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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: Director of Facility Operations

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

    Department: Buildings and Grounds

    Date: February 2021

    Please submit your cover letter, application, and resume to Conor McGarvey at 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
  • Commissary Assistant

    Reports to: Manager of Behavioral Husbandry and Training

    Status: Non-Exempt, Part-Time

    Department: Animal Programs

    Date: February 2021

    Candidates should send their application, resume, and cover letter to Cathy Schlott at Cathy.Schlott@aviary.org

     

     

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The National Aviary Commissary 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 Commissary Assistant prepares diets for a variety of species of ambassador animals including parrots, birds of prey, and mammals.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Prepares fruits, vegetables, dry goods and frozen, raw and processed meats for regular and special diets for consumption by zoo animals; washes, cuts and combines food according to diet sheet prescribed by the animal management team.
    • Follows appropriate thawing guidelines for fish, meat, and whole prey items.
    • Butchers whole food items such as chickens, rats, cow, rabbits, and guinea pigs for individual diets
    • Measures, cuts, weighs and counts items to obtain correct amounts of all individual diet items and supplements based on animal needs.
    • Maintains sanitary food preparation areas by cleaning and sanitizing kitchen daily after diets are completed including countertops, floors and equipment.
    • Washes and stores dishes.
    • Makes goal based enrichment following the schedule prescribed by the Curator of Animal Wellness.
    • 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 Commissary Assistant has no formal supervisory responsibilities. The Commissary Assistant may mentor interns and volunteers on diet preparation.

     

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Dependable and adaptable
    • 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
    • Ability to perform basic mathematics sufficient to perform calculations in preparing a variety of diets.

     

    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 food handling and diet preparation 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 regularly uses utensils and tools including knives, scissors, scales, and food processors. The employee regularly lifts bags of dry goods or meat up to 50 pounds.

     

    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 part-time position.  The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, 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

    Department: Animal Programs

    Date: February 2021

    Interested parties can send their application, resume, and cover letter to Cathy Schlott, at Cathy.Schlott@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 as latex, 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.

  • Program Specialist

    Reports to: Curator of Education and Public Programs

    Status: Status: Non-exempt, Full-Time

    Department: Education

    Date: February 2021

    Interested applicants can submit their resume, cover letter, and application to Jennifer Torpie at Jennifer.Torpie@aviary.org

    SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:

    The National Aviary’s Program Specialist 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 Program Specialist develops formal, informal, and interpretive education programs and materials, coordinates and facilitates education programs and interpretation, actively participates in bird handling, and supports the volunteer manager to recruit, train and interface with National Aviary volunteers.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Facilitates virtual, on-site, and off-site education offerings (including classes, tours, events, and experiences) for visitors, schools, scouts, organized youth organizations and adult groups.
    • Develops formal curriculum, lessons, activities and materials for education programming.
    • Develops, coordinates and facilitates summer and winter day camp programs for preschoolers, school-aged children, teens and families.
    • Assists with the creation and organization of educational content and materials for special events, graphics and exhibits geared for children and adults.
    • Provides training, support and mentoring to staff, volunteers and interns in program content and delivery.
    • Maintains classrooms and other facilities used for programs.
    • Maintains biofacts, craft supplies, and other materials used for programs.
    • Develops and delivers interpretive educational content in the National Aviary’s immersive habitats.
    • Develops a strong understanding of and employs the principles of basic operant conditioning.
    • Uses National Aviary’s established techniques and protocols for handling and presenting Ambassador animals and for preparation and care of animals.
    • Maintains awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and environment, and appreciates and each animal’s natural history and personal story.
    • Assists with educational planning and programmatic goal achievement.
    • Responds to all incoming general correspondence and prospective and volunteer communications in a timely and appropriate manner.
    • Maintains volunteer and intern files and contact information.
    • Coordinates volunteers including daily activities and communication.
    • Assists the Manager with effective orientation and on-boarding for new volunteers and interns.
    • Supports interdepartmental efforts to increase and improve volunteers’ level of customer service, visitor engagement, professionalism, and avian knowledge.
    • Develops, supports, and monitors volunteer rewards and recognition programs and monthly volunteer spotlights.
    • Prepares and organizes materials for volunteer meetings and orientations.
    • Implements strategies for targeted recruitment, organization, and management of volunteers to meet the needs of the National Aviary.
    • Adheres to all National Aviary 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 Education Specialist supervises the work of seasonal staff, volunteers, and interns assigned to their program.

     

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Strong teaching, interpretation and presentation skills, as well as the ability to continually interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and productive manner
    • Ability to adapt and relate appropriate messaging to people of all ages
    • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands

Internships

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

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.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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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