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Posted by Rob Carmichael on May 09, 2003 at 08:07:03:
In Reply to: A little off subject.... posted by hades-raptor on May 08, 2003 at 23:34:25:
Hello Randalyn, We are always on the lookout for good people and even though we are in an economic downturn, I still must have the appropriate number of staff to keep all of the animals in tip, top shape. Now, I can tell you that we won't have any full-time positions opening up anytime soon, however, we could talk about some great opportunities to work part-time (but that would probably mean that you will have to find additional work). As of this moment, I can't guarantee anything (until our city council makes the final approvals based on my recommendations) but if you are really interested, lets set up a time to talk over the phone. I'd love to chat about what its like to work here, the kinds of opportunities we can provide, wage, etc., etc. There is also an application to complete and I can give you more info on that as well. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!
On a sidenote, the Chicago area is a great place to live and the climate is probably not that much different than where you come from so I think you and your boyfriend (if he comes too) would adjust quickly. I also have connections with many of the zoos in the area that I'd be happy to make a recommendation for you.
:I wish I knew some sites for yah, I'll look around though! :D
:But.. I'm looking to be moving out of this town sometime this year (maybe), and I have no idea where to go. I'm thinking possibly your area, because I would rather live up north somewhere than here.
:Would you guys possibly be looking for any hard workers? If I moved up there, I would need a job (doi) Currently I'm working part time as a dog walker (Woo, what a fun job) and dog poo picker-uper for a Kennel. I _want_ to get into something involving Reptiles, and I have one potential job in NY taking care of reptiles, but it's so far away from here... heh, anyways, just wondering if you would be hiring when your new place opens?
::As some of you know, I direct a successful and fast growing wildlife center that features MANY herps and raptors (my second favorite animal of all time). Our focus is on education but we also engage in captive breeding, rescues/rehab, outreach, youth herpetology trips/summer camps (the best part of my job is in leading junior and senior high kids on herpetology excursions...two more weeks until my first trip!), and field research (I'm working with massasaugas).
::We are somewhere in between a nature center (that usually features native herps) and a zoo (the difference being that people get REAL close encounters with truly exotic species such as various boas, pythons, monitors and even venomous herps under very controlled conditions).
::Recently, I was able to make a case towards obtaining funds from our city (approximately $450,000) to restore an old farm that sits on 600 acres of the finest black soil, tall grass savanna in the U.S....what an opportunity this is. Now, we are working closely with Habitat Systems in designing a public display that will surely knock the public's socks off when they come in. Although our first phase will give us approximately the same amount of room we currently have (one large exhibit area, a classroom, and office area), the outdoor setting is what really makes this place special.
::So here is where I need people's help (for those who are interested): We are going with very naturalistic displays and at first, we were going to go with laminated picture backgrounds, however, we have since learned that this won't be of the quality that we were expecting. So, we are going to go with fiberglass artwork to create rocks, boulders, trees, snags, vines, etc. HS is requesting for me to send him some nice pics of the types of trees, snags, rocks, etc. that we want to recreate as they can do just about anything that we want. If anyone knows any good web sites that depicts herps in natural settings please forward them on to me...we are under the gun on this project as we hope to have our grand opening in September (everyone's invited!). I have found some nice ones but with more people keeping an eye out for high quality pics will increase our chance to find just the right image. If you come across any, please forward the websites/pics to:
::MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE!
::Rob Carmichael, Director/Curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center
::City of Lake Forest, Parks & Recreation (Illinois)