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Entomologist I or II

Job Type
Full-Time
Job Location

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.

To deliver on the Audubon mission, the Entomologist II will:

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 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 afterhours special events (either on site or at off site locations).

 

Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.

  • 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.
  • Assisting with animal diets including daily food collection and preparations (Foliage cutting, produce pickup, or animal waste products).
  • Keeps daily records of animals in their assigned sections.
  • Assist 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 perform simple equipment maintenance to keep things running efficiently.

Experience: 2 years previous arthropod care experience preferred.  Mandatory if promotion from Entomologist I

 

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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

Software Requirements:  ability to use Microsoft Outlook and Word.

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:  Must have the ability to use 2 way radio, mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, phone, and copy machine.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Medium work:  exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.  Does involve standing and walking most of the time, but may involve sitting for brief periods of time.
  2. Standing, bending, stooping, sitting and the ability to carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
  5. Public speaking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  6. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  7. Ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.
  8. Ability to multitask
  9. Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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. Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks appropriately.
  4. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  5. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  6. Affinity for arthropods required.
  7. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures and humidity will be required.
  8. Exposure to outdoor conditions will be required.
  9. Exposure to hazards associated to working with animals.

 

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