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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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Bird Keeper (Part-time)

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of a taxonomically diverse collection within the Bird Department. Feeding and watering birds, cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining exhibits and public areas, observing animals for illness, injury, and abnormal behavior. Working with veterinary staff to monitor and treat injuries and diseases. Monitoring animal behavior and welfare. Participate in avian capture and restraint. Participate in artificial incubation and hand-rearing. Prepare animal shipping crates and paperwork, participating in internal and external animal moves. Working with power tools to build and maintain exhibits. Maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interacting with Riverbanks guests, and speaking to the public in a variety of formal and informal educational settings. May include gaining certification for and participating as a member of the Riverbanks dive team. Conducting behavioral enrichment and operant conditioning. Providing assistance and guidance to volunteers assigned to the department. Serving as a mentor to Bird department interns. Works cooperatively with other departments including maintenance, horticulture, education, and events. Performs other duties as assigned. Reports to the Senior Bird Keeper and the Curator of Birds.

Experience Required

Bachelor's degree required (in one of the Biological Sciences), and two to three years of experience working with animals, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. SCUBA and First Aid/CPR certifications are desirable. Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

Further Comments

Part-time (28 hrs/wk)


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How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website:

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210

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