence.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Most work is typically performed both indoors and outdoors and may be subject to inclement weather conditions;
  • Daily physical labor that includes, but is not limited to, food preparation, maintenance and construction work, cleaning, extended periods of standing, walking, kneeling, bending, reaching, and climbing;
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds with or without assistance, and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance;
  • Risk of physical injury by exposure to potentially dangerous animals;
  • May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, contaminants and pathogens;
  • The noise level in the outdoor work environment is usually moderate to loud;
  • Position required to wear protective footwear marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per ASTM F2413-11 or comparable standard; and
  • Position required to work a varied schedule that may include weekends, evenings, and holidays.
 

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