Aviculturist Volunteer (Adult)

Department: Adults
Location: Miami, FL

Are you excited for a career-building volunteer opportunity or are passionate about working with animals? Have you ever wondered what it takes to operate a multi-species aviary? Learn the skills necessary to care for native birds and their habitat. Enrollment is open! Apply today to become a Frost Science Aviculture volunteer!  

PURPOSE: We are searching for sustained, long-term volunteers that can commit to at least 100 hours per year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Volunteer orientation is held every January, May and September. Selected applicants must complete all paperwork and attend orientation before they can begin volunteering.

DETAILS: The Aviculturist Volunteers at Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science will work alongside the animal care husbandry team to assist staff with responsibilities associated with exhibits and holding systems; including feeding, maintenance of exhibits and holdings, and other routine duties related to animal care.

RATE: Unpaid

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  •  Assist with daily care, maintenance and appearance of exhibits and holding areas. 
  •  Food preparation, feeding, and general animal husbandry of native Florida birds and raptors. 
  •  Complete behavioral observations and monitor exhibit health.  
  •  Assist with guest interactions and educational encounters.  

 QUALIFICATIONS:  

  •  Background or experience in biology, marine science, or animal science preferred.
  •  Previous experience with animals desired.
  •  Interest in working in a public animal care facility.
  •  Reliable and punctual.
  •  Positive attitude.
  •  Ability to work well with different personalities in a fast-paced environment.  
  •  Ability to work independently or as part of a team. 
  •  Must be 18 years or older.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:  

  •  Work activities include bending, reaching, crawling, and lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of weight.
  •  This position requires working with tools and chemicals using appropriate personal protective equipment.
  •  Work is performed outdoors with some work done indoors. 

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:  

  •  This position requires Level 2 background clearance as defined by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
  •  Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.

REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 100 hours per year on a weekly or biweekly schedule.
  • Availability in mornings preferred.
  • If selected, applicants are required to attend an orientation before they can begin volunteering. Orientations are held in January, May, and, September.

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