About the Audubon Society of Portland
Audubon Society of Portland has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. Through conservation advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation, we promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We are located in a 150-acre wildlife sanctuary in Forest Park, just minutes from downtown Portland. With over 15,000 members and 450 regular volunteers, we are the largest independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in the United States. Additional background regarding our extensive education, advocacy, wildlife rehabilitation, and habitat programs can be found at www.audubonportland.org.
Audubon Society of Portland has just completed a five-year strategic plan. A core priority moving forward is to infuse equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) into all of the goals and work of the organization. The Education Animal Coordinator will play an important role in achieving the organization’s EID goals through the delivery of high quality customer service, visitor engagement, and continually incorporating EID into the program.
We recognize that in order to serve diverse communities we must also have that diversity represented in our staff. Applicants of color, immigrants, and other underserved persons are encouraged to apply.
The Education Animal Coordinator works closely with the Education Director to coordinate Portland Audubon’s Education Animal Program including; volunteer management, animal handling and training, husbandry and enrichment, as well as scheduling and delivery of ambassador animal programs and community events. The job requires weekend and seasonal evening hours, as well as off-site event management.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
● Supports a team of approximately 25 volunteer education animal handlers and 30 volunteer community outreach assistants, including scheduling, handling training and evaluation, and public speaking
● Develops training plans based in operant conditioning for education birds and reptiles, including raptors, vultures, corvids, and turtles for use in educational presentations, including flight demonstrations
● Maintains equity lens and applies to programmatic work and day-to-day interactions with staff, volunteers, and the public
● Oversees husbandry and enrichment for ambassador animals
● Works with Wildlife Care Center staff to provide medical care for educational animals
● Schedules and delivers education animal programs and community events
● Other duties as assigned
● Medical insurance: 100% healthcare coverage, for employee only.
● Competitive leave benefits including vacation, sick, and family leave.
● Ability to attend free or subsidized courses at Portland Audubon.
● Substantial discount at our Nature Store, including optics.
● Opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful forests in Oregon.
Audubon Society of Portland does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Audubon Society of Portland is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals; and empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment. Audubon Society of Portland's Education Animal Coordinator is expected
to serve diverse audiences and help advance Portland Audubon’s diversity strategies. More
background on our diversity efforts can be found at http://audubonportland.org/about
● Experience handling and training raptors including hawks, falcons, owls and vultures as well as corvids
● Strong commitment to Portland Audubon’s mission to inspire all people to love and protect nature
● Demonstrated cultural competency and experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color, immigrants, and other underserved communities
● Experience delivering formal and informal programs using birds and reptiles
● Demonstrated enthusiasm and understanding of managing and engaging volunteers
● Background dealing with the husbandry, including enrichment, of captive birds and turtles
● Excellent communication, customer service, and teaching skills
● Must have a current driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle
● Must be able to occasionally travel in and around the Portland Metro Area
● Ability to work evenings and weekends, as well as travel in and around Portland on occasion
Email Submissions Preferred.
Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed employment application* to
firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Education Animal Coordinator.
*Employment application available at www.audubonportland.org/about/jobs
Alternatively, submit via US Postal Service to:
Keia Booker, Human Relations Manager
Attn: Education Animal Coordinator
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210