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Conservation Special Projects Assistant-Part Time

San Francisco CA

This is an entry level position focused on supporting San Francisco Zoological Society’s local conservation efforts. These efforts include practicing a science-based approach to protecting populations of some of California’s endemic endangered reptile and amphibian species. Incumbent will be required to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings. You may occasionally perform field work. Duties will include: 1. Assisting Zoo conservation staff with the daily husbandry needs of the captive rearing program for endangered frogs and turtles.

Duties will include: a. Water changes b. Regular water quality testing c. Daily feedings d. Daily observations of health and behavior of the individuals e. Periodic weight and daily health checks f. Periodic exhibit maintenance g. Associated paperwork 2. Aid in data gathering for new or ongoing research projects involving animals in conservation department. 3. Maintain specialized food cultures for the frog and turtle populations that include house flies, crickets and others. 4. Assist with maintenance of the enclosures including monitoring and periodic cleaning of water filters, cleaning of tanks and their associated furniture, weekly siphoning of rocks and water, as well as other duties as assigned. 5. Other duties may be assigned as needed by staff.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidates for the position will possess an Associate’s degree or equivalent. College level coursework in biology, zoology, ecology, or related area is preferred. The candidate must be in good physical condition and capable of standing for the duration of normal work shifts. The candidate must have good organizational skills and exceptional people skills, including the ability to communicate well with zoo visitors of all ages.

ENVIRONMENT: Includes working indoors and outdoors; physical work requires lifting up to 50 lbs and working in tight quarters at times.

EDUCATION: Associates degree or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE: While this is an entry level position, some experience working with or caring for amphibians is preferred. Coursework in related fields is also preferred.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum age requirement is 18 years.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to kneel or squat. Reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions including inclement weather.

Hourly Rate: $15.00-$18.00 per hour, DOE 

APPLY: Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please attach a cover letter with your resume.

Posted October 3, 2018

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