Husbandry Assistant - Rehab

Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job


• Provide primary care and rehabilitation of raptors and shore birds.

• Assist in the care, moving, capture or release of animals as directed.

• Assist in the preparation of food, vitamins and medication for animals as directed.

• Observe animal behavior and report unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor.

• Maintain feeding and medical logs.

• Can mentor volunteers.

• Enter data into TRACKS.

• Works under the guidelines as stated in TSA’s federal and state permits.

• Understands and follows Standard Operating Procedures in work areas.

• Maintain and clean rehabilitation hospital and SeaLab rehabilitation areas.

• Assist with general office duties, including typing, filing and recordkeeping.

• Clean, maintain and store utensils and equipment used to feed and care for animals.

• Adhere to all governmental policies regarding husbandry, records, and animal health.

• Comply with safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.

• Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills.

• Provide exceptional guest service.

• Adhere to all governmental/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.

• Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual.

• Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Animal Husbandry Manual.


• Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

• Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

• Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

• Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

• Ability to compute rate, ratios, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

• Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

• Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standard situations.

• Basic personal computer skills including email, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, etc.

• Ability to give and to follow complex instructions, both verbal and written

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays on a schedule that is flexible according to the needs of the animals, veterinarian, and husbandry staff

• Ability to adjust focus (Ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to precisely follow complex instructions provided both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required.

• Knowledge of local wildlife species.

• Knowledge in the safe handling of raptors and other wildlife for restraint

• Ability to correctly calculate drug dosages.

• Knowledge in Avian rehabilitation skills.

• Ability to decide upon appropriate diets for birds.

• Knowledge of the husbandry and maintenance of native wildlife in a protective environment.

Ability to use data processing equipment, i.e. keyboard, printer

• Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in departmental areas.

• Knowledge of the anatomy of birds.

• Ability to give various types of medications.

• Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.


• Well lighted, heated and or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation

• Work could be performed outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions (rain, sun, snow, wind, etc.)

• Moderate physical activity performing somewhat strenuous daily activities of a primarily product / technical nature.

• Manual dexterity sufficient to reach / handle items, works with fingers, and perceived attributes of objects and materials.

• Work Schedule – Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include nights, weekends, and holidays.

• Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

• Distance Vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)

• Color vision (ability to identified and distinguished colors)

• Peripheral vision (Ability to observe an area that may be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

• Depth perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

• This position is subject to animal bites, stings, and impact injuries

• Minimal travel generally within a 30 mile radius.

• Minimal overnight travel by land or air – up to 10%

• Job is usually performed in a Moderate office environment with sounds from printers, computers, etc.