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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
  • Lead Crewmember

    Reports to: Facility Manager

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-time

    Date: May 2021

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

    Summary/Objective

    The Lead Crewmember oversees the day-to-day duties of Crewmembers to ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for the National Aviary’s Animal Collection, guests, and staff. The Lead Crewmember also ensures that all events live up to the standards established by the Aviary. The Lead directly affects the Visitor Experience and the working conditions of staff.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Prioritizes and assigns day-to-day duties to other B&G Crewmembers based on Aviary schedule
      and availability of Buildings and Grounds staff.
      • Provides guidance to other B&G Crewmembers, including monitoring performance, coaching,
      and identifying developmental needs.
      • Recommends improvements to increase efficiency, quality and safety.
      • Stands in for Facility Manager in their absence.
      • When working evening and weekend events:
      o Responsible for setup and breakdown of all 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.
      o Adheres to event guidelines and follows direction from events staff during all events to
      ensure high visitor satisfaction.
      o During events, performs frequent rounds of visitor spaces, discreetly tidying and pulling
      trash/recycling as necessary.
      • 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 and sanitizes restroom facilities and fixtures including sinks, urinals and toilets; washes
      windows, mirrors and walls; monitors and maintains adequate supplies in the restrooms
      • Empties 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 in assigned buildings and facilities.
      • Completes special cleaning details as requested.
      • Trains new Buildings and Ground staff in cleaning protocols and best practices.
    • Works with Animal Programs in the cleaning and maintenance of off-exhibit holding.
      • Performs landscaping activities, as needed, including maintenance of grounds, parking lot,
      sidewalks, and snow removal in times of inclement weather.
      • Assists with other departments, including but not limited to special events, as needed to support operations.
      • Serves as a Responsible Party; adheres to all National Aviary policies and protocols
      • 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 Lead Crewmember supervises the day to day tasks, coaches and trains Crewmembers as needed.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Ability to effectively lead others and delegate tasks
    • Ability to follow written, visual, and verbal instructions
    • Strong communication skills
    • Knowledge of janitorial procedures and techniques
    • Knowledge of safe work principles and practices
    • Ability to learn the use of a variety of custodial equipment, supplies and materials
    • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

    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
    • 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 projects, including under and around equipment and furniture. The employee frequently moves/transports 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 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.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:

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

  • 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.

  • Assistant Aviculturist

    Reports to: Manager of Animal Collections

    Status: Non-exempt; Part-Time

    Date: May 2021

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

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:
    The Assistant Aviculturist assists the Aviculturists and Senior Aviculturists with husbandry, training,
    enrichment, and visitor engagement pertaining to the birds and mammals at the National Aviary

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES:
    •Cleans animal habitats as needed to maintain cleanliness standards, following standard operating procedures.
    • Observes animals daily and immediately reports any issues to Senior Aviculturist or Aviculturist in the absence of the Senior Aviculturist.
    • Develops an understanding of the principles that underlie animal welfare in the zoological field and supports the National Aviary’s Animal Welfare Program.
    • Develops an understanding of the welfare indicators for the species and individual animals under their care.
    • Assists with enrichment for the animals and completes necessary record-keeping related to enrichment.
    • Develops a basic understanding of and employs the principles of basic operant conditioning.
    • Works with Director of Animal Programs and Experiences to train animals in habitats.
    • Assists in daily feeding presentations and encounters for visitors as assigned.
    • Prepares food for the animals.
    • Notates daily observations in record-keeping database.
    • Prepares and administers medical treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarian.
    • Works evening events as scheduled, including but not limited to: preparing habitats for visitors, presenting program animals, monitoring habitats, and shutting down habitats at the end of the
    event.
    • 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 Assistant Aviculturist has no supervisory responsibilities

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
    • 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
    • Ability to make effective presentations to visitors
    • Ability to interact positively with the public, supervisors, and peers

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
    • Undergraduate degree in biology, animal care, or conservation areas preferred. Significant coursework in related fields or 2-4 years aviculture experience may 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, 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 part-time position. The candidate must have a flexible schedule and be able to work on weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

     

  • Veterinary Technician

    Reports to: Manager of Veterinary Department
    and Assistant Manager of Veterinary Department

    Status:  Non-Exempt, Full-time

    Date: May 2021

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

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:
    The Veterinary Technician provides medical care to the patients, assists with emergencies and preventative medicine plans, maintains hospital sanitation, maintains inventory system, and assists in training veterinary interns.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Supports the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds and its goals of providing high quality visitor experiences, educational programs, and conservation messaging.
    • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures
    • Interacts with visitors utilizing the Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol. Initiates visitor engagement opportunities. Participates in visitor experiences and hospital tours.
    • 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 understanding of the welfare indicators for the species and individual animals under their care.
    • Completes formal welfare assessments regularly.
    • Responsible for proficiently getting birds out of their habitats and holding the birds in a safe and effective manner for examinations, tests, and treatments. Must be able to handle a variety of bird species from the 150+ different species at the National Aviary.
    • Continually learns and increases proficiency in medical skills such as patient assessments, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Actively participates in training sessions conducted by veterinarians and veterinary supervisors.
    • Follows hospital protocols regarding patient care, drug administration, medical procedures, medical records, and communications.
    • Responsible for performing daily husbandry and providing optimal nutrition to patients in wards following standard operating procedures. Provides approved enrichments to patients following National Aviary protocols.
    • Assesses hospitalized patient recoveries and report medical improvements or concerns following hospital protocol.
    • Assesses patient target weight, body condition, and weight changes.
    • Medicates patients daily including oral, injectable, inhaled, and topical therapies. Assists with maintaining pharmacy inventory. Dispenses prescriptions efficiently and according to
    regulations.
    • Sets up, assists, or performs diagnostic testing, included but not limited to, blood work, fecal tests, cytology, and x-rays following protocols.

    • Triages critical emergencies quickly and efficiently following protocols. Maintains ICU and assess patients daily.
    • Assists with or performs wound management and bandage changes.
    • Assists with necropsies: gross, collect histology samples, and special tests. Maintains necropsy records.
    • Implements Preventative Medicine Protocol including administering vaccinations, parasite treatments, and disease screening. Perform basic grooming of beak, nail, and wing trims.
    • Checks the status of exhibit bird health through rounds, reports, and trainer meetings.
    Communicates updates to supervisors.
    • Performs husbandry for Isolation and Quarantine patients. Follows biosecurity protocols, including foot baths, net dips, disinfecting medical equipment, medical clothing, & glove barriers.
    • Assists with bird shipment testing and medical evaluations for health certificates.
    • Maintains the hospital wards and buildings in a clean and orderly manner; including but not limited to laundry, floors, cages, and equipment sanitation.
    • Maintains the hospital equipment, included but not limited to oxygen, autoclave, hepafilters, humidifiers, and heaters.
    • Stocks and organizes all hospital rooms. Analyzes and suggests new methods to improve efficiency. Assists with purchases, unpacking, stocking, and rotating inventory.
    • Maintains medical records system and ZIMS database.
    • Assists with the National Aviary Teaching Hospital educational programs by training pre-veterinary, veterinary, and veterinary technician students in basic animal care skills and standard zoo protocols.
    • Participates in hospital scheduling meetings to implement medical plans and projects. Works closely with other Vet Tech I’s in the team to give project progress reports to supervisors.
    • Maintains a high level of professional work behavior and conduct. Promotes team-work and positive communication. Regularly communicates with supervisory staff reporting patient assessments and discussing any concerns or questions.

    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 Veterinary Technician has no supervisory responsibilities.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Knowledgeable and experienced in hospital departments: Hospital Wards, ICU, Isolation, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Necropsy, Radiology, Surgery & Anesthesia, Quarantine, Shipments, Central Supply, Medical Records, Hospital Maintenance, Intern Programs, and Visitor Programs.
    • Competency in the following avian medicine skills, including but not limited to, physical examinations, diagnostic testing, radiographs, and pharmacy.
    • Knowledgeable and experienced with handling a variety of avian species, their natural biology, behavior, husbandry, nutrition, and enrichment requirements.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.• Computer and medical records skills.
    • Familiarity with ZIMS database preferred.
    • Strong presentation skills, as well as the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and engaging manner
    • Familiarity with standard zoo practices including quarantine, preventative medicine, health certificates, breeding programs, and operant training.

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • Minimum requirement of 1 year of zoo, wildlife rehabilitation, or hospital experience is preferred.
    • Veterinary Technician Associate Degree or Zoo Animal Technology Associate Degree 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 must possess the manual dexterity required to perform the job duties. They regularly operates surgical equipment and x-ray machines. The employee may be required to stand for long periods of time. The employee constantly positions self in 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 sharps, knives, scissors, and hoses. 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. The employee is regularly exposed to biohazards such as radiation, oxygen tanks, carcinogens, toxins, chemicals, and infectious agents.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:

    The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, and holidays and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

     

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