Aviculturist II or III

Organization: Alaska SeaLife Center (AZA Member)
Location: Seward, Alaska, United States
Job or Internship: Job

This position is responsible for the routine care of the avian seabird collection at the ASLC, under the supervision of the Avian Curator or Assistant Avian Curator and for supporting and encouraging avian research.


Requirements include:

A Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, biology, zoology or related and four years work experience in the avian field or the equivalent. Experience working with waterfowl and or seabird; experience training birds for educational programs; hand rearing chicks; working with eggs and incubators; and experience mentoring or supervising staff preferred.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

1. Takes part in the care of the ASLC avian collection, both eider research and seabird exhibit.

2. Prepares daily avian diet, routinely cleans of bird habitats, holding areas, food preparations areas and work areas.

3. Trains birds using operant conditioning techniques and partakes in bird training program so as to support research data collection, maintain avian health, and public education.

4. Follows established routines for bird care, food preparation and clean up, including proper habitat maintenance.

5. Possesses skills in avian handling and quarantine protocols.

6. Assists other staff in facilitating avian research sampling and data collection.

7. Maintains written and computer based records and helps to improve systems of record keeping.

8. Under the supervision of the Avian Curator or Assistant Avian Curator, interviews, recruits, trains and manages avian interns and aviculturists.

9. Fulfills a larger public speaking role than an Aviculturist II through public education VIP tours, media relations, and animal encounter programs.

10. Monitors bird health and behavior.

11. Maintains Open Water Dry Suit SCUBA certification and takes part in ASLC dive program.

12. Supports research being performed on ASLC birds within accepted research and husbandry protocols.

13. Makes improvements to exhibits and takes initiative on developing bird enrichment programs.

14. Cross trains in other husbandry areas for efficient use of staff resources.

15. Provides support and advice for rehabilitation department to aid in the rehabilitation of avian species.

16. Becomes familiar with avian food types, ordering, and supplies.

17. Uses equipment and supplies safely and efficiently.

18. Becomes familiar with maintenance and operation of mechanical systems.


This is a full time position.  Wage DOE.

Start date:  4/20/2013                                                              

Apply by close of business: 4/26/2013                                                                                                               

Send resume & ASLC application (downloadable on website) to HR@alaskasealife.orgor ASLC, Human Resources, P O Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664, or fax 907-224-6320.

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