Avian Keeper

Raptor Hallow Sanctuary

Alliance, Ohio

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Pay based on Experience
Deadline Oct 12, 2023
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

At Raptor Hallow, we care for a wide variety of wildlife ranging from birds of prey, parrots, reptiles, and a few small mammals. We have a free-flight bird show in our summer season which features various hawk species, vulture species, parrots, owl species, sacred ibis, kookaburra, and many more. We also do a ton of outreach programs year-round along with onsite field trips, encounters, and camps. 

Avian Keeper

Husbandry responsibilities and daily duties include:

  • Daily assessment, observation, and monitoring of avian health, behavior and condition
  • Daily enclosure cleaning and maintenance
  • Daily diet preparation
  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of off-habitat areas (Animal Building and Commissary)
  • Provide species-appropriate environmental enrichment to enhance animals’ mental and physical well being
    • Create behavior-driven enrichment items that encourage species- appropriate behaviors
    • Monitor and record daily enrichment use
  • Implement positive reinforcement operant conditioning as the primary tool for animal training
    • Train behaviors for cooperative participation in daily husbandry care and for mental and physical stimulation
    • Build trust-based relationships and allow for animal choice and control
    • Develop training plans
  • Update digital records for avian weights, daily food consumption, training notes, enrichment use, and avian health/ behavior. 
  • Provide training and coaching to interns and volunteers

Public education responsibilities and daily duties include:

  • Engage guests on-site by presenting professional and informational keeper chats
  • Provide private animal encounters to guests
  • Assist with field trips by giving tours of the sanctuary and assisting in free-flight demonstration in our on-site amphitheater
  • Assist in performing educational free-flight shows in our on-site amphitheater (Runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day)
  • Present high quality conservation messaging at off-site educational outreach programs to inspire people of all ages to take action for wildlife conservation
  • Assist with a variety of on-site and off-site events and fundraisers
  • Answer phone calls and emails to assist guests in scheduling animal encounters, field trips, and off-site educational programs
    • Complete appropriate paperwork for each encounter/program booked
    • Update physical and digital encounter/program calendars
    • Record revenue gained from encounters/programs


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays


  • 8 hour shift, 40 hours a week
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Sunday to Thursday (will change depending on the season)
  • On call as needed
  • Weekends as needed


Bachelor's (Required)


Paid experience in a zoo or sanctuary setting: 1 year (Required)

We do not currently offer health benefits. Pay is based on experience. 


Please email a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Josh Kuszmaul, at  jkuszmaul@raptorhallow.org  if interested. 

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

Category Wildlife
Tags Ornithology