Instructional Technician I - Exotic Animal Training and Management

Ventura County Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Instructional Technician I - Exotic Animal Training and Management

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $53,928.00 - $74,364.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2021-02068

Location: Districtwide (Ventura County CA), CA

Department: Districtwide

Closing: 6/23/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


You will oversee students learning and practicing skills in animal training, care, handling and management in a complex instructional live classroom at the Teaching Zoo. You will tutor, remediate and provide instructional assistance to students, you will provide assistance to faculty, and you will perform technical work to maintain the zoo classrooms and the animal population.

The immediate vacancy is a 12 month, 100% position at Moorpark College.
The title of this classification will be changed to Instructional Lab Technician I - Exotic Animal Training and Management, pending approval.


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.

The Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974 and is one of only two teaching zoos in the United States. The five acre Teaching Zoo has about 130 different animals at any time, and the students are responsible for most of the care, feeding and well-being of the animals, under close faculty and staff supervision.

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Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is a public community college district serving residents throughout Ventura County. 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.

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 provide instructional assistance to students in the care, handling, training, and performing with animals in the Zoo classroom. E

Assist faculty with student learning outcomes; tutor and remediate students in the Zoo classroom, provide skills practice and enhancement of student's classroom experience. E

Assist in the administration of class assignments; observe, track, document, and report student progress; assign and maintain records of students in skills lab, internships, and student learning lab. E

Prepare and set up the Teaching Zoo classroom equipment, tools, supplies and other teaching aids for demonstrations, practical examinations and student assignments in the training, management, care and handling of animals. E

Assist in the maintenance of the Teaching Zoo and other assigned areas in a safe, clean and orderly condition; encourage awareness of and oversee the proper use of the facilities and safe practices within the Zoo. E

Assist in the maintenance of the Zoo inventory, including animal nutrition, training and veterinary supplies, and equipment; prepare and track requisitions and purchase orders; order, receive and arrange for proper storage and handling of food, supplies and equipment for the animal population; provide classroom materials from local terrain or stores; inventory materials and assure adequate quantities are available for the care of the animal population and instructional use; monitor supply budget. E

Assist in the coordination of the overall maintenance and repair of the classroom equipment with the Maintenance Department; test, adjust, maintain and perform minor repairs on equipment; send equipment out for major repairs. E

Assist students in assuring the proper record keeping, care, and feeding of the animal population. E

Assist in the coordination, scheduling, and guidance of students during zoo and outreach activities. E

Maintain a variety of files and records regarding instructional materials, the Teaching Zoo facility, classroom equipment and supplies, and equipment repairs; organize, prepare and maintain classroom procedure manuals; perform general clerical duties as needed. E

Screen, select, train and provide work direction for student workers. E

Use and operate a variety of technical equipment. E

Perform related duties as assigned.

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications
Associate Degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management, Animal Science or related field and two years of increasingly responsible experience in the care, handling, and training of exotic animals. Experience working with students in an organized setting.

Valid California Driver's License

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 June 23, 2021.
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

Date Range: June 25, 2021 - July 2, 2021
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: July 12, 2021 - July 16, 2021
Location: The Technical Interview will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. In order to participate in the interview, 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.

ELIGIBILITY LIST: 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. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 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 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.

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