Coordinator of Live Animal Care; Museum Educator

Organization: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Location: New York, N.Y., us
Job or Internship: Job

Brooklyn, New York


Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for children is searching for a full-time Coordinator of Live Animal Care; Museum Educator.This person will coordinate live animal care for the Museum’s reptiles, amphibians, aquaria, invertebrates and birds, as well as develop and facilitate educational programming. Coordinator will lead the team of animal maintainers, interns, and volunteers that care for the Museum’s animals in tasks including routine animal care, monitoring diets and consumption, animal behavior reporting, and behavioral enrichment. 



  • B.A. / B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, Zoology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, Animal Behavior or related field and/or equivalent experience.  M.A./M.S.Ed. in Museum or Science Education, or other relevant area of study preferred; and/or 2-3 years working in a Museum or education setting.
  • Minimum three years animal care experience.
  • Excellent writing and teaching skills, experience with early childhood education and inquiry-based science education preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in individual and group settings; attention to detail; initiative and follow-through.  


  • Oversee and coordinates care for Brooklyn Children’s Museum live animal collection including reptiles, amphibians, aquaria, invertebrates and birds.
  • Coordinate animal acquisition and de-accessions; develop and maintain animal enclosures (both behind the scenes and on the exhibit floor).
  • Supervise animal care staff as they perform routine animal husbandry, monitor animal diets and consumption, observe and report on animal behavior, and provide behavioral enrichment. Provide all staff professional development and training to ensure high quality care of live animal collection during educational programs.
  • In collaboration with Manager of Science Education, coordinate live animal care budget, records, permits, licenses, equipment and supplies.
  • Oversee live animal programs. Develop and implement innovative school and public programs, teacher/parent workshops, and multi-media materials; participate in community/school collaborations; conduct outreach programming; other related programs and projects.
  • Assist supervisors in the planning, research, and development of grants and fundraising tools.
  • Supervise Animal Care interns and volunteers. Recruit, train, mentor and evaluate interns and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the Education team to develop engaging environmental science and engineering programs for school and family audiences.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge, expertise and latest industry advances.
  • Other Education Department and Museum-wide duties as needed   


Work Schedule:  

Full time, 5 days a week, including one weekend day, Sunday—Thursday schedule preferred.

BCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest and resume to:

Marcos Stafne, Director of Education