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Entomologist I

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General Summary: Provides education to the public about Insectarium animals when working on Insectarium floor.  Provides assistance with animal care of Audubon Insectarium’s living collection and its exhibits.

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

  • Provide good customer service and education of the public about the Insectarium’s animal collection.
  • Answering visitor questions about the animals while on working on the exhibit floor.
  • Wears designated “uniform accessories” while working in assigned visitor interactive stations (Hats, Lab Coat, Chef Coat, Field Vest, Baseball Cap, Boots, etc.)
  • Works as a team with other entomologists and educators of all levels.
  • Ability to maintain professional relationships with visitors, staff, volunteers, vendors, live animal suppliers, and representatives of USDA, USFWS, and other city, state, and federal agencies.

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience

  • Works primarily in visitor interactive stations and visitor program areas on the floor of Insectarium, including live animal presentations and demonstrations.
  • Must possess a strong passion for arthropods and demonstrate this on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to follow simple recipes (with insects as an ingredient).
  • Must be able to occasionally work after hours special events (either on site or at off site locations).

Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.

  • As needed, assisting other entomologists at assigned facility (Insect Rearing Facility or Insectarium), with daily animal care and exhibit maintenance, including cleaning cages, removing animal waste or spoiled food products, new animal setup, or maintenance of breeding colonies.
  • As needed, assisting with animal diets including daily food collection and preparations (Foliage cutting, produce pickup, or animal waste products).
  • Assists higher level entomologists with keeping daily records of animals in their assigned sections.
  • Assists with facility maintenance in animal care areas (sweeping, moping, vacuuming, washing containers, etc.)
  • Assists on arthropod collection trips.
  • Assists with horticulture tasks when possible.

Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.

  • Responsible for reporting problems or supply needs to management.
  • Working with entomology team to repair problems and acquire needed supplies.
  • Adheres to the USDA Standard Operating Procedures for assigned Insectarium facility.
  • Uses only the amount of supplies necessary and treats all equipment with care.
  • May be required to assist during simple equipment maintenance to keep things running efficiently.

Experience:Animal care experience preferred. 

Education: High School diploma preferred.

Licensure/Certification:  current drivers license to operate a company vehicle.

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