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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Invertebrate Wildlife Care Supervisor - San Diego Zoo


The Invertebrate Wildlife Care Supervisor will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide through the daily supervision of invertebrate populations and the teams providing their care. This position reports to the Director of Invertebrate Care and Conservation.



• Supervise assigned staff and assist Director

• Assure compliance with animal welfare standards and other protocols

• Assure compliance with USDA, USFWS and other permit conditions

• Oversee and coordinate reproduction, hatching, and population management programs

• Provide input into assigned budgets and facilitate management of grant labor

• Participate in establishing and updating procedures

• Provide support and guidance to team area leads

• Generate work requests and coordinate completion

• Ensure accurate and complete records of animal activities are maintained

• Assist in planning the development and modification of habitats

• Conduct special tours as required

• Maintain a variety of contacts in order to respond to inquiries and requests

• Exemplify the highest standard of work ethics

• Performs related duties and responsibilities as required



San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is seeking an individual who is inspired to be a part of an organization committed to protecting wildlife at home and around the globe. A leader to join us in our commitment to provide opportunities to engage with best-in-class conservation work and share how that work is changing outcomes for wildlife every day through visits to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


This position will support the day to day needs of staff and wildlife in the Invertebrate Propagation Center, Butterfly Conservation Lab and new invertebrate experience in the Children's Zoo. Candidates must be available to work a flexible schedule, which includes weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings.



• Three to five years of paid experience leading or supervising the care and handling of invertebrates in a zoological, museum or university setting is required

• Three years of paid team leadership and performance management is required

• Experience managing a USDA/APHIS PPQ-regulated butterfly or other containment facility is highly desirable

• Experience with ex-situ invertebrate conservation work is highly desirable

• Experience working with represented labor is preferred



• Bachelor’s degree in entomology, zoology, animal science, or a related field is preferred

• Current and valid California driver license in good standing is required



• Ability to effectively lead and mentor a diverse team

• Ability to collaborate productively with other internal teams and external entities in a dynamic environment

• Understanding of animal welfare concepts and applications in a modern zoo environment

• Understanding of wildlife regulations and conservation implications for invertebrate animals

• Presentation and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to articulate our vision through written components such as consumer articles and blogs

• Use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database systems (Word, Excel, ZIMS, etc.)

• Time management skills and the ability to effectively evaluate staff

• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

• Understanding of union contracts regarding labor use restrictions

How to Apply

Invertebrate Wildlife Care Supervisor - San Diego Zoo - Career Portal (

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA

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