Associate Curator of Animals - Australian Adventure and Northern Trek

Organization: Cleveland Metroparks (AZA Member)
Location: Cleveland, OH, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Associate Curator of Animals trains and manages the Animal Keeper staff for the daily animal care and operation of the Zoological Programs division. Plans, coordinates, and implements animal husbandry procedures with appropriate staff members. Regularly consults with Curator of Animals on the health and welfare of the assigned animal collection.

Associate Curator of Animals is responsible for Australian Adventure and Northern Trek. This curator works with a team of 11animal keepers and 3general relief keepers. The collection consists of approximately 30 mammal species (large carnivores, macropods, hoofstock), 12 reptile spe ,cies, 22 bird species, and 22 fish species.


Evaluation of this position is based primarily on performance of the following essential functions, which include, but are not limited to:

• Prepares and assigns work schedules to staff and assists curators in setting priorities for various tasks. Assures that work is completed in a safe and efficient manner.

• Inspects animal areas and exhibits. Confers with designated animal curator, veterinarians, registrar and animal keepers regarding condition of animals, areas/exhibits, and alterations needed to improve levels of husbandry and care through planning, organizing, and prioritizing work assignments.

• Supervises and coordinates activities of employees regarding modifications, maintenance, and animal enrichment/training to ensure exhibits are attractive and functional for housing each species.

• Provides the registrar with all necessary current and historical information for species within the Zoo’s collection, in order to maintain accurate animal records.

• In cooperation with other Zoological Programs staff, assures the health and well-being of the animal collection. Coordinates procedures with vet staff.

• Provides information for the development and management of the operating and capital budgets. Makes specified purchases within the zoological programs division.

• Trains and monitors animal keeper staff in appropriate methods of husbandry, exhibition, and management of the animal collection. Communicates concerns/challenges regarding this with the curator and directs the steps to improve levels of husbandry and care through planning, organization and prioritizing work assignments.

• Participates in planning, design, and project management, when appropriate, of new exhibits and renovation of existing ones.

• Develops, coordinates and implements safety-related protocols for staff, including staff training and policy/procedure enforcement. Makes on-the-spot decisions or corrections to safeguard public, employees, or animals during animal emergency situation and oversees action taken.

• Communicates and coordinates with Curator of Animals special activities, i.e., behind the scenes tours, PR/Marketing tours with press, donor tours, contractor walk throughs, etc. , as they relate to other departments, including Facility Operations, Marketing, Guest Services, Education, and Zoological Society, and communicates on a regular basis with appropriate staff.

• Participates in the selection, training, and evaluation of employees reporting to the designated Curator of Animals.

• Assists in and facilitates research projects within the Zoo. This may include research projects initiated by Animal Care, Conservation and Science, Veterinary Services, Education, or external researchers.

• Works with other Zoo divisions and Cleveland Metroparks departments on projects of mutual concern.

• Informs the Curators of Animals of significant issues.

• Participates in long- and short-term planning within the department and district-wide. Provides input to assure that planning initiatives are compatible with Zoo goals and mission.

• Supports Cleveland Metroparks’ policy of non-discrimination of employees in the work place on the basis of race, nationality, age, sex, religion, or disability; maintains a workplace free of harassment.

• Develops, coordinates, and implements safety related matters for area and personnel, including staff training and policy and procedure enforcement. Performs job duties in a safe and efficient manner. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action and notifies supervisor.

• Maintains records and prepares reports as assigned.

• Performs related duties as apparent or assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management or other related field from an accredited university or equivalent.

• Four years of progressive responsibilities in operations involved in supporting exotic animal collection, including three years of supervisory related experience.

• Advanced technical skills related to the management of a large animal collection, including animal handling, training of staff, problem solving, exhibit set up and safety of employees are required.

• Demonstrated supervisory and management skills, including communication (verbal and written), problem solving, participative management style, collaboration, leadership, and decision making to analyze diverse facts, develop clear concise reports and recommendations are required.

• Must have a good driving record (less than six (6) active points on driving records at the application stage of the hiring process) and possess a valid Ohio driver’s license.

• Must be a non-smoker/tobacco user.

FULL SALARY RANGE: $55,236-$82,854 annually.

Typical Hiring Salary: $55,236-$69,045 annually

DATE POSTED: 05/16/2013


TO APPLY: Your cover letter must clearly explain how your skills and experience align with the above job qualifications.

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