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Animal Caretaker II

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago, Illinois, US
Closing date
Oct 11, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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Full time
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Job Description
TITLE: Animal Caretaker II

SUPERVISOR TITLE: Manager of Living Collections

STATUS: Part Time, Non-Exempt


We are looking for a talented and highly motivated individual to join our Living Collections team. The Animal Caretaker II assists in the general husbandry of all the species in the Living Collections throughout the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This includes permanent and temporary exhibit species, program species, feeder species and species that are part of the Academy's conservation projects.

  • Care and maintenance of all Living Collections, to include: cleaning, feeding, and enrichment.
  • Interact and work with existing volunteers and learn to train new volunteers to work with the Living Collections.
  • Maintain supplies required for animal care.
  • Interact with Museum visitors in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Previous hands-on experience working with a variety of species is highly desired.
  • Ability to work with little supervision.
  • Physically capable of lifting up to 40lbs and climbing ladders up to 3ft in height.
  • Able to actively stand for reasonably long periods.
  • Willingness to work with animal waste.
  • Willingness to work with insects, arachnids and other arthropods.
  • Willingness to feed live food when necessary.
  • Experience with aquarium/aquatic tank care highly desirable

EDUCATION: Associate degree or equivalent

SALARY RANGE: Based on experience and qualifications.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Museum: The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum serves as an urban gateway to nature and science. Located in an eco-friendly building amidst abundant wildlife and nature in Lincoln Park, interactive exhibitions allow visitors of all ages to connect with regional wildlife and public programs that inspire green living and sustainability. With a history that spans over 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences' conservation efforts study, explore and protect urban wildlife and the unique natural history of the Great Lakes region. Today, collaborative conservation programs include citizen science initiatives and habitat restoration. Our education department provides more hours of hands-on teaching inside the Nature Museum - and in schools throughout the city - than any Museum in Chicago.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer .
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