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VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

REQUIREMENT FOR AREAS / DEPARTMENTS

  • Common Sense

  • Willingness to work

  • Enthusiasm

  • Ability to follow instructions (Verbal/Written)

  • Observational Skills

  • Clothing appropriate for assigned area/department

 

ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER
 

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
PRECEPTORSHIP/EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

PURPOSE: To provide Veterinary Technology Students an introduction to zoological medicine.

DEPARTMENT: The Animal Health Center staff includes veterinarians, hospital supervisor, veterinary technicians and keepers. They oversee the health care of the Zoo's animals including mammals, birds reptiles, amphibians and fish.

PROGRAM:  Preferred duration is at least 8 weeks and externships are available throughout the year. Externs are expected to participate as a team member in all veterinary department activities including assisting in routine medical care, animal restraint, written and computerized medical records and preparing for procedures including hematology, parasite exams, urinalysis, cytology and preparing samples for outside laboratories. Forty to fifty percent of a student’s time is spent in the laboratory. Approximately 30% is spent preparing for, assisting in and cleaning up after procedures. Hospital cleanliness, treatments, record keeping and other duties make up the balance of time. There is no stipend and housing is the responsibility of the student.
HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional hours or weekends as required.

REQUIREMENTS: Proof of negative tuberculosis test within 6 months prior to externship. Proof of measles and hepatitis vaccination suggested, but not required. Completion of parasitology and hematology labs is required. Completion of anesthesia, urinalysis, microbiology courses strongly recommended.

APPLICATION:

  • Letter of intent describing background, interest, goals and dates requested

  • Resume – including references

  • Veterinary technology program transcript

  • Interview – Interviews to be scheduled once the above is received

  • Telephone interviews may be arranged

Send Application to:
Jamie Huber, RVT
Louisville Zoological Garden
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40233
(502) 459-2181
james.huber@louisvilleky.gov
 

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

PURPOSE: To provide graduate Veterinary Technicians further study in zoological medicine

DEPARTMENT: The Animal Health Center staff includes veterinarians, hospital supervisor, veterinary technicians and keepers. They oversee the health care of the Zoo's animals including mammals, birds reptiles, amphibians and fish.

PROGRAM: Preferred duration is at least 8 weeks and externships are

DESCRIPTION:  Available throughout the year. Externs are expected to participate as a team member in all veterinary department activities including assisting in routine medical care, animal restraint, written and computerized medical records and preparing for procedures in the hospital and in the field. Technician interns perform laboratory procedures including hematology, parasite exams, urinalysis, cytology and preparing samples for outside laboratories. Approximately 30% is spent preparing for, assisting in and cleaning up after procedures. Hospital cleanliness, treatments, record keeping and other duties make up the balance of time. Interns are required to plan, organize and complete one project. There is no stipend and housing is the responsibility of the student.

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

REQUIREMENTS: Proof of negative tuberculosis test within 6 months prior to externship. Proof of Measles and hepatitis vaccination suggested, but not required.
Graduation from an AVMA approved veterinary technology program. Preference given to applicants with prior exposure to zoo medicine through externship and/or preceptorships.

APPLICATION:

  • Letter of intent describing background, interest, goals and dates requested

  • Resume – including refrences

  • Veterinary technology unofficial transcript

  • Interview – Interviews to be scheduled once the above is received

  • Telephone interviews may be arranged

Send Application to:
Jamie Huber, RVT
Louisville Zoological Garden
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40233
(502) 459-2181
james.huber@louisvilleky.gov

VETERINARY PRECEPTORSHIP/EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

PURPOSE: To provide fourth-year veterinary Students an introduction to zoological medicine.

DEPARTMENT: The Animal Health Center staff includes veterinarians, hospital supervisor, veterinary technicians and keepers. They oversee the health care of the Zoo's animals including mammals, birds reptiles, amphibians and fish.

PROGRAM: Duration is negotiable, but 6 weeks is preferred. Preceptorships/externships are available throughout the year.

DESCRIPTION: Students are expected to participate as a team member in all veterinary department activities including:

  • Routine medical care

  • Preventative medicine

  • Necropsies

  • Animal Restraint

  • Nutrition

  • Captive propagation

  • Emergency Medical Care

  • Medical Records

  • Lab work

  • Animal Management

  • Surgery

  • Students are expected to complete an independent project.

  • There is no stipend and housing is the responsibility of the student.

HOURS: 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, weekends and nights are required.

REQUIREMENTS: Proof of negative tuberculosis test within 6 months of externship. Completion of surgery and medicine clinic rotations prior to externship is recommended.

APPLICATION:

  • Letter of intent

  • Dates requested

  • Resume – including refrences

  • Veterinary school transcript

  • 2 letters of reference

  • Telephone Interview - to be scheduled once the above is received

Send Application to:
Jamie Huber, RVT
Louisville Zoological Garden
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40233
(502) 459-2181
james.huber@louisvilleky.gov

PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING INTERNSHIP

Practical experience plus the philosophy of a conservation-minded, non-profit perspective is offered during this program.

DEPARTMENT: The public affairs department has grown from an in-house advertising agency to a multi-departmental facility coordinated under the umbrella of modern marketing principles.

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE:  The Public Relations Internship is offered for a minimum of six weeks, with a minimum of at least two half days per week volunteer time. More time is encouraged so the intern can gain a greater continuity of practical experience.

DUTIES:  When possible, specific projects will be offered which will allow the intern a sense of ownership and a project that may make an appropriate addition to a portfolio. The program can be modified to fit mutual schedules and extended to a semester format. Time worked will be documented. There is no stipend. The Intern will have a hands-on role in the Public Relations or Marketing office. Exposure will include potential opportunities to participate in the daily functions of the office, including the following:

  • Copy writing

  • Media release writing

  • Media relations

  • Customer correspondence

  • Crisis media management

  • Records keeping

  • Customer complaints

  • Proactive public relations

  • Market research

  • Tourism programs

  • Design of collateral materials

  • Plus introduction to other departments, including: Special events and Education Department


KEEPER ASSISTANT

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE: All day from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Half Day: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DUTIES:  

  • Report to Keeper of assigned area

  • Work only in areas approved by keeper staff. (No wandering)

  • Complete stalls and service area cleaning, which involves pushing brooms, shoveling, lifting and pushing heavy loads.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

CLERICAL ASSISTANT

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE:  All day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. / Half day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

DUTIES: 

  • Assist Office Staff with various duties: filing, typing; copying, stuffing envelopes, answering phones,

  • Distribute membership applications

  • Telephone lapsed members

  • Other duties as assigned.


COMMISSARY ASSISTANT

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE: 7:30 a.m. until Noon
DUTIES: 

  • Work in kitchen and grain room

  • Sweeping

  • Assisting with preparation of animal diets

  • Delivering diets to animal areas.

 

CONSERVATION CENTER ASSISTANT

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

DUTIES:  Report to Keeper in charge. Clean Black-footed ferret cages, help with records, review tapes, mop floors in clean and “dirty” areas and other jobs as assigned by keepter.
Volunteer will be required to follow these isolation policies:

  • Have change of shoes.

  • Wear surgical mask while in clean room.

  • All personal pets (dogs, cats, etc.) must have up-to-date vaccinations, especially canine distemper.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Individual must have some interest in this program and be very dependable.

  • Must inform keeper(s) when leaving the building.


LOUISVILLE ZOO DOCENT

SPECIAL TRAINING REQUIRED

  • Teach classes about zoo animals and how zoos function in today’s world and share information about the animals around the Zoo with Zoo visitors.

  • Promote a conservation attitude.

  • Follow Zoo and Docent procedures.

  • Use educational resources.

  • Be familiar with emergency procedures at the Zoo.
     

HORTICULTURE DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE: All day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. / Half day from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
DUTIES: 

  • Report to Horticulture Supervisor or supervisor in charge for work assignment.

  • Cut grass using a mower, Trim around signs, flowers, bushes, ditch line and around trees with a gas power weed eater.

  • Clean Zoo areas, pick up litter in Zoo

  • Mulch and plant flower beds.

  • Water plants/,trees

  • Rake leaves.

 

VOLUNTEERING IN DAY CAMP

PREFERRED TIME SCHEDULE: 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. / 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. (will vary).

DUTIES: 

  • Assist Camp Counselors in whatever way they require. Generally, this means to help with crafts, hand holding and “crowd control.” 

  • (Very Important)  You will stay with the group to which you have been assigned. If you have to leave, be sure to check with the counselor. It is much better for the children to do as much as possible for themselves when it comes to answering questions and doing craft projects.

  • Counselors and Youth encourage and guide but never do campers’ projects for them. 

  • CHILDREN MUST NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED!