Assistant Curator of Wildlife

Organization: High Desert Museum
Location: Bend, OR, us
Job or Internship: Job

Division: Wildlife Department
Classification: Salary Full Time Employee
Pay Scale: Depending on experience
Reports To: Curator of Natural History
Supervises: Seasonal Wildlife Specialists, Interns, and volunteers

• A Bachelor’s Degree in a biological science or related discipline, three years practical experience in the animal field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
• Scholarship and interest in maintaining a detailed and current knowledge of the natural histories and important conservation issues facing wildlife species in the Museum’s collection.
• Experience and interest in interpreting animal behavior/natural history for the public, or willingness to develop presentation skills associated with exhibit animals.
• Preferred experience (wild and/or captive populations) working with birds of prey and a variety of animals including, but not limited to mammals, reptiles (including venomous snakes and lizards), amphibians, and fish.
• Interest/skills in captive management of animals for conservation and education and willingness to participate in AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) standards and programs in a Museum setting.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work both autonomously and in a positive team environment.
• Ability to perform physical tasks including, but not limited to, lifting 50 pounds, carrying, stooping, bending, extensive walking, crawling, or climbing and withstand working outside in the extreme weather conditions typical of Central Oregon.
• Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays, some evenings, early mornings, and occasional overtime.

Basic Job Responsibilities:
• Conducts educational aspects with the Museum’s exhibit animals, including training and interpretation.
• Conducts the daily aspects of animal care for all exhibit animals including, but not limited to, all cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, record-keeping, maintaining enclosures, and opening and closing duties.
• Provides input into research, planning and building assistance for exhibit design, construction, and renovation.
• Maintains inventory, food, and cleaning supplies as necessary.
• Works closely with contract veterinarian as needed and provide appropriate level of veterinary assistance.
• Supervises training of seasonal employees, interns, teen and adult volunteers.
• Oversees and makes decisions regarding all care of Wildlife Exhibits two days per week.
• Under the supervision of the Curator of Natural History, plan and coordinate animal acquisition and disposition with Wildlife team and consultation.
• Participation and development of wildlife and education programs under the guidance of the Curator of Natural History.
• Complies with all Museum policies, procedures, and safety regulations.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume or fax to us at: 541-382-5256 Attention: Human Resources.