ANIMAL ATTENDANT

PACHYDERMS AND BIRDS SECTION
(X2 PERMANENT) • (R13,393.47 – R18,080.32 P/M)

JOB PURPOSE: To participate and perform duties associated with animal husbandry i.e. daily care of animals(feeding, removal of waste, etc.); the maintenance of enclosures and conducts behaviour observations.
KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS
Animal Care: Adhere to all animal care procedures as per animal husbandry manual • Assist in the
loading/ off-loading of animal feed from kitchen and truck • Verify that food is prepared as per the diet sheet

  • Feed animals and remove left over food accordingly • Assist Keepers in ensuring that the animal within
    the allocated section is content and healthy • Handle animals and assist in restraining/ controlling problem
    animals as directed by Superior • Assist in the application of animal treatments to ward off pests (e.g. flies)
    under the instruction of the Veterinarian/ Nurses • Assist Veterinarians/ Nurses and other personnel with the
    administration of medications or with restraint • Assist in hand rearing of new-born animals and animal training,
    including performing night duties when required • Monitor the temperature of the temperature controlled
    enclosures • Provide suitable browse for animals as identified by the section Curator/ Keeper • Ensure cages
    and animals are properly numbered and identified • Capacitated to act in the absence of a Keeper.
    Maintenance of Enclosures: Adhere to all animal care maintenance procedures • Clean and disinfect all
    areas of the enclosure (e.g. night-room, blankets, food, water bowls, windows of the enclosure etc.) using
    animal friendly products • Perform required cleaning and maintenance of all equipment and tools • Monitor
    electric fences ensuring that they are in good working condition • Monitor, prevent and escalate holes or gaps
    in the fences to prevent animal escape • Ensure that enclosures are safe, secure and clean.
    Animal Observation and Record Keeping: Adhere to collection management policies, processes and
    procedures • Assist with daily animal census • Conduct daily animal observation with respect to general
    physical condition, signs of illness, disease and discontent, abnormal behaviour or incidents and report
    thereof • Assist with recording of all animal movements i.e. feeding times, food consumed, faecal observation,
    births/ deaths, behavioural changes (including reproductive behaviours), temperature of enclosure • Provide
    input into animal husbandry manual as required.
    Enrichment of Animal Lives: Provide enrichment for the animals within the allocated section as per
    international standards as directed • Participate in the construction of enrichment structures, platforms and
    jungle gyms • May provide food to animal in a manner that caters to sensory enrichment needs.
    Animal Awareness, Conservation and Protected Areas: Participate in Peer education/ Zoo environmental
    awareness/ education programmes including conferences of specific categories relating to Johannesburg
    Zoo animals • Participate in and share observation data for research and conservation projects • Assist with
    capturing of game and escaped animals; tagging and herding of animals including the transportation process.
    Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance to related laws/ regulations concerning the welfare,
    transporting and relocating animals • Work within World Association of Zoos & Aquaria (WAZA) and Pan
    African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) guidelines.
    Optimises individual and team performance: Actively participates and manages own performance levels
  • Ensure attendance to training and regular one-on-one meetings with Supervisor to discuss progress.
    SHEQ, Security Monitoring and Risk: Provide inputs for the development/ review of SOPs for the
    Department • Implement and monitor JCPZ safety, health, environmental and security policies and procedures
  • Implement identified risk mitigation measures.
    MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS: Grade 12 or equivalent (NQF level 4) • Course on Animal Care,
    Management or related field • Minimum 1 – 2 years’ experience in animal care or related zoo experience.
    COMPETENCIES: Knowledge of animal husbandry and enrichment • Physical Fitness • Problem Solving
  • Communication skills • Planning and Organising • Record Keeping • SHEQ Standards • JCPZ policy and
    procedure framework • Alignment with JCPZ values • Results driven • Interpersonal Skills • Teamwork
  • Resilience

Workplace: Johannesburg Zoo • Contact Person: Abongwe Mini
Tel: 011 712 6601 • Email CVs to: talentmanagement@jhbcityparks.com
Reference: AA12052023 • Closing Date: 02 June 2023
“Quote the reference number on the subject; failure to adhere to the given instruction will
result in disqualifying your application”

6 Comments

  1. I’m interested and willing to learn more. Currently studying environmental management. Being employed by your company will be a great opportunity.

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