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Zookeeper, Commissary

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Zoo 

Pay:  $16.98 per hour  

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week  


Receives, organizes, and delivers needed animal food and supplies. Prepares and delivers animal diets to all areas. Maintains uniform inventories and distributes uniforms to appropriate staff. Coordinates and purchases off-grounds supplies as needed. Interacts with and provides customer service to all zoo defined customers.


Receipt and Delivery of Animal Food and Supplies

  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of commissary ordering procedures and practices
  • Effectively and timely communicate to supervisors on any product status updates
  • Purchase supplies, and coordinate the pick-up and delivery of supplies from designated areas or stores
  • Assists in the unloading of products from delivering vendors
  • Organize all products stored in commissary coolers and freezers
  • Daily loads and unloads delivery vehicles


Dietary Preparation and Delivery 

  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge on preparing animal diets which may vary widely among taxa
  • Prepare special diets and bulk amounts in tubs for delivery to animal areas
  • Ensure all diets are prepared properly according to diet data sheets
  • Ensure timely and correct preparation of products to all animal areas
  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of prevention from cross-contamination
  • Ensure grain product is unloaded, rotated, and stacked properly


Area Maintenance 

  • Clean and maintain all areas within the commissary including the docks
  • Ensure areas are always stay clean, organized, and free of clutter
  • For behind the scenes tours, ensure all areas are presentable for zoo defined customers
  • Inspect facilities for security and safety concerns daily
  • Conduct minor repairs to facilities or promptly submits concerns to supervisor
  • Communicate any pest control concerns to supervisor


Minimum Qualifications: 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. One year of experience at an AZA Facility. Per Sedgwick County policy, this is a driving level position that requires a valid driver’s license without restrictions and current proof of automobile insurance. Out-of-state driver’s license accepted upon hire with the ability to obtain a valid State of Kansas Driver’s License within 30 days of employment.


Preferred Qualifications: Degree in Zoology or Biology from an accredited college or university. Three years of experience as a zookeeper in an AZA Facility. Valid State of Kansas Driver’s License.


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 Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita