Aviculturist needed at Frost Museum of Science

Frost science museum

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is looking for an aviculturist to provide their avian collection with excellent animal care including the monitoring of animal health, accurate record keeping, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, interaction with visitors and exhibit modification and design.

The aviculturist works collaboratively throughout the Museum and the off-site Batchelor Environmental Center in a creative environment and contributes to the efficient operation of the department.

The ideal candidate will have husbandry experience with reptiles and amphibians as they will be expected to cover these areas as well. This position works a schedule set by the supervisor, may encompass non-traditional days and hours and may be asked to report to work for animal care emergencies.

Some essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain an environment conducive to the health and well-being of all animals within the Museum’s collection.
  • Completes inspection rounds of specimens, exhibits and reserve tanks to check status and identify and report potential problems.
  • Prepares food and feeds assigned avian collection as well as cross coverage for fish, reptiles and plants in accordance with dietary needs.
  • Prepares diets and diet supplements according to established protocols to ensure nutrition and vitamin content are maintained to keep specimens at peak health.
  • Observes and recognizes medical conditions that may require attention and reports observations.
  • Maintains detailed, daily husbandry records and reviews records regularly to identify important trends.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all specimens under their care and their natural history
  • Researches species to determine established or new husbandry techniques; Conducts literature review or hands on research.
  • Assists in development of Animal Ambassador program.
  • Assists with enclosure and exhibits improvements, by designing and implementing habitat enhancements.

Knowledge, skills and abilities needed include:

  • Knowledge of diverse avian species, particularly wading and diving birds and raptors, knowledge of captive and natural history to determine correct environment and diet for maintenance, breeding and/or exhibition.
  • Knowledge of aquarium system operation including life support and the nitrogen cycle preferred.
  • Knowledge of herpetological husbandry preferred
  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot problems
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends and a non-traditional work week as well as respond to after-hours emergencies
  • Ability to follow laws and regulations relating to the care of wildlife in accordance with the Museum and industry best practices

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or environmental science is preferred. Associated degree in biological or environmental science required.
  • Previous experience in avian husbandry at an aquarium or zoo through volunteer work, internships or a full-time position (work in an AZA-accredited facility is preferred).
  • Driver’s license or ability to get one.
  • SCUBA certified or the ability to become certified.

The employee is required to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, along with climbing and reaching with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 50 to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keyword: aviculturist. Filter location by Miami, FL.

Deadline to apply is June 30.