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Development Assistant/Full-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park Zoo        

Department

Development                                                

Reports To

V.P. of Development, Leadership Giving and Operations

Essential Job Functions

The Development Assistant helps to build private support for Zoo New England by providing administrative support to the development department including, but not limited to, gift processing, record keeping, mailing coordination, and event support.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Process charitable gifts (including copying, filing, and entering into Raiser’s Edge)
  • Produce timely acknowledgment letters and coordinate mailings
  • Maintain all development filing systems
  • Prepare weekly check deposits
  • Update credit card log on a regular basis
  • Provide assistance to accounting department with requests for gift documentation or reports
  • Maintain and update donor and prospect database in Raiser’s Edge
  • Coordinate logistics for committee meetings and compose minutes
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of development events
  • Attend development events and relevant committee meetings, including some evenings and weekends
  • Work closely with development team, and particularly with Manager of Annual Giving & Development Operations
  • Support priorities set by the Vice President of Development
  • Other duties as required

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of experience in an administrative position
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding donor information
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to be a self-starter and to multi-task
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge data entry

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software functionality and data management protocols
  • Experience in fundraising environments, particularly those supporting membership and/or cultural institutions
  • Strong commitment to the mission of Zoo New England
  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor
How to Apply

Extern/Temporary Zookeeper

Location

Franklin Park Zoo / Stone Zoo

Department

Animal Management

Reports To

Assistant Curator and Lead Keeper

Employee Classification

Temporary full time

Job posting date(s)

January 6 – February 3, 2017

Position Duration

This position starts May 22, 2017 and ends September 23, 2017; these dates are non-negotiable

Salary

$11.00 per hour

Essential Job Functions

Responsible for the daily care and continuous improvement of welfare of an assigned group of captive animals, while contributing to conservation, education, science, and customer service.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in the care and feeding of the animal collection, which may include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.
  • Participates in procedures designed to meet the nutritional needs of animals.  This includes preparing diets according to specifications, checking foodstuffs for spoilage, feeding animals according to procedures, recording food intake and making notes on changes, making recommendations for diet changes based on food intake, behavior, and general appearance.
  • Cleans exhibits and adjacent public areas to insure sanitary and safe conditions by hosing, scrubbing, sweeping, raking, shoveling, and disinfecting to remove manure, unconsumed food, litter, poisonous plants, and foreign objects.
  • Shifts animals in adjacent stall, pens, or dens for feeding or cleaning purposes.
  • Observes animals for unusual behaviors or appearance, signs of illness or injury, aggression, breeding, births, egg laying, hatching deaths, and eating habits.  Maintains daily records on this information and reports problems to his/her supervisor.  When applicable assists in the artificial incubation of eggs and handraising of young by maintaining equipment and applying appropriate techniques to insure viability, health, and survival of eggs and hatchlings.
  • Provides approved behavior and environmental enrichment in accordance with zoo policy.  Cooperates with existing operant conditioning sessions to improve the husbandry and health of the animals, by strictly following procedures.
  • Under the direction of his/her supervisor, assists curators, zoo veterinarian and veterinary staff in capture and restraint of zoo specimens for medical procedures or animal transfers using appropriate techniques and equipment.
  • Under the direction of his/her supervisor, medicates animals according to the veterinarian's instructions to insure adequate health maintenance of the collection including measuring out medication or putting medication in the food or water.
  • Under the direction of his/her supervisor, acclimates animals to stalls, chutes, crates, halters or perches for use in medical procedures, transfers, or educational demonstrations.
  • Under the direction of his/her supervisor, assists in transfer of animals by capturing, restraining, crating, and transporting.
  • Maintains exhibits, public areas, off-exhibit holding areas and grounds.  Monitors heating systems, recording temperatures; records operation of equipment, making minor repairs, landscaping, including mowing grass, fabricating minor exhibit structures and enhancements to provide attractive, safe and comfortable exhibits for zoo specimens and public areas for zoo visitors.
  • Interacts with and answers questions of zoo visitors by providing information about zoo specimens and policies, conducts tours and interviews as needed to meet the public relations needs of the zoo.
  • Monitors laborers and contractors while they are working in the keeper's assigned area and watches animals for signs of stress.  Checks the exhibit upon completion of work for safety hazards.
  • Under the direction of his/her supervisor, trains and monitors new employees and volunteers assigned to exhibit areas and/or research projects.
  • Attends safety training as required.  Encouraged to attend keeper training and other professional development programs when offered.
  • Participates in formal and informal programs to educate the public.
  • As assigned by his/her supervisor, conducts and assists in research projects designed to improve animal care.
  • Assists in pest control programs.
  • Carries a two way radio as assigned and handles it responsibly.
  • Assists in department record-keeping by maintaining daily keeper log, individual care charts, census forms, enrichment calendars and weekly reports to the registrar, to ensure consistent, professional communications regarding all aspects of the collections maintenance.  Uses this information to compile reports as needed.
  • May be assigned to work in any area of either zoo.
  • Performs related work as required and/or assigned.
  • Inventories and submit requests for zoo supplies, feeds, and repair and maintenance materials to his /her supervisor as needed.
  • Participates in departmental meetings and makes recommendations regarding husbandry, exhibition, and development of standards and procedures.
  • Responsible for informing coworkers and supervisors of operational and/or procedural changes in order to maintain good communications.
  • Shares skills, knowledge and attitude, which will serve to enhance the performance of co-workers.
  • Identifies and submits requests for work orders to his/her supervisor as needed.

Physical Demands

  • Constantly moves about on foot from one animal area to another.
  • Frequently raises/lowers, transports, and positions bags of grain and bales of hay weighing up to 50 pounds from truck to ground, from ground to barrels or pallets grasping with hands and arms, to maintain food stock and supplies.
  • Frequently reaches, pushes, pulls and throws objects with hands to open and close doors/gates, and deliver food stuffs to animals at a distance.
  • Frequently uses good balance to climb, ascend/descend stairs and ladders, works atop rockwork, and traverses uneven or slippery exhibit terrain to clean enclosures and feed animals.
  • Frequently stoops, kneels, or crouches to clean, feed or observe animals.
  • Occasionally converses with guests, co-workers and contractors to exchange accurate information for animal welfare, education and safety purposes.
  • Must be able to inspect, detect and identify animal health and welfare concerns and safety issues using hearing (radio), sight (including color identification to see blood in stools), and smell (to detect moldy food stuffs, change in stools, etc.).

Working Conditions

  • Frequent exposure and close contact with a variety of exhibit animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.
  • Frequently need to bend, stoop, run, climb, kneel, reach, and lift.
  • Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects.
  • Safely move about on slippery surfaces, uneven terrain and around electric fencing, with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens.
  • Move about on slippery surfaces.
  • Handle toxic and/or hazardous materials.
  • Work in confined or cramped spaces.
  • May work from elevated positions.
  • Must be willing and able to assist in emergencies and cope with high stress situations, e.g., the recapture of escaped animals or emergency assistance to guests as directed.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • TB tested negative before starting and tested yearly thereafter.  Acceptance of zoonotic disease prevention protocols as mandated by Zoo New England, including rabies, hepatitis, prophylactics, fecal screens, serum storage, etc.
  • Good work history.
  • Must speak and read English, and possess written and oral communication skills to understand instructions and information of a technical nature.
  • Must have demonstrated general knowledge and skill development in the management of animals in a zoo.  May be asked to train volunteers and others in these areas safely if qualified.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to provide professional animal care.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to function independently and as a member of a team.
  • Must have the ability to work for extended periods in harsh climatic conditions.
  • Must have the ability to work with dangerous animals, chemicals, and around animals with contagious diseases.
  • Must have no allergies, diseases, or conditions that would prevent working in any area of the Zoos.  Yearly TB Test required.
  • Must be capable of basic math.
  • Must be able to withstand physical hardships associated with duties, i.e. animal restraint.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Ability to use hand and small power tools.
  • Must be able and willing to work weekends, holidays, and overtime.
  • May rotate, as needed, to meet the needs of staffing within any of the 5 animal areas.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
How to Apply

Landscaper/Full-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Department

Horticulture                       

Reports To

Curator, Horticulture    

Pay Rate

$10/hour   

Essential Job Functions

Supervises seasonal employees, volunteers, community service workers and apprentice horticulturists on an as assigned basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in the installation and maintenance of the landscapes at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.
  • Participates in all aspects of landscape construction and exhibit construction as pertains to the landscape.
  • Plants trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs, seed and sod, as directed.
  • Prepares planting areas, installs walls, fences, pathways, irrigation systems and water features, as directed.
  • Waters trees, shrubs, plants and flowers utilizing irrigation systems, sprinklers, hoses, or by hand.
  • Performs all aspects of plant maintenance including:  weeding, dead-heading, pruning, fertilizing, transplanting, dividing, propagation, mulching and winterizing.
  • Performs all aspects of grounds maintenance including: raking, sweeping, blowing, trash collection, snow removal, sanding and salting, mowing, edging and grading.
  • Operates machinery including:  mowers, hedgers, weed-whackers, chainsaws, snow throwers, roto-tillers, skid-steer loaders, backhoe-loaders, tractors and sod cutters.
  • Assists in the collection and transport of purchased or donated trees, plants and flowers.
  • Assists in the supervision of Community Service groups, Seasonal employees, Volunteers and Interns.
  • Monitors Zoo grounds to make sure they are safe, clean, attractive and comfortable for Zoo guests and staff.
  • Purchases parts and materials, as directed.
  • Interacts with and answers questions of Zoo guests by providing information about the Zoo and acts as a Good-Will Ambassador for the Zoo.
  • Operates two-way radio responsibly and professionally.
  • Attends training and education programs and seminars.
  • Works outside in all weather.
  • Performs related or non-related work as assigned to assure the proper operation of the Zoo.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Some basic knowledge of landscaping and horticultural principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide quality customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work under conditions including adverse weather and heights.
  • Ability to operate machinery.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must have a negative result on a TB test.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Must be able and willing to work weekends, holidays and overtime, as needed.
  • Must have a good work history.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor.
How to Apply

Payroll Administrator/Part-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Department

Finance 

Reports To

Accounting Supervisor

Essential Job Functions

Performs all activities necessary to process bi-weekly payrolls, including maintaining related records, filing tax reports and voluntary deduction reports, processing involuntary deductions such as levies and garnishments, preparing accounting transactions and documents, and preparing special reports for management. Ensure that all employees are accurately paid on a biweekly basis as required by managers’ timesheets and Change of Status forms received from the Human Resources Department. This role requires someone who can work with minimal supervision, multi-task, maintain confidentiality and communicate and work effectively with their fellow peers. Will be responsible for answering employee requests, completing wages data section of earnings verification forms from internal and external partners.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the preparation and processing of biweekly payroll for over 200 employees; review and ensure accuracy of approved timesheets; track and deduct all garnishments and other special payroll deductions.
  • Responsible for the coordination efforts between payroll, human resources and other departments to ensure proper flow and maintenance of employee data (including preparation/distribution of detailed reports, e.g. overtime, leave balances, and retirement contribution reports).
  • Establish/maintain employee payroll records; ensure that employee changes are entered correctly and made on a timely basis; review changes for proper authorization and adherence to ZNE policies including compliance with federal/state/local regulations.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries and enter into Financial Edge.
  • Assist with inputting journal entries relating to cash revenue receipts.
  • Troubleshoot all issues regarding employee payroll matters.
  • Sort and distribute biweekly payroll paystubs and checks and benefits reports.
  • Provide assistance with personnel payroll budgets.
  • Ensure 401K adjustments are filtered thru the payroll system for individual employees.
  • Upload and settle 401K loans and contributions remittances to Fidelity.
  • Provide adequate support of financial statements, workers comp and 401k audits and employee earnings requests.
  • Assist the Accounting Manager with board meeting packages, federal and state surveys.
  • Other general payroll and benefits related accounting duties that may be assigned by the Accounting Manager or the Director of Finance.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • 2 to 4 years in a Payroll environment, performing all payroll functions.
  • Associate's degree or equivalent training and education beyond high school. 
  • Two years of experience with ADP payroll processing.
  • Some knowledge of accounting.
  • Effective communication with finance department staff and other ZNE staff within various departments.
  • Experience solving concerns with both employees and upper management.
  • Excellent skills using accounting software and MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise extreme discretion.
  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines.
  • Flexible personal style to work with diverse personalities. Professional, yet personable demeanor.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting preferred, not required.
  • Excellent problem solving, investigative and judgment skills.
How to Apply

 

Security Officer/ Full-or Part-Time

Position

Security Officer

Location

Franklin Park/Stone Zoo

Department

Security                                            

Reports To

Site Supervisor

Employee Classification

Non-Exempt               

Employment Status

Full-Time, Benefit Eligible  OR Part-Time                

Essential Job Functions

Responsible for the safety and security of ZNE’s visitors, staff, collection and property.  The ability to abide by and utilize security protocols as identified. Successful completion of all departmental training. Ability to complete required security forms and logs in an accurate and timely fashion. Must be able to effectively communicate with Zoo New England employees, guests and vendors while providing security related services.  Must have a professional, pleasant and respectful demeanor in the course of providing security services to employees, guests and vendors. Responsible for enforcing company policies throughout the Zoos as required. Must be able to work at both the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Enforce all Company policies and procedures and report all violations to immediate supervisor.
  • Enforce all Company traffic rules and issue traffic tickets.
  • Maintain a highly visible patrol of Zoo grounds with Morse Watchmen System.
  • Issue and maintain employee IDs.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and attitude at all times.
  • Write clear and concise Incident Reports, complete Daily Activity Logs.
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport money and valuables to prevent theft and ensure safe delivery.
  • Follow all departmental policies/procedures and orders.
  • Respond to all emergencies, administer CPR and/or First Aid.
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends and nights.
  • Assist guests and staff, as necessary.
  • Report all safety/fire hazards to the Security Manager or Site Security Supervisor through Daily Activity Log.
  • Participate in all departmental and Zoo-wide training programs.
  • Lock/unlock buildings or gates, as needed.
  • Perform any additional duties as required by the Security Supervisor.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions for prolonged periods of time.
  • Notify appropriate personnel and departments of incidents and/or problems.
  • Report any and all situations that are out-of-the-norm.
  • Report any safety or hazards concerns to Security Supervisor.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Must be dependable, trustworthy, reliable, and have good moral character.
  • Able to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to follow directions both, written and verbal. Capable of making sound judgments.
  • Must remain alert at all times while on duty.
  • An understanding of the use of a two-way radio system.
  • Ability to maintain emotional control in all situations.
  • Ability to remain calm in an emergency/crisis situation.
  • Strong Computer Skills.
  • Confident in own abilities to perform the duties required.
  • Valid Driver’s license in good standing.
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Reliable means of communication for emergencies (i.e., telephone, pager, etc.)

Preferred Job Requirements

  • 3 years’ experience in Security, Law Enforcement or Military.
  • Capable of deductive reasoning.
  • Current First Responder and CPR certifications.
  • Previous training in self-defenses, baton, OC, etc.
  • Report writing experience.
How to Apply