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Seasonal, Part-Time Lorikeet Keeper

The Living Desert is seeking a qualified candidate to join our Animal Department Team as a Seasonal, Part-Time Lorikeet Keeper. The Lorikeet Keeper is an energetic front-line staff position responsible for providing the highest quality daily care, husbandry and behavioral management of approximately 60 lorikeets in the seasonal Lorikeet habitat at The Living Desert, and assist in other animal areas as needed.

The lorikeet keeper educates, engages and provides exemplary guest service experiences for all Zoo guests through various programs, activities and continuous guest interaction as outlined by Animal management.

This person must have the ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of animals, staff and guests.  This person will support the Zoo in our mission “to support desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation” and will help the Zoo achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.

Position Summary:
Reports to Animal Care Curator. This position may also assist Animal Keepers on the Mojave or Sonora areas, and will provide guest engagement opportunities including but not limited to keeper chats. Seasonal position starts September 2018 and runs until April 30th 2019.

Specific Animal Keeper Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities:

Equipment Used:

PC computer, general office equipment, telephone, radio, electric and gas cart, rake, shovel, wheel barrow, capture net, weight scale, garden hose, measuring scale, etc.

Specific Skills:

Physical Position Description:
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL TASKS: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting up to 50lbs.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Outdoors with exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials.
HOLIDAY WORK: Holiday and weekend work required.
TRAVEL: None

Qualifications:

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send resume, three (3) references and cover letter to Christine Montgomery, Animal Care Curator at animalcaremanagers@livingdesert.org. Cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Department forward, and how you will move The Living Desert mission forward. Deadline for submissions: Saturday August 25h, 2018 at 5pm (pst).

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