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Tracy Aviary is now hiring for the following positions:


Bird Trainer

safe_imageTracy Aviary is looking for an enthusiastic individual with previous experience working with free-flight birds, preferably in a show setting. All applicants should possess excellent communication skills and perform well in a team-driven environment. Please do not apply if you have no prior experience working with birds.

This position is responsible for the overall care of all birds in the Bird Programs collection at 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). At least one year of professional experience working with flight-trained birds.

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 carts, carrying items up to a weight of 50 lbs, etc.

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.

Position is open until filled.

To apply send cover letter and resume to Helen Dishaw, Curator of Bird Training and Education Programs – helend@tracyaviary.org.