Curator of Animals (at Prospect Park Zoo)




Organization: The Wildlife Conservation Society (AZA Member)
Location: Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking an exceptional candidate for the Curator of Animals position at the Prospect Park Zoo (PPZ). The successful candidate must have a strong background in animal management and be capable of leading a large and diverse staff. This individual will be responsible for promoting the mission of WCS and directing all aspects of the daily operations of PPZ’s Animal Department. The Curator will be responsible for upholding and maintaining the WCS tradition of excellence in animal care and husbandry, exhibitry, and guest experience; interfacing with appropriate WCS departments and divisions as the principal representative and advocate for the PPZ Animal Department; and providing leadership to AZA conservation programs. The Curator also will be an integral member of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium management team.

The Curator will work under the supervision of PPZ’s Facility Director to develop a comprehensive management program for the Animal Department. The Curator will be responsible for linking the department’s animal collection with the WCS integrated collection plan, and be responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the animal collection. This person will also work closely with staff in various WCS departments and divisions to facilitate the operation of the Animal Department, assist in the development of exciting new exhibits, and coordinate and oversee the department’s research activities. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the consistent application of animal care practice, policies and procedures.

This person also will serve as a standing member of the WCS Animal Management Committee, the WCS Safety Committee, and other internal and external boards and committees as appropriate.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Manage all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the Animal Department in accordance with WCS policies and standards.

• Maintain the Society’s standards for excellence in animal care and management. Work with the staff of the Wildlife Health Sciences Department and other WCS animal department staffs to assure the physical and psychological health and well-being of the animal collection.

• Recommend acquisition/disposition of animals and meld PPZ’s animal collection into the WCS integrated collection plan.

• Assist the Facility Director in hiring, evaluating, and disciplining all animal department staff. Aid in training of staff in animal husbandry techniques and handling of dangerous animals.

• Formally disseminate information to animal department staff via setting up and chairing keeper meetings, developing orientation programs, and providing feedback on job performance in an effort to keep lines of communication between staff and keepers as open as possible.

• Supervise and evaluate intern and volunteer activities within the department as part of our effort to provide training for future zoologists.

• Participate in and provide leadership to AZA conservation programs (e.g., SSPs and TAGs) and be involved with other conservation organizations as necessary for the betterment of the animal department and Society.

• Communicate on a regular basis with scientific staff from other zoological parks (and WCS facilities) to learn about information that will enhance the management of the animal collection or assist other institutions with their collections.

• Develop new exhibit ideas and suggest upgrades and improvements for existing exhibits. Participate as a member of exhibit/holding facility design teams to insure that proposed designs of animal facilities are appropriate and acceptable for the animal collection, and oversee acclimatization of animals to those exhibits and holding areas.

• Communicate with and assist other departments that interact regularly with the animal department (e.g. Wildlife Health Center, Animal Records, the other animal departments, Operations and the various shops, EGAD, Marketing and Public Relations, etc).

• Develop enrichment and operant conditioning training strategies for the animals in the department and work with the Curator of Behavioral Sciences and PPZ supervisors to implement these plans.

• Conduct appropriate animal studies and disseminate results by writing papers for professional and popular publications and giving presentations to professional and lay audiences.

• Prepare, or supervise the preparation of reports, records, data collection, and other miscellaneous paperwork in routine operation of the department or as requested by the Facility Director or EVP & Director, Bronx Zoo.

• Represent the PPZ and Society at professional conferences, meetings and the media and required or as directed by the Facility Director and/or EVP & Director, Bronx Zoo.

• Work to actively promote the WCS mission.

• Contribute to, enlarge and uphold WCS’s Equal Employment Opportunities policies.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

• The successful candidate will possess an advanced degree in Biology, Zoology, or related science. Individuals with a B.A. or B.S. with an exceptional record will be considered. Practical experience in managing an animal collection and animal care staff are essential.

• A proven background in animal management, with extensive experience caring for, breeding and exhibiting a wide variety of species in a zoo setting, is essential.

• The care and welfare of the animal collection is the highest priority. Must be the department’s chief animal welfare advocate and possess strong ethical standards.

• Demonstrated skill in scientific research is desirable. Should conduct and maintain a level of applicable science research and encourage the same pursuit with departmental staff. Should have published and possess the desire to continue doing so.

• Individual should be dynamic, engaging, energetic, and capable of communicating effectively with large audiences or small groups. Person must be a team builder and encourage all staff to accept and participate in creating and maintaining the best quality of life for the animals in the collection through an integrated husbandry program.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking an exceptional candidate for the Curator of Animals position at the Prospect Park Zoo (PPZ). The successful candidate must have a strong background in animal management and be capable of leading a large and diverse staff. This individual will be responsible for promoting the mission of WCS and directing all aspects of the daily operations of PPZ’s Animal Department. The Curator will be responsible for upholding and maintaining the WCS tradition of excellence in animal care and husbandry, exhibitry, and guest experience; interfacing with appropriate WCS departments and divisions as the principal representative and advocate for the PPZ Animal Department; and providing leadership to AZA conservation programs. The Curator also will be an integral member of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium management team.

The Curator will work under the supervision of PPZ’s Facility Director to develop a comprehensive management program for the Animal Department. The Curator will be responsible for linking the department’s animal collection with the WCS integrated collection plan, and be responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the animal collection. This person will also work closely with staff in various WCS departments and divisions to facilitate the operation of the Animal Department, assist in the development of exciting new exhibits, and coordinate and oversee the department’s research activities. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the consistent application of animal care practice, policies and procedures.

This person also will serve as a standing member of the WCS Animal Management Committee, the WCS Safety Committee, and other internal and external boards and committees as appropriate.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Manage all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the Animal Department in accordance with WCS policies and standards.

• Maintain the Society’s standards for excellence in animal care and management. Work with the staff of the Wildlife Health Sciences Department and other WCS animal department staffs to assure the physical and psychological health and well-being of the animal collection.

• Recommend acquisition/disposition of animals and meld PPZ’s animal collection into the WCS integrated collection plan.

• Assist the Facility Director in hiring, evaluating, and disciplining all animal department staff. Aid in training of staff in animal husbandry techniques and handling of dangerous animals.

• Formally disseminate information to animal department staff via setting up and chairing keeper meetings, developing orientation programs, and providing feedback on job performance in an effort to keep lines of communication between staff and keepers as open as possible.

• Supervise and evaluate intern and volunteer activities within the department as part of our effort to provide training for future zoologists.

• Participate in and provide leadership to AZA conservation programs (e.g., SSPs and TAGs) and be involved with other conservation organizations as necessary for the betterment of the animal department and Society.

• Communicate on a regular basis with scientific staff from other zoological parks (and WCS facilities) to learn about information that will enhance the management of the animal collection or assist other institutions with their collections.

• Develop new exhibit ideas and suggest upgrades and improvements for existing exhibits. Participate as a member of exhibit/holding facility design teams to insure that proposed designs of animal facilities are appropriate and acceptable for the animal collection, and oversee acclimatization of animals to those exhibits and holding areas.

• Communicate with and assist other departments that interact regularly with the animal department (e.g. Wildlife Health Center, Animal Records, the other animal departments, Operations and the various shops, EGAD, Marketing and Public Relations, etc).

• Develop enrichment and operant conditioning training strategies for the animals in the department and work with the Curator of Behavioral Sciences and PPZ supervisors to implement these plans.

• Conduct appropriate animal studies and disseminate results by writing papers for professional and popular publications and giving presentations to professional and lay audiences.

• Prepare, or supervise the preparation of reports, records, data collection, and other miscellaneous paperwork in routine operation of the department or as requested by the Facility Director or EVP & Director, Bronx Zoo.

• Represent the PPZ and Society at professional conferences, meetings and the media and required or as directed by the Facility Director and/or EVP & Director, Bronx Zoo.

• Work to actively promote the WCS mission.

• Contribute to, enlarge and uphold WCS’s Equal Employment Opportunities policies.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

• The successful candidate will possess an advanced degree in Biology, Zoology, or related science. Individuals with a B.A. or B.S. with an exceptional record will be considered. Practical experience in managing an animal collection and animal care staff are essential.

• A proven background in animal management, with extensive experience caring for, breeding and exhibiting a wide variety of species in a zoo setting, is essential.

• The care and welfare of the animal collection is the highest priority. Must be the department’s chief animal welfare advocate and possess strong ethical standards.

• Demonstrated skill in scientific research is desirable. Should conduct and maintain a level of applicable science research and encourage the same pursuit with departmental staff. Should have published and possess the desire to continue doing so.

• Individual should be dynamic, engaging, energetic, and capable of communicating effectively with large audiences or small groups. Person must be a team builder and encourage all staff to accept and participate in creating and maintaining the best quality of life for the animals in the collection through an integrated husbandry program. EOE, M/F/D/V

Benefit package will be commensurate with experience. Please visit http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers/nyc-full-time.aspx for a complete job description and instructions on how to apply online