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REQUISITION #:  req1477
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EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Part-Time Hourly
HOURLY RATE:   $14.00 per hour (based on relevant experience)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 3/18/2018.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and drug test required.

The Museum Live Animal Technician reports to the Director of Operations and Facilities and works closely with other staff and external partners in providing the best possible care for the live animal collections of FCMoD. The collection includes small mammals, reptiles, arthropods, fish, amphibians, and bees. Through a partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the museum is also home to two live black footed ferrets. A working MOU with the Fish & Wildlife Service governs the care and upkeep of the ferrets. The Live Animal Technician will be responsible for providing daily husbandry of the animals, including cleaning of animal housing, feeding, and monitoring the health of the animals. The primary focus of this position is the health of the animals, but the Live Animal Technician will also be responsible for acquiring the supplies needed for the care of the animals and overseeing a small team of Live Animal Assistants and numerous volunteers who will assist in the care and husbandry of the animals.


The top candidate will be expected to have experience working with animals and knowledge of basic animal husbandry needs, but will follow official protocols and work with our outside partners in making decisions on the health of the animals in the collection. The top candidate must be a “self-starter” with a strong customer service ethic, the ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems, and deliver appropriate solutions with a bearing of patience and level-headedness. Being a team player and communicating effectively with colleagues and staff members in other departments is critical to this position.



  • Responsible for care and feeding of museum’s live animal collection.

  • Maintain and update as needed policies and procedures for the successful husbandry of the live animal collection.

  • Liaison with US Fish and Wildlife representative to coordinate care and communication about black footed ferrets.

  • Liaison with staff at Colorado State University for all husbandry questions and protocols.

  • Oversee hourly staff, volunteers, and interns in the daily operations of live animal husbandry.

  • Ensure that adequate resources are in place for daily care of live animals.

  • Responsible for acquisition of necessary supplies for live animal husbandry.

  • Coordinates with museum programming staff the use of live animals in public programming.

  • Ensures proper training in handling of live animals used for public programming.



This position trains, schedules, and oversees the work of Live Animal Assistants and volunteers.


While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit; extended periods of walking and moderate physical activity required. Use hands to feel and manipulate tools and materials, and reach with hands and arms. Employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.



  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, able to analyze situations, responding quickly to deliver effective solutions.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to keep and maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to comfortably interact and communicate with the public which includes ages ranging from toddlers to senior citizens and people with a wide variety of abilities.

  • Knowledge of basic computer skills such as email, and Microsoft Word and Excel.



  • Listens attentively to others.

  • Asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the other person’s views and assumptions.

  • Works effectively in a team environment and actively participates in joint problem solving; willingly cooperates with co-workers.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Comes to meetings prepared and on time; honors work commitments; follows through on commitments; meets deadlines.
  • Collaborates with other work groups and outside organizations as appropriate, in a proactive and responsive manner.
  • Honors the private and confidential matters of co-workers.
  • Protects the proprietary and confidential information of FCMoD.
  • Follows rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Positively contributes to problem solving and implementing changes.



High School diploma or GED and 1-2 years of proven experience and success working with and caring for a range of live animals or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience working in a museum environment a plus.



Ability to read, analyze and interpret instructions, timelines, and standard business documents. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedural guides. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers and the public.



A valid driver's license is required.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use: Because the possession and use of marijuana,

whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical

use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy. The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.