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Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Avian Biologist

SUMMARY: 

This position is responsible for the rehabilitation treatments and procedures, medical treatments prescribed by staff vet, secondary rehabilitation treatments such as flight conditioning and feeding training, completion and updates of the daily logs and medical charts by coordinating wildlife staff and assuring that all areas of the WLC and Clinic are well maintained and are in order in compliance with AZA guidelines.  The ideal candidate should possess a variety of skills: organization of facility rehabilitation activities and daily husbandry activities, raptor rehabilitation experience including handling, triage, medical treatment, wildlife management and animal husbandry, public education and coordinating personnel and volunteers.  A creative thinker that can simultaneously manage the logistical side of the center such as purchasing and inventory control; and a strong ability to work effectively with various museum departments and locations. 

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborates with Vet and the Wildlife Center Manager for care of rehabilitation patients and maintenance of hospital.

  • Perform husbandry duties for the living collection in the Wildlife Center, including cage cleaning, custodial work, grounds keeping, and animal feeding.

  • Assists the Director of Animal Husbandry in maintaining standards set forth by Federal and State Wildlife Agencies.

  • Responsible for insuring that all protocols and procedures are strictly enforced.

  • Aid in the creation of innovative visitor experiences and wildlife encounters and ensure timely execution. These encounters are to be informative and become lifetime experiences for the visitor.

  • Research and implement enrichment activities for captive wildlife, keeping consistent data on the results of each activity.

  • Assist the Wildlife Manager in the husbandry of all captive animals, maintenance of enclosures and exhibits, as well as skills necessary to perform keeper duties on a regular basis.

  • Assist the veterinarian in medical, surgical; prepares patients for surgery; administers anesthesia; monitors patients during surgery and recovery; administers fluids.

  • Perform emergency procedures such as control of bleeding, resuscitation with oxygen and opening airways.

  • Provide specialized treatments and supportive care

  • Provides triage and works with veterinarian to follow pre-surgical diagnosis & treatment for injured birds of prey and reptiles.

  • Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams and fungal cultures; draws blood for laboratory analysis.

  • Effectively position for and take radiographs, expose and develop x-rays

  • Efficient management of medical supplies: purchase; inventory control and timely delivery.

  • Solicit donations from vendors on a regular basis and encourage visitors to help support the needs of the rehabilitation.

  • Recruit, train & supervise volunteers and ensure a positive learning experience for them.

  • Manages phone messages to ensure all calls are responded to, as well as developing a record of all incoming calls for community service data. 

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. 

  • Participates and/or assists in raptor rescue and pickup.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors Degree required, raptor rehabilitation experience required 

  • Minimum 3 years experience in professional animal husbandry

  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet assigned deadlines

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills

  • Knowledge and experience with AZA accreditation and standards

  • Flexibility in work schedule frequently including weekends and holidays

  • Ability to work independently, self-motivate, and set goals

  • Ability to create, compose and edit written materials

  • Ability to collaborate, develop, and implement short and long range goals

  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.

  • Must have current drivers license

  • Ability to work in an outdoor setting that includes physical labor and exposure to the natural elements.

NOTE: Unfortunately, submissions without salary requirement cannot be considered. 

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

How to Apply

Visit http://www.frostscience.org/careers/

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Miami, FL

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