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Zoological Manager, Ectotherms

Date: Jul 27, 2021

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Zoo 

Pay:  $16.98 per hour 

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week 


Supervises, trains, and monitors zookeepers in the care and management of reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates. This position requires occasional participation in the care of ectotherms when covering zookeeper shifts. Ideally this will be no more than 16 hours per week but may on occasion be more. Inspects facilities for security, safety and for repair and maintenance. Interacts and provides customer service to all zoo defined customers.


Supervision of Zookeepers

  • Supervises and evaluates performance of zookeepers.
  • Establishes and monitor goals for zookeepers.
  • Plans, schedules, assigns work duties within zoological area.
  • Budgets, monitors and acquires area supplies and resources.
  • Trains and mentors zookeepers, recognizes performance deficiencies and takes corrective action when needed.
  • Produces reports and other documents to accurately document for the areas of responsibilities including employees, facilities and species within zoological area.
  • Supervises and monitors animal introductions and animal restraint.
  • Participates and assists in animal transfer activities.
  • Participates in evaluating zookeeper applications for open positions and in selecting final candidates.


Animal Welfare, Care and Management

  • Handle animals for medical purposes and in preparation for transport.
  • Understanding of animal natural history and terminology. Ability to interpret animal behavior, to recognize abnormalities and potential medical conditions. Under the direction of veterinarians and/or curators administer medications or treatment as needed.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of animal training, enrichment and welfare from AZA Standards.
  • Communicate to supervisors and veterinary staff observations of animal behavior and health condition.
  • Ensure regular and timely reporting to record animal behavioral, training and enrichment observations and health conditions
  • Prepares animal diets which may vary widely among taxa.
  • Maintains knowledge about the care and husbandry of venomous reptiles and invertebrates, crocodilians and large constrictors.
  • Monitors and sets reptile eggs in incubators, monitors temperatures and humidity for successful incubation of reptiles.
  • Occasional submersion in aquatic animal habitats.


Area Maintenance

  • Ensure service areas, animal habitats and public viewing areas meet safety requirements and are properly maintained.
  • Report safety concerns and issues when identified.
  • Ensure all areas are clean, organized and free of clutter. Public areas are clean, presentable and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Budgets, monitors and ensure tools used regularly are available and usable by team: wheel barrows, rakes, shovels, hoses, scrub brooms, tubs and a variety of other tools used in the care of animals.
  • Regularly inspect animal habitats and associated facilities for security and safety.
  • Complete or conduct minor repairs to facilities when required.
  • Ensures that habitats are timely prepared for public display openings.
  • Identify and communicate any pest control problems to the veterinary department.
  • Assess facilities and submit work requests when required.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college university in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field. One to three years of experience at an AZA Facility. Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Ability to obtain a valid State of Kansas Driver’s License


Preferred Qualifications: Three to five years of experience at an AZA Facility.


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

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