Manager of Aquatic Animals (Full-time)

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) is looking for an experienced, motivated, and dynamic individual to help care for and grow our live animal collection, especially in the area of fresh and salt water, at its two public venues, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC). The successful candidate must be knowledgeable about native and exotic aquatic and terrestrial vertebrate species and experienced with handling and caring for a variety of animals. Previous professional experience with fresh- and/or salt-water aquaria is highly desired. Start date should be no later than July 1, 2018.

CNC is home to over forty live animals, including native and exotic small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes, and terrestrial invertebrates. The Museum is home to two large living coral reef systems, one representing the Caribbean and the other the Indo-Pacific. A major new freshwater aquarium exhibit focused on the fishes of Cayuga Lake is under construction at CNC, and will open in spring 2018.

Responsibilities of this position include working with other members of the Live Animal Program staff to provide proper care, feeding, maintenance, and handling of the animals (especially fish and coral aquaria), as well as training and supervising volunteers, and designing and delivering educational programs using the animals. Requirements include Bachelor’s degree in zoology, wildlife management, or related field; ability to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour events/assignments; minimum of 2 years experience caring for and handling wildlife in a similar environment (zoo, wildlife/nature center, etc.); and demonstrated supervisory or management experience. Experience with informal education, presenting live animal programs, and working with children are all preferred. Salary dependent on experience.

Applications should include cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references, and be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

About the Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) was founded in 1932 by Gilbert D. Harris, a professor of geology at Cornell University. Today, PRI houses a collection of more than 3 million fossil specimens, one of the largest in the nation, and publishes scholarly and popular books and periodicals, including the oldest paleontological periodical in the western hemisphere (Bulletins of American Paleontology, begun in 1895). It has active educational outreach programs in Earth and environmental science that serve thousands of students, teachers, and the general public throughout the northeastern U.S. and beyond. PRI scientific staff conduct original research in paleontology, geology, evolutionary and marine biology, and science education.

PRI operates three public educational venues, all located on the west side of Cayuga Lake, north of the city of Ithaca, New York: the Museum of the Earth, an 18,000 square foot facility which opened in 2003; the Cayuga Nature Center, which uses its 120 acre site and historic main lodge to provide exhibits and programs that connect visitors to the living natural world and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth; and Smith Woods, a 32-acre parcel of old-growth forest located just outside the Village of Trumansburg. PRI is an independent not‑for‑profit 501(c)3 organization chartered by the State of New York in 1936. PRI is formally affiliated with, but separate from, Cornell University. The Institution has a full‑time staff of approximately 28 and an annual operating budget of approximately $2.5 million.