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Mammal and Bird Volunteer

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.

adult volunteers with feed buckets for animals

Adult volunteers with feed buckets for animals. Aquarium of the Pacific

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

Tasks:

  • 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

Skills/Requirements:

  • 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

Training:

  • 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

Working Conditions:

  • 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:
    • Gloves
    • Boots for wet areas
    • Protective eye wear
    • Knife cutting gloves
    • Ear plugs for our bird barn
    • Etc.