Animal Curator

Organization: Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
Location: Nassua, Bahamas, International
Job or Internship:


Reports to: Director, Business and Administration

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Strategic Vision


o Implement and impart zoo plan development and organization vision

o Actively implement and enforce all policies and procedures as established by the owners and senior leadership team

o Implement and refine operating systems regularly for optimum efficiency

o Develop the Ardastra mission through positive and strong partnerships with other relevant organizations


 General Property Oversight



o Daily management of zoo with primary focus on animals


Animal Oversight



o Develop, plan and organize vet protocol

o Develop training plans for all animals

o Develop breeding plans including husbandry protocol

o Identify, organize and oversee animal acquisitions and removals

o Develop and implement conservation strategies

o Oversee daily animal welfare programs

o Assist with animal capture as necessary

o Assist with snake and bird interactions when needed

o Work closely with Education Manager to develop and update animal curriculum


 Visitors / School Groups / Tours / Education



o Oversee animal and conservation education portion of tours and school groups

o Provide group educational talks as needed and when required

o Provide current, relevant material regarding animals and conservation

o Stay abreast of developments in wildlife advances to share with the public and animal staff

o Proactively enhance and expand educational programs to further develop the strategic vision of Ardastra





o Ensure that safety protocols are created and followed

o Perform regular inspections of grounds and make recommendations regarding safety procedures

o Ensure all hurricane procedures are followed

o Liaise with other departments on all safety related matters





o Design of new exhibits

o Development of exhibits

o Maintenance of exhibits

o Oversee exhibit signage


Animal Keepers – Human Resource Duties 



o Share the strategic vision of Ardastra with employees and be a role model for the level of professionalism, organization and efficiency that the organization represents

o Supervise animal keepers

o Employee development and training

o Carry out performance evaluations in timely fashion

o Manage employee schedule

o Hold regular meetings as requested and needed

o Ensure clear communication with all zoo staff and issue memos as necessary





o Ensure animal keeper payroll is completed accurately and prepared in a timely fashion for submittal to Director, Business and Operations for processing

o Submit all financial and accounting documentation to Director, Business and Operations in a timely fashion

o Oversee and manage Animal Petty Cash items as necessary

o Liaise with Director of Operations and Business regarding animal feed and care purchases


Inventory and Food



o Maintain and control all inventory associated with animal care

o Order animal feed as necessary





o Attend all management meetings as necessary and impart information to all animal keepers

o Ensure that required reports are completed in a timely fashion and submitted to management team or owner

 Operations



o Assist with daily non-animal operational functions as required

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Contact Information:   
Kirsten Stevens                                        
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