Jason serves as the Animal Care Program Director for Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Penn State's nature center & outdoor learning lab. He oversees an animal care training program, preparing students for their post-academic careers in caring for, training, and educating with a teaching collection of forty amphibians, reptiles, and raptors.
Upon his hire in 2014, Jason began restructuring the Animal Care Program to incorporate choice into raptor training, oversaw a complete programatic and facility redesign of Shaver's Creek Environmental Center's native wildlife zoo, and connected the program to Penn State academic programs.
Starting his career as a volunteer and intern at Shaver's Creek in 1998, Jason has also managed Abbott's Mill Nature Center & the Milford Millponds Nature Preserve in Delaware, served as the Farm Naturalist at Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm in Ohio, was a program assistant at Audubon Pennsylvania, and was weekend manager at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary prior to his return to Shaver's Creek in 2014.
Jason is active in the IAATE & IATCB community, working to support other raptor programs restructuring their training and facilities. He maintains the "Raptor Center Resources" website: www.raptorcenterresources.wordpress.com