Visiting Instructor of Captive Wildlife Care and Education (Flagship)

Unity, ME
Jun 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Location: Unity, ME

Category: Faculty
Posted: Jun 05, '18

Job Description:
About Unity College:

For over fifty years, Unity College has been preparing the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to successfully face real-world challenges. We believe that we should serve a broad range of students from all backgrounds across the U.S. and the world. To be responsive to the rapidly changing needs of students and society, Unity College has adopted an enterprise model as its institutional organization, expanding the college into two distinct units that offer both undergraduate and graduate environmental degrees: flagship campus and distance education.

On our flagship campus, our liberal arts curriculum is built upon a unique framework of sustainability science, the first of its kind in the nation. A distinctive approach to learning provides our students with an exceptional, high-quality education, enabling them to drive real change with leading-edge knowledge and expertise within any of our 17 environmentally focused majors. Our unique location provides extraordinary opportunities for hands-on learning and research, and active and engaged students work together with forward-thinking faculty to make true community-based learning possible. From 225 wooded acres of farmland overlooking Unity Pond in the tranquil village of Unity, Maine, we prepare each of our students to make a mark on the world.

Our distance education unit, started in 2016, extends the effects of a Unity College education to adult learners, and beyond the physical confines of the flagship campus. Unity College Online offers affordable, accredited master's degrees and non-degree credits, ideal for working professionals seeking to advance their careers, helping students become the change maker the world needs while still honoring their commitments, wherever they are.

Job Description:

Unity College is seeking a Visiting Instructor of Captive Wildlife Care and Education for our Fall 2018 semester. This position will support instruction and disciplinary expertise in Captive Wildlife Care and Education at Unity College teaching 24 course credits annually. Credits will consist of a combination of Introduction to Captive Wildlife Care and Education, Animal Training, Enrichment and Exhibit Design and the Captive Wildlife Care and Education Capstone and/or other classes as assigned. Other duties include advising, professional development, and service to the College. This position will also support the delivery of the Unity College curriculum, plus support and mentor students both in and outside the classroom.


The successful candidate will have a master's degree in a relevant field of study and:
  • substantial experience working with captive wildlife in one or more of the following settings: zoos, aquariums, rehabilitation facilities, nature centers, and/or museums.
  • training or experience with wildlife rehabilitation practices, wildlife education programming, or captive/field-based conservation
  • experience with formal teaching
  • knowledge of basic husbandry, training, and enrichment of captive wildlife
  • conservation education/program participation or development
  • must have a valid driver's license and good driving record
  • strong oral and written communication skills and facility with technical terminology appropriate to the position
  • ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs as well as internet, email and our learning management system

Additional Information:

This position is located on the campus of Unity College at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity Maine and begins in August 2018 for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Works the shifts to support our students to include days, evening and weekend hours as determined by course schedule and service needs. Primarily works in an instructional classroom and laboratory environment, and must be comfortable working in the greenhouse and field.

Application Instructions:

Unity College seeks to attract world-class faculty to enrich the educational experience of our gifted, inquisitive and motivated students. Unity College is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty dedicated to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

Interested and qualified candidates should go to to complete an application and submit a cover letter, CV, and points of contact for 3 references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We look forward to hearing from you!