Recruitment #1802-3252-001



Tucson's Reid Park Zoo is seeking to hire an energetic general/relief keeper with excellent communication skills to join our team. The desired candidate has previous zookeeping experience with a variety of taxa and is able to adapt to different routines as scheduled. Reid Park Zoo hosts over a half million visitors per year making it the top regional destination/attraction in Tucson. The Zoo houses a dynamic collection of species with highlights  including giant anteater, white rhinoceros, grizzly bear, Malayan tiger, giraffe, giant tortoise, two free-flight aviaries and of course, the elephant.

General Description

This Zookeeper cares for exotic zoo animals, maintains display areas in healthful and sanitary conditions, and assists in public education about zoo animals. Work assignments are subject to the hazards inherent in caring for wild animals in captivity.

Essential Functions

  • Cares for animals by planning diets, preparing food, transporting food to exhibits, refilling water bowls, bathing and grooming animals, collecting samples, interacting with animals, observing behaviors, training animals, providing and evaluating enrichment for animals.
  • Maintains exhibits, holding areas and related facilities by sweeping floors, raking debris, hosing down areas, cleaning pools, streams and ponds, disinfecting equipment and areas, installing and maintaining plants, washing windows, cleaning food bowls, making repairs, exterminating pests, hauling hay, dirt, rocks and other materials. Assists with the capture, transport and medication of animals.
  • Participates in exhibit planning and development, orders and stocks food supplies, takes inventory, maintains records, educates the public through tours, lectures and special events, repairs vehicles and equipment, patrols grounds and monitors visitor behavior, and testing and maintains water quality.
  • Responds to questions and concerns.
  • Maintains reports by reviewing recorded data, reviewing cleanliness, reviewing animal illnesses and behaviors, entering data into computer programs and reviewing reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 1 year of paid experience handling exotic (non-domestic) animals within a zoological garden or similar type setting.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience using positive reinforcement training with exotic animals.
  • Previous paid experience at an AZA accredited facility.
  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree from a zoo animal care program that included on-the-job training by an accredited college or university.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.

Status Notifications will be sent on February 21, 2018.  Be sure to check your email to schedule your interview by the deadline.

Oral Board Interviews will be held telephonically on: February 28, 2018.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

5% of your Training and Experience

95% of your Oral Board interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within th next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to ParksHR@tucsonaz.gov . The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email ParksHR@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

TB Skin Test

50 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.