Teaching Zoo Operations Supervisor

Ventura County Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Teaching Zoo Operations Supervisor

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $6,161.00 - $8,545.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2021-01937

Location: Moorpark College (Moorpark CA), CA

Department: MC - Student Learning

Closing: 4/11/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Under the direction of the Dean, plan, coordinate, and oversee the operations, activities, and personnel of America's Teaching Zoo; provide fiscal management and participate in fundraising activities for the Zoo; provide support services to the students, staff, and faculty in the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) program.

There is currently one full-time vacancy located at Moorpark College,


Moorpark College is one of the most beautiful community colleges in California. Moorpark College opened in 1967, serves approximately 15,000 students, and with a "students first" philosophy, empowers its diverse community of learners to complete their goals for academic transfer, basic skills, and career education.

More information can be found on the Moorpark College website at: https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/

More information about America's Teaching Zoo can be found at: https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/teaching-zoo


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work that we do within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). The VCCCD is a public community college district serving residents throughout Ventura County. The VCCCD's three colleges - Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College - offer programs for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; career technical training; basic skills instruction; as well as community service, economic development, and continuing education for cultural growth, life enrichment, and skills improvement. The Ventura County Community College District recognizes that a diverse community of faculty, staff, and administrators promote academic excellence. This creates an inclusive educational and work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves. With the understanding that a diverse community fosters multi-cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides role models for all students, the VCCCD is committed to recruiting and employing a diverse and committed group of faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to the success of all college students.

We encourage candidates who are equity-minded to submit an application for employment. We are designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Ventura County Community College District ensures that all employees and applicants for positions will have equal opportunity for employment regardless of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, political beliefs, age, gender, religion, transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or physical or mental disability.

This recruitment is being conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates that will be used to fill district-wide, current and upcoming, temporary and regular vacancies for the duration of the list, not to exceed one year.

Representative Duties
Oversee and coordinate the daily operations of America's Teaching Zoo including administration, animal population management, and building and grounds maintenance. E

Based on the educational objectives of the academic program, collaborate with faculty to develop and implement plans for the facilities and animal population of the Teaching Zoo including the development of student projects to meet specific course learning objectives and assist in the maintenance and improvement of the Teaching Zoo; supervise projects. E

Ensure the safety and security of the public, students, faculty, staff, and the animals at the Teaching Zoo; develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate safety protocols; perform safety rounds and routine safety inspections of the grounds and facilities; document unsafe conditions; coordinate, supervise and evaluate repairs. E

Provide emergency first aid to both animals and humans. E

Implement an emergency disaster plan for the Zoo, revise as needed; respond to on call animal emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; arrange for coverage as needed; coordinate with Campus Police to provide for security. E

Monitor the animal population and oversee the care and maintenance of the animals; perform rounds and routine inspection of the animals; monitor the animals' health, quality of diets, and physical activity to ensure their mental and physical well-being; collaborate with the veterinarian and faculty to make necessary changes for the animals' welfare; consult with the veterinarian to determine potential infectious animals and institute the appropriate protocol. E

Oversee the Zoo record keeping and maintain required documentation; maintain an inventory of the animal population, with a history, ownership, and specific requirements for each animal. E

Monitor and ensure compliance with all federal and State laws, regulations, rules, and standards pertaining to zoo management and exotic animal care; review, renew, and update all animal and facility permits from federal and State authorities, and animal control. E

Oversee, evaluate, and develop the enrichment program for the animal population; provide documentation of the program to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. E

Develop and implement procedures for all animals arriving or leaving the Teaching Zoo; capture, restrain, cage and transport animals as needed; place new animals in quarantine as directed by the veterinarian. E

Ensure the maintenance of the physical plant, the facilities, and the landscaping; assess conditions, and replace and upgrade as needed; coordinate with Maintenance & Operations Department to maintain the facility and enclosures; review facility repair work and maintenance of the grounds. E

Develop and maintain the budget for the Teaching Zoo; monitor and document income and expenditures; process requisitions; monitor and document petty cash fund; institute secure process for collecting cash, including monitoring, collecting, and documenting cash and other income, and making weekly deposits. E

Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate Zoo personnel, interns, and volunteers; ensure staff receive all necessary training regarding equipment operations and Zoo protocols. E

Edit and update the Zoo Procedure Manual. E

Attend meetings and/or serve on committees related to animal care and use. E

Order and maintain inventory of food and supplies for the Zoo. E

Operate a variety of equipment in the care of animals: blow darts, syringes, veterinary equipment, vehicles (e.g., truck, van, and horse trailer). E

Collaborate and facilitate activities related to the improvement, update, and refurbishment of America's Teaching Zoo; participate in designing animal enclosures; develop and oversee plans for large zoo projects. E

Collaborate on, and oversee, the marketing, fundraising, community service activities and special events at the Zoo; develop marketing materials; oversee and coordinate telephone and web page information and animal rentals. E

Supervise the Zoo on some weekends and holidays in a shared rotation with other staff members, as needed. E

Perform related duties as assigned.

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree in animal science, zoo management, or a related degree AND three years of experience in the care and handling of exotic animals in a zoo or entertainment park AND one year of supervisory experience.

A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university AND four years of experience in the care and handling of exotic animals in a zoo or entertainment park AND one year of supervisory experience.


Valid CPR certification
Valid First Aid certification
Valid California's driver's license

Please note: applicants who possess an out of state driver's license must apply for a California driver's license upon acceptance of the position.

Supplemental Information

This is an examination open to the public and current district employees seeking a promotional opportunity. To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by April 11, 2021 at 11:59PM.

The examination process may consist of any of the following components:

A) Evaluation of Training and Experience (T&E) = Qualifying (pass/fail)
B) Technical Interview = 100% weighting on final score

A T&E is an assessment by subject matter experts of training and experience, beyond the minimum requirements, that has prepared the candidate for the position as evidenced in the application materials. When completing the application and the supplemental questionnaire (if applicable), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience. Please be sure to answer every component of each supplemental question as your responses will be scored and serve as your score on the training and experience (T&E) evaluation.

The eight (8) candidates with the highest passing scores on the T&E will be invited to the technical interview.

Date Range: Monday April 26, 2021 to Friday, April 29, 2021
Location: The Technical Interview will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. In order to participate in the internet, you must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone, speakers, and a reliable connection to the internet.

The examination components and dates are subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated, including the possession of licenses, certifications, or other requirements, by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the recruitment process. You must attach copies of any documents that demonstrate your attainment of the minimum qualifications (e.g., unofficial transcripts, foreign transcript evaluation, copies of any required licenses, and/or certifications). Failure to submit any required documents may result in disqualification. All required documentation must be attached to your application; Human Resources staff will not upload your documents for you. The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. When completing the supplemental questionnaire (if applicable), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience.

Upon completion of the examination, the eligibility list will be compiled by combining the final examination score with applicable seniority and veteran's credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for up to one year from the date of the technical interview.

All appointments made from eligibility lists for initial appointment or for promotion, with certain exceptions, shall be probationary for a period of six (6) months or one hundred thirty (130) days of paid service, whichever is longer. Classified management, police, and designated executive classifications shall be probationary for a period of one (1) year of paid service from initial appointment or promotion.

Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request in an email to HRMail@vcccd.edu including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

If a degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications, an official copy of your transcripts will be required upon hire. If you have a foreign degree and the institution from which your degree was granted is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, foreign transcript evaluation is required if the foreign degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications. The foreign transcript evaluation must be included with your application materials. Visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education to search for institutions that are recognized as accredited. If you need your transcripts evaluated, please review the list of agencies approved for foreign transcript evaluation (Download PDF reader). If applicable, an official copy of your foreign transcript evaluation will also be required upon hire.

For more information about the recruitment process at VCCCD, including responses to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our Classified Careers page.

To apply, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/vcccd/jobs/3021520/teaching-zoo-operations-supervisor