Job Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications for:

Animal Care/Education Assistant

Primary Animal Care Responsibilities (on scheduled days)

  • Provide daily feedings to all animals in the Hinchman Science Center
  • Change and/or fill water dishes of all animals that have one
  • Mist selected tanks daily
  • Once a week, provide partial water changes of all aquatic reptiles and amphibians
  • Once a week, provide a full tank and substrate cleaning for all reptiles and amphibians
  • Twice a week provide a partial water change for all fish tanks
  • Every 2-3 weeks, thoroughly clean canister filters on tanks that have them
  • Provide medical care as needed such as outdoor sun exposure, iodine scrubs, etc.
  • Record daily feedings, care and observations in logbook
  • Ensure water and basking spot temperatures are correct and modify as needed
  • Wash and clean surfaces, feeding containers, and other tools as needed
  • Work with the Director of Education to complete goals for animal care department including an improved log book, set up of animal care room, signage, set up rock bleaching station, etc
  • Immediately inform Director of Education if there are concerns about animal health and safety or issues related to tanks, filtration, equipment, food shortages, etc
  • Help maintain a clean space for the animals
  • Clean aquarium glass as needed
  • Prepare bird seed as directed and fill bird feeder regularly
  • Perform other tasks as needed by the organization

Education Assistant Roles
The primary function of this position is focused on animal care.  Once fully trained and can perform tasks more quickly, you will also serve as an assistant for the education department.  Tasks may include such things as:

  • Organizing education supplies
  • Designing and leading animal education or feeding programs
  • Working with education team to brainstorm and plan new, exciting programs
  • Assist with teaching material development
  • Cleaning classroom and basement spaces
  • Create photos and video footage of animals for social media use
  • Perform other tasks as needed
  • Possibility of leading animal care training and programs during the summer

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Strong interest in animals and education
  • Self starter, able to work independently and anticipate needs
  • Available Sunday – Friday, timing can be flexible based on your schedule and daily hours fluctuate based on tasks those days
  • Able to life up to up to 50 lbs, stand for long periods of time, and go up and down foot stools with ease
  • Strong attention to detail and record keeping

Preference given to candidates with previous animal care experience or who are pursing a degree or career working with animals.

Salary: $15/hour with a max of 25 hours/week.  Most weeks will be 15-20 hours.

To Apply:
Please send your resume and letter of interest to Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org

Deadline: Open until filled.  Looking for someone who can start ASAP.

 

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