Peregrine Fund Job Vacancy: Curator of Birds - Boise, Idaho

The Peregrine Fund is committed to conserving raptors and the ecosystems upon which they rely. To do this we utilize a multi-disciplinary approach; research, captive breeding, habitat conservation, and education all play crucial roles. The heart of our education program is our interpretive center in Boise, Idaho, where visitors have the opportunity to meet live raptors from around the world. The interpretive center provides a unique experience that engages the public about the importance of raptor conservation.

The Curator of Birds oversees every aspect of the care, husbandry, and training of our live avian staff. The successful applicant will be a motivated, self-starter that is dedicated to maximizing the potential of education to achieve measureable conservation results. We are seeking team-oriented person who has a proven track record of leadership and a depth of experience with live raptors.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • All aspects of care, husbandry, enrichment, training of captive raptors
  • Conduct educational presentations, both with live birds and without
  • Train, develop, and oversee personnel (both volunteer and staff)
  • Take lead in assessing and resolving avian health issues
  • Collaborate with staff to support variety of programs as needed
  • Willingness to work in a team context to develop short and long term goals for our education program as it fits within the mission of The Peregrine Fund
  • Ensure a safe and respectful work environment at all times
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, wildlife, or related field
  • An extensive knowledge of raptor care, including nutrition, proper husbandry, capture and restraint techniques
  • Extensive knowledge of positive re-enforcement training techniques
  • Experience with the science of bird behavior, operant conditioning, positive reinforcement, and enrichment
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • General or Master Class falconer preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of basic avian medical procedures, vaccinating, coping, and handling of live raptors
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of regulatory requirements and permitting as related to the care and keeping of animals in captivity
  • Experience designing and leading free-flight programs
  • Working knowledge of AZA and IAATE standards for animal management and care
Job Location: Boise, Idaho

Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Employment package will include full-benefits: medical, dental, vision, and retirement.

The Peregrine Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

All applicants should submit a concise cover letter detailing qualifications, a resume, and three job related references.

Application should be sent to:

Tate Mason, Interpretive Center Director
Email preferred:, with ‘Curator Application’ in subject line.

The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane
Boise, Idaho 83709