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Farm Animal Caretaker at Red Barn Ranch
Kids After Hours Sykesville, MD

Farm Animal Caretaker at Red Barn Ranch

Kids After Hours
Sykesville, MD
Expired: November 17, 2023 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $15 to $18 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Summary: As a Small Petting Zoo Caretaker, you will be responsible for the daily care and maintenance of animals in a small petting zoo facility. Your primary goal is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the animals while providing an enjoyable and educational experience for visitors. Although Red Barn Ranch is a large summer camp...this is a year around position with our busy season being the summer time. Opportunity to earn more hours if you would like. Pay ranging from $15 - $18 per hour. Please check out to get an idea of what we are about!

Key Responsibilities:
  1. Animal Care:
    • Feed and water animals according to their dietary needs and schedules.
    • Monitor and maintain the cleanliness of animal enclosures and habitats.
    • Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian.
    • Provide enrichment activities to keep animals mentally and physically stimulated.
    • Perform regular health checks and report any concerns to the supervisor.
  2. Occasional Visitor Interaction (mainly for special events, but is primarily a private petting zoo for our summer campers!
    • Educate visitors about the animals, their habits, and their natural habitats.
    • Ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors by enforcing zoo rules and safety guidelines.
    • Assist visitors with handling and interacting with animals in a respectful and responsible manner.
    • Answer questions and provide information to visitors about the animals and the petting zoo.
  3. Facility Maintenance:
    • Clean and maintain animal enclosures, pathways, and visitor areas.
    • Ensure proper functioning of equipment, such as feeding stations and water systems.
    • Perform basic repairs and maintenance tasks as needed.
    • Assist in landscaping and gardening around the zoo area to create a pleasant environment.
  4. Animal Health and Records:
    • Maintain accurate records of animal health, vaccinations, and daily care routines.
    • Report any unusual behavior or signs of illness in animals promptly.
    • Collaborate with veterinarians for routine health check-ups and emergencies.
  5. Safety and Security:
    • Ensure the safety of both animals and visitors by following established safety protocols.
    • Handle and restrain animals safely and securely when necessary.
    • Respond to emergencies and follow evacuation procedures as required.
  6. Administrative Tasks:
    • Keep inventory of animal food, supplies, and equipment.
    • Assist in budget management and procurement of necessary supplies.
    • Keep records of visitor numbers and feedback.

  • High school diploma or equivalent; additional coursework in animal science or related fields is a plus.
  • Previous experience working with animals, especially in a zoo or petting zoo setting, is preferred.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior, care, and welfare.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with visitors.
  • Physical fitness and the ability to perform physically demanding tasks.
  • A love for animals and a commitment to their well-being.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and flexible hours as needed.

Working Conditions:
  • The job may involve exposure to outdoor weather conditions.
  • Physical demands may include lifting and carrying heavy bags of feed, bending, and squatting.
  • Potential exposure to animal allergens and odors.

Working as a Small Petting Zoo Caretaker can be a fulfilling role for those who have a passion for animals and enjoy educating others about them. It provides an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of animals and create positive experiences for visitors of all ages.


Kids After Hours

Sykesville, MD
21784 USA



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