Domestics Area Specialist
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is looking for a responsible, mature, driven, and hardworking individual with a passion in equine and other domestic animal health and behavior. The Domestics Area Specialist supports the Education department by overseeing Wrangler Round Up including supervision of camel barn in support of the Zoo’s mission “to enrich lives through firsthand interactions with living things. This position includes supervision of the Zoo Crew members, animal husbandry, outreach and events both at the zoo and away, and creating a positive guest experience. This is a seasonal position from March-October with 20-40 hours each week.
Approximately 20 to 40 hours per week including weekends.
$9.00 per hour.
• Responsible for the supervision and evaluation of Zoo Crew members
• Responsible for the care of animals in the domestic areas of the zoo; pony barn, Wrangler Round Up, llama yard, and camel barn and exhibit
• Maintain cleanliness and organization of each domestic education area
• Follow all safety guidelines and demonstrate ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of participants and animals
• Ability to multi-task and be detail oriented in a fast paced environment
• Provide excellent and professional communication with all Lincoln Children’s Zoo staff, volunteers, and guests
• Create a positive guest experience
• Create a positive working environment for all
• Foster a respectful, caring, and professional attitude with Zoo Crew and teen participants
• Continue to uphold the zoo’s mission at the zoo and zoo functions as well as whenever in zoo attire on and off zoo grounds
• Other duties as assigned
Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions
Work is done both inside and outside, and in all weather conditions. Work is highly physical. Daily work includes raking, shoveling, lifting heavy loads sometimes weighing more than 50 pounds, and climbing hills, rocks, and slippery surfaces.
Zookeepers are also at risk of getting injured from interaction with the wild animals including getting bitten, scratched, and being exposed to diseases. Injury can also come from performing maintenance on the exhibits and while cleaning cages.
• Ability to interact with the public in an engaging and welcoming manner.
• Ability to connect with teens and act as a mentor
• Ability to work as an effective team member as well as function independently
• Must be able to act in a responsible and mature manner, using common sense
• Ability to remain calm and think rationally under pressure
• Must be available for duration of summer, some nights, and weekends; time off will only be granted for “once in a lifetime” events i.e. weddings, births, funerals, and emergencies and given on a first come first serve basis
• Must be 18 years of age
• Must complete first year of college or university
o Working toward a degree in animal science, environmental education, zoology, biology, or education strong plus
• Experience with horses and ponies is a must
• Experience and/or strong interest in supervising teens on a daily basis
• Experience and/or strong interest in environmental education, animal science, or related field
• Must be on your feet almost the entire time
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
• CPR and First Aid training strong plus
Zoo animals need care seven days a week 365 days a year, whether the zoo is open or not. Both entry level and more experienced zookeepers can expect to work weekends and holidays as needed. Some evening work may also be required on short notice if an animal needs emergency medical care. This department supports other special events when requested. Occasional errands outside the Zoo are required