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Wildlife Tours Keeper

Wheeling, West Virginia, US
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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Oglebay Good Zoo

Wildlife Tours Keeper


Operates vehicles and provides interactive guest tours as well as care to zoo animals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Operate zoo vehicles including trains, trucks, vans, 6 passenger golf carts, and utility carts.

Performs daily maintenance checks on train while operating, following guidance from zoo guest services manager and Wheeling Park Commission mechanic(s).

Provides educational tours to guests while driving the train, trucks, vans, and 6 passenger golf carts.

Interacts with guests with a cheerful and positive attitude, solves guest concerns, and maintains harmonious working relationships with fellow employees.

Cleans and maintains animal habitats and service areas using chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.

Prepare and distribute animal diets according to approved guidelines developed by the zoo curator.

Performs regular maintenance to animal environments by collecting, installing and maintaining furnishings and substrata to maximize the public viewing of the animal and to depict its natural environment.

Monitors and records health of animals with observation and periodic physical exams, monitors eating habits, behaviors and reproductive patterns.

Observes and interprets normal and abnormal behaviors, health status, and food consumption; advises managers of problems or concerns.

Maintains comprehensive records, reports, and training plans, handles routine correspondence from zoo colleagues and guests, maintains food, supply and equipment inventory.

Reviews available library resources and develops a working knowledge of the in-situ and ex-situ biology of all species in assigned areas.

Assists zoo veterinarian in the evaluation, examination and treatment of zoo animals; administers medications.

Monitors and reports physical plan problems and fire/safety hazards; trained in CPR, first aid and crisis response, may discharge pepper spray or firearms.

Provides for the psychological well-being of the animal collection by practicing, documenting and evaluating enrichment; recognizes and addresses abnormal or stereotypical behaviors, and applies the principles of operant conditioning to facilitate animal husbandry and veterinary procedures.

Possesses sufficient strength, delicacy, agility and coordination to restrain, capture and/or transfer neonates, fragile or injured animals, or large and strong animals.

Assists in providing informational, promotional and educational programs to guests and volunteers; may give tours to assist with training classes.

Follows written and oral instructions.

Adheres to the code of professional ethics of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Interact with the guests with a cheerful and positive attitude, solve guest problems and concerns in a proper manner, and maintain harmonious working relationships with fellow employees.

Experience Required

Bachelors degree in animal sciences, biology, ecology, wildlife and fisheries management, zoology, or zoo science.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a current resume via e-mail to Joe Greathouse at

Oglebay Good Zoo

Wheeling, WV
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