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Aviculturist II

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The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated individual to add to its Husbandry staff as an caregiver for our bird collection which includes penguins, raptors, parakeets, and macaws. This is a full time position working 40 hours a week.  Must have the ability to work weekends and holidays.   All Audubon Nature Institute employees are required to pass pre-employment background checks, including a drug test.  Must possess a valid driver’s license



Desired skills:

  • Must possess basic knowledge of animal behavior and care.
  • Previous aviculture experience
  • A basic knowledge of the principles of operant conditioning and enrichment
  • An understanding of basic husbandry principles, including record keeping, life-support systems, water quality parameters, disease recognition, nutrition and exhibit maintenance.
  • Ability to respond to quickly changing priorities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects independently.
  • Strength and endurance to perform physical demands of job function. The ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to climb ladders and accomplish tasks at height.
  • SCUBA certification




Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

  • Make each interaction with guests, vendors and fellow Audubon employees a positive one through hospitality and service.
  • Be attentive, anticipating needs of guests whenever possible.
  • Through body language, eye contact and attitude; be available and approachable for visitor questions and sharing of husbandry knowledge.


Animal Care/ Exhibitry

  • Provide competent care for assigned exhibits.
  • Responsible for all aspects of animal health and exhibitry in assigned areas including animal health and exhibit maintenance.
  • Assist senior Husbandry staff in monitoring the health of the collection as a whole.
  • Prepare and administer daily animal feeds.
  • Observe and record feeding, health and behavior on a daily basis in order to monitor health of the animal collection.
  • Clean all aspects of gallery to maintain a healthy environment and meet proper standards of exhibitry as designated by supervisors.
  • Coordinate with supervisors and veterinary staff to manage and treat collection as required.
  • Participate in veterinary procedures including necropsies; and accept the use of euthanasia as a necessary tool in animal husbandry.
  • Train and supervise departmental volunteers and interns.
  • Maintain accurate record keeping
  • Interact with large and small groups for educational presentations.
  • Participate in formal and informal guest education, including behind the scenes tours.


Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.

  • Interact with large and small groups for educational presentations
  • Participate in formal and informal guest education, including behind the scenes tours.

The above listed duties are general statements of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  They do not exclude other duties as assigned.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  3. Must be able to work in moderately noisy environments, dirty conditions and cramped spaces.
  4. Must be willing and able to handle raw seafood.
  5. Must be willing to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  6. Must be able to work with potentially hazardous chemicals associated with analysis and treatment of exhibits.
  7. Must be able to work unsupervised and with a team.
  8. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
  9. Must be able to work in all types of weather both indoors and outdoors.



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