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Instructional Lab Technician I – Exotic Animal Training and Management


Ventura County Community College District

Closing Date
August 2, 2020

Instructional Lab Technician I – Exotic Animal Training and Management

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $49,884.00 – $68,772.00 Annually

Job Type: Classified

Job Number: 2020-01712

Location: Districtwide (Ventura County CA), CA

Department: Districtwide

Closing: 5/17/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


As an Instructional Lab Technician I – Exotic Animal Training and Management, you will oversee students learning and practicing skills in animal training, care, handling and management in a complex instructional live classroom at the Teaching Zoo. You will tutor, remediate and provide instructional assistance to students, you will provide assistance to faculty, and you will perform technical work to maintain the zoo classrooms and the animal population.

The immediate vacancy is a 12 month, 100% position at Moorpark College.

Moorpark College is one of the most beautiful community colleges in California. Moorpark College opened in 1967, serves approximately 15,000 students, and with a “students first” philosophy, empowers its diverse community of learners to complete their goals for academic transfer, basic skills, and career education.

The Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974 and is one of only two teaching zoos in the United States. The five acre Teaching Zoo has about 130 different animals at any time, and the students are responsible for most of the care, feeding and well-being of the animals, under close faculty and staff supervision.

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Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is a public community college district serving residents throughout Ventura County. VCCCD’s three colleges – Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College – offer programs for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; career technical training; basic skills instruction; as well as community service, economic development, and continuing education for cultural growth, life enrichment, and skills improvement.

This recruitment is being conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates that will be used to fill district-wide, current and upcoming, temporary and regular vacancies for the duration of the list, not to exceed one year.

Representative Duties
Oversee and provide instructional assistance to students in the care, handling, training, and performing with animals in the Zoo laboratory. E

Assist faculty with student learning outcomes; tutor and remediate students in the Zoo laboratory, provide skills practice and enhancement of student’s classroom experience. E

Assist in the administration and scoring of test and class assignments; evaluate, track, document, and report student progress; submit in accordance with deadlines; assign and maintain records of students in skills lab, internships, and student learning lab. E

Prepare, issue and monitor materials, tools and equipment for student use; monitor and maintain records of materials, tools and equipment on loan to or checked out by students and instructors. E
Prepare and set up the Teaching Zoo laboratory equipment, tools, supplies and other teaching aids for demonstrations, practical examinations and student assignments in the training, management, care and handling of animals. E

Maintain the Teaching Zoo lab, enclosures, stock rooms, supply sheds, nutrition area, Theater, and other assigned areas in a safe, clean and orderly condition; encourage awareness of and oversee the proper use of the facilities and safe practices within the compound. E

Maintain inventory of Zoo, animal nutrition, training and veterinary supplies and equipment; order, receive and arrange for proper storage and handling of food, supplies and equipment for the collection; provide lab materials from local terrain or stores; inventory materials and assure adequate quantities are available for the care of the collection and instructional use; monitor supply budget. E

Assist in the coordination of the overall maintenance and repair of the Zoo with the Maintenance Department; test, adjust, maintain and perform minor repairs on equipment; send equipment out for major repairs. E

Assist in assuring the proper care and feeding of the collection and food animals. E

Assist in the coordination, scheduling and supervision of fundraising, industry, community and outreach activities. E

Assist in the admission process and follow-up research of alumni. E

Maintain a variety of files and records regarding instructional materials, the animal collection and the Teaching Zoo facility, inventories, purchase orders and equipment repairs; organize, prepare and maintain laboratory procedure manuals; perform general clerical duties as needed. E

Screen, select, train and provide work direction for student workers. E

Use and operate a variety of technical equipment. E

Perform related duties as assigned.

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination equivalent to: Associate Degree in Animal Science or related field and two years of increasingly responsible experience in the care and handling of exotic animals. Experience working with students in an organized setting.

Valid California Driver’s License

Supplemental Information

This is an examination open to the public and current district employees seeking a promotional opportunity. To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by May 17, 2020.

The examination process will consist of any of the following components:

A) Evaluation of Training and Experience (T&E) = Qualifying (pass/fail)
B) Technical Interview = 100% weighting on final score

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications stated by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the testing process. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their application materials reviewed during a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). A T&E is an assessment of training and experience that has prepared the candidate for the position. The nine (9) candidates with the highest passing scores on the T&E will be invited to the technical interview. The examination process is subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email.

Monday, June 1, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The Technical Interview will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. In order to participate, you must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone, speakers, and a reliable connection to the internet.

The above dates are subject to change. Candidates will be notified of any scheduling changes via email.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications nor for the purpose of determining salary placement if you are hired. When completing the application, outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience.

When completing the application and the supplemental questionnaire (if applicable), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience. Please be sure to answer every component of each supplemental question as your responses will be scored and serve as your score on the training and experience (T&E) evaluation. Advancement to the next step of the examination process will be limited to the candidates with the highest T&E scores.

All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Human Resources Department staff will not upload your documents for you. The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

Upon completion of the examination, the eligibility list will be compiled by combining the final examination score with applicable seniority and veteran’s credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for up to one year from the date of the technical interview.

All appointments made from eligibility lists for initial appointment or for promotion, with certain exceptions, shall be probationary for a period of six (6) months or one hundred thirty (130) days of paid service, whichever is longer. Classified management, police, and designated executive classifications shall be probationary for a period of one (1) year of paid service from initial appointment or promotion.

Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

If you have a foreign degree and the institution from which your degree was granted is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, foreign transcript evaluation is required if the foreign degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications. The foreign transcript evaluation must be included with your application materials. To search institutions that are recognized as accredited by CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education, visit or For a list of recognized organizations providing transcript evaluation services, visit

The Ventura County Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, veteran status, medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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