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Monterey Bay Aquarium


At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.


Job summary

The Aviculturist II plays an internal role in supporting the institution’s mission of inspiring conservation of the oceans by helping with the care of our avian collection, helping to supervise our aviculture volunteers and interns, as well as engaging our visitors.  The position will be part of the aviculture team that is responsible for care of all elements of the avian animal care, including holding areas and exhibits, transports, acclimations, introductions, incubation/hand rearing, record keeping and live animal programs.


Core Responsibilities

  • Avian animal care skills, including diet preparation, animal feeding, detection of avian diseases, capture, restraint, operant conditioning, transport, incubation and hand rearing
  • Familiarity and ability to cover maintenance of all avian related exhibits and holdings as defined in the Animal Care Exhibit Protocols that may involve the use of SCUBA
  • Provide appropriate treatment, under supervision of the vet, for all birds in the aquarium’s collection
  • Implementation of animal training and enrichment programs following departmental and aquarium guidelines
  • Supervise aviculture volunteers and interns
  • Record keeping
  • Public speaking, including live animal presentations and guest interactions
  • Ability to perform duties of Aviculturist I, as needed
  • Other duties as needed


Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

  • Ability to make sound judgment and handle issues/problems with minimal supervision
  • Understanding of avian anatomy, behavior, animal care management, common health problems and treatments, diets and nutrition
  • Familiar, or ability to learn, avian related LSS at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Knowledge of standard avian quarantine procedures with ability to learn and implement Monterey Bay Aquarium’s specific procedures
  • Ability to work with and communicate successfully with diverse groups of Monterey Bay Aquarium staff and volunteers
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working as an aviculturist/bird keeper in a public zoo/aquarium, preference given to AZA certified facilities
  • A minimum of two years’ experience with incubation, hand rearing, and operant conditioning of avian species, preference given to experience with similar species at Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • A minimum of two years’ experience with public speaking and/or visitor interpretation
  • Maintain proficiency as a Monterey Bay Aquarium aviculturist I or equivalent position
  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or related field or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Core Values
  • Ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull Program
  • SCUBA certification highly desired.
  • Ability to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination
  • Knowledge of flora and fauna of the California central coast
  • PC experience: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, TRACKS
  • Experience with avian rehabilitation


Hourly Compensation Range Minimum:

$23.13 USD hourly. Starting rate will vary based on previous experience and relevant skills/knowledge set.

How to Apply

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 8316487910

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