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Company Name : Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Company Location : Chicago, IL
Job Position : Nutrition Center (Commissary) Technician
Job Category : Jobs in Illinois

Job Description :

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at

To provide necessary support to the Nutrition Center for the preparation and delivery of diets and supplies for all animal areas as required; supply item stocking and inventory, cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation and supplies storage areas, and other related duties to nutrition, food and collection supply inventory and handling.


  • Responsible for daily food preparation by accurately following written and oral instructions concerning type, quality, and quantity of food including bulk produce, meat, and fish
  • Responsible for the unloading, storage, arrangement of all produce, meat/fish products, and various hays including rotation of these items to assure freshness as well as random sampling and shipment of said products for nutritional analysis
  • Responsible for unloading, storage, and maintenance of all dry goods and supplies in nutrition center inventory and other areas of the zoo as needed
  • Receives supplies from vendors; checks packing lists against supplies received; and inspects supplies and food items for damage, or quality
  • Responsible for taking inventory and ordering produce, meat, fish, other food items, and various goods needed by the Nutrition Center
  • Responsible for all nutrition center related pick-ups and deliveries, both on and off zoo grounds, and providing support to veterinary department and pest control with transport of confined non-collection wildlife or domestic animals
  • Maintains communication with animal keepers on dietary and building supply needs.
  • Perform other operational duties of the nutrition center including: consulting with Nutrition Manager on animal diets; preparing special diet mixes; keeping commissary food preparation and storeroom areas including counters, refrigerators, freezers, floors, and equipment in a neat, orderly and sanitary condition
  • Must become familiar with all HACCP protocols and procedures and be willing to follow them at all times


  • Assist in preparation and presentation of training programs for zoo staff as requested
  • Work necessary hours as requested including all shifts, weekends, holidays, and special events
  • Other duties as assigned to maintain efficient and quality zoo operations


  • Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor
  • Ability to safely and efficiently operate all specialized food preparation equipment including but not limited to ovens, microwaves, grinders, blenders, dishwashers, sharpeners, and mixers
  • Good skill – or learn good skill – in safe operation of vehicles and loading equipment including but not limited to fork lift and pallet jack
  • Knowledge of computer programs of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet database access
  • Considerable knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits in proximity of potentially dangerous animals and equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to get along with diverse groups with tact and maturity
  • Ability to represent Lincoln Park Zoological Society in a professional manner at all times
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, co-workers, visitors and general public


  • Graduation from High School or the equivalent (GED) is required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline is preferred


  • Previous experience of two (2) years, performing food handling and warehouse activities
  • Experience in zoo, aquarium or like institution is desirable


  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to work on the computer for long periods of time
  • Ability to traverse zoo grounds without vehicle
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks that include but are not limited to climbing, crouching, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, crawling
  • The employee will be regularly exposed to water, chemicals, and potentially loud noises
  • Physical strength, including ability to regularly move 50 lb objects, including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving them
  • Ability to work in small, confined spaces
  • Ability to work in cooler or freezer temperatures for up to 4 hours daily
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions – including frequently in potentially adverse conditions
  • Ability to wear requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may include rubber/latex gloves, masks, eye goggles and airway protection
  • No allergy related to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to work
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance or ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work
  • Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases


  • Available to attend training sessions and conferences as needed
  • Proof of negative TB test
  • Proof of covid vaccine


  • Valid IL driver’s license and able to maintain a good driving record

Salary: $25.09/hr.
Lincoln_ Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values, and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All._

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $25.09 per hour

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