Assistant General Curator

Organization: Maryland Zoo (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 Assistant General Curator who will provide day-to-day leadership and management that mirrors the mission and core values of the Zoo to the staff engaged in the care and exhibition of the animals. This person will apply designated husbandry, nutritional and behavioral management standards; supervise and coordinate activities of Area Managers; and manage non-routine events and insure emergency response preparedness. He/she will aid in the development of the animal collection plan and oversee and coordinate all operations of the Animal Department. This person will act as Department Head in the absence of the General Curator and will coordinate the activities of collection managers. He/she will participate in future plans for the institution; collaborate with the medical staff for employee health care and collaborate with medical staff and Animal Department managers to insure that husbandry and behavioral management practices are to the highest standards. He/she will participate with other divisional staff (both internal and external) in planning, experimental design and development of habitat-based exhibits. The Assistant General Curator will assist Collection Managers with shipments, sales, purchases, and trades of animals and may perform duties of Collection Manager. He/she will participate in capital projects including exhibit renovation, design and future plans for the institution and collaborate with the General Curator/Elephant Manger in the planning, implementation and management of the Zoo’s conservation and science program. This person will participate in the Animal Recapture Team and will be responsible for acting as member of Zoo’s emergency response firearms shoot team in addition to participating in the Pest Control Program including maintaining a Maryland Department of Agriculture certification for the use of pesticides. He/she will actively collaborate in the presentation of guest experiences; represent the zoo to guests, donors, zoo community associates, and the general public; and provide answers to the public’s questions concerning the animals or zoo operations. This person will assist the education department with interpretation of the region’s biodiversity through exhibitry, volunteer training, and lectures. He/she will coordinate work and schedules; assist with payroll; and monitor training. The Assistant General Curator will maintain workload and job performance of Area Managers and keeper staff; develop, implement and monitor a keeper training course for grievances and policies & procedures; assist in a development plan for each individual and aid them in reaching goals and assist Area Managers in performing annual employee evaluations, direct reports and coordinate departmental meetings. This person will assist the General Curator with inter-divisional interactions, budget management, and other duties and is responsible for hiring, termination, and initiating and implementing progressive disciplinary actions. This person will 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 the person remain on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to respond to emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications:
A 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 of supervisory/management experience in an AZA accredited zoo or aquarium; Demonstrated supervisory ability; 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.

Contact: Karen Debus
Email: Subject Line: Assistant General Curator (Full-time)