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Gladys Porter Zoo

Associate Curator of Hoofstock

The ideal candidate will be an experienced hoofstock supervisor who will enjoy the challenge of working with a diverse collection of large and small hoofstock, including giraffe, bongo, yellow-back duiker, zebra, harnessed bushbuck, as well as warthogs and pygmy hippo. This is a working leadership position. The successful candidate, with input from the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, will help develop, participate in, and be held accountable for training and welfare within the department.  Accordingly, a strong background in training is required and experience with giraffe is strongly preferred.  Must be an excellent communicator with robust interpersonal and managerial skills. This is a great opportunity for someone who is seeking to take the next step in their career by leading a team of husbandry professionals with an exciting and unique grouping of animals.

Experience Required

• At least five years of hoofstock husbandry experience • A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience • Proven ability to develop, train, and teach welfare-based behaviors • Comprehensive knowledge of AZA accreditation and USDA regulatory standards. • Thorough knowledge of the requirements of the animals in their charge • Working understanding of zoonotic diseases and their prevention • Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to get along with diverse groups. Tactful, mature • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public • Willingness and ability to participate in Zoo Emergency Response/Armed Response team • Strong oral and written communication skills • Proficiency with computer software and programs; proficiency with ZIMS preferred Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify some individuals

Further Comments

Responsibilities include: • Direct, oversee and participate in the activities of the department to promote and ensure effective and efficient care and welfare of the department's collection • Coordinate daily activities of the department through effective communication with the Mammal Curator, Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, as well as other departments/teams when needed • Assist in maintaining studbooks and following Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommendations • Maintain and review departmental husbandry/enrichment/training logs to ensure accuracy and compliance • Inspect barns/exhibits to ensure safety, cleanliness and aesthetics of animal areas • Work beside and supervise department personnel: hire, train, schedule, and conduct performance reviews • Identify and leverage existing staff talent • Assist Mammals Curator in staff recruitment • Develop and drive a continuous improvement plan for the department as well as each staff member, focusing on enhancing team skill set and productivity • Ensure staff is given ample constructive feedback • Cultivate and maintain a positive working environment. Effectively interact and communicate with senior staff, employees, volunteers, and various external groups • Work with fellow associate curators and their respective teams to develop and implement dynamic training projects and programs that serve to enhance animal welfare • Provide supervisory coverage of other areas, as needed • Work with various Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), in partnership with, and direction by, Senior Staff • Represent the zoo, on an occasional basis, to external donors, community, scientific, and government groups • Perform related duties, as required • Work special events, evenings, weekends or holidays, as necessary and assigned • Respond to calls/texts outside of regular work schedule, as needed


Major medical insurance policy (HMO) paid by company at 100%.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and references to the Curator of Mammals, Walter DuPree at before June 25, 2021.

 Please put the words “Associate Curator Hoofstock” in the subject line.

Gladys Porter Zoo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Gladys Porter Zoo
500 E Ringgold Street
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956 546-7187
Fax: 956 541-4940

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