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Grade 915 Salary Range: $14.10 - $22.47 per hour
Starting Salary: $14.10 per hour


Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

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This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Tucson's Reid Park Zoo is seeking to hire three energetic keepers with excellent communication skills to join our elephant team. The desired candidates would have previous zoo keeping experience with the willingness to invest the time needed to learn specifics of how to care for elephants at Reid Park Zoo.

Reid Park Zoo hosts over a half million visitors per year making it the top regional destination/attraction in Tucson. The Zoo houses a dynamic collection of species with highlights including giant anteater, white rhinoceros, grizzly bear, Malayan tiger, giraffe, giant tortoise, two free-flight aviaries and of course, the elephant.

In March of 2012 Reid Park Zoo opened Expedition Tanzania, a seven acre addition that provided a new home for a herd of five African elephants. The herd currently consists of an adult bull, two cows, and two calves (ages six and three). One of the cows is expecting a calf during the summer of 2014. The selected individuals will be essential to complete the synergistic team that will care for this dynamic herd.

Example of general classification duties include:
  • Cares for animals by planning diets, preparing food, transporting food to exhibits, refilling water bowls, collecting samples, interacting with animals, observing animal behaviors, trains animals, and provides and evaluates enrichment for animals.

  • Maintains exhibits, holding areas and related facilities by sweeping floors, raking debris, hosing down areas, cleaning pools, streams and ponds, disinfecting equipment and areas, installing and maintaining plants, washing windows, cleaning food bowls, making repairs, exterminating pests, hauling hay, dirt, rocks and other materials. Assists with the capture, transport and medication of animals.

  • Participates in exhibit planning and development, orders and stocks food supplies, takes inventory, maintains records, educates the public through tours, lectures and special events, repairs vehicles and equipment, patrols grounds and monitors visitor behavior, and tests and maintains water quality.

  • High School diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent certificate
  • One year of paid experience handling exotic (non-domestic) animals within a zoological garden or similar type setting
  • Valid driver's license

  • Previous experience using positive reinforcement training

  • Previous experience in large animal care in a zoological garden or similar type setting

  • Bachelor's degree or substantial coursework in Zoology, Wildlife Management, Animal Science or related field

    JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 12, 2014


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    An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 10% of your rating for Education and Experience as outlined in the application supplemental questions, 20% for the Written Work Product and 70% of your rating for the Oral Board Interview.

    Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the Oral Board interviews. DD 214's must be a copy that indicates characterization of service. Click here to read the definitions.

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    All inquiries should be addressed to the below individual. Do not send emails to, because this is utilized only for outbound notifications.
    Roxie Escarcega, Lead HR Analyst  (520) 837-4167  or email:

    JOB CODE: 3252/0114

    To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.
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    Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.