Friday, January 11, 2013

Hooray for Our Alternative Servers!

Life in the world of Animal Care is wonderful, but it can also be unpredictable. When the animals all do what they are supposed to do, a day runs very smoothly. But when some things change, the day can bring a lot of challenges!

The Life Sciences team is trained to deal with all sorts of unexpected situations, but there are times when a little extra help makes the day much happier for both the people and animals.

Today, we would like to take a moment and thank some of those people who have provided "extra help": the Alternative Servers.
Pacific Science Center has a program for full-time staff called Alternative Service. This policy requires staff members to work 40 hours per year in a department other than their own.

The work can be anything from helping campers steer a canoe over at the Mercer Slough, greeting visitors outside the gates on an especially busy day, or even stuffing envelopes for our Development team.

The Alternative Service program allows our staff to become more familiar with the various needs and responsibilities of our co-workers, and also allows departments to have a few more hands when they are needed.

All the craziness that comes along with holidays also means that sometimes the mail doesn’t always do what is expected. When dealing with live butterfly pupae in that mail, a couple of days in delivery is a big difference. And when pupae arrive unexpectedly, those helping hands are invaluable!

We in Animal Care would like to say “thank you” to all of those Alternative Servers who have taken an hour or two from their own schedules and given your time to us and to our animals.

So to our recent heroines, Jenn Bentz (IMAX® and Theater), Amy Collins (Executive Office), Nicolette Neuman (Science On Wheels), Jenn Purnell (Science Interpretation), and Portia Riedel (Discovery Corps): Thank you. You’re wonderful!

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