Raptor Specialist: Georgia

Callaway Gardens
Callaway Gardens, Harris County, GA, United States
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The qualified candidate is primarily responsible for presenting educational programs while utilizing birds of prey on-the-glove and in free-flight. Secondary duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the maintenance of established training and husbandry practices of raptor collection, cleaning & maintenance of work site and animal facilities, and daily record-keeping as relates to animal care. This individual should have a strong background in the biological sciences field, experience in the handling & care of birds of prey, and experience in the presentation of conservation-based, educational programming. This individual will possess the following characteristics: Experience & comfortability with public speaking for diverse audiences Trainability in the adoption & execution of departmental policies & procedures Exhibit effective interpersonal communication skills Ability to adapt & work closely with other staff in a fast-paced environment Strong interest & dedication to wildlife conservation & education Capacity to clearly project voice Manual dexterity and flexibility Ability to efficiently multi-task Ability to focus & maintain attention to detail Other job duties include: Daily husbandry & routine maintenance of resident raptor & non-raptor animal collection Cleaning & upkeep of enclosures and facilities Implementation of on-site & off-site education program outside of birds of prey programs Provide excellent guest service Any other departmental duties needed or assigned by Manager Other considerations: Preference will be given to those candidates with prior handling and presentation experience with birds of prey in an educational setting Preference will be given to those candidates with degree in Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Zoology, or other related field Successful candidate is available to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends and holidays Applicant must be at least 21 years of age Ability to lift & carry loads 30 lbs. Qualification Summary Preferred Education & Experience: Degree in Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Zoology, or closely related field;those with completion of college level course work in related field and a minimum of one year relevant experience will be considered Experience in presentation of public programs using birds of prey in educational setting Experience in daily husbandry & routine maintenance of birds of prey Experience in the maintenance of training through use of operant conditioning techniques Excellent interpersonal communication skills Excellent oral communication during public speaking events Working knowledge of the utilization of telemetry Capable & experienced in working well in teams & with diverse constituencies, being self-motivated, working well under pressure, and being able to handle several projects at one time Possess strong work ethic, good judgment and, ideally, a sense of humor Physical Requirements: Ability to stand for hours at a time Ability to bend, lift, and carry loads 30 lbs. Ability to climb stairs Ability to hold "static" birds on glove for extended amount of time on daily basis Ability to obtain a GA State Driver's License Ability to work year-round in outdoor weather conditions Ability to work occasional early morning & later evening shifts Ability to work weekends & holidays throughout the year Critical Thinking Skills: Be able to evaluate and select among alternative courses of action quickly and accurately Be able to effectively listen to, understand, and clarify concerns & issues raised by team members & guests Be able to perform basic math functions Be able to work well in high-pressure situations while maintaining composure and objectivity, including the ability to listen carefully to and resolve guest issues to satisfaction Be able to identify potential guest issues and then develop methodologies to prevent or limit the impact of those issues Other Duties Understand and comply with all United States Fish and Wildlife Service and GA Department of Natural Resources regulations Interact with all guests and Callaway team members a friendly, service-oriented manner. Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Callaway standards, as required by scheduling that will vary according to the needs of Callaway Gardens' business levels Uphold high standards of personal appearance and grooming to include wearing a nametag when working Comply at all times with Callaway standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient operations Reliably work a schedule to include weekends and holidays, as needed Participate in daily educational programs utilizing birds of prey Deliver programs that are educational, technically and scientifically accurate, interactive, age appropriate and enjoyable and consistent with Callaway's mission. Aid in maintaining health of planted landscape in Birds of Prey amphitheater and surrounding localities Communicate with Manager regarding training challenges and successes; implement training directives as issued by Manager Assist in animal display maintenance and behind the scenes housing areas Convey educational information and ideas clearly to guests and other team members Conduct non-raptor focused environmental education programs Perform other duties as assigned by Manager Attend all meetings as required by Manager For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. https://www.applicantpro.com/j/1767217-373543
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Vicki Andrews
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