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The National Aviary is a dynamic place to work, where you can use your unique talents to help us fulfill our mission to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. We offer a variety of employment, internship, and volunteer positions in numerous departments.

If you see a position that matches your skillset, please fill out the application below, and return it along with your resume to the hiring manager listed in the job description.

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Employment Opportunities

  • Crewmember-Part Time

    Reports to: Facility Manager

    Status: Non-exempt, Part-time or Full-time

    Department: Buildings and Grounds

    Date: February 2021

    Please submit your cover letter, application, and resume to  BGJobs@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Buildings and Grounds Crewmember is an important role in the Buildings and Grounds Department. The Crewmember is responsible for creating a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for the National Aviary’s Animal collection, visitors, and staff. The Crewmember directly affects the Visitor Experience and the working conditions of staff.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Performs major cleaning of assigned areas; cleans and maintains buildings, furnishings, ground and property.
    • Performs daily floor maintenance of all main hallways and visitor space areas.
    • Cleans, sanitizes and disinfects restroom facilities and fixtures including sinks, urinals and toilets; washes windows, mirrors and walls; monitors and maintains adequate supplies in the restrooms
    • Empties, sanitizes and deodorizes trash and recycling containers.
    • Cleans and dusts furniture, air vents, doorframes, doors, walls, windows and window blinds, mirrors and baseboards.
    • Identifies and reports building maintenance needs throughout the facilities.
    • Completes special cleaning details as requested.
    • Assists with daytime events: moves and arranges furniture; opens and secures buildings; locks entrances, exits, doors and other mechanisms in Aviary buildings.
    • When working evening events:
      • Sets up and breaks down events, including moving equipment (tables, chairs, benches, trash/ recycling receptacles, pop tents, portable lamp posts, sound systems, and extension cords); opens and secures buildings; locks entrances, exits, doors and other mechanisms in Aviary facility.
      • Adheres to event guidelines and follows direction from events staff during all events to ensure high visitor satisfaction.
      • Performs frequent rounds of visitor spaces, discreetly tidying and pulling trash/ recycling as necessary.
    • Works with Animal Programs in the cleaning and maintenance of off-exhibit holding.
    • Performs landscaping duties, as needed, including maintenance of grounds, parking lot, sidewalks, and snow removal.
    • Assists with other departments, including but not limited to special events, as needed to support operations
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures
  • Crewmember- Full Time

    Reports to: Facility Manager

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-Time

    Date: March 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to BGJobs@aviary.org

    Summary/Objective:

    Buildings and Grounds Crewmember is an important role in the Buildings and Grounds Department. The Crewmember is responsible for creating a clean, safe, disinfected and comfortable environment for the National Aviary’s Animal collection, visitors, and staff. The Crewmember directly affects the Visitor Experience and the working conditions of staff.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Performs major cleaning and disinfecting of assigned areas; cleans and maintains buildings, furnishings, ground and property.
    • Performs daily floor maintenance of all main hallways and visitor space areas.
    • Cleans, sanitizes and disinfects restroom facilities and fixtures including sinks, urinals and toilets; washes windows, mirrors and walls; monitors and maintains adequate supplies in the restrooms
    • Adheres to sanitization practices and schedules as directed
    • Empties, sanitizes and deodorizes trash and recycling containers.
    • Cleans and dusts furniture, air vents, doorframes, doors, walls, windows and window blinds, mirrors and baseboards.
    • Identifies and reports building maintenance needs throughout the facilities
    • Completes special cleaning details as requested.
    • Assists with daytime events: moves and arranges furniture; opens and secures buildings; locks entrances, exits, doors and other mechanisms in Aviary buildings.
    • When working evening events:
      • Sets up and breaks down events, including moving equipment (tables, chairs, benches, trash/ recycling receptacles, pop tents, portable lamp posts, sound systems, and extension cords); opens and secures buildings; locks entrances, exits, doors and other mechanisms in Aviary facility.
      • Adheres to event guidelines and follows direction from events staff during all events to ensure high visitor satisfaction.
      • Performs frequent rounds of visitor spaces, discreetly tidying and pulling trash/ recycling as necessary.
    • Works with Animal Programs in the cleaning and maintenance of off-exhibit holding.
    • Performs landscaping duties, as needed, including maintenance of grounds, parking lot, sidewalks, and snow removal.
    • Assists with other departments, including but not limited to special events, as needed to support operations
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing National Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol
    • Adheres to and models National Aviary and OSHA safety policies including, but not limited to disinfection procedures, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) compliance, Hazard Communication, PPE, Infection Control and others as identified.

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Crewmember has no supervisory responsibilities

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Ability to follow written, visual, and verbal instructions
    • Good communication skills
    • Knowledge of janitorial procedures and techniques preferred
    • Knowledge of safe work principles and practices
    • Ability to learn the use of a variety of custodial equipment, supplies and materials

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • High school diploma or GED required
    • Minimum of 1 year of experience in janitorial / maintenance / service industry preferred

     OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly positions self to complete cleaning projects, including under and around equipment and furniture. The employee frequently moves equipment weighing up to 50 pounds across the facility. The employee occasionally ascends and descends ladders. The employee occasionally operates hand and power equipment.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Work environments will include climate-controlled facilities, public areas where the noise level may be loud, and outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK.

    The candidate must have a flexible schedule and be able to work on weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings, as job duties demand.

  • Education Trainer

    Reports to: Senior Manager of Animal Programs

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-time

    Date: July 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to Christa Gaus, Senior Manager of Animal Programs at Christa.Gaus@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The National Aviary’s Education Trainers are part of a dynamic and energetic Animal Programs Department performing all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. Working closely with the organization’s Ambassador Animal Collection, Education Trainers actively develop and participate in optimal animal husbandry, enrichment, training and handling animals; facilitate education classes, tours, events and experiences; perform in the National Aviary’s scripted free-flight interactive experiences;  and assist with program development.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Promotes and protects the welfare of the ambassador animal collection by practicing excellent animal husbandry and enrichment, following established standard operating procedures.
    • Develops a strong understanding of and employs the principles of basic and advanced operant conditioning.
    • Provides production assistance and performs in scripted indoor and outdoor free-flight interactive experiences and encounters.
    • Identifies, initiates, and ensures completion of habitat maintenance and improvement projects.
    • Maintains a strong understanding of the principles that underlie animal welfare in the zoological field and supports the National Aviary’s Animal Welfare Program.
    • Maintains an understanding of the welfare indicators for the species and individual animals under their care.
    • Maintains awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and environment, and appreciates each animal’s natural history and personal story.
    • Completes formal welfare assessments regularly.
    • Facilitates education offerings (including classes, tours, events, and experiences) for visitors, schools, scouts, organized youth organizations and adult groups as needed, on-site and off-site.
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures.
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing National Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

     SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • The Education Trainer has no formal supervisory responsibilities. The Education Trainer may mentor interns and volunteers.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Ability to be a good team player and maintain a positive attitude.
    • Strong presentation and interpretation skills, as well as the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and engaging manner
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to organize and complete projects in a timely manner, using initiative and proper professional judgment; ability to work independently and as a team

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • Undergraduate degree in Zoological Sciences, Environmental Education, or similar field required
    • 1 year relevant professional experience in a zoo, nature center, museum, or other informal learning center
    • 1 year previous animal handling experience, with considerable knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and practices of animal care and husbandry; avian training experience using operant conditioning strongly desired

     

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check
    • Valid Driver’s License and ability to pass Department of Motor Vehicles check

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly positions self to complete cleaning and maintenance of habitats and exhibits, including under and around obstacles. The employee regularly transports crates and supplies up to 50 pounds. The employee regularly uses utensils and tools including knives, scissors, hoses, falconry equipment. The employee regularly operates hand and power equipment.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces, public areas where the noise level may be loud, and outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation. The employee is regularly exposed to various disinfecting agents and common allergens such as latex, nuts, and seafood.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:

    This is a full-time position.  The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

  • Aviculturist

    Reports to: Curator of Animal Husbandry and Wellness

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-time

    Date: July 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to Jesse McAtee, Curator of Animal Husbandry and Wellness at Jessica.McAtee@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Aviculturist assists the Senior Aviculturists with husbandry, training, enrichment, and visitor engagement pertaining to the birds and mammals at the National Aviary. The Aviculturist acts as the primary point of contact in the absence of the Senior Aviculturist.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Supports the Senior Aviculturist in the husbandry of the animals in the assigned area, including cleaning, enriching, training and other initiatives as determined by the Senior Aviculturist or management.
    • Cleans animal habitats as needed to maintain cleanliness standards, following standard operating procedures.
    • Observes animals daily and immediately reports any issues.
    • Ensures acceptable daily appearance of all habitat components prior to opening and over the course of the operational day.
    • Maintains an understanding of the principles that underlie animal welfare in the zoological field and supports the National Aviary’s Animal Welfare Program.
    • Maintains an understanding of the welfare indicators for the species and individual animals under their care.
    • Assists in the modification and maintenance of habitats, including identifying and implementing solutions to housing problems with supervisory approval.
    • Identifies and communicates minor problems in air-handling, lighting, and filtrations systems.
    • Provides approved enrichment to all animals in a given area on the proper schedule and completes necessary record-keeping related to enrichment.
    • Conducts daily feeding presentations and encounters for visitors as assigned.
    • Develops a proficient understanding of and employs the principles of  basic operant conditioning.
    • Works with Curator of Behavioral Management and Education to train animals in habitats.
    • Trains and oversees assistant aviculturists, interns, and volunteers.
    • Prepares food for the animals and monitors daily diet consumption for a variety of species with supervisory approval.
    • Performs welfare assessments as assigned.
    • Notates daily observations in record-keeping database.
    • Prepares and administers medical treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarian.
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures.
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing National Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol.

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • The Aviculturist has no formal supervisory responsibilities.
    • The Aviculturist may direct the day-to-day work of the Assistant Aviculturist, volunteers, and interns in the absence of the Senior Aviculturist.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Ability to be a good team player and maintain a positive attitude.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Able to work effectively as part of a team and in performance of individual tasks
    • Self-motivated and able to learn the different aspects of animal husbandry, care, and behavior
    • Considerable knowledge of the species’ natural history, breeding and husbandry requirements of animals that are maintained in the collection
    • Ability to properly handle and restrain a variety of species
    • Strong presentation skills, as well as the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and engaging manner
    • Ability to communicate effectively and interact positively with the public, supervisors, and peers.
    • Good decision-making skills
    • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • Undergraduate degree in biology, animal care, conservation or related field required.
    • 1 or more years aviculture experience required

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check
    • Valid Driver’s License and ability to pass Department of Motor Vehicles preferred.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly positions self to complete cleaning and maintenance of habitats, including under, over, and around obstacles. The employee occasionally ascends and descends ladders. The employee regularly transports crates and supplies up to 50 pounds. The employee regularly uses utensils and tools including knives, scissors, hoses, falconry equipment. The employee occasionally operates hand and power equipment.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Work environments will include chilled or humid environments, public areas where the noise level may be loud, outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation, and climate-controlled office spaces. The employee is regularly exposed to various disinfecting agents and common allergens such as latex, nuts, and seafood.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK.

    This is a full-time position.  The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, and holidays and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

  • Husbandry Assistant

    Reports to: Manager of Behavioral Husbandry and Training

    Status: Non-Exempt, Part-time (3 days, 24 hours/week)

    Date: August 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to Jenny Owens, at Jenny.Owens@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The National Aviary Husbandry Assistant is part of a dynamic and energetic Animal Programs department performing all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The Husbandry Assistant performs daily husbandry tasks at a high level of care and efficiency. Daily task include cleaning habitats, feeding animals established diets, and providing enrichment.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Promotes and protects the welfare of the ambassador animal collection by practicing excellent animal husbandry and enrichment, following established standard operating procedures.
    • Assists with habitat maintenance and improvements.
    • Maintains awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and
    environment, and appreciates each animal’s natural history and personal story.
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures.

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities,
    duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • The Husbandry Assistant has no supervisory responsibilities.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Dependable and adaptable
    • Ability to be a good team player and maintain a positive attitude.
    • Ability to follow written and oral directions
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Good time management and organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently and as a team

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
    • High school diploma or GED required.
    • Undergraduate degree in Zoological Sciences, Environmental Education, or similar field or 2 years relevant professional experience in a zoo, nature center, museum, or other informal learning center preferred.
    • Experience in animal husbandry preferred.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly positions self to complete cleaning and maintenance of habitats and exhibits, including under and around obstacles. The employee regularly transports crates and supplies up to 50 pounds. The employee regularly uses utensils and tools including knives, scissors, hoses, falconry equipment. The employee regularly operates hand and power equipment.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:
    Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces, public areas where the noise level may be loud, and outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation. The employee is regularly exposed to various disinfecting agents and common allergens such aslatex, nuts, and seafood.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:

    This is a part-time position. The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

     

  • Events Coordinator

    Reports to: Events Manager

    Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time

    Date: July 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to Events Manager Jena Stock at Jena.Stock@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:
    The primary responsibility of the Events Coordinator is to book and coordinate private and corporate facility rentals; coordinate all hosting logistics on the day of the events; assist in the planning of marketing and fundraising events and provide effective presentations to prospective clients. With guidance from the Events Manager, the Events Coordinator will have a proactive and ongoing sales strategy, and will optimize scheduling of events throughout the year. The Events Coordinator will evaluate vendors who best meet the National Aviary as well as our clients’ needs for quality and value and act as primary interface with these vendors.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Supervises all aspects of hosting on-site private and special events including, but not limited to: providing event layouts to National Aviary Staff prior to the event and overseeing set-up on day of; coordinating vendors & deliveries (floral, décor, other) and valet parking if appropriate; servicing clients’ and guests’ needs throughout their events; supervising staff on site during event to ensure customer service, safety, and cleanliness standards are consistently upheld.
    • Handles inquiries regarding facility rentals by answering phone calls, immediately returning voicemails, emails and web based inquiries; inquiries regarding available space, date availability, bird encounters, catering, etc..
    • Meets with potential clients and conducts facility tours highlighting the National Aviary’s unique attributes as a private event venue.
    • Books private and corporate facility rentals.
    • Works with booked clients to plan and coordinate the details of their event.
    • Coordinates and communicates with Food & Beverage provider
    • Arranges for event security
    • Assists with set up and teardown, if necessary
    • Closes and secures building at the event’s conclusion.
    • Coordinates and maintains all documents related to special events including but not limited to, contracts and insurance documents with third parties and after event reporting.
    • Maintains accurate records related to facility rentals and special events.
    • Accurately and efficiently produces seating charts for events using All Seated software. Communicates with clients and internal stakeholders regarding seating charts in a timely fashion.
    • Maintain databases relating to events to track leads and progress toward goals.
    • Performs general daily administrative duties and assists with other departmental requests.
    • Conducts sales-related activities to promote the National Aviary for event planners, wedding planners, and potential facility rental clients and to the degree and appropriateness that ensures revenue goals are attainable.
    • Identifies and communicates key sales messages, competitive analysis and key differentiators between the National Aviary and other rental facilities. Incorporates these into sales messages and stays current with industry trends; maintains a high level of familiarity with the service offerings of other destinations in the area.
    • Actively seeks and offers ideas for generating new business. Assists in sales techniques to help implement marketing tactics aimed at boosting leads and sales.
    • Assists in maintaining budget for facility rental expenses and for meeting department revenue goals.
    • Serves as a Responsible Party; adheres to all National Aviary policies and protocols. Communicates with Incident Commander when necessary
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing National Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol.

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • While leading an event, the Events Coordinator supervises all event staff from setup to teardown including buildings & grounds, animal programs, security, etc.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, telephone skills, organization, and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated skills in event coordination including event execution, vendor relations and emergency response management when applicable,
    • Demonstrated skills in sales, as well as managing the sales process
    • Ability to notice sales trends, analyze information, and make strategic marketing recommendations
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment in various situations.
    • Ability to maintain a calm and courteous demeanor under pressure
    • Must be able to clearly convey information and respond to questions with professionalism and poise
    • Ability to interact with visitors and colleagues in a highly professional, respectful and responsive manner
    • Strong administrative skills including filing with accuracy, both electronic and paper files; and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management or related field
    • Two to five years related experience and/or training
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check
    • Valid Driver’s License and ability to pass Department of Motor Vehicles check

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly moves around the facility, including under and around equipment and furniture. The employee occasionally moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:
    Work environments will include chilled or humid environments, public areas where the noise level may be loud, outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation, and climate-controlled office spaces.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:
    This is a full-time position. Evening and weekend hours will be required as job duties demand.

  • Educator- Part time

    Reports to: Curator of Education and Public Programs

    Status: Non-Exempt, Part-time

    Date: July 2021

    Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and application to Curator of Education and Public Programs Jenn Torpie at Jennifer.Torpie@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The National Aviary’s Educator is part of a dynamic and energetic Education Department performing all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The Educator provides interpretive support and communications for the National Aviary’s exhibits, animals, and special events; provides high quality visitor engagement throughout the National Aviary’s exhibits and public spaces; and facilitates National Aviary education programs, tours, and activities.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Facilitates interpretive education and models active visitor engagement throughout the National Aviary’s public spaces and within programs and special events as assigned.
    • Facilitates on-site education classes, events, and experiences for visitors, schools, scouts, organized youth organizations and adult groups.
    • Conducts guided tours as scheduled.
    • Model interpretive education techniques for incoming volunteers.
    • Maintains awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and environment, and appreciates and each animal’s natural history and personal story.
    • Operates Birdly®, the National Aviary’s virtual reality bird flight experience as needed.
    • Monitors and reports on the cleanliness and functionality of the National Aviary’s public spaces, with attention to guest perception of all National Aviary public-facing spaces and programming.
    • Adheres to all established protocols and procedures.
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol.

    Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    OTHER DUTIES:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • The Interpretive Educator has no supervisory responsibilities.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Strong interpretation and presentation skills, as well as the ability to continually interact and communicate enthusiastically with a variety of audiences in a professional and productive manner
    • Ability to engage others, using initiative and proper professional judgment
    • Demonstrated understanding of environmental education and conservation education methods and content
    • Must be able to clearly convey information and respond to questions in a professional manner
    • Ability to interact with visitors and colleagues in a highly professional, respectful, and responsive manner

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • Undergraduate degree in Environmental Education, Education, Communications, Performing Arts, Zoological Sciences or related field or 2-4 years related experience
    • Previous experience in an education department in a zoo, nature center, museum, or other informal learning center a plus

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification
    • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check
    • Valid Driver’s License and ability to pass Department of Motor Vehicles check required

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly moves about the office and exhibits. The employee is regularly required to stand for extended periods of time in immersive habitats year round and to assist guests getting on and off of Birdly® as needed. The employee must be able to operate mechanical and technical equipment as trained.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces, public areas where the noise level may be loud, and outdoors where work may need to be performed in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK.

    This is a part-time position.  The employee must be able to work weekdays, weekends and holidays as scheduled. Occasional evenings and offsite work may be required.

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