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Manager of Animal Collection

The Cayuga Nature Center is looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to care for and grow our live animal collection. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable about native and exotic terrestrial and aquatic vertebrate species and experienced with handling and caring for a variety of animals. The Cayuga Nature Center is home to over forty animals, ranging from red fox and red-tailed hawk to numerous snake and turtle species. Responsibilities of this position include providing proper care, feeding, maintenance, and handling of the animals, as well as training and supervising volunteer staff and designing and delivering educational programs using the animals. Requirements include Bachelor's degree in zoology, wildlife management, or related field; ability to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour events/assignments; minimum of 2 years experience caring for and handling wildlife in a similar environment (zoo, wildlife center, etc); and demonstrated supervisory or management experience. Experience with informal education at similar organization, experience presenting live animal programs, and experience working with children are preferred. Salary dependent on experience.

Founded in 1981, the Cayuga Nature Center is a public educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). The Nature Center is located in the Town of Ulysses, just north of Ithaca on more than 120 acres overlooking Cayuga Lake. Its mission is to interpret the natural history of the Cayuga Basin to a wide variety of audiences within a solid scientific context. PRI is affiliated with but independent of Cornell University.

Applications should include cover letter, resume, and names and addresses of three references, and be addressed to: Matt Sacco at Applications will be reviewed as they are received. More information is available at