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Animal Care Associate

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1966. With a mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world, this respected community leader, located in Holderness, New Hampshire has brought visitors nearer to nature since 1966. Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural history exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, foxes, river otters, bobcats, and more. 

In September 2006, 2011, and again in 2016, the Science Center gained national accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); it is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England.

Using the outdoors as a classroom and live native New Hampshire animals as teaching ambassadors, programs and exhibits teach the ecological concepts of adaptations, populations, interrelationships, and habitats in meaningful and memorable ways. Visitors may tour three miles of self-guided trails from May 1 to November 1 featuring: the 3/4-mile live animal exhibit trail displaying native wildlife in woodland enclosures and buildings with hands-on interactive exhibits. Annually, more than 70,000 public visitors tour the exhibit trail, while another 25,000 participate in programs and courses, and 10,000 enjoy educational tours of Squam Lake. Most general public visitors are from across New Hampshire, closely followed by Massachusetts, and other New England states, with some from all 50 states and several foreign countries.



The Animal Care Associate is a full-time, year round position.  The Animal Care Associate will work closely with the Animal Care Manager in providing for the care and maintenance of SLNSC’s exhibit and program collection of native wildlife.  On the job training will be conducted by the Animal Care Manager. 

This position comes with a full range of benefits including paid vacation, personal, and sick time, health insurance (SLNSC covers 80% of the premiums) and retirement plan.

  • Valid NH driver’s license or the ability to obtain one
  • Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of the job including the ability to walk, climb, bend, and lift items in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Degree in Biology, a related degree or relevant experience
  • Must be willing to participate in SLNSC’s Respiratory Protection Program and be fit tested for a respirator.  Anything on the face (e.g. facial hair, piercings) that may interfere with the mask-to-face seal must be removed during the initial fit testing and twice a year when it will be required to wear the mask. 
  • Rabies vaccinate or willingness to be vaccinated
  • Knowledge of how to operate firearms or a willingness to learn preferred
  • Ability to meet the demands of a physically and mentally challenging job
  • Must be able to work weekends and some holidays

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Diet preparation
  • Maintenance of pools and aquariums
  • Cleaning of cages and enclosures
  • General maintenance of animal room and exhibit shift areas
  • Basic triage and rehabilitation of native wildlife
  • Operation and maintenance of animal life support systems and animal facilities
  • Participation in the SLNSC’s enrichment and training program
  • Effective communication and record maintenance
How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to:

Operations Director, Sharon Warga at or to PO Box 173, Holderness, NH 03245

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse work environment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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Date Added: September 15, 2021

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