Organization: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (AZA Member)
Location: Baltimore, MD, us
Job or Internship: Job
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is looking for a qualified individual to fill the role of Amphibian and Reptile Collection and Conservation Manager. The Amphibian and Reptile Collection and Conservation Manager is responsible for the scientific management and careful stewardship of the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian collection. This person will seek funding for conservation and research through grant writing and donations; perform keeper duties as necessary to maintain projects and collection; and maintain the Project Golden Frog(PGF) Population Management Plan(PMP). He/she will be primary point person on the development and management of the herpetology collection plan and the management of husbandry programs for reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates; manage captive propagation programs and conservation programs and field work. The Amphibian and Reptile Collection and Conservation Manager will consult on managing education and research programs; design exhibits and life support systems; and assist with the development and implementation of envenomation protocols. He/she will assist with the development, training and implementation of handling protocols for all venomous/dangerous species and organize animal transactions and shipments. This person will maintain memberships/affiliations in relevant professional organizations and is responsible for acting as member of Zoo’s emergency response firearms shoot team. The Amphibian and Reptile Collection and Conservation Manager will represent the institution in relevant AZA Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) that can be managed; represent the institution at relevant professional conferences/symposia/meetings; conduct presentations at relevant professional conferences/symposia/meetings and to the general public; and disseminate data/information through papers/articles in relevant journals/proceedings/publications. This person will participate in relevant Maryland Zoo committees/meeting and act as liaison with the Department of Natural Resources on all reptile and amphibian matters. He/she will assist with recruiting, interviewing and training staff, interns and volunteers; track inventory of antivenin for venomous species; perform other duties as assigned; and, adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and requires that the person remain on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to respond to emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, or animal related sciences or Masters in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management or animal sciences is preferred. Three to five years experience working with a zoological or private animal collection; Demonstrated supervisory ability; Experience with captive herptiles and field projects; Working knowledge of animal husbandry; and, Valid driver’s license. Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals from ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds; Extremely well-organized; Strong leadership, communication, mentoring, time management, interpersonal and follow-up skills; and, Self-directed, collaborative and detail-oriented. Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including telephone, two way radios, motor vehicles, electric golf carts, hand tools, animal restraint and capture equipment, firearms, gardening/carpentry tools, power equipment, e.g. leaf blower, weed eater, lawn mower, or power washer and computer equipment, scales, transponder reader, digital thermometers and water chemistry equipment. Must be proficient with a word processing and spread sheet program (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel). Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance; Must be able to travel large areas of the Zoo as needed; Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions; Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of up to 75 pounds and climb a ladder; Exposure to potential environmental hazards such as poison oak/ivy, uneven terrain, and insect bites/stings. Exposure to zoonotic diseases and risk of animal attack; and, TB test and physical required. Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events;

Contact: Karen Debus
Email Subject Line: Amphibian and Reptile Collection and Conservation Manager (Full-time)