Springfield Park District employs hundreds of people in various areas of its operations that include full-time, part-time, summer and seasonal positions. We are currently accepting applications for the following:
Under the direction of the Zoo’s Assistant Director/General Curator, is
responsible for the overall care of the Zoo’s animal collection, facilities,
displays, and exhibits.
Prepares animal diets following the
prescribed diets determined by the Assistant Director/General Curator and
follows proper animal feeding procedures.
2) Cleans animal exhibits, walks
grounds, and other facilities within exhibit areas in accordance with the
established Zookeeper Guidelines.
Performs daily observations of
animals and exhibit facilities. Reports any abnormalities in animal behavior,
animal health, exhibit security, and safety to their immediate supervisor.
Must be able to recognize diseases
the might occur in captive wildlife. Carries out treatments prescribed by the
Zoo’s Veterinarian or Assistant Director/General Curator.
Recommends improvements in animal
care procedures and schedules, exhibit maintenance and safety.
Utilizes proper restraint,
enrichment, and operant conditioning practices.
Strictly follows all AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) Code of
Professional Ethics and Species Survival Plan (SSP) guidelines.
Acts as a liaison with the public by
courteously answering questions, enforcing feeding rules, and enforcing safety
rules for the sake of the animal collection and the public.
Performs maintenance work and/or
janitorial work on exhibit facilities, grounds, and landscape including minor
May operate light equipment, power
tools, or vehicles as required to perform assigned duties.
Supervise, direct, and monitor Zoo
interns or others as assigned.
Perform all other duties as assigned
by the Assistant Director/General Curator, Director, or designee.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree in zoology,
biology, or equivalent field, or three years’ experience in the care of animals
in a zoological institution. Must be able to communicate orally
and in writing and perform simple math and measurement calculations. Must possess a valid Illinois
driver’s license and be insurable under District Liability Insurance.
Under the direction of the Education Curator, assists with the development and presentation of “on-site”
and “off-site” education programs. Specific
Assists in the development and
implementation of a variety of programs implemented by the Zoo’s Education
Responsible for conducting the Zoo’s
Birthday Parties and assisting with “off-site” programs in area schools,
churches, and other facilities within the community
Responsible for presenting
conservation themed programs on a variety of animal related topics to visitors
in the Zoo’s Amphitheater and conservation area.
Assists the Education Curator in the
supervision and training of the Zoo’s Docents.
Assists with after hour programming,
including rentals, nocturnal tours, Scout programs, and overnight campouts.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Background in zoology, biology,
education, or related field. Must be able to work well with
children. Experience in public speaking. Ability to communicate both orally
and in writing. Must have and maintain a valid
Illinois driver’s license. Pay Rate:
The Springfield Park District has an
opening for a Part-time Weekend Attendant at the Washington Park
Botanical Gardens. Duties include answering the phone, greeting the public and
caring for plants. Previous horticulture experience would be helpful. Hours of work: 9:00am to 5:00 pm Saturday and
Sunday. Wage: $9.50 per hour.
Applications will be accepted until
12:00 noon, Friday, April 25, 2014.
Apply: Springfield Park District,
Office of Human Resources, 2500 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL 62703
Visit our website, www.springfieldparks.org, for an application or call 753-6200.
The Springfield Park District offers comprehensive internship opportunities in the following areas:
Recreation - email@example.com
Special Needs Programming - firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticultural - email@example.com
Animal Care - firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Enrichment - email@example.com
Zoo Management - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be part of the Springfield Park District's mission to provide outstanding parks and recreational services please consider volunteering your time. Numerous volunteer programs provide educational opportunities for cub scouts, church groups, and fulfillment of school curriculums, and much more.
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