To assist the Aquarium of the Pacific Avian and Mammal collections by providing support to paid Husbandry Staff. Maintaining a healthy population of animals and exhibits by feeding, cleaning, maintenance and guest interactions all while supporting the Aquarium of the Pacific mission.
Some but not all animals in collection include: Parrots, Aquatic Birds, Terrestrial Mammals, Marine Mammals, a variety of Reptiles and Amphibians
- Provides for the needs of all animals within the Mammal and Bird Department by assisting with exhibit cleaning, diet preparation and feeding.
- Maintains records, documentation, and data collection per AoP protocols
- Learning to identify abnormal behaviors and medical conditions and report back to staff.
- Learn about biology and natural history of animals and be prepared to answer questions.
- Participation in shows, presentations, meet and greets and on the floor Guest interactions
- Interpretation and crowd management
- Assist with training or enrichment of collection animals as needed
- Can include: Terrestrial Mammals and Birds, Aquatic Birds and Marine Mammals
- May assist with special projects
- Must be 18 years or older
- Basic understanding of Animal Husbandry
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Possess skills to work independently and within a group setting
- Problem solving and ability make decisions on the spot or communicate if further assistance is required
- Adheres to all safety practices and protocols
- Fire, OSHA, USDA, USF&W, Dive, etc.
- Ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift 50lbs, work in wet, hot and or cold environments
- Ability to stand or bend for prolonged periods of time
- Must be willing to remain flexible as needs within the Mammal and Bird department can change
- Some schooling in biology, related field or equivalent experience
- Desire to fulfil the Mission of the Aquarium of the Pacific
- All incoming volunteers must attend an Aquarium wide orientation, Aquarium 101 prior to start
- Hands-on 1:1 training will be implemented once volunteer is onsite, as volunteer progresses through program may see a shift in mentor
- Volunteer Manual, additional reading, meetings and evaluations will continue as volunteer progresses
- The Aquarium of the Pacific provides all PPE for every working condition, special requests can be made based on individual needs, including but not all:
- Boots for wet areas
- Protective eye wear
- Knife cutting gloves
- Ear plugs for our bird barn