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  • 1) Feeds, waters, and cleans quarters of animals and birds in zoo, circus, or menagerie: Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds; or unbaling forage grasses.

  • 2) Adds vitamins or medication to food as prescribed by VETERINARIAN.

  • 3) Fills water containers and places food in cages as specified.

  • 4) Cleans animals' quarters, using rake, water hose, and disinfectant.

  • 5) Observes animals to detect illnesses and injuries and notifies ANIMAL KEEPER, HEAD or VETERINARIAN of findings.

  • 6) Transfers animals from one enclosure to another for purposes such as breeding, giving birth, rearrangement of exhibits, or shipping.

  • 7) Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified.

  • 8) Answers visitors' questions concerning animals' habits or zoo operations.

  • 9) Bathes and grooms animals as required.

  • 10) May assist VETERINARIAN in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries.

  • 11) May assist ANIMAL TRAINER or instructor in presentation of programs, shows, or lectures.

  • 12) May assist maintenance staff in cleaning zoo facilities.

  • 13) May be designated according to animal cared for as Bear Keeper; Elephant Keeper; Monkey Keeper; or according to species as Bird Keeper; Mammal Keeper.

  • 14) May direct activities of other workers.




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Job Number: 176