Background: The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) was founded in 1983 with the mission of “finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.” The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has become a leader in avian research and conservation through its successes with conservation-oriented, ecological field research on declining grassland birds, development of techniques for the reintroduction and monitoring of southern bald eagles, management of successful captive breeding of endangered species, and bird surveying across the world. For more information please visit www.suttoncenter.org.
The Sutton Center is undertaking a new project focusing on the breeding and release of the endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The breeding and raising of prairie-chickens has begun, and the new facility is expanding. Time is currently divided between managing our captive flock, preparing and transferring birds for release, constructing bird enclosures, and maintaining the property. Aviculturists will be required to participate in all day to day responsibilities.
Description: Daily husbandry including feeding birds and cleaning enclosures, participation in the development of new avian breeding techniques, maintenance of animal records, egg collection and processing, monitoring incubators and chicks, properly administering medication and managing chicks, exploring creative solutions to improve recovery challenges, constructing net cages in and outside of buildings, property upkeep, and additional tasks. The Sutton Avian Research Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience; must be detail-oriented and able to follow instructions; must have ability to lift over 50lbs and work in inclement weather conditions around ticks, chiggers, and mosquitos; must be able to work independently as well as in group settings; must be capable of working long hours in a fast paced environment; must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record. Prior bird and husbandry experience is necessary; supervisory experience is desirable and the ability to operate machinery (electric tools, mowers etc.) is a plus but not required.
Salary: Based on experience. Benefits include contributions towards health insurance, retirement account, and paid time off (PTO). There is a 90 day probationary period, after which accrued PTO is vested.
Please mail or email cover letter, resume and three references:
Sutton Avian Research Center
P.O. Box 2007
Bartlesville, OK 74005
Call 918-332-9124 for further information.