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Zoological Manager - Commissary

Date: Nov 9, 2022

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Zoo 

Pay:  $20.03 per hour  

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week  


Sedgwick County offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes health coverages, paid leave, regular compensation reviews, retirement plans, and professional development opportunities.  For more detailed information, please visit our benefits page at SCBenefits.


Supervises, trains, and monitors zookeepers in diet preparation, quality control, sanitation, inventory management, security, and the care and management of zoo animals. This position requires occasional participation in the primary job functions of the commissary zookeeper. Ideally this will be no more than 16 hours per week but may on occasion be more. Manages the acquisition and disposition of staff PPE and animal care tools. Develops and monitors animal food and supply budgets. Inspects facilities for security, safety and for repair and maintenance. Interacts and provides customer service to all zoo defined customers.


Supervision of Commissary

  • Ensure animal food preparation and storage meets applicable laws and regulations.
  • Plans, schedules and assigns work duties within the commissary.
  • Budgets, monitors and acquires area supplies and resources.
  • Responsible for commissary staff performance and development.
  • Produces reports and other documents to accurately document for the areas of responsibilities.
  • Supports Director of Animal Health and Vet team if needed for medical procedures and/or potential weekend coverage.
  • Participates in evaluating zookeeper applications for open positions.
  • Updates all diet records and communicates changes to all Commissary staff.
  • Participates in diet change requests process.


Budget, Supply Chain, and Inventory Management

  • Develops a complete and accurate annual supply budget.
  • Monitors and maintains appropriate inventory levels of food and non-food items in the commissary.
  • Receive and inspect deliveries for highest quality products.
  • Under the direction of the veterinarians or supervisors, order or pick up specialized diets or supplements as needed.
  • Assist with the collection and proper storage of approved browse for winter distribution.
  • Perform sample collection and submission for nutritional and quality assurance testing.


Area Maintenance

  • Ensure service areas meet safety requirements and are properly maintained.
  • Ensure all areas are clean, organized and free of clutter.
  • Ensure food prep and storage areas are in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
  • Provides security by inspecting commissary facility to ensure the building is locked and secured. Monitor alarm systems.
  • Budgets, monitors and ensure tools used regularly are available and usable by team.
  • Complete or conduct minor repairs to facilities when required.
  • Assess facilities and submit work requests when required.
  • Under the direction of veterinarians and/or supervisors administer medications or treatment as needed.
  • Identify and communicate any pest control problems to the veterinary department.
  • Shifts animals when appropriate.
  • Record animal observations and behavior on daily records.
  • Recognize and communicate identified areas of animal welfare and health concerns.
  • Assist Green Team Chair with various recycling needs. Provide input on recycling and sustainability program.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college university in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field. One year of experience at an AZA Facility. Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Valid Driver’s License with the ability to obtain a valid State of Kansas Driver’s License within 45 days of hire.


Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college university in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field. Three years of experience at 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

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