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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.

Employment Opportunities

  • Senior Aviculturist

    Reports to: Curator of Animal Husbandry and Wellness

    Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time

    Department: Animal Collections

    Date: August 2020

    Please submit your resume and cover letter to Jessica McAtee at jessica.mcatee@aviary.org 

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The main responsibility of the Senior Aviculturist is to care for the animal collection and to maintain the habitats in their assigned areas of responsibility. They are responsible for ensuring that their assigned area is maintained and operated at acceptable standards 7 days a week.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    · Coordinates and maintains daily husbandry for their assigned area.

    · 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.

    · Develops cleaning protocols and standard operating procedures for the collection in their area; ensures protocols and procedures are followed.

    · Ensures acceptable daily appearance of all habitat components prior to opening and over the course of the operational day.

    · Develops an expert understanding of and employs the principles of basic and advanced operant conditioning.

    · Works with Curator of Behavioral Management and Education to create and implement individualized animal training in habitats.

    · Cleans animal habitats daily to maintain cleanliness standards, following standard operating procedures.

    · Observes animals daily and immediately verbally reports any issues to management.

    · Creates, modifies, and maintains the animals’ habitats, including identifying and implementing solutions to housing problems as they arise, with supervisor approval.

    · Identifies and troubleshoots minor problems in air-handling, lighting, and filtrations systems; reports major problems to appropriate parties.

    · Prepares and administers medical treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarian.

    · Coordinates with Senior Aviculturist – Commissary, to monitor consumption amounts.

    · Prepares food for the animals and monitors daily diet consumption for a variety of species with supervisory approval.

    · Ensures daily observations are notated in record-keeping database.

    · Coordinates breeding management to ensure targeted species have proper nest structures, nesting materials, and breeding management action plans.

    · Working with Curator of Animal Husbandry and Wellness, responsible for ensuring appropriate enrichment is given as scheduled and necessary record-keeping related to enrichment is completed.

    · Coordinates all training and coaches staff, interns and volunteers in his/her areas of responsibility.

    · Conducts daily feeding presentations and encounters for visitors.

    · Completes formal welfare assessments regularly.

    · Serves as an Institutional Representative for AZA programs as needed.

    · Responsible for maintaining animals’ physical condition including bill and nail trims and wing clips as scheduled.

    · Serves as a Responsible Party; adheres to all National Aviary established policies and protocols.

    · Interacts with visitors utilizing National Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol and promotes Visitor Engagement in their area of responsibility.

    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 Senior Aviculturist has no formal supervisory responsibilities.

    · The Senior Aviculturist supervises the work of aviculturists, assistant aviculturists, interns, and volunteers assigned to the area.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    · Ability to be a good team player and maintain a positive attitude.

    · Ability to communicate effectively and interact positively with management, staff, interns, volunteers, and public.

    · Extensive knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and practices of optimal animal care and husbandry

    · Extensive knowledge of the species, natural history, husbandry and breeding management requirements of animals that are maintained in the collection.

    · Ability to properly handle and restrain a variety of species

    · Good decision-making skills

    · Proactive problem solving skills

    · Strong oral and written communications skills;

    · Strong presentation skills, as well as the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and engaging manner

    · Strong interest in conservation and environmental education.

    · Ability to work as an individual as well as part of a team.

    · Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

    · Undergraduate degree in biology, zoology or related field required.

    · Three to five 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 check required

    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, and 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.

  • Marketing Specialist

    Reports to: Marketing Manager

    Status: Exempt, Full-time

    Department: Marketing

    Date: July 2020

    Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Megan Hinds at megan.hinds@aviary.org.

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The Marketing Specialist is a highly-creative, highly-organized marketing professional who implements marketing communications strategies and activities that attract and inform visitors, continuing measurable increases in earned revenue. The Marketing Specialist creates and manages content for a variety of channels including social media, website, and email campaigns.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Creates compelling content for and manages National Aviary social media campaigns, including researching and implementing ongoing best practices and collecting analytics.
    • Optimizes the National Aviary’s visual content through organization of existing content, taking and editing new and engaging photo/video content, and planning professional photo/video shoots as appropriate.
    • Develops and implements production of marketing communications including but not limited to advertising, collateral, direct mail, and signage.
    • Develops and manages National Aviary website and calendar content, making regular updates to ensure accuracy, and updates third party web content. · Develops and implements email-marketing campaigns.
    • Ensures brand consistency for all materials and communications.
    • Proactively updates, labels and maintains digital, visual, and print files in an organized, easily accessible manner.
    • Actively contributes to multi-media advertising campaigns (digital, print, broadcast, and outdoor).
    • 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 Marketing Specialist has no supervisory responsibilities.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

    • Excellent writing skills, and experience writing copy for marketing, sales or professional communication purposes
    • Photography experience using DSLR Point & Shoot Camera
    • Proficient using video editing software
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Social Media management or social media content creation experience
    • Experience writing content for website and marketing emails
    • Organizational skills

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

    • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in marketing, public relations, business administration, communications, journalism, or related discipline.
    • 1-3 years related experience

    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 operates a computer and occasionally moves about the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces; 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.

    POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:

    This is a full-time position. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

     

  • Crewmember

    Reports to: Director of Facility Operations

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

    Department: Buildings and Grounds

    Date: August 2020

    Please submit your cover letter and resume to Conor McGarvey at conor.mcgarvey@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
  • Education Trainer

    Reports to: Manager of Visitor Experiences and Training or Manager of Behavioral Husbandry and Training

    Status: Non-exempt, Full-time

    Department: Animal Programs

    Date: August 2020

    Please submit your cover letter and resume to Cathy Schlott at Cathy.Schlott@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.

     

Internships

* Note, as this time we are not currently accepting internship applications.

Learn more about our rewarding internship program.

Seasonal 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.

Volunteering with the National Aviary

The National Aviary is accepting volunteer applications for select positions which provide opportunities for volunteers to responsibly engage with Aviary visitors in free-flight habitats while following safety guidelines set forth by the CDC and Allegheny County Health Department.

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Become a volunteer to meet new people and engage in lifelong learning with a variety of roles and opportunities.

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The National Aviary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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