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Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society Openings

Commissary Technician
Salary Range: 9.81-11.72 per hour
Part-time Position
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Primary Duty
The part-time commissary technician performs the essential weekend duties of the zoo’s commissary, including food preparation and storage. This position also assists in other zoo operations, contributes to positive guest experiences, and performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions
• Prepares animal diets in accordance with the appropriate species-specific Diet Sheets.
• Orders animal food and related supplies, maintaining an adequate animal food inventory.
• Properly rotates animal food stocks to ensure that older items are used first.
• Routinely inspects expiration dates of food items and supplies to ensure that they are used prior to expiration or discarded after expiration.
• Ensures that animal food is being stored properly to maximize freshness and to minimize contamination, pests, and spoilage.
• Maintains the kitchen and all food storage areas, including walk-in freezers and refrigerators, in a clean, organized fashion consistent with industry, USDA, and AZA standards, ensuring that the zoo commissary is kept up to inspection standards at all times.
• Maintains all food preparation and storage facilities and equipment.
• Insures that animal food is of an appropriate quality through inspection at arrival and at the time of preparation, as well as through submission of diet samples to appropriate labs for nutritional analysis.
• Follows USDA food safety and preparation guidelines.
• Communicates with the Animal Care Supervisors, Veterinarian, and Curators, to address diet-related issues.
• Actively contributes to positive guest experiences.

Education and Experience
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.
• High school diploma or GED is required.
• One year food handling experience.
• Valid food handler certificate required.
• Valid Texas driver’s license is required.

Knowledge and Skills
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
• Demonstrated knowledge of zoo policies, standards, operations, cleaning, and maintenance techniques.
• Demonstrated knowledge of USDA regulations and guidelines, and AZA standards.
• Ability to precisely follow and enforce instructions and safety regulations.
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and coworkers.
• Ability to arrive to work on time and maintain a positive attendance record.
• Ability to work a highly flexible schedule—weekend, evening, holiday, and irregular hours will be required.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public.
• Excellent ability to think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make sound business decisions.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• Ability to stand and sit for periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday.
• Good speaking and listening skills.
• Ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.
• Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines, and phones.
• Good dexterity.
• Ability to safely handle and operate sharp knives and food preparation equipment.
• Ability to work both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; the environment may include wet, icy, or muddy conditions.
• Ability to interact with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.
• Ability to routinely carry 50 pounds for 100 feet without assistance.
• This position may include exposure to hazardous materials, fumes/odors, dirt, and dust.

Cameron Park Zoo provides a positive work environment that allows for personal growth and continuing education and training opportunities.

How to Apply
Send resume to:

Cameron Park Zoo
1701 North 4th Street
Waco, TX 76707
Phone: (254) 750-8400
Fax: (254) 750-8430

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