Nutrition (Commissary) Technician: Lincoln Park Zoo



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
• Must become familiar with all HACCP protocols and procedures and be willing to follow them at all
• 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
• 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
• 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