VINS Wildlife Position

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Wildlife Keeper

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont, is seeking a strong candidate to fill the full-time position of Wildlife Keeper. The Wildlife Keeper is responsible for all aspects of animal care for the Nature Center exhibit birds and reptiles.

REPORTS TO: Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation and Ambassador Care

JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont

KEY ELEMENTS INCLUDE: The primary job of the Wildlife Keeper is daily husbandry and maintenance of exhibit birds and reptiles. This includes daily enrichment, public programming, coordination of exhibit volunteers as well as helping to maintain the physical health and well-being of the animals including the deep cleaning of enclosures, diet prep, feeding, and enclosure repairs. The Wildlife Keeper ensures that the physical and mental welfare of all exhibit ambassadors is kept to a high standard and in compliance with state and federal permitting. The Wildlife Keeper is responsible for coordinating, training, and overseeing all exhibit volunteers. The Wildlife Keeper is an effective communicator capable of keeping detailed records, managing volunteers, and giving formal and informal programs. This position is predominantly in animal husbandry with components of public speaking and animal training.

The primary goal and priority are always the care of all animals in collaboration with other VINS staff.


  • Minimum two years of experience in a paid/professional animal husbandry setting (some Avian specific experience required)
  • Minimum one year of environmental education experience
  • Experience with reptile husbandry required
  • Confident and effective public speaker
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience handling and restraining raptors and corvids
  • Experience with animal enrichment preferred, but not required
  • Experience with basic power tools
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and traverse irregular terrain
  • Experience in a leadership or supervisory position
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office suite and Google suite programs
  • Strong attention to detail, work ethic, and personal initiative desired
  • Effective interdepartmental communicator
  • Must be flexible with schedule; weekends and some holidays are expected
  • Ability to work independently and a part of a team
  • Must be willing to work in all weather conditions (many aspects of job require being outside for long periods of time in hot, cold, and rainy conditions)
  • Must be able to see and respond to dangerous situations
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license


  • Performs daily husbandry of exhibit ambassador birds and reptiles
  • Monitors the welfare of all exhibit and reptile ambassadors on campus
  • Coordinates, trains, and manages exhibit volunteers
  • Maintains the daily care records of all exhibit birds and reptiles
  • Assists in maintaining an accurate inventory of supplies for the care of animals
  • Coordinates and reports animal health concerns to the Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation
  • Manages maintenance projects related to the exhibit care. This includes: exhibit/enclosure maintenance, proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques to lessen the spread of disease, and any projects related to the general upkeep of enclosures and building functionality
  • Works collaboratively with the VINS Nature Center Education team in support of VINS’ outreach and onsite programs
  • Performs formal and informal educational programs (Exhibit tours, feeding time, reptile talks)
  • Creating and managing a robust enrichment program for exhibit birds and reptiles
  • Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as required
  • Familiarity with principles of operant conditioning and/or willingness to learn choice-based training paradigm under the supervision of Director, Onsite and Outreach Programs

Compensation & Work Schedule

Compensation commensurate is $19/hour to be paid bi-weekly. This is a full-time position with benefits including health, vision, life, and dental offered according to the organization’s personnel policy. This position consists of a five-day work week with some changes in schedule according to seasonal requirements.

To Apply

To apply for this position, send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of at least three employer references to:

Grae O’Toole
Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation and Ambassador Care
Subject line: Wildlife Keeper Application

Position post date: January 2024

VINS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by membership dues, admission and program fees, donations, and grants.