Animal Care Specialist I: Florida

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Bradenton, Florida
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Part Time Vacancies
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Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Position: Animal Care Specialist I, Part-time (8-25 hours/week) Department: Animal Care Reports to: Director of Animal Care Position Summary: Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Parker Animal Care Specialist I will function as part of a team whose duties include but are not limited to: daily care of the West Indian Manatee in a second stage rehabilitation facility with the end result of return to the wild, daily care of permanent resident fresh water turtles, maintenance of aquatic animal habitats, behavioral observations, record keeping, assisting the Veterinarian as needed, and daily, scheduled guest presentations. Essential Functions (Including, but not limited to): • Perform all activities in alignment with AWA, USDA, MMPA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare. • Develop knowledge in the husbandry and care of West Indian manatee, including preparing and distributing approved diets, detailed observations and cleaning the pools by SCUBA diving • Develop knowledge in the husbandry and care of freshwater turtle species, including the preparation and distribution of approved diets and conducting detailed observations. • Close observation of animal behaviors with a focus on input, output, swimming, and behaviors related to monitoring the health and welfare of the animals • Learn the appropriate way to communicate safety and health concerns. • Develop skill in animal restraint and handling techniques according to standard procedures. • Observe and develop skill in animal procedures including, but not limited to, transport and veterinary procedures. • Maintain detailed daily records and reports on assigned animals in line with USDA standards. • Develop knowledge of Museum and Animal area layout to respond quickly in the event of an animal emergency and to assist guests daily • Initiate and complete area projects with supervisor’s approval. • Develop knowledge of safety SOPs, safety concerns, and reporting protocols. • Interact with guests during daily, scheduled presentations and informal discussions. • Respond to and assist supervisor in guiding the resolution of emergency situations • Dive the pools for cleaning and safety checks following dive safety guidelines and SOPs and without animal interaction. • Safely operate rental cars, vans or trucks, hand tools, power tools, personal computers, laboratory equipment and general office equipment. • Support the values of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature • Support the values of the Animal Care team with the primary focus on the animals. • Promote a team environment. • Ability to work with all departments of the museum. Send a resume and cover letter to Due to the high volume of applicants, only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted
Skills: • Knowledge of Word Processing software and Spreadsheet software • Must have good written and oral communication skills • Must have the flexibility to work weekends, holidays and to adjust work schedule to fill in for sick and vacation shortages, the best functioning of the department and with manatee procedures, including releases. Education/Experience: • Experience in the Animal Care field through employment, internships or volunteering preferred • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) • AA degree or Bachelors’ degree in the sciences preferred. • SCUBA certified for a minimum of 6 months. Physical Requirements: • Strong swimming abilities • Must be able to dive in water temperatures as low as 72° F • Ability to lift-up to 50 pounds • Ability to bend, lift, sweep, and mop without difficulty • Possess visual acuity and balance appropriate for animal care and general safety practices. Send a resume and cover letter to Due to the high volume of applicants, only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
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Virginia Edmonds
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