Manager of Zoology

Organization: Maymont Foundation
Location: Richmond, VA, us
Job or Internship: Job

Position Summary:  Responsible for the management and operation of the Zoology Department; which includes the animal collection, animal records, animal care staff, exhibits and support facilities.  This position is a member of the Maymont Animal Management Committee and reports to the Director of Habitats and the Nature Center.  


  • Supervision of animal care staff including full and part time keepers and aquarists
  • Supervision and coordination of animal management including protocols for nutrition, reproduction, behavioral enrichment, animal training, disease management and in-house laboratory work conducted by animal care staff
  • Coordination and cooperation with contract veterinary staff
  • Management of animal records in accordance with professional practices such as accessions and dispositions, daily/monthly/annual reports, and health, state/federal permits.
  • Supervision and coordination of non-paid personnel such as interns, volunteers and others
  • Staff recruitment, development, scheduling, and evaluation
  • Coordination and maintenance of feed, medical, chemical, and exhibit supply inventories
  • Supervision of aquarium life support systems in consort with aquarists
  • Conduct departmental meetings and work harmoniously with other departments
  • Assist in development and supervision of annual operating and capital budgets
  • Assist in the development of educational programming specific to the department
  • Assist in the management of department vehicles and equipment
  • Assist in the creation and editing of publications and articles
  • Generally perform all of the duties of subordinates as needed
  • Other duties as assigned  

Education/Experience required: Minimum: Bachelor degree in biology, zoology, or related field AND a minimum of three years paid experience in a zoological setting WITH leadership/management experience.  Prefer: experience in an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institution.  Prefer: advanced knowledge of native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes of Virginia.

Skills/Abilities required: Demonstrated expertise in the management of a diverse staff of full-time and part-time employees.   Demonstrated expertise in the management of animal husbandry responsibilities listed above.  Ability to perform the manual work including lifting and carrying 50 pounds, climbing, crawling and jumping.  Ability to work in inclement weather throughout the year.  Ability to follow detailed written and verbal instructions.  Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with team members, the general public, professional colleagues and others.  Computer literacy to include database manipulation and creation.  Excellent knowledge of animal handling and restraint to include immobilization techniques.  Comfort with carrying out veterinary requests including administering medications.  Knowledge and ability to carry out the principles of quarantine, parasitology, avoidance of zoonotic diseases, aquarium science (such as pump dynamics, filtration techniques, ozone and UV applications).  Willingness to work evening, weekends, off-site and holidays if required.  Will be required to pass scheduled Basic First Aid and CPR employer-provided training and receive pre-exposure rabies vaccine (employer provided).  Willingness to operate heavy machinery and power tools.

Supervises:  Animal keepers, aquarists, interns, volunteers, students, docents, and scouts

Key relationships: Director of Habitats and the Nature Center, Manager of Environmental Education, Contract Veterinarian

Licenses required: Valid driver’s license

Tools & Equipment Used:  Animal restraint equipment (including darting equipment), power tools, tractor and attachments, aquarium equipment, computer equipment, office equipment, audio/visual equipment, basic laboratory equipment 

Other Working Conditions: Exposure to inclement weather throughout the year and normal hazards associated with working in an aquarium and zoo (disinfectant chemicals, lab reagents, ozone, and zoonotic diseases, being wet).   

This full-time salary position offers compensation in the low 30’s and a competitive benefits package.  For more information about Maymont please go to

The application deadline is May 3, 2013.  Please forward cover letter and resume to:  

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