Reports to Philadelphia Zoo’s Director of Animal Health. Responsible for all aspects of vertebrate and invertebrate pest control on and immediately adjacent to Zoo grounds, including but not limited to controlling insect and rodent infestations, setting traps, applying pest control compounds such as insecticides and rodenticides, and advising staff on pest control strategies including Integrated Pest Management. Works in cooperation with animal keepers, curators, veterinary and facilities engineering staff, as well as other zoo staff, concessionaires and outside contractors. Orders and maintains pest control supplies and maintains detailed pest control records.
Determines the presence and types of pests by responding to Zoo staff pest control requests, direct and indirect surveillance, observation of nests, droppings and other evidence of infestation, and periodic surveys of Zoo staff.
Makes scheduled tours of assigned areas, sets traps and applies pest control chemicals; keeps and follows a schedule of areas to be re-treated as required.
Mixes chemicals according to manufacturers' recommendations and applies them in accordance with label directions and established Zoo procedures.
Handles, applies and stores chemicals in accordance with state and EPA regulations governing usage of pest control substances.
Receives and logs complaints of pest problems and the actions taken to address those problems.
Maintains equipment used in pest control work; requisitions supplies and equipment, and keeps equipment and supply inventories.
Maintains records of areas serviced and prepares weekly reports.
Gives instructions to lower-rated employees, or to employees or contractors on temporary or special assignment.
Maintains warning labels and MSDS information on all pest control chemicals; maintains materials in hazard communication station; trains/informs others who may come into contract with pest control chemicals about hazards and safety precautions associated with their use.
Orders supplies/chemicals used to perform pest control work in accordance with internal control procedures; obtains price quotes from vendors as required; maintains records on orders placed and received; maintains proper inventory of pesticides.
Maintains pest control storage room, office area, and vehicle in a neat and orderly fashion.
Assists in development of annual pest control budget; manages purchases to stay within assigned budget limits.
Using Zoo vehicles, transports non-collection wildlife and stray domestic animals out of Zoo to appropriate locations such as wildlife rehabilitation centers and animal shelters.
Performs work in a safe manner and complies with codes, ordinances, Zoo and department safety guidelines and protocols.
Safely disposes of empty containers and unused pesticides and other chemicals in accordance with all federal, state and local regulations.
Completes required annual training programs within prescribed time limits to maintain proper certification(s).
Complies with organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
Participation in department and Zoo-wide meetings as appropriate.
Develop and utilize contacts within the AZA pest control community.
Maintain current knowledge of Zoo and departmental policies and procedures relevant to daily activities and emergency situations.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY REQUIRED:
High school diploma (or equivalent) and 3 years related work experience in the inspection and control of rodents, insects and other pests.
A current Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including a current certification in category 11 (Household and Health Related pest control).
If not already certified in categories 15 and 16 (Public Health Vertebrate and Public Health Invertebrate pest control), will need to become so within one year of hire.
Demonstrated general knowledge of the methods, practices, materials and equipment of the pest control industry including knowledge of federal, state and local regulations regarding pest control.
Demonstrated general knowledge of the regulations, hazards and safety precautions for handling rodenticides, insecticides, and other pest control chemicals and materials.
Demonstrated ability to recognize, locate and identify the source of rodents, insects and other pest species.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the operation of a variety of types of pest control equipment, and knowledge and experience determining proper mixtures of insecticides.
Able to work comfortably with invertebrate and vertebrate pests as well as a variety of other animals such as collection and non-collection wildlife and domestic animals in various environmental conditions and in confined spaces.
Able to read and understand product labels, and MSDS information; ability to understand and implement a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Able to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
Able to train other Zoo staff, volunteers, and concessionaires regarding Zoo pest control protocols and strategies including (but not limited to) eliminating food and harborage for pests, surveillance and capture techniques, and the concepts of Integrated Pest Management.
Able to answer basic questions from Zoo visitors about the location of animal exhibits, visitor services, etc.
Able to maintain a professional appearance and manner.
Able and willing to work a flexible schedule which may include weekends and holidays and to work overtime when required.
Significant and proven prior experience showing the ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and co-workers, to accept and follow general direction, to work independently and to produce quality work in a timely manner.
Ability to present clear and accurate information both orally and in writing; ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to curators, keepers, and other employees of the Zoo.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; ability to calculate figures and amounts such as rates, ratios, proportions, percentages, and area.
Demonstrated interest in staying abreast of advances in the pest control field.
Excellent customer relations skills.
Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and a driving record that meets Zoo standards.
Able to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, holidays and overtime when required.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Successful completion of post-offer medical screening including general physical examination (with emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems), drug testing, and tuberculosis testing (Mantoux tuberculin skin test with additional tests such as chest X-ray if tuberculin skin test is positive) prior to beginning work.
Must possess immunocompetence (able to respond appropriately to infectious diseases which may be present in the environment or in some animals).
If not previously immunized against rabies, once hired will require pre-exposure vaccination series against rabies, including post-vaccination and every two year rabies antibody titer measurements. If rabies titer decreases below recommended level, will need booster vaccine as necessary.
No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) which may interfere with the ability to perform work.
Able to safely lift, carry, and load 40 pounds a distance of 50 feet.
Able to work from heights or in confined spaces.
Able to work outside in all weather conditions.
No allergy related to animals, plants or the chemicals and/or products used in the performance of work which may interfere with ability to perform work.
Able to remain on feet for long periods, climb stairs, bend and stoop. Able to access public, office, restricted, and animal exhibit areas located across 42 acres.
Able to deal with possible exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, potentially hazardous chemicals and potentially dangerous machinery. Frequent use of protective clothing or safety equipment may be required including (but not limited to) various types of gloves, eye protection, masks, respirators, hats, boots, gowns, bee suit, etc.
Successful completion of post-offer driving record/license checks.
Ability to climb and work from various types of ladders, including 12 foot plus extension ladders.
Must be physically and medically able to wear appropriate respiratory protection including successful fit testing for appropriate respirators (must be clean shaven).
Pass criminal background check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance.
The region’s leading family destination and one of the area’s foremost conservation organizations, Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Leveraging its platform as America’s first zoo, Philadelphia Zoo is working double-time to educate more than 1.2 million annual visitors about animal and environmental conservation.