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Chicago Zoological Society

Document ID: A6395-04CA Posted on: 10/29/2012 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
 

Temporary Keeper Hiring List – Zoo Nutrition Services


Requisition ID#: 982MB-ZNS

The Chicago Zoological Society is one of the few zoological organizations in the world with professional nutritionists on staff. Understanding nutritional status is vital to efforts to successfully conserve and propagate animal populations, in the wild and in captivity. The ultimate goal of our nutrition program is to help provide nutritional diets to keep zoo animals around the world healthy.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo, is currently soliciting applications from qualified and experienced animal care professionals for placement on a hiring list for temporary positions in Zoo Nutrition Services. The list will be used to select qualified candidates for temporary full-time zookeeper positions which arise due to employee absences, leaves, and position vacancies. These temporary assignments may range from several days or weeks to several months, or more, depending on the particular assignment. Placement on the temporary keeper hiring list does not guarantee employment.

Qualified individuals selected for consideration will be placed on the list for a period of up to six (6) months and may be contacted for temporary positions as they become available during that time. Individuals wishing to be considered for a longer period of time must reapply.

Placement on the list will be based on the Society's assessment of each candidate's skills, experience, ability, training, availability and other job-related criteria. Consideration for individual temporary openings will be based on the candidate's suitability for the specific opening involved. The current pay rate for these union positions is $20.44/hour. Fringe benefits include only 401k plan and paid time off. Temporary full-time Keepers receive valuable hands-on zookeeping experience, and they may apply and be considered for openings for regular, full-time zookeeper positions as they become available.

Temporary zookeepers generally must be available to begin within 14 calendar days or less of receiving notice and must be able to work rotating schedules, which includes weekends and holidays. A Bachelor's Degree in zoology, animal science, or other related biological field is preferred, a practical understanding of the principles of animal behavior, good interpersonal, communication and decision making skills, and a valid drivers license. An understanding of practical principles of nutrition, food science/service, cafeteria, and warehousing is required; food product or food handling experience or nutrition, food science/service, warehousing, and cafeteria equivalent experience preferred. Prior experience as a zookeeper with animal diet preparation is preferred. A Temporary Keeper position in Zoo Nutrition Services does not include contact with animals.

All candidates selected for the Temporary Keeper Hiring List must undergo a complete background and professional reference check, and those who are hired will be required to pass a post-offer physical exam. Interested candidates may submit a resume or application and cover letter to: greatjobs@czs.org, ID# 982MB-ZNS no later than Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to be considered.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
 
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