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  • 1. Recreation Facility Services Branch Volunteer Position Description Position Title: Zoo Keeper Assistant Position Location: Valley Zoo Purpose/Goals of Position: The Zoo Keeper Assistant Position exists to provide support to Zoo Keepers at the Valley Zoo while at the same time providing volunteers with first hand knowledge and experience working with animals. Purpose/Goals of Unit: As a volunteer you will assist the shift keeper, help prepare diets for the animals, clean enclosures and help prepare enrichments for the animals. In most cases there is little or no direct interaction with the animals, but, you have the opportunity to be around them. Responsibilities: -Assist with preparing food for the animals -Assist cleaning enclosures -Assist building environmental enrichments for the animals -There is no direct contact with the animals -Other duties as required Training & Supervision All accepted applicants will receive an orientation that includes a site tour, safety practices, hazardous materials, first aid, lost child and emergency procedures. After completion of the orientation, volunteers will be matched with their keeper and receive on the job and shadowing training. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to read the orientation manual as supplementary training Requirements: -Experience working with animals -Knowledge/experience working in Zoos is an asset -educational background including biology, zoology or equivalent an asset -18 years of age or older Health & Safety: A Hazard Assessment of the volunteer position will be reviewed with each volunteer. Benefits: -Working indirectly with animals of all types -Job skills development -invitation to annual Valley Zoo Volunteer Appreciation Event Time Commitment: Each volunteer must be able to commit to one-four hour shift per week on a consistent day. Length of Appointment: Volunteers term is one year in length. At the end of this term, volunteers may be asked to re-apply. A three month probationary period exists for all Valley Zoo Volunteer positions. Supervisor Contact: Wade Krasnow, Head Keeper zookeeperassistant-100608123145-phpapp02.doc 06/08/2010
  • 2. Recreation Facility Services Branch Volunteer Position Description 496-6927 or wade.krasnow@edmonton.ca To call in sick, please call 496-6932. Pat White, On Site Volunteer Coordinator 496-3780 or pat.white@edmonton.ca zookeeperassistant-100608123145-phpapp02.doc 06/08/2010