Wildlife Keeper I

Department:  Wildlife

Reports To:  Curator of Living Collections

Effective Date:  October 2020

Status: Hourly, Non-exempt; part-time, non-benefitted

Salary: $13/hour

 

About the Company

The EcoTarium museum of science and nature in Worcester, Massachusetts offers an indoor-outdoor experience to visitors of all ages. Our mission is to inspire a passion for science and nature. EcoTarium is well rooted in the Worcester community as the oldest organization dedicated to the study of science and nature. The private, non-profit institution was founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History and was incorporated in 1884 as the Worcester Natural History Society — EcoTarium's legal identity. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. The name change accompanied a major capital development program that has transformed the building and grounds into an accessible learning and discovery center for families. While the name, facility, exhibits and technology have changed, much of the museum's work today continues to reflect the ideologies and vision adopted almost 200 years ago. If you are looking to join a dynamic team serving this ever-important mission, then EcoTarium is the place for you!

EcoTarium is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Join us for career training and development, an exceptional work environment, a sense of community, and allow us to reward you for your accomplishments. EcoTarium offers a comprehensive benefits package, including (is this position available to partake in any benefits? i.e. vacation time, 401k, etc.)

The Role

The EcoTarium, has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic professional to join our dedicated and dynamic team. You will provide excellent animal care and a positive guest experience.  You will bring your knowledge to all areas of animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, record keeping, training and enrichment, behavioral observations, and exhibit maintenance for all of the museum’s live animals. You will provide daily care and maintenance of wildlife, including but not limited to diet preparation, exhibit cleaning and repair, capture and restraint, and medical care. The animal collection includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, small marine animals and insects.

You will bring your creativity to current habitat design as well.  You will showcase your expertise in formal and informal presentations to guests, and developing conservation and education initiatives. Your mentorship and knowledge surrounding daily animal care, behavioral observations and public education will be imparted on volunteers and interns. Habitats are located both indoors and outdoors.  The position is physically demanding and requires working in all weather conditions.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Animal Science, or related field preferred
  • Experience and knowledge in working with captive animals; preferably in a zoo/museum/aquarium setting including but not exclusive to birds of prey, medium to large carnivore, small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Excellent observational and record keeping skills with great attention to detail
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be flexible and highly dependable
  • Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects, climb a 5-foot ladder and work outdoors in all conditions, including to assist with snow removal
  • Must be able to move quickly and position oneself in order to capture animals in exhibits and on museum grounds using hand nets and/or snares
  • Must be able to use a variety of tools (hand and power) and to operate motor vehicles safely
  • Computer skills in MS Word with a background in Species 360 record keeping
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation with and without a microphone
  • A welcoming, professional, and gracious demeanor
  • Must pass a CORI/SORI background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated for rabies no later than three (3) months after hire date.

Position Summary:

The Wildlife Keeper I will assist with the care of animals at the facility and contribute to a positive guest experience through general public education, internal mentorship and training as well as creative habitat design and maintenance.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Train and oversee volunteers and interns in daily animal care, behavioral observations, and public education and act as mentor to those coming up in the field

Essential Functions:

  • Provide daily care and maintenance of wildlife, including but not limited to diet preparation, exhibit cleaning and repair, capture and restraint, and medical care.
  • Conduct behavioral observations, provide enrichment and daily training of animals utilizing operant conditioning necessary for husbandry care and stimulation.
  • On a weekly rotational basis, serve as the primary conduit for communication within the department and with other departments as Point Person of the Day.
  • Train and oversee volunteers and interns in daily animal care, behavioral observations, and public education and act as mentor to those coming up in the field
  • Responsible for design and maintenance of current habitats
  • Maintain daily files and records on animals in written and computerized form
  • Work with team to identify opportunities to educate guests on conservation issues
  • Perform all physical aspects of the job, including shoveling snow, raking and hauling mulch, gutting exhibits, re-perching bird enclosures, clearing overgrowth and conducting pool drains and cleans, etc.
  • Present formal and informal wildlife programs to the general public and groups, at the museum and off-site, and interact with guests to answer questions
  • Serve as the point person on several on-going projects and/or functions with in the department.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Serve on staff ad-hoc committees when needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent observational and record keeping skills with great attention to detail
  • Computer skills in MS Word with a background in Species 360 record keeping
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation with and without a microphone
  • A welcoming, professional, and gracious demeanor
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be flexible and highly dependable

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Animal Science, or related field preferred
  • Experience and knowledge in working with captive animals; preferably in a zoo/museum/aquarium setting including but not exclusive to birds of prey, medium to large carnivore, small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects
  • Must be able to climb a 5-foot ladder
  • Ability t work outdoors in all conditions, including to assist with snow removal
  • Must be able to move quickly and position oneself in order to capture animals in exhibits and on museum grounds using hand nets and/or snares
  • Must be able to use a variety of tools (hand and power) and to operate motor vehicles safely
  • Must be fully vaccinated for rabies no later than three (3) months after hire date.

 

Instructions: Please fill out the form below to submit your application.

All applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references attached. Review begins immediately; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

 

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