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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

  • Assistant Aviculturist (Part-time)

    Reports to: Curator of Animal Husbandry & Wellness

    Department: Animal Collections

    Status: Non-Exempt, Part-time

    Date: May, 2024

    Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and application to Jessica McAtee, 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 RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • 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 Assistant Manager of Animal Collections – Tropical Forest & Wetlands 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.
    • 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 1-2 years aviculture experience or relevant zoo work 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.

  • Crewmember (Full-time)

    Reports to: Manager of Buildings & Grounds

    Department: Buildings & Grounds

    Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time

    Date: June, 2024

    Interested applicants should send their resume and application to Kevin Fonner, Kevin.Fonner@aviary.org.

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Buildings & 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 animals, 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 cleaning procedures and techniques preferred
    • Ability to learn the use of a variety of custodial equipment, supplies and materials

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • High school diploma or GED required
    • Some experience in cleaning / maintenance / service industry preferred

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check 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.

  • Crewmember (Part-time)

    Reports to: Manager of Buildings & Grounds

    Department: Buildings & Grounds

    Status: Non-Exempt, Part-time

    Date: June, 2024

    Interested applicants should send their resume and application to Kevin Fonner, Kevin.Fonner@aviary.org.

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Buildings & 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 cleaning procedures and techniques preferred
    • Ability to learn the use of a variety of custodial equipment, supplies and materials

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    • High school diploma or GED required
    • Some experience in cleaning / maintenance / service industry preferred

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check 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.

Internships

The National Aviary is now accepting applications for Fall Internships!

Application Period: June 7, 2024 – July 7, 2024

Seasonal onsite and remote internships are available in a variety of departments. Interns at the National Aviary can develop marketable skills, make important connections, and learn firsthand about the rewarding career opportunities available in zoos.

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Volunteering with the National Aviary

The National Aviary is accepting applications for select positions that allow volunteers to responsibly engage with Aviary visitors in free-flight habitats.

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The National Aviary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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