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Open Rank Professor of Captive Wildlife Care

Unity College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Jobs Outside Academe, Educational Service Providers
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Full Time
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The Company

At Unity, sustainability isn’t a buzzword. It’s the foundation of our entire approach and has been for more than 50 years.

We apply sustainability principles to everything we do, from our properties around the State of Maine, to our online degrees offered to students everywhere, to our enrichment experiences and entrepreneurial endeavors at locations from northern Maine to Arizona to Brazil.

Engage with Unity College and you’ll start to ask tough questions, challenge the status quo, and envision new possibilities. If taking the lead in creating a more sustainable future sounds like the future you want, we can make it happen.


The Hybrid Learning Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Captive Wildlife Care is an educator with an entrepreneurial spirit to teach and design undergraduate-level courses for the Hybrid Learning bachelor’s degree in Captive Wildlife Care. This program is designed for students interested in careers related to the care and husbandry of wild species in captivity and education of the public concerning conservation issues. Courses include, but are not limited to, Animal Training and Care, Animal Nutrition, Animal Husbandry and Genetics, Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Physiology, Animal Health and Disease, Designing Captive Animal Environments, and Animal Care Technical Skills. Competitive candidates should have a record of scholarship in the field of animal health and behavior and a strong passion for teaching courses designed to prepare learners for 21st century careers.

Unity College's Hybrid Learning bachelor’s degree in Captive Wildlife Care prepares students for careers at zoos and aquariums, in the veterinary fields, as animal welfare officers, and for a future-focused on the care and well-being of wild and captive animals around the world. This degree provides students with the essential knowledge and professional skills to succeed in settings such as veterinary medicine degree programs, companion and wild animal care facilities, wildlife rehabilitation, and preserves.

This position will support Captive Wildlife Care student success, career networking, completion rates, course instruction, development and program review.

  • Teach environmentally focused Captive Wildlife Care courses and other courses as assigned.
  • Develop up to 4 courses per year.
  • Be knowledgeable in the appropriate delivery of the content in a non-standard calendar and within relevant modalities.
  • Teach a minimum of 480 student workload credits per calendar year (~8 courses/year) as assigned.
  • Conduct scholarship at a regional or national level resulting in publication in peer-reviewed professional journals, delivery of papers at professional association meetings, coordination and implementation of research programs, and/or professional practice.
  • Work with Dean/VPHL to assess and evaluate courses and programs in appropriate discipline.
  • Use different learning modes and types of technology to engage students in achieving learning outcomes.
  • Guide capstone projects in assigned programs as needed.
  • Participate in service to the college as assigned.
  • Help recruit students into the Hybrid Learning programs.
  • Maintain currency in course delivery and technology.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of commitment to customer service and quality education.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    • Demonstrates commitment to Unity College’s core values and serves as a role model for the College’s standards of conduct.
    • Contributes to the College’s commitment to sustainability and contributes to the College’s commitment to support a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.
    • Follows safety and infection control policies while assisting with their enforcement.
    • Assumes responsibility to maintain and upgrade professional knowledge and skills with regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws. In addition to actively participating in Unity College Professional Development days and Unity College required annual trainings.
    • Demonstrates a high degree of commitment to customer service and student success.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    To be successful in this position you must be able to execute each of the position specific responsibilities while meeting the position expectations.

    Additionally, the position specific education, skills and competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon approval by the supervisor and Director of Human Resources, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    • Ph.D., DVM or other equivalent terminal degree plus:
    • Training or experience in the field of animal health and/or behavior.
    • Substantial experience working with wildlife in zoos, aquariums, rehabilitation facilities, nature centers or veterinary practice.
    • A knowledge of basic husbandry, training, and/or enrichment of wild and/or captive wildlife.
    • Animal health and behavior centric research experience working with wild and/or captive wildlife.
    • Record of scholarly research through publications, presentations and/or professional practice.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with strong interpersonal skills;
    • Familiarity with technical terminology as appropriate;
    • Excellent initiative and organizational skills with ability to work both autonomously and in a team;
    • Great time management skills;
    • Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical and academic abilities;
    • Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of the college;
    • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.


    Full-time, calendar-year, exempt position. Work schedule assessed annually by VPHL. Work hours are specific to the requirements of this position and can include days, evenings, and weekends. Working extended hours required as needed. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and meeting the College’s needs. Although Unity College employees are generally scheduled to work at their specifically assigned locations, there are times when travel is necessary and employees are required from time to time to attend events, meetings or work temporary assignment at any Unity College location.


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