Job Opportunity – Senior Raptor Trainer

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    Stephanie Lindsell


    POSITION: Senior Raptor Trainer

    1) Responsible for the daily husbandry and training of Ambassador Raptors
    2) Leads the Education program
    3) Ensures proper record keeping and adherence to permit requirements

    SALARY: $60,000 – $70,000
    BENEFITS: Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave, Flex Time, Partial health insurance reimbursement, FMLA

    Established in 1986 New Mexico Wildlife Center provides wildlife veterinary care and rehabilitation to injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife. The Center provides on-site and off-site wildlife and conservation education programs, often utilizing some of its 35 Ambassador Animals, to a wide variety of audiences. The Center encompasses 20-acres in northern New Mexico 30 minutes from Santa Fe.

    The Senior Raptor Trainer is a key member of the NMWC leadership team. The incumbent is directly responsible for maintaining high standards of husbandry and training for NMWC’s Ambassador Raptors and implementing Best Current Practices. In addition, the position is responsible for oversight of husbandry and training for all other species of Ambassador Animals. The position requires confidence in public speaking and the presentation of wildlife education programming.

    The Senior Raptor Trainer manages all aspects of NMWC’s education programs. The position is responsible for the supervision, training and evaluation of education staff, interns, and volunteers. The individual regularly presents education programs, engages with visitors, and acts as Manager on Duty.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management or related field; prior professional raptor training experience may be considered in lieu of degree
    • Extensive professional raptor training and husbandry experience required, CPBT-KA (IATCB bird trainer’s certification) or similar certification is preferred with a minimum of five years paid professional experience as a raptor trainer
    • Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills, including public speaking, education program development and presentations utilizing live animals
    • Ability to multi-task, working alone with minimal guidance or in a team environment
    • Strong supervisory skills; successful experience leading staff and volunteers
    • Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English
    • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs.
    • Possess or obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license

    To request a complete position description or to apply: email Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls please.

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