Entomologist I - III (Insectarium)

Provides education to the public about ABGI’s animals and exhibits when working on museum floor. Provides animal care of ABGI’s living collection at assigned facility (ABGI or Insect Rearing Facility (IRF).

 

Provides a guest experience of outstanding quality 

  • Provides excellent customer service and education of the public about the ABGI’s animal collection.
  • Answers visitor questions about the animals while on working on the museum floor.
  • Wears designated “uniform accessories” while working in assigned visitor interactive stations (Lab Coat, Chef Coat, and Field Vest, etc.).
  • Works as a team with other entomologists of all levels.
  • Maintains professional relationships with visitors, staff, volunteers, and vendors, live animal suppliers, and representatives of USDA, USFWS, and other city, state, and federal agencies.

Weaves quality entertainment through the guest experience 

  • Works in visitor interactive stations and visitor program areas on the floor of Insectarium, including live animal presentations and demonstrations.
  • Possesses a strong passion for arthropods and demonstrates this on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to follow simple recipes (with insects as an ingredient).
  • Must be able to occasionally work after hours special events (either on site or at off site locations).

Exhibits the diversity of wildlife.

  • Is responsible for husbandry at assigned facility (Insect Rearing Facility or Insectarium). This includes daily animal care and exhibit maintenance, including cleaning cages, removing animal waste or spoiled food products, new animal setup, or maintenance of breeding colonies. 
  • Prepares animal diets including daily food collection and preparations (foliage cutting, produce pickup, or animal waste products).
  • Assists with creating and updating Standard Operating Procedures for assigned section(s).
  • Compiles daily animal records, preparing reports, and delivering them to management.
  • Assures that facility maintenance in animal care areas is preformed (sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, washing containers, etc.).
  • Is responsible for completion of assigned special projects selected by animal management team.
  • Assumes a leadership role in daily assigned section. Providing calm, corrective feedback and assisting lower level entomologists.
  • Is eligible to assume additional responsibilities as the lead entomologist for an entire section/gallery within ABGI. Lead entomologists are directly involved in decision making, animal acquisition, exhibitry changes, and operational procedures in a given section.
  • Acts as assistant to management on arthropod collection trips.
  • Assists with horticulture tasks when possible.

Operates a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.

  • Responsible for reporting problems or supply needs to management. 
  • Working with entomology management team to repair problems and acquire needed supplies.
  • Adheres to the USDA Standard Operating Procedures for assigned Insectarium facility.
  • Uses only the amount of supplies necessary and treats all equipment with care.
  • Required to perform simple equipment maintenance to keep things running efficiently.
  • Acts as assistant to management on arthropod collecting trips.
  • Assists management, as needed, with administrative/operational duties.
  • Assists management with processing financial paperwork including purchase orders and purchase card expenses.

Experience: 

  • With bachelor’s degree, 2 years’ previous arthropod care experience, at a level equivalent to Entomologist II, at a recognized facility. Mandatory if promotion from Entomologist II within the Audubon system.
  • With associates degree or high school diploma, 3 years previous arthropod care experience, at a level equivalent to Entomologist II, at a recognized facility. Mandatory if promotion from Entomologist II within the Audubon system.

Physical Requirements:

  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Does involve standing and walking most of the time, but may involve sitting for brief periods of time.
  • Standing, bending, stooping, sitting and the ability to carry items weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  • Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required. 
  • Public speaking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  • Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  • Ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  3. Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks appropriately.
  4. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  5. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  6. Affinity for arthropods required.
  7. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures and humidity will be required.
  8. Exposure to outdoor conditions will be required.
  9. Exposure to hazards associated to working with animals.

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