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Animal Care Specialist

Henrico County Public Schools
Henrico, VA, US

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Job Title

Animal Care Specialist


Henrico, VA, US

Organization Name

County of Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks

About Us

Henrico County, a progressive employer of choice, provides job seekers with the promise of fair and competitive compensation; a close-knit atmosphere with low employee turnover; and a benefits package that helps secure financial stability.
Established in 1611, Henrico County has deep historical roots. Henrico County borders the City of Richmond to the west, north and east and constitutes approximately a third of the Richmond metropolitan areas. Henrico County is among the top-rated counties in the nation and was one of the first localities to adopt the County Manager Form of Government. Citizens of Henrico County are represented by an elected Board of Supervisors representing five magisterial districts.
Henrico County General Government currently has more than 30 agencies. Department Heads are appointed by the County Manager, with the exception of the elected constitutional officers. Henrico County is an equal opportunity employer and, when you join us, you will be surrounded by fellow associates who come from all walks of life, all types of cultural backgrounds and all ages.

General Statement of Duties

Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, July 29, 2024.
Serves as primary caretaker providing daily care and feedings for a wide variety of farm animals on an interpretative living history farm museum complex, or to reptiles, amphibians and fish in a nature center setting with a 50,000-gallon outdoor aquarium; provides routine care and maintenance to the animals' habitats and related structures and systems; develops and facilitates or assists with educational and informational programming; does related work as required.

Essential Duties

  • Sound current working knowledge of the keeping, care, feeding, dietary and environmental needs, and display of a wide variety of domesticated and wild animals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, at assigned location
  • Sound current working knowledge of animal habitats at assigned location which may include living farm environment or biological, chemical and mechanical aquatic filtration systems for fresh and brackish water aquarium systems, including a 50,000 gallon outdoor aquarium
  • Sound current working knowledge of animal husbandry and reproduction
  • Sound current working knowledge and understanding of health maintenance, health issues, relevant appropriate treatments for common health issues, medicines and medical techniques, related healthcare supplies and rehabilitative care for animals at assigned location
  • May require high-level of knowledge of crop production, ability to perform high quality research and keep current in crop production, care and harvesting techniques of historical plant specimens
  • Sound working knowledge of data collection and management to create and maintain a wide variety of records and inventories
  • Excellent organization skills with the demonstrated ability to plan and execute work effectively to successfully complete assigned tasks accurately and in a timely manner within established deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task effectively; sound political astuteness
  • Sound critical thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to appropriately resolve a variety of questions and issues within established policies, guidelines, requirements and procedures
  • May require the ability to research issues and identify solutions; sound judgment with demonstrated ability to consider and weigh a variety of relevant factors and make accurate decisions or recommendations
  • Visual and hearing acuity sufficient to support the safe handling and care of animals and ensure safety of self and others onsite
  • Sound computer skills with ability to use computer and typical business software, proprietary software and applications to complete assigned tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills to communicate information to diverse audiences in user friendly language
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan, design and create live animal/reptile exhibit set-ups with a variety of methods and materials appropriate for diverse target audiences
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to collaborate effectively to establish and maintain a good working relationships with all levels of Division staff, contractors, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Personal accountability including teamwork and establishing and maintaining positive working relationships
  • Excellent customer service skills with the demonstrated ability to interact patiently, respectfully and with tact and courtesy with all site visitors and others stakeholders with varying levels of understanding and needs in order to appropriately address requests, needs and issues
  • Tact; and courtesy
  • Must be able to positively and appropriately represent the County in interactions with the public and other site specific stakeholders
  • May be required to work holidays as assigned
  • Requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, evenings, weekends and on-call as needed
  • Cross train at Three Lakes Nature Center and Meadow Farm to provide coverage as needed
  • Assist in the plan, design and the creation of live animal/reptile's exhibit set ups with a variety of methods and materials appropriate for diverse target audiences
  • May require the ability to research issues and identify solutions regarding animal behavior, physiology, and modern husbandry practices
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Animal Care Specialist, provide safe and effective positive reinforcement training and environmental enrichment to enhance animal well- being

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of relevant college level coursework in animal science, biology, zoology or other field relevant to assigned area (relevant four (4) year degree preferred) and four (4) years of relevant hands-on work experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional Information

A criminal history record check and fingerprinting is conducted on all persons conditionally offered employment, including a conditional offer of initial employment, or a conditional offer to promote, demote, or laterally transfer an employee.

How To Apply

Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, July 29, 2024.
You apply for positions with Henrico County general government through our online applicant system, which is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with an Internet connection. Please access our job site portal though or click on the Jobs link in the upper right-hand corner of our main County page at

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Main Organization

General Government General Government

Employment Status

Hourly/Temporary Hourly/Temporary

Amount of Travel

Work At Home


Henrico County Public Schools expresses a divisionwide commitment to every student by communicating a vision of inclusiveness: “The right to achieve. The support to succeed.” The school division also embraces four critical cornerstones: Student Safety, Academic Progress, Closing Gaps and Relationships.

The school system serves the families of Henrico County, Virginia, a diverse community of more than 320,000 which wraps west, north and east of the independent city and state capital of Richmond. Henrico is Virginia’s fifth-most populous county.

HCPS is the sixth largest public school division in Virginia, and is comprised of 72 schools and program centers serving more than 50,000 students. The division’s schools reflect the geographic diversity of Henrico County, and lie in bustling near-urban and suburban settings; small towns; and quiet rural areas.

Academic excellence and opportunity are hallmarks of Henrico County Public Schools. Twenty-three division schools earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, presented by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education. HCPS was again tops in the Richmond region with the most schools earning the distinction. Short Pump Middle School was one of only nine schools in the commonwealth to earn the highest designation.

HCPS also leads central Virginia in teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Completion of the rigorous process is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment.

Henrico Schools has robust programs and support services for families of students with special needs; gifted students; homebound and homeschooled students; and students learning English as a second language.

Each of the division’s high schools is fully accredited and hosts an academic specialty center. The specialty centers allow students with clear interests the chance to focus on a preferred area, such as engineering, the arts or world languages. Three middle schools offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program and two high schools offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

The division also has cutting-edge programs in career and technical education, at individual schools and at two Advanced Career Education centers. From learning about sustainable seafood in culinary arts classes to applying technology concepts at Richmond Raceway, HCPS’ Department of Career and Technical Education helps students become effective participants in the international economy.

From academics to athletics, from the arts to career skills, Henrico County Public Schools is proud to be part of helping our community thrive by ensuring that each child has the right to achieve and the support to succeed.


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