ZOO NATURALIST AIDE

Website Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Job Description:
This part-time seasonal position is responsible for providing our guests with exceptional customer service, following proper uniform standards, maintaining cleanliness of your work environment, and gaining knowledge of specific job duties. ZooAmerica Aides must be able to work 30-40 hours per week between May-August, with the possibility of working year round.

This position may provide care, supervision, guidance, or control of children or may have regular, ongoing contact with children that is integral to the responsibilities of the position. As a result, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, newly hired candidates are required to obtain the following clearances: a report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse), and Fingerprint-based federal criminal history submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent (FBI). Completed clearances are required to be submitted prior to starting employment.

This position pays $14.00/hour.

Job Functions:
•Manual work of a semi-skilled nature, performing a variety of operations under supervision of full-time naturalists
•Routine cleaning of all areas including actual animals enclosures
•Feeding and general husbandry of exhibit animals
•Observation and reporting to naturalists of sick animals
•Assistance in the treating of sick animals other than dangerous or venomous species
•Observation and reporting of maintenance needs of equipment buildings and grounds
•Conducting lectures on zoo animals and answers guest questions
•Perform related work as required

Basic Qualifications:
•Must be at least 18 years of age or older on the date of applying.
•Current or past coursework in environmental education, biology or related field
•A minimum of one (1) year experience with professional animal care or science education
•Must possess valid driver’s license and demonstrate a satisfactory driving record

Additional Qualifications:
•Physical strength and stamina required
•Strong interest and/or knowledge in the natural history of North American species
•Experience and/or strong interest in working with children on a daily basis
•Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
•Must be adaptable to a variety of different teaching/interpretive situations
•Must be friendly, upbeat, and work well with other employees and be able to interact with guests
•Must have reliable, steady transportation to and from work
•Must be able to speak, write, and understand English
•Must display a positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and professional image in compliance with the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts guidelines
•Must have the ability to safeguard confidential information
•Ability to withstand unpleasant working conditions
•Ability to understand, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to the work
•Ability to follow written and oral instructions
•Have the ability to speak before an audience and deliver an understandable and acceptable lecture on animals

Working Conditions:
•Must be able to work flexible hours including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
•Must be able to work in combination of indoor and outdoor weather conditions
•Physical requirements include standing, bending, sitting, walking, and communicating
•Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. independently
•Must be comfortable climbing up an 8ft. ladder and fence

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job please visit careers.hersheyjobs.com.