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Tracy Aviary is now hiring for the following positions:

Bird Trainer

Job Status:  Full time, Non-exempt

Reporting Relationships:  Reports directly to the Curator of Bird Training and Education Programs, with additional oversight from the Senior Bird Trainer

Job Summary:  This position is responsible for the overall care of all birds in the Bird Programs collection of Tracy Aviary, providing a sustaining environment for the animals and an educational experience for our visitors and outreach customers.

Aviculture Duties

  • Monitor and record the health and behavior of the birds.
  • Provide all basic bird care, including routine cleaning and maintenance and occasional medical procedures.
  • Training new and maintaining existing behaviors.
  • Monitor the safety of Bird Program facilities and correct or repair mews and enclosures as needed.
  • Monitor and assure the safety of birds, staff, and visitors.
  • Mentor and supervise interns assigned to pertinent areas of work.
  • Assist Aviculture staff as necessary and perform other duties as assigned.

Other Departmental Duties

  • Perform in live bird shows and other bird programs.
  • Integrate educational philosophies and strategies of the Bird Programs Department into all programs.
  • Participate in all Bird Programs offerings, including but not limited to, outreach, tours, camps, workshops.
  • Actively attend appropriate department & institutional meetings.
  • Serve as a proactive ambassador to the Aviary and its birds through all interactions with visitors and general public.

Essential functions, based on anticipated year-round averages:

  • 30%        Bird husbandry, including preventative care health care, care of sick birds, and daily care.
  • 20%        Bird training and records
  • 30%        Participation in shows and educational programs involving trained birds
  • 20%        Routine maintenance and up-keep on bird show facilities

Job Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in zoology or related field from an approved college or university is strongly preferred (Three years’ experience in an AZA accredited zoo or aviary in an animal training capacity may be substituted).  Six months experience working with exotic animals in a training or public show setting.  One year of experience working with flight-trained birds preferred.

Comments:  This position involves physical work outdoors throughout in year in varying environmental conditions that range from excessive heat in the summer to extreme cold in the winter. Physical work requirements include lifting, bending, cleaning, use of non-motorized and motorized tools, pulling of carts, carrying items up to a weight of 50 lbs, etc.

DisclaimerThis job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of an employee assigned to this job.

To apply send resume, cover letter, and references to:

Helen Dishaw, Curator of Bird Training and Education Programs – helend@tracyaviary.org

 


Guest Services Associate

Job Status:  Part time, Non-exempt

Reporting Relationships:  Reports to Guest Services Manager and/or Assistant Manager

Job Summary:  Tracy Aviary seeks a professional to assist in our front desk for admissions, gift sales, and staffing after-hours events.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience while working in a fun and dynamic atmosphere.  Hours are flexible.  This is a part-time position, offering 10 or more hours per week at $8 per hour.

Essential functions:

  • Greet visitors with a cheerful and courteous attitude. Maintain accurate count of visitors as well as obtaining zip code information
  • Assisting with special events
  • Cashiering at the admissions gates or gift shop in an accurate manner
  • Money handling and reconciliation, proper completion of daily admissions report and deposit detail
  • Answering telephone calls/questions or forwarding calls to the appropriate contact
  • Monitoring items brought into Tracy Aviary by visitors (do not allow dogs or other pets, large balls, etc.)
  • Organization, cleaning and facing products in the gift shop as well as the other GE areas
  • Setting up and/or hosting birthday parties
  • Conducting inventory and stocking supplies
  • Providing excellent customer service and handling customer complaints professionally
  • Selling memberships

Job Qualifications:  Must speak, read and write English fluently. Must have basic math and computer skills; familiarity with Point-of-Sale systems a plus. Needs to be responsible, reliable and show up on time and as scheduled.

Comments:  This position involves lifting heavy supplies, bending, cleaning and occasional carrying of items. Must be able to work flexible hours, holidays, early and late hours, promotional events and other necessary times as needed according to visitor services schedule.

Disclaimer:  This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of an employee assigned to this job.

To apply send resume, cover letter, and references to:

Babs Vaksmundska, Guest Experience Manager - babsv@tracyaviary.org

 


Bookkeeper

Job Status:  Part time, 15-20 hours per week, specific office hours TBA, $12.75 to 15/hour dependent on experience

Reporting Relationships:  Reports to the Deputy Director

Job Summary:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the bookkeeper is responsible for performing a variety of bookkeeping and accounting duties including payroll twice monthly, financial record keeping and transactions including accounts payable, receivable and general ledger. The desired individual will have advanced experience with QuickBooks, experience working in the nonprofit setting, an outgoing and friendly personality, demonstrated professionalism and tact in communications with a diversity of individuals, strong organizational and time management skills, acute attention to detail and ability to work well with Senior Management Group.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for  all accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash receipts, payroll, and all general ledger transactions required to produce monthly financial statements
  • File any monthly or quarterly reports needed by outside organizations, including sales tax reimbursements for tax paid to vendors
  • Oversight of all office equipment, to include postage meter, Sharp copier (meter readings, allocation to departments), fax machine, etc.
  • Oversight of Petty Cash ($500 balance)
  • Oversight of all Aviary insurances (health, dental, property, car, officers, workers comp, etc.)
  • Payroll reporting to payroll service and management of related aspects
  • Reconciliation of all bank statements, prepare monthly reports P&L, assist in drafting annual budget
  • Cash forecasting on an “as needed” basis
  • Manage Aviary bank accounts to conform to FDIC limitations and guidelines. Maintain adequate bank balances (currently all funds held in savings, transfer to checking as needed for payroll and payables check runs)
  • Coordinating with Finance Committee and managing intern
  • Work with CPA on annual audit and 990
  • Work closely with Auditor in the preparation of the annual audit

Job Qualifications:

  • Advanced proficiency in QuickBooks a must
  • Nonprofit experience a plus
  • Additional proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passionate about conservation and education

Disclaimer: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of an employee assigned to this job.



Summer Camp Educator

The Bird Programs Department at Tracy Aviary seeks a mature, highly motivated educator experienced with camp facilitation to join its Education Team for a summer seasonal camp facilitator position.

The duties of this 40-hour a week position will involve preparation and facilitation of Tracy Aviary Avian Adventure Summer Camps. Additional duties may include formal and non-formal programs with youth and the general public. Such programs may include tours, interpreting at exhibits and staffing special events.

We seek candidates who are able to start the week of May 26th, and end no sooner than Wednesday, August 20th.

Wage: $9 per hour

Minimum Qualifications

  • Youth camp and leadership experience
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in the field of Education
  • Effective in working well collaboratively and managing time efficiently
  • Highly motivated and innovative, well organized, eager to take on new tasks and meet commitments

Additional and Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, natural resources, environmental studies, conservation, biology, zoology or related field from an approved college or university. Applications still working toward a degree will be considered.
  • Knowledge about regional birds and avian ecology
  • Skills in presenting to mixed groups
  • Food Hander’s Permit
  • Proficiency in word processing, layout and editing
  • Familiarity with learning assessment tools and strategies

Application Requirements

Position available starting May 26 2014. Open until filled.

Applications are being accepted immediately. No telephone calls please. Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Jenn Waterhouse, Bird Programs Manager, at education@tracyaviary.org .