Employment Opportunities

Job opening: 2/15/2024

Position: Part Time Animal Care Assistant

Reports to: Avian Care Manager; Director

Wage: $18-20/hr, DOE

Hours: 20-28 per week

Position Description

We are looking for a local part time animal care assistant to join our team.  This position will be helping clean and feed a variety of birds and will include our goats, chickens, horses, and pigs. It will also include tending to our fruit trees on a growing permaculture farm, planting new vegetable beds, fruit vines, and looking after honeybees. General grounds work and manual labor required on a professional 20 acre ranch in the Escondido-Valley Center area. 

This is an entry level position for someone looking for direct experience with animals and looking to build and grow their skills in animal care and behavior, educational programs, and team work. Assistance with education programs and growth to more hours possible. Will be required to keep up to date with our digital records in accordance with state and federal permits.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate is solution-oriented, projecting a positive attitude to help to solve problems, a robust communicator, and loves working with animal loving people as well. It is preferable to have some animal and ranch work experience and be able to work independently. Dependability and reliability a must.

Hours are a morning-oriented shift 20-28 hours a week, five days a week. Holidays and weekends required.  Applicants must be 18 years old and able to pass a background check. Additional responsibilities and qualities include:

  • Daily feeding, cleaning, and husbandry of birds
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather in uneven terrain
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Willing to follow directions and protocols
  • Willing to interact with guests
  • Have a driver’s license; access to a personal vehicle due to rural living conditions is recommended.

Send resume and references to hillary@avian-behavior.org

 

Job Opening 2/7/2024

Position: Summer Avian Care and Trainer Intern

Reports to: Avian Care Manager

Monthly Stipend: $350

Housing, laundry, and Utilities included

Must provide own transportation

Work Hours: 40 hours, 5 days/week including weekends and some holidays and evenings.

Organization summary: Avian Behavior International fosters connections with birds, people and the environment through progressive behavior management and training techniques. We specialize in free flighted avian programs and uplifting our professional community through supportive teaching practices. We are located on 20 acres of natural space in San Diego County, and exist in the virtual space through our teaching, as well as travel on outreach programs throughout Southern California and occasionally travel across the US and internationally. Through our commitment to transparency, accountability, and growth, we support our team members in growing our skills and providing the highest standard of husbandry, enrichment and training for the birds in our care.

General Description of the Position

Avian Behavior International offers seasonal internship positions in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Interns work have the unique opportunity to get hands-on training and husbandry experience with a wide variety of free-flighted birds. The position is generally 8-12 weeks and is full-time, with a small stipend, and provides housing. The intern will participate in animal care and husbandry with a focus on a diverse collection of avian species. The position will also have opportunities for growth and participation in bird training including free-flight and presentations for our education programs and training sessions.

The successful intern should possess a high level of motivation for positive reinforcement, progressive training methods and working with birds. Current students or recent graduates with course work in animal behavior, animal care, wildlife education, or related studies are encouraged.

Applicants must be 18 years old and able to pass a background check. Additional responsibilities and qualities include:

  • Daily feeding, cleaning, and husbandry of birds
  • Able to work outdoors in uneven terrain
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Willing to follow directions and protocols
  • Willing to interact with guests
  • Have a driver’s license; access to a personal vehicle due to rural living conditions is recommended.

Applicants send in a resume and references to Katie Pnewski at katie@avian-behavior.org with the subject of the email including the season of internship they are interested in and the year. ABI announces the opening of the positions on its social media pages.

If your skillset does not match each of the preferred qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. Avian Behavior International was built on an indominable spirit among choppy waters. We are interested in finding the best candidate for the job, which may be an applicant from a less traditional background.