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Animal Care Specialist


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Closing Date
July 1, 2021

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 107 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking an Animal Care Specialist for our Exhibitions department. The Animal Care Specialist works closely with the Manager, Vertebrate Living Collections to provide daily maintenance of and care for all indoor and outdoor live animal habitats at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

-Provides the primary care of animals and general maintenance of the exhibit and behind-the-scenes areas where they are housed.

-Provides care of venomous snakes and invertebrates in accordance with all NHM policies regarding handling and safety, and as assigned. Leads emergency responses for such and communicates effectively with appropriate emergency personnel.

-Maintains accurate records of animal care tasks performed and observations of animal health and conditions.

-Attends to sick, stressed, and injured animals in accordance with procedures established by veterinary and Museum staff, including medication administration, chemical safety, and emergency response.

-Interacts with visitors, answers public inquiries delivers education programs, and participates in public relations activities.

Education and Pre-requisites

This position has the following requirements:

-Demonstrated a minimum of 1-year experience in animal husbandry at a professional facility required.

-College-level coursework or accredited certification highly desirable.

-Demonstrated working knowledge of biology and health requirements for reptiles, amphibians, raptors, small mammals, and various invertebrates.

-Basic understanding of all equipment used to maintain live animals. Ability to use safety equipment and to wear protective clothing.

-Demonstrated ability to work safely around and with venomous or dangerous animals.

-Ability to work safely and efficiently around live animals in a way that promotes the well-being of live animals and staff.

-Must comprehend detailed directives and demonstrate flexibility when changes occur.

-Required to show excellent, independent judgment, and act in a way that does not cause unnecessary harm or adverse conditions for any animal.

-Must be able to act independently upon training without a lot of supervision, and act quickly and efficiently in pressured or emergency situations.

-Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, some evenings, and most holidays.

Compensation and benefits

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment to working with a diverse community. Salary range for this position is $18.00 – $19.50 with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application instructions

A cover letter, current resume, and a list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates please visit and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

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