Animal Care Shift Leader

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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The Animal Care Shift Leader position supports the daily operations of the Animal Care Program at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Located 12 miles from University Park in Penn State’s 7,000 Stone Valley Forest, the center is home to a native wildlife zoo, featuring over forty amphibians, reptiles, and raptors. The Animal Care Shift Leader assists staff with the supervision of volunteers, participates in and ensures the daily completion of husbandry tasks such as cleaning, water quality maintenance, food preparation, and providing environmental enrichment. The employee will assist with training the resident animals, using positive reinforcement. As Shaver’s Creek Environmental is open to the public daily, welcoming and educating visitors is an important duty. The ideal candidate is preparing for a career working with live animals in an educational setting and shows strong initiative. Basic fluency in animal husbandry, positive reinforcement, and live animal interpretation. The employee will work 40 hours for sixteen weeks from the start date. The employee must and complete all mandated IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Usage Committee) training and any required Penn State clearances prior to beginning work at Shaver’s Creek.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088