Wildlife Curator

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory
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Full time Positions
$18.00 an hour DOE
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Summary/Objective This position is responsible for strategic leadership for the wildlife ambassador program and living exhibits at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (SNCO). The specialist also provides leadership for education and visitor experience programs by developing conservation-based educational programs with SNCO’s animal ambassadors. Position Responsibilities · Ensure proper daily care and enrichment of a diverse collection of animals including raptors, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. · Develop and review protocols and SOPs for management and maintenance of the animal collection, exhibits, and associated facilities. · Provide knowledge, leadership, and skills in creating, implementing, and assessing behavior goals and training plans for wildlife. · Train staff members and volunteers on daily husbandry procedures and handling and training protocols to ensure handler and animal safety and compliance with approved training and enrichment plans. · Maintain adequate inventories of all animal food, supplies, and equipment. · Ensure compliance with all federal/state government regulations as they apply to the care and welfare of SNCO’s animal collection and wildlife. Assist with permit reporting and renewals. · Lead SNCO’s wildlife support services including responding to and advising local residents and visitors on sick and injured wildlife; permitted intake, transfer, and care of wildlife. · Training volunteers and staff on best practices in caring for wildlife and working closely with local veterinarians and wildlife rehabbers. · Assist with the ongoing development and implementation of an animal collection plan. · Contribute to the development and implementation of SNCO’s wildlife conservation initiatives. · Develop and deliver natural history presentations to various audiences and age groups both on and offsite. · Contribute to the development and execution of informational/interpretive displays, signage, and living and static exhibits. · Participate in the development and execution of organization-wide special events including the annual Wildflower Show, Fungi Fest, and others. · Assist with front-line operations by greeting and checking in visitors, providing roving interpretation on campus, and responding to visitor inquiries by phone, email, and in person. · Enforce Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory’s visitor rules and regulations and provide exceptional guest service to the general public. · Contribute to marketing and communication initiatives by providing content for social media, newsletters, articles, etc. · Train and supervise employees and volunteers in animal care roles. · Other duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Work Environment While performing the duties of this job, the employee works indoors and outdoors, which may include extreme temperatures, with a diverse population and wildlife. Travel · This position requires regional travel. Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities of the employee to do this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Required Education and Experience · Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, wildlife sciences, environmental sciences, or related degree. · A minimum of three years of professional experience with raptor husbandry, handling, and presentation of public programs using raptors. · Experience in raptor training using operant conditioning techniques. · Previous experience with herpetofauna or invertebrates in captivity, is valued. · Strong grounding in the natural sciences including local flora and fauna. · Excellent communication skills; written, verbal, and listening. · Ability to adapt and be flexible with quickly changing environments. · Strong organizational skills and an ability to multitask. · Conscientious and detail-oriented; must be able to follow through with record-keeping. · Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to build relationships with constituents and partners based on integrity and trust. · Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork with strong interpersonal skills. · Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license. · Tetanus vaccine Preferred Education and Experience · Previous experience with raptors preferred.
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