Since its inception, the Walt Disney Company has worked to connect people with animals and the natural world and inspire them to take action to ensure wildlife thrives and that nature is treasured and protected. Walt Disney once said, “Facts can be as fascinating as fiction, truth as beguiling as myth, and [we] have opened the eyes of young and old to the beauties of the outdoor world and aroused their desire to conserve priceless natural assets.” Today, that legacy is carried on by Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and Disney Conservation. Together, these teams leverage science, collaboration and engagement to inspire action and care for animals and nature locally on Disney properties, in the communities that surround them, and globally through partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
Join us as part of a dynamic team and science-based culture where our mission is to Lead The Walt Disney Company to Care for animals and the environment, Connect people to nature and Conserve our natural resources. This hourly role is an integral part of the Conservation and Science teams.
The Conservation and Science Technician will support, assist and provide technical expertise to implement animal care and conservation programs, science-based practice, novel research, and outreach at Walt Disney’s Parks & Resorts. Each Conservation and Science Technician position specializes in either 1) endocrinology, 2) behavioral husbandry and environmental monitoring, 3) animal behavior science, 4) marine or terrestrial conservation and science or 5) conservation and science engagement and behavior change. This position will focus on terrestrial conservation and science with a particular emphasis on avian ecology in general and Purple Martin (Progne subis) conservation in particular; however, we work as one multidisciplinary team to address dynamic needs where they arise across disciplines. This position reports to the Conservation Programs Manager. Please apply by visiting:
- Conducts various aspects of scientific monitoring and/or conservation field work including hormone analysis, sensory environment assessment, behavior and video observations, and ecological/community surveys to optimize animal well-being, wildlife monitoring and habitat protection.
- Collects, processes and visualizes data, and produces reports or presentations with visual appeal and clarity for partners; reviews videos; conducts literature searches, maintains databases and archival tools.
- Provides support for meetings, classes, and workshops and contributes findings for staff seminars, team meetings, scientific journals, conference presentations, popular publications, and social media.
- Develops and updates standard operating guidelines, and provides technical support, organization and maintenance for equipment and safe work spaces, and ensuring hazardous waste compliance.
- Orders and distributes supplies, maintains inventory and assists with quality assurance.
- Provides flexibility across Science Operations and Conservation teams and other science and conservation working groups to support operational and strategic goals.
- Engages with diverse Disney teams in the training and daily coordination of cast members and operating participants when on-boarding or for specific initiatives or projects.
- Supports communication efforts, helps creates original content and interactive, interpretive experiences, and engages regularly with Guests and other audiences to share our stories. Supports external partnerships to advance conservation, research, and public engagement.
- Supports and promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment.
- At least one year experience with outreach or guest interactions.
- At least one year of avian field experience, including the safe capture, handling, and banding of songbirds
- Experience working in zoos/aquariums and/or with wildlife.
- Demonstrated record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals, with at least one first-author publication
- Demonstrated computer, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills for formal and informal audiences of all ages, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.
- Experience with one of the following: behavioral or environmental data collection, laboratory techniques, or 3D printing and enrichment design.
- Enthusiasm for animal conservation and care.
- Full availability with work schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts. Willing to travel and work in remote areas alone or with others.
- Ability to support multiple projects and deadlines with attention to detail and ability to problem solve.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as within dynamic team environment.
- Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather and in view of the public. Ability to endure heat, humidity, biting insects, and other challenges associated with work in the field on associated conservation projects.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds.
- Extensive avian field experience, potentially including nest monitoring, behavioral observations, tissue sampling, tracking, or field identification by sound
- Proficiency in other languages, priority Spanish.
- Additional technical expertise that can be leveraged across conservation and science programs such as:
- Experience with movement and spatial analysis, particularly with Motus
- Advanced data management and visualization
- Familiarity with emerging technologies (e.g., internet of things, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality)
- B.S. in biology, marine biology, animal or conservation science, psychology or social science, laboratory science, science communication or related field or demonstrated evidence of ability and experience.
- M.S. in biology, marine biology, animal or conservation science, psychology or social science, laboratory science, science communication or related field or demonstrated evidence of ability and experience.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.
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