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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

    Reports to: Manager of Buildings & Grounds

    Department: Buildings & Grounds

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-time

    Date: January 2024

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

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Buildings & Grounds Crewmember is an important role in the Buildings & Grounds Department. The Crewmember is responsible for creating a clean, safe, disinfected, and comfortable environment for the National Aviary’s Animal Care, 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.

  • Events Coordinator (Full-time)

    Reports to: Director of Events & Corporate Sponsorships 

    Department: Buildings & Grounds

    Status: Seasonal

    Date: February 2024

    Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and application to Victoria Grace, victoria.grace@aviary.org

    DESCRIPTION:

    The National Aviary is home to one of Pittsburgh’s best new events venues! Our events team is dedicated to providing high-quality events working mainly in our newest event space, The Garden Room, which opened in 2020. As an Events Coordinator, you can learn how to create unique events in a nonprofit environment.

    The Event Coordinator will have the opportunity to work on events ranging from weddings and showers, to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, and corporate occasions. You’ll be a part of a dedicated team that provides our guests with a stress-free event. As an Event Coordinator, you will bring the guest’s vision to life while supporting the National Aviary’s work to save birds and protect their habitats.

    We support new team members with customized job training. The average day will consist of supervising all aspects of hosting on-site internal and external private and special events. This includes site tours, creation of seating charts, coordination and communication with our Food & Beverage supplier and other vendors, and assisting the Senior Events Coordinator and Director of Events and Corporate Partnerships as needed.  We invite you to join an innovative team using your event planning experience.

    VALUES:

    Share in our mission to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The National Aviary values compassionate care for all birds as individuals. When you are part of the National Aviary team, you will be immersed in a work culture of collaboration, inclusivity, respect, and continual growth.

    LOCATION:

    Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside neighborhood, the National Aviary offers a one-of-a-kind workplace with a few feathered friends! This fact-paced environment ensures that your work day will never be the same.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Acts as night of coordinator supervising events including weddings, corporate events, and private parties occurring on weekends, evenings, and some holidays.
    • 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.
    • Coordinates and communicates with Food & Beverage provider
    • Assists with set up and teardown, if necessary.
    • Provides support and acts as back up to Senior Events Coordinator and Director of Events and Corporate Partnerships
    • 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.
    • Handles inquiries regarding facility rentals by answering phone calls, immediately returning voicemails, emails and web based inquiries; inquiries including pricing, 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.
    • Performs general daily administrative duties and assists with other departmental requests.
    • 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:

    • A 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.

  • Events Coordinator (Seasonal)

    Reports to: Director of Events & Corporate Sponsorships 

    Department: Buildings & Grounds

    Status: Seasonal

    Date: February 2024

    Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and application to Victoria Grace, victoria.grace@aviary.org

    DESCRIPTION:

    The National Aviary is home to one of Pittsburgh’s best new events venues! Our events team is dedicated to providing high-quality events working mainly in our newest event space, The Garden Room, which opened in 2020. As an Events Coordinator, you can learn how to create unique events in a nonprofit environment.

    The Event Coordinator will have the opportunity to work on events ranging from weddings and showers, to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, and corporate occasions. You’ll be a part of a dedicated team that provides our guests with a stress-free event. As an Event Coordinator, you will bring the guest’s vision to life while supporting the National Aviary’s work to save birds and protect their habitats.

    We support new team members with customized job training. The average day will consist of supervising all aspects of hosting on-site internal and external private and special events. This includes site tours, creation of seating charts, coordination and communication with our Food & Beverage supplier and other vendors, and assisting the Senior Events Coordinator and Director of Events and Corporate Partnerships as needed.  We invite you to join an innovative team using your event planning experience.

    VALUES:

    Share in our mission to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The National Aviary values compassionate care for all birds as individuals. When you are part of the National Aviary team, you will be immersed in a work culture of collaboration, inclusivity, respect, and continual growth.

    LOCATION:

    Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside neighborhood, the National Aviary offers a one-of-a-kind workplace with a few feathered friends! This fact-paced environment ensures that your work day will never be the same.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Acts as night of coordinator supervising events including weddings, corporate events, and private parties occurring on weekends, evenings, and some holidays.
    • 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.
    • Coordinates and communicates with Food & Beverage provider
    • Assists with set up and teardown, if necessary.
    • Provides support and acts as back up to Senior Events Coordinator and Director of Events and Corporate Partnerships
    • 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.
    • Handles inquiries regarding facility rentals by answering phone calls, immediately returning voicemails, emails and web based inquiries; inquiries including pricing, 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.
    • Performs general daily administrative duties and assists with other departmental requests.
    • 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:

    • A 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 seasonal position.  Evening and weekend hours will be required as job duties.

Internships

The National Aviary is accepting applications NOW through March 7, 2024 for Summer Internships running May 7 – August 16.

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 volunteer applications for select positions that provide opportunities for volunteers to engage with Aviary visitors in free-flight habitats responsibly.

Now accepting: 2024 Teen Volunteers!

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The National Aviary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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