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National Aviary

Husbandry Assistant Ambassador Animals Part time


The National Aviary Husbandry Assistant is part of a dynamic and energetic Animal Programs department performing all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The Husbandry Assistant performs daily husbandry tasks at a high level of care and efficiency. Daily task include cleaning habitats, feeding animals established diets, and providing enrichment.


  • Promotes and protects the welfare of the ambassador animal collection by practicing excellent animal husbandry and enrichment, following established standard operating procedures.
  • Assists with habitat maintenance and improvements.
  • Maintains awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and environment, and appreciates each animal’s natural history and personal story.
  • Adheres to all National Aviary protocols and procedures.

Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • The Husbandry Assistant has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • Dependable and adaptable
  • Ability to be a good team player and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as a team

Experience Required

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: • High school diploma or GED required. • Undergraduate degree in Zoological Sciences, Environmental Education, or similar field or 2 years relevant professional experience in a zoo, nature center, museum, or other informal learning center preferred. • Experience in animal husbandry preferred. • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: • Satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Certification • Satisfactory FBI Criminal Record Check PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee constantly positions self to complete cleaning and maintenance of habitats and exhibits, including under and around obstacles. The employee regularly transports crates and supplies up to 50 pounds. The employee regularly uses utensils and tools including knives, scissors, hoses, falconry equipment. The employee regularly operates hand and power equipment. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces, public areas where the noise level may be loud, and outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation. The employee is regularly exposed to various disinfecting agents and common allergens such as latex, nuts, and seafood. POSITION TYPE/ EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK: This is a part-time position. The candidate must be able to work on weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasionally in the evening as job duties demand.

How to Apply

e-mail cover letter and resume to Cathy Schlott at

National Aviary
700 Arch St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 4122589457

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