Organization: Texas State Aquarium
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES REQUIRED:
• 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.