Alaska Raptor Center
Sitka, AK
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The Alaska Raptor Center (ARC) is the premiere avian rehabilitation hospital in Alaska. Each year the ARC admits between 200 to 300 injured and orphaned raptors, songbirds and seabirds. Along with our rehabilitation birds, we also care for 24 non-releasable avian ambassador birds. Avian Care Interns will be involved in all aspects of bird care at the ARC. This includes medical care of injured patients along with husbandry and handling of the avian ambassadors for educational programming. Interns will initially be working under immediate supervision, progressing to general supervision as knowledge of operating procedures and abilities are gained. Duties and Responsibilities • Instruction in the husbandry of keeping raptors and other birds in human care • Observation of bird behavior, knowledge of specific raptor species and how to read bird body language • Cleaning, sanitizing, feeding and basic enclosure maintenance as needed • Diet preparation for avian ambassadors and patients, along with the processing of whole prey (including deer and bear occasionally) • Learn proper restraint of raptors for medical procedures and weighing • Assisting with the rescues of injured wild birds • Training in proper handling techniques of avian ambassadors on the glove • Monitor the birds under your care and notify supervisors of any health, nutrition or safety concerns • Presentation of public education programs for visitors both on and off-site • Provide engaging enrichment for avian ambassadors
Qualifications To be successful in this position, the intern must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Candidate should have a basic knowledge of: • Avian behavior and husbandry • Safety awareness when around raptors and the importance of following directions • Working in a team environment • Engaging and interacting with the public Possess the ability to: • Clean and maintain avian enclosures • Observe and report changes in animal care or behavior to supervisors • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision • Understand and follow oral and written instructions • Communicate clearly and concisely • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers • Make sound decisions and use good judgement • Prioritize work activities and demonstrate effective time management • Have a positive attitude and be excepting of last-minute changes Education and/or experience • Bachelor’s degree (completed or in process) in biology, education or related field • Basic level of bird (particularly raptors) experience Other Qualifications • Must be 18 years or older • Possess a valid driver’s license • Have updated tetanus vaccination Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job: • Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, bend, kneel, crouch, climb and reach overhead • Lift up to 50 pounds • Ability to work in all types of inclement weather Position Type and Duration • 40-hour work week, one-year commitment • Position would begin October 2021 • Located in Sitka, Alaska Compensation • $13.50/hour • Housing will not be provided. Finding an affordable place to stay in Sitka can be difficult. Because of this we would offer you a $250 monthly housing reimbursement. We can provide you with resources for finding housing. Application Please send the following to Jennifer Cedarleaf, Avian Director at • Cover letter • Resume • List of 3 references Some information about Sitka Sitka is home to about 9,000 people and is located on Baranof Island in southeastern Alaska. The only way to travel to and from Sitka is by plane or boat. Although in Alaska, it does not get extremely cold here in the winter. In general, it is between 35-45° F during the winter months and rains more than it snows. A good set of rain gear is essential, as the annual rainfall is 100-120 inches! The summer days are long (just under 18 hours of daylight) and the winter days are short (just over 6 hours of daylight) around the solstice. Interested candidates should review visitor information such as thoroughly before applying.
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