Associate Curator - Center for Conservation

Organization: The Florida Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Tampa, FL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Come join our expanding husbandry team at our off-site Center for Conservation facility. The Associate Curator will be responsible for assisting the Director of Husbandry in leading a diverse team of biologists in the daily operations, acquisition, disposition, quarantine, rehabilitation and husbandry care of a living collection of aquatic and terrestrial, plants and animals at the offsite facility of The Florida Aquarium.

Essential Position Functions

• Aid in the design and development of the offsite facilities as well as having a hands-on role in the construction: setup of quarantine tanks, filtration, layouts, etc.

• Maintains the highest level of quality as it relates to the aquarium’s public image

• Hires, trains and manages a skilled team of biologists in the acquisition, quarantine and maintenance of a living collection

• Responsible for daily scheduling and time keeping, works with Director and other Associate Curators to ensure adequate coverage

• Supervises the daily husbandry and maintenance of areas which provide appropriate and enriching habitats for the animal collection

• Assists in establishing and ensures implementation of written standards and protocols for all exhibits and animal enclosures to ensure the highest standards for water quality, operational efficiency, cleanliness and animal health

• Foster working partnerships with FWC staff

• Works closely with Research Scientist, Animal Health staff and other Associate Curators

• Works with senior biologists to coordinate projects for biologists, interns and volunteers

• Assists Director in developing, implementing and meeting yearly budgets and strategic planning

• Orders and maintains an inventory of supplies, equipment and animal food items necessary for the daily care of the collection within budget guidelines

• Works as a team with Life Support/Engineering department to maintain the highest possible life support standards

• Works as a team with other departments to provide a quality experience for guests and a safe and comfortable work environment for staff through continuous maintenance and improvement of visitor and behind-the-scenes spaces

• Responsible for record keeping and works with the registrar to maintain inventories, health records and permits

• Initiates and organizes collecting trips to replenish specimens and maintains equipment and supplies necessary for collecting

• Delivers extraordinary customer service to all aquarium guests and internal customers

• Participates in team meetings with husbandry and other aquarium departments

• May represent the Aquarium at selected conferences and speaking engagements; gives media interviews as assigned

• May conduct and/or assist in ongoing research projects, both internally and externally, that are relevant, goal-specific and in direct support of the aquarium's mission; ensures that internal research using living organisms is conducted in a professionally competent and ethical manner

• May write and present formal papers at conferences; prepares articles for publications as needed

• May participate in grant writing with Director and Development team

• Other duties as assigned as needed

Education Requirements and Technical Skills

• Minimum of five years husbandry experience in a public aquarium, zoo or related field

• Two years experience in management of staff or programs

Four year degree in biological science or equivalent experience

• Advanced knowledge of the mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering aspects of maintaining biological systems

• Advanced experience with life support systems, water treatment, acquisition, collection quarantine, medicinals, and transport of live animals.

• Competent husbandry knowledge and skills in small mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, invertebrate, aquatic animals as well as exposure to rescue, rehabilitation, stranding programs

• Open Water SCUBA certification from a recognized training agency, with ability to obtain Rescue Diver certification within 6 months of hire.

• Operation of small boats preferred

• Ability to obtain a Florida class D license within 6 months of hire

• Knowledge of Animal Record Keeping systems preferred (ZIMS, ARKS)

We offer a complete benefits package to include Paid Time Off, Health, Dental, Disability and Life insurance. Forward your resume and salary requirements to: