Wonder What It’s Like to Be a Zookeeper…And Other Jobs? #WorkforceStories
Have you ever wondered what it was like to have different jobs? I remember looking at all the different job types when I went to school and I remember researching which ones matched my talents, interests and personality. As an adult, I often wonder what goes into the different jobs out there as well.
I was recently introduced to Kronos, the leader in workforce management solutions. With tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Kronos helps their clients manage time and attendance records, worker’s schedules, absence records, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services.
Kronos has published the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series – a site devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely. From their very first days, Kronos solutions have always focused on the work that people do. That’s why they’re proud to celebrate these special individuals who reflect the character, the commitment, and the passion of today’s workforce.
You can subscribe to the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series for free and watch every month as a new episode is aired featuring a different worker. In the video series, ordinary people in the workforce are featured and they tell their stories.
o Ep: 1 – Firefighter
o Ep: 2 – Trauma Nurse
o Ep: 3 – Produce Manager at grocery store
o Ep: 4 – Union Electrician
o Ep: 5 – Hotel Front Desk Agent
o Ep: 6 – Restaurant Server
o Ep: 7 – Teacher
o Ep: 8 – Baseball Bat Maker, was MLB pitcher
o Ep: 9 – Major in National Guard, works security for major events
o Ep: 10 – Justina Pratt: Safe Start Swimming Instructor at the YMCA, Lake Nona, FL
o Ep: 11 – Royce / Alligator Wrangler
o Ep: 12 – Shannon NeSmith / Truck Driver
o Ep: 13 – Zach Feary Stern Pinball, Chicago
o Ep: 14 – Jenny Theuman, Zookeeper
These are some really inspirational episodes and gave me a better view into the lives of these different jobs. One episode that really resonated with me was Episode 14, which was about Jenny Theuman – the Zookeeper. Jenny Theuman never imagined she’d be a zookeeper.She never knew zookeeping was a job when she was younger and she struggled in school. After high school, she pursued a career in culinary arts, but cooking just didn’t inspire her. When a college counselor suggested zookeeping, she was instantly intrigued. She did an internship at the zoo and fell in love with it. Now, thirteen years later, Jenny’s grateful to have found her dream job. While zookeeping is hard work – and constant action – Jenny’s passion for her profession has only increased with time. “I’ve been excited every day,” she says. And her dedication is strong as ever: “They’re living, breathing animals,” she says with a smile. “They need you to stick around and finish what you’ve started.”
Jenny received her master’s in zoo administration through a partnership program with Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Breaking into to the field can be difficult, it’s very competitive, but Cosley Zoo cannot think of anyone more passionate and articulate than Jenny. “She is the epitome of a dedicated worker. This is a way of life for her and not a job.” A day on the job for a zookeeper? Eating, cleaning, training, enrichment, repeat! The day is over until everything is finished. She often unintentionally monopolizes conversations of responses when she says she is a zookeeper. In fact, people are surprised about the science involved in her job – conservation efforts, recovery efforts. The experience with the animals at the zoo can have an emotional impact on people as well. They make a connection and then share their experiences back with Jenny, which is exciting an emotional as well. The best parts about her job is that she is never finished learning… there is always an opportunity to learn more. To be a good zookeeper you need a sense of humor, to be a good problem solver, want to learn, and own good pair of boots.
Be sure to head on over to the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series and check it out for yourself!
Did you have any idea what it was like to be a zookeeper? What episode did you like the most? What job would you like to learn more about?