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  • Assistant Director of Recreational Services, Iowa Raptor Project

    • Employer: The University of Iowa
      Location: Iowa City, IA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/23/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Recreational Services at the University of Iowa is seeking an Assistant Director of Recreational Services for the Iowa Raptor Project (IRP).  This position will direct the daily operations of the raptor housing facilities and related programs of the IRP at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.  Specific duties to include:

    • Developing and managing husbandry program to assure compliance with accrediting and regulatory organizations.
    • Overseeing and/or conducting the daily training of educational raptors.
    • Overseeing the training of staff and/or University students and volunteers on animal husbandry techniques and care.
    • Designing and developing research projects that help bring understanding to raptor population needs in Iowa and beyond.
    • Designing and developing educational programs that benefit both the IRP and participants of the programs.
    • Working with Recreational Services marketing staff to design and publish brochures and manage social media for the benefit of visitors and financial contributors of the IRP.

    This position will also serve as the University of Iowa liaison with Kirkwood Community College in the management on the IRP.

    About Recreational Services:

    The Department of Recreational Services is an integral part of the Hawkeye tradition.  Part of the Division of Student Life, the department promotes and coordinates campus-wide competitive and recreational activities.  Recreational services works to provide a diverse recreational experience that encourages active lifestyles for the University of Iowa community.  The department’s goal is to support the academic mission of the university while contributing to the holistic development of each individual.

    About the Division of Student Life:

    The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 14 departments that span from Recreation Services to the office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.  One of our division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.



    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, environmental education, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
    • Current Master Class Falconry Permit.
    • Experience (typically a minimum of 3 years) providing husbandry care for raptors, developing and overseeing avian research projects, and/or conducting educational and instructional programming with raptors.
    • Demonstrated working knowledge and application of verbal and written communication techniques and relationships building skills, with the ability to clearly communication and work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.
    • Working proficiency with Microsoft Office software programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals.
    • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree or higher in raptor biology, environmental science, environmental education, or related field.
    • Demonstrated experience with state and federal Education and/or bird-handling permits, and/or with an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
    • Working knowledge of assessment methods and activities with the ability to assess research and instructional programs and review learning outcomes to ensure achievement of objectives and strategies.
    • Working knowledge of applying policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.
    • Experience working with and recruiting university and/or college students for raptor-related activities.

    All applicants must apply online via the following link in order to be considered: https://uiowa.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=19005119

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