Ambassador Animal Specialist

New Mexico Wildlife Center

Espanola, New Mexico

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $19 - $22/hr
Required Experience 2 - 6 years
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NMWC MISSION:  Connect people and wildlife through conservation education and rehabilitation because a world with wildlife is a better world

CLASSIFICATION:   Full-time hourly, non-exempt               

REPORTS TO:  Senior Raptor Trainer

SUPERVISES:  Interns and Volunteers

WORK HOURS:  Five days/40 hours per week which may include weekends, some nights and holidays

SALARY RANGE: $19.00 - $22.00 per hour

BENEFITS:  Paid Time Off (PTO) 48 hours first year of employment; Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; Paid Sick Leave (PSL); Monthly Partial Health Insurance Premium Reimbursement ($300 single/$600 married); Cost of Living Bonus $300 monthly for FY2023-24

OVERTIME:  Overtime is 1.5x regular hourly rate, with prior written approval of supervisor.



  • Responsible for the care, husbandry, and welfare of NMWC’s Ambassador Animals including training, enrichment, enclosures, furnishings, diet, and Quality of Life assessments.
  • Implement and update training protocols and procedures.
  • Completes and maintains accurate reports and records.
  • Report animal care and habitat improvements to the Senior Raptor Trainer.


  • Plays an active role in welcoming and hosting program participants and visitors.
  • Leads daily animal presentations for visitors.
  • Ensures the accuracy, relevancy, and quality of Education Program content.


  • Inspect, identify, communicate, and solve with the Education team any maintenance repairs needed for the safety of animals, visitors, and staff as well as overall upkeep of the facilities.
  • Maintains adequate stock of all Education and Animal supplies.


  • A passion for NMWC’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management, or related field required.
  • Minimum two years professional experience working with mammals and raptors related to husbandry, training, and enrichment; a combination of education, related volunteer work and professional positions may be considered.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English with a demonstrated proficiency and comfort with public speaking. Spanish fluency highly desired.
  • Ability to lift and/or move 50 lbs. and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Possess or ability to obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Able to adjust plans quickly and efficiently; identify and correct operational problems quickly; able to solve problems and make decisions often with minimal guidance.
  • Experience creating and delivering conservation/environmental education programs.


Email cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to matthew@newmexicowildlifecenter.org. No phone calls please. Only complete applications will be considered. Visit www.newmexicowildlifecenter.org to view the complete position description.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education, Wildlife