Curator of Aviculture / Birds




Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is seeking qualified applicants to join our Animal Department in a full-time Curatorial position over our Aviculture Department. This is a key, visible leadership position that requires a motivated, dedicated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization. This requires a tactful individual with strong problem solving, decision making and leadership skills, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of staff. Successful candidates will demonstrate the following leadership attributes: You Model the example for others to follow; You Inspire others to work towards an exciting future and shared vision; You Challenge yourself and others to look for innovative ways to improve the organization; You Foster collaboration and trust and build spirited teams; You Recognize contributions and celebrate accomplishments. Position Summary: Reporting to the Director of Animal Collections, this curatorial position at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden supports in the oversight of the development and implementation of the management strategies of the Zoo’s aviculture collection. Manages the daily work and husbandry activities of the Aviculture Keeper Staff and associated collection; Develops short-term and long-term department collection goals and strategies, and makes recommendations to Zoo administration regarding collection composition, organization, exhibit concepts, design, construction, and presentation, and relevance to overall Zoo objectives, conservation directives, and mission statement.Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: • Manages and supports the daily work and husbandry activities of the Aviculture Department, Keeper Staff and associated collection; Responsible for the on-going adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP), Standards & Assessments, and approved work methods.• Develops and manages training and professional development program for staff that provides for measurable skill and knowledge development in behavioral husbandry, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement techniques.• Assists the Director of Animal Collections and Executive Team as a member of the curatorial staff in developing short-term and long-term objectives/strategies regarding the overall animal collection/organization, and the development of conservation and research initiatives consistent with the Zoo's mission statement.• As part of the behavioral husbandry program, ensures proper implementation and support of approved operant conditioning techniques and protocols among Keeper staff and the collection.• Collaborates, as needed, with other departments and appropriate management staff in support of Zoo-wide visitor engagement activities. • Develops and incorporate related conservation information and practices into visitor engagement activities (Meet-A-Keeper, etc) and presentations.• Manages the selection of personnel, scheduling of department staff; reviews and evaluates staff performance, coaches corrective behavior and reports issues related to discipline, per Zoo protocols.• Works with the Director in implementing short and long range goals and objectives for the assigned area(s).• Observe animals to determine the need for medical care; consulting the Director of Animal Collections and veterinarian staff in regard to animal condition and medical treatment.• Responsible for ensuring compliance with the safety policies and procedures; ensuring all employees work in a safe manner, with appropriate protective equipment, and that all accidents and hazards within area of responsibility are promptly investigated and corrective action taken.Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelors degree in biology, zoology, or related field and 5 - 7 years of relevant experience as a Head Keeper/Team Leader role or Curator in a zoological institution or similar animal care facility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. • Applicants must have knowledge and experience with avian taxa, including proper husbandry, feeding and nutrition, common bird diseases, capture and restraint, and knowledge of basic biology including physiology, ecology and behavior• Relevant experience in operant conditioning, positive reinforcement, behavioral training, and enrichment preferred.• Three years relevant, comparable management-level experience, including programmatic planning, budgeting, and supervision, preferred.• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable through the Zoo’s carrier.Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Knowledge/familiarity with AZA accreditation standards, code of ethics and representative husbandry standards. Familiar with AZA or other captive population management programs.• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.• Ability to effectively communicate with all staff levels, Board, senior and middle management, union, staff, donors and volunteers• Knowledge of the care, basic medical procedures, feeding, and handling of the living residents within the assigned areas of responsibility.• Knowledge of regulatory requirements (e.g., USDA, FWS & AZA guidelines) relating to the care and keeping of animals in captivity. Demonstrated ability to translate/interpret laws, rules, regulations and practices to convey an appropriate course of action.• Analytical, interpersonal, public relations, presentation, and communications skills (verbal and written). • Requires an individual who is highly professional, motivated, persistent, and helpful, who is able to gain cooperation through expertise, credibility, and building positive working relationships• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team; Demonstrated sensitivity to the “Mission” of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenWorking Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen and background check. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard and other office equipment. The incumbent is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds without assistance. Requires a valid driver’s license and be insurable through the Zoo’s carrier. The ability to work a flexible schedule, including holiday and weekend hours is required. Zoo Benefits: This position is full-time, overtime-exempt, and subject to the successful completion of a 180-day probationary period. This position is not represented by a bargaining union and is eligible for the Zoo’s benefit programs for non-union employees. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. Cover letter and resume, and contact information for three (3) references should be included in your online application.Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.To learn more about our organization, please visit us at www.cincinnatizoo.org. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected status.