Facilities & Animal Care Specialist
Director of Animal Care and Facilities
Date Last Approved/Revised:
Full time, Non-exempt. Scheduled for four, ten-hour days per
week, including one weekend day. Occasionally, this position will be
required to work full weekends, holidays and overtime.
ECHO’s mission is inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature, and the care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is a dynamic learning and teaching community committed to engaging diverse public audiences in dialogue; providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences to guests; and inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling good humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, creatures and guests.
The Facilities & Animal Care Specialist is a unique position that serves as a key team player
within the Facilities and Animal Care department to provide daily care for our animal
ambassadors as well as assist in the maintenance of our 36,000 square foot, software driven,
LEED-certified aquarium and science center. This position requires demonstrated experience in
both building maintenance and animal husbandry consistent with the institution’s mission of
promoting and enhancing stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. Ideal candidates must be
detail-oriented, highly organized, self-motivated and have an understanding of fast paced,
customer driven environments.
Mentor and direct activities of daily animal care volunteers/interns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform observations of animals to determine health status and initiate or confer with
other animal care staff to implement responsive care as needed.
Perform observations of animal enclosures and all related life support equipment
including but not limited to filtration systems, lighting, pumps, motors, aeration, etc.
Implements or confer with other animal care staff regarding repairs in response to
observed issues in animal enclosures or related equipment (as noted in previous bullet).
Provides implementation of proper animal care including provision of designated diets
and environmental conditions (lighting, temperatures, water quality, substrates,
Implement veterinary care based on veterinary input or reference material
recommendations; determine and administer by appropriate means, at correct
concentrations and dosages. Monitor animals’ responses to treatments.
Maintain equipment including life support systems, exhibits and all other equipment
utilized in maintaining animal habitats and animal health.
Perform water quality testing and implement measures to maintain optimal water quality
in animal enclosures.
Assist with specimen capture, collection and transportation, quarantine and introduction
to displays or holding quarters.
Provide thorough and accurate record-keeping on daily implementation of animal care,
animal health, veterinary care, acquisitions and dispositions, and equipment status.
Develop and deliver educational programs to ECHO guests and on various media
networks regarding science, natural history, captive care, and environmental
Design, install and repair animal exhibit habitats.
Custodial work: dusting, mopping, sweeping, scrubbing, window cleaning, trash removal,
periodic deep cleaning, carpet extraction, power washing, etc. in a timely manner.
Stocking cleaning/repair supplies.
Installing, maintaining and repairing non-animal exhibits.
Seasonal weed removal, mowing, raking, sweeping of exterior areas.
Maintain and repair building mechanical system, HVAC, Plumbing and aquarium life
support systems, etc.
Maintain exterior areas including parking lot, walkways, planted areas and lawns, etc.
Building mechanical and lighting controls software.
Interior and exterior building maintenance including but not limited to painting, flooring
repair, light carpentry, light electrical, signage install and repair, etc.
Interact with staff to coordinate building and exhibit repairs.
Provide quality customer service while working in high volume guest environment.
Assist in departmental budgeting, researching and purchasing of animal care and
Train volunteers and interns and other staff in provision of animal care.
Assist with building mechanical software package (WebCTRL) and building lighting
software package (Keeper Enterprise) to optimize system functions and minimize
Regular weekend and some after-hours work required.
Other duties and special projects assigned as needed.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge,
skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Experience & Essential Job Skills:
BA/BS degree in related field.
Minimum of six months experience or familiarity in facility maintenance work (carpentry,
plumbing, mechanical, electrical, etc.)
Comfort and experience with public speaking.
Minimum of six months experience or familiarity in animal husbandry with reptiles,
amphibians or fish.
Experience working in a busy, dynamic public setting.
Understanding of reptile/amphibian/fish husbandry and life support systems.
Strong and accurate observational skills.
Aptitude for chemistry and mathematics.
Carpentry, plumbing, mechanical skills.
Ability to troubleshoot facilities and animal care issues with the team.
Ability to learn building maintenance and lighting control software.
Responsive multitasker who is comfortable working in fast paced, guest driven
Able to perform strenuous work and lift and/or move at least 50 pounds on a regular
basis and occasionally more than 100 pounds.
Communication and collaboration skills to work with staff across departments.
Demonstrated customer service skills.
Appreciation for the role of a Science Center, STEM education, and commitment to its
philosophy, mission and core values.
Knowledge and passion for environmental stewardship.
Valid Vermont driver’s license.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of
those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential
While performing the duties of this job, the employee sometimes works near moving mechanical
parts and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee may work in high,
precarious places and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, risk
of electrical shock, and vibration. Regular weekend and occasional after-hours work is required.
ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes
from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Please send resume to
. Please put Facilities & Animal Care position in subject title.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018.