Aviculturist, Full Time

The National Aviary is seeking a full-time Aviculturist in its Animal Collections Department.  This position will report directly to the Supervisor of Animal Collections.

Our husbandry aviculturist is expected to be experienced in bird husbandry, to demonstrate good training and public presentation skills, and maintain a work ethic that creates the best bird experience for both our guests and bird collection.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily Husbandry Coverage: Proper husbandry care is vital to the health and welfare of the bird collection, critical to the National Aviary’s role as the preeminent bird facility in the country. The aviculturist’s main responsibility is the care and breeding management of the bird collection,  interacting with the public and the physical plant in all areas of the Aviary when the senior aviculturist is absent. This person will be responsible for modification and maintenance of the bird’s housing environments including identification and implementation of solutions to housing problems if the need arises with supervisory approval. The Aviculturist will also be responsible for preparing and giving medical treatments as prescribed by the medical staff, development of cleaning protocols and standard operating procedures for the line’s bird collection.  

Coordinate Daily Habitat maintenance: The aviculturist will have a good working knowledge of the air-handling systems, lighting systems and filtration systems and be able to trouble shoot minor problems.

Maintain Bird Diets: The aviculturist will be responsible for maintaining correct daily diet amounts for a variety of species of birds in a variety of situations with supervisory approval.  The successful candidate will exhibit good decision-making skills in writing in order to maintain a healthy collection.

Maintain Bird Enrichment: The aviculturist will be responsible for continuing with approved enrichment to all birds in a given area on the proper schedule. This person will also complete the record keeping of enrichment provided to each bird and maintain records to comply with AZA requirements as needed.

The position will oversee the work of interns or volunteers when assigned to the area.


  • 4 year degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field preferred.
  • One or more years training experience with birds in a zoological setting.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and customer service skills.
  • Strong interest in conservation and environmental education required.
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and practices of animal care and husbandry.
  • Considerable knowledge of the species, natural history, breeding and husbandry requirements of birds that are maintained in collection.
  • Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.  Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, staff, interns, volunteers, and management.
  • Work may be performed both in and outdoors.  Duties require ability to work in varying weather conditions including extremes of temperature and precipitation.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical labor including lifting 50 lbs., bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, and crawling.
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain hand and power equipment.
  • Valid driver’s license is a plus.

The skills and abilities described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The chosen candidate must be able to pass the required criminal background and child abuse investigations to work for the National Aviary.

The aviary is open 7 days per week and schedules may vary.  A full benefits package is available to full-time employees, including 403(b) and Simplified Employee Pension Plan.

If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to Jessica.McAtee@aviary.org