Aviculturist III

Organization: Aquarium of the Pacific (AZA Member)
Location: Long Beach, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Aviculturist III (Lorikeets/Program Animals) is responsible for the care of all animals in the collection and for assisting the Curator/Assistant Curator in the training of other staff members. The individual coordinates, trains, and assists in the recruitment of staff, coordinates the care and treatment of the Aquarium's animal collection with the veterinarinan, and is responsible for the training and husbandry of animal collections. In the absense of the Assistant Curator, the individual is responsibe for all matters relating to the care of animals and operations of the staff. The individual is expected to act as a positive role model to other staff members and must carry an in-depth expertise of natural history, husbandry and training of animals.



• Providing the highest possible quality of care to the animals in his/her care.

• Preparing food and feeding the animals. Planning diets, determining appropriate base levels and making adjustments as needed.

• Observing and recognizing medical conditions that may require treatment. Promptly reporting those conditions to the Curator or Assistant Curator. Coordinating care and treatment with the Veterinarian.

• Overseeing the training of the animal collection by developing training strategies and long-term training plans. Instructing and communicating those techniques to other staff to ensure consistency.

• Assisting the Assistant Curator in coordinating activities and communicating changes in policy to other staff working with the animal collection.

• Responsible for presentation quality by performing in and evaluating public presentations on a daily basis.

• Ensuring the proper care of equipment by adhering to a regular preventive maintenance schedule and keeping all items clean and in good working order.

• Promptly reporting all non-functional life support equipment to the Curator, Assistant Curator or Facilities Supervisor for immediate repairs.

• Assisting with system design and fabrication of holding facilities.

• Maintaining a clean and organized area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind the scenes tours.

• May occasionally provide interviews to the media under the direction of Public Relations.

• Communicating regularly with other departments, professional colleagues at other institutions and outside contractors.

• Maintaining all records pertaining to the Aquarium's collection of animals.

• Under the direction of the Curator/Assistant Curator, overseeing the selection, training, and work of volunteers and interns assigned to work with animal collection.

• Performing routinely in public presentations and animal behavioral demonstrations.

• Adhering to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.) and reporting unsafe conditions to the area Curator, Assistant Curator, or Safety Officer to be remedied.

• Gallery interpretation of exhibits in public areas. Interacting with and educating the public in a personal manner.

• Increased proficiency in general animal husbandry with collection of animals.

• Is cross-trained to work in any of the mammal and bird areas, with the ability to fully cover a shift.

• Tracking animal weights and caloric intakes and giving weekly reports to Curator.

• Tracking behavioral and physiological changes of collection throughout the year.

• Constantly looking for ways to improve operations and solve problems before they arise.

• Making recommendations to the Curator regarding the acquisition and disposition of animals and assisting in implementation.

• Under the direction of the Curator/Assistant Curator, overseeing research projects involving animal collection.

• Keeping track of food and supplies, and ordering or having appropriate person order when necessary.

• Planning and coordinating yearly physicals and exhibit maintenance/upgrade projects.

• Under the direction of the Curator/Assistant Curator the individual provides leadership and guidance with training and/or animal care of the animal collection.


• Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience.

• Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as an animal keeper/trainer (paid) in a zoological facility.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Valid driver's license.

• Possess demonstrated proficiency in the training, capture, handling, transfer and transportation of animals in exhibits and holding facilities

• Possess demonstrated knowledge of necessary safety measures (relating to animals and exhibits) required when working in and around sea otters, Pinnipeds, and other animals.

• Possess experience and skill in public speaking and media relations.

• Successfully trained multiple husbandry and enrichment behaviors incorporating all necessary steps from determining criteria to completion, which includes the ability of other staff members to be able to perform the behavior freely.


• Presenting workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs, behind the scenes tours and other interactions with public and staff.

• Higher understanding of animal care practices, such as training, quarantine, exhibit maintenance, and animal handling.

• Ability to organize and lead a team, area, or project.

• Animal transport, regulations, and breeding experience.


If you meet the requirements of this position, please apply online at http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/employment/info/aviculturist_iii by clicking on APPLY NOW at the end of the position description. You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.