Curator of West Zone (Farm, Hoofstock, Birds, Cats)

Organization: Memphis Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Working under the general direction of the Director of Animal Programs, the Curator is an integral member of the Zoo’s Senior Animal Staff team. Managing these animal areas: Once Upon a Farm, the Round Barn (African hoofstock), Penguin Rock, Pelicans, Waterfowl, Tropical Bird House, Hippos and Cat Country, this position requires a dedicated and motivated team player with strong leadership skills.

Job Responsibilities: Develop, implement and supervise safe, proper and humane programs and protocols for all aspects of animal collection management to include: sanitation, health, nutrition, reproduction, behavior and specimen acquisition and disposition; plan and supervise animal introduction, transfer, and capture; plan and supervise enrichment and operant conditioning programs; supervise, train, and manage Assistant Curator(s), Team Leader(s), and Zookeepers; develop, implement and supervise programs and protocols for the safe and proper management and maintenance of animal exhibits; ensure that records system is maintained and complies with State and Federal regulations concerning animal sales, exchanges, and procurement; prepare required reports summarizing activities and events within the animal collection and the department; responsible for the formulation and implementation of animal collection planning within the department; collaborate in production of all interpretive graphics associated with animal exhibits; collaborate with veterinary staff in medical care of the animal collection; collaborate in development and design of new animal exhibits and holding facilities, and supervising others in these activities; provide periodic reports and correspondence associated with the animal collection for the Director of Animal Programs; prepare an operating budget for the department for review and approval by the Director of Animal Programs and administer such budget; represents the Zoo in professional matters and associations, as well as during public tours and correspondence; develop and present public educational programs, interface with public and media as required; develop and maintain safety protocols and serve as needed in the Zoo’s crisis management plan; and perform other related duties as assigned in order to obtain the goals and mission of the Zoo.

Special Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Experience working with the AZA in zoo administration, conservation, and SSPs; familiar with AZA, USDA, and TN state requirements and protocol; ability to work with a variety of animals; familiar with animal diets and behavior; ability to develop and coordinate schedules; ability to follow and give directions to complete tasks as assigned; demonstrate excellence in team building and employee development skills; experience maintaining data collection and animal record keeping; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with staff and the public; ability to manage multiple projects, including prioritization and effective time management; ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, early mornings, late nights, and special events; and must possess a valid Driver’s License and acceptable MVR. Machines, Equipment and Aids used in the job: Computers, telephones, fax machines, copiers, and other standard office equipment as assigned.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: Work may be performed indoors or outdoors in all types of weather conditions; walk, sit and stand throughout the day; occasionally may require long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, assisting in animal capture, transport, and/or restraint, bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items in excess of 50 lbs.; occasional travel. Benefits package available after 90 days.

Requires Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, Animal Husbandry, or a related field and training and proven experience in the collection, care, and conservation of exotic animals and facilities. Advanced degree of relevance is preferred. Required experience: Five or more years of experience, including two years supervising staff, in the collection, care and conservation of exotic animals in the capacity of Assistant Curator, Team Leader, Zookeeper, or a closely related position within an AZA institution. Familiarity with management of carnivores, hippos, birds, domestic and exotic hoofstock.

Please upload the following items during your online application session: a cover letter, resume or CV, the names and contact information of three (3) professional references, salary history and expectations. The cover letter should specifically address how previous experience addresses the skills and tasks required for this position. Walk-in interviews and phone calls are not accepted. EOE

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