Curator of Educational Program Animals

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZA Member)
Location: Tucson, Arizona, Country
Job or Internship: Job


This position oversees two separate, but closely related programs. The Raptor Free Flight Program flies raptors (and a few other birds) seasonally, generally twice daily, in a unique and highly technical open-air demonstration setting. The Raptor Free Flight program is unique in the U.S. in that it de-emphasizes handlers and focuses tightly on the birds and their natural behaviors. The program takes place in a natural desert setting in which individual birds (and groups of Harris' hawks) free fly for up to 30 minutes at a time. The Interpretive Animal Collection Program maintains a separate collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and arthropods. The collection is used by several educational groups (Education Specialists, Docents and Junior Docents) for on-site and off-site presentations. IAC trains a large corps of docent volunteers, junior docents and a small number of education staff to handle these animals in static settings, primarily on the Museum grounds, but occasionally off-site. This position will supervise experienced and talented keepers and trainers in both the Raptor Free Flight Program and Interpretive Animal Collection.

Further details of essential duties and responsibilities along with an outline of additional qualifications can be found within the position description available on ASDM's job page. A link can be found under the "Application Process" heading below.


B.S. degree in the life sciences or related field. Proven people management skills (with minimum two years paid experience) managing and motivating multiple employees required. Curatorial experience in a living collection is required. Minimum of four years paid experience training and demonstrating interpretive animals for public education programs. Experience must include small mammals, flighted birds, use of husbandry equipment (e.g. various jess, leash, tethering and perching systems), use of animal radio telemetry, and an understanding of the unique aspects of interpretive animal diet and nutrition.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted only for open positions and must be completed and submitted online. Use the "Job Search" link located at the bottom of our Job Opportunity page ( to view all current openings and begin an application. Resumes submitted by any other means will not be acknowledged or considered.

No phone calls please. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• Anticipated Starting Salary:$50,000

• Position Opened 09/18/13

• Position Open until Filled

• ASDM is a non-profit organization