Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.

Position Summary

The Raptor Care Assistant is designed to support Center staff in all areas of bird care.  This individual will participate in the day-to-day operations of the rehabilitation and/or husbandry programs of the Center’s resident raptors and provide support to the Raptor Trauma Clinic. They will be expected to maintain good communications within other departments of the Center, Audubon staff and volunteers in addition to the general public to actively help promote the Center’s programs and mission of caring for Florida’s raptors.

This is a part-time, 20 hours/week, position at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday (1/2 day).

Essential Functions

  • Provide daily husbandry of the resident raptors including cleaning and feeding.
  • Assist with the husbandry of raptors under rehabilitation as well as assist in the coordination of their releases.
  • Assist in the coordination of returning uninjured babies to their nests and/or fostering into a new nest.
  • Assist clinic staff with medical examinations, daily medical treatments, tracking bird progression in Raptor Med, and cleaning and feeding.
  • Assist in the training and supervision of volunteers.
  • Maintain and update patient records including admissions, medical and food charts, bird release location maps, daily logbooks, monthly reports, project lists, etc.
  • Participate in Audubon activities, fundraising and special events as necessary.
  • Able to communicate with diverse groups and individuals including staff, volunteers, veterinarians, donors and the general public as it relates to conservation and Center operations.
  • Assist in maintenance projects as it relates to bird care, equipment and aviaries.
  • Answer phones, assist with rescues and/or releases when needed, provide information to general public and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An Associate’s degree with related science or conservation coursework, or at least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with animals required, raptor experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work outside in the natural Florida environment, lift 50+ pounds on occasion. Majority of position is working on your feet 5-6 hours daily.
  • Individual must be flexible and willing to prioritize projects as directed from supervisor.
  • Individual must have good written and verbal skills, organizational skills, be a team player and have the ability to work with limited resources.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License and reliable transportation required.
  • Weekend hours required including Friday, Saturday and Sunday (1/2 day); some evening work or emergency response may also be required.
  • Respect of wildlife and Florida environment. Commitment to Audubon’s mission and programs.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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COVID Policy

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.

All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours.

This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.