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ABQ BioPark

ABQ BioPark

Assistant Curator M14 (Heritage Farm)

Position Summary

Supervise, plan and coordinate staff engaged in a variety of ABQ BioPark services, activities and operations with the focus on providing highly responsible care and husbandry of the BioPark's diverse living collection. This includes the maintenance of exhibits and facilities.  Assignment will be in one of the BioPark facilities:  Zoo (exotic animals); Botanic Garden (plants, trees, farm animals and displays); Aquarium (salt and fresh water aquatic animals and plants).

Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Preferred Knowledge

  • Principles and practices of supervision, evaluation and training
  • Principles and practices of farm animals and plant supervision, evaluation and training
  • Principles and techniques of Farm management
  • Principles and techniques of Farm animal and plant management
  • Animal behavioral training and acceptable operant conditioning techniques
  • Theories and practices of agriculture
  • Principles and techniques of landscape maintenance for display and educational purposes.
  • Methods of nursery propagation and plant husbandry
  • Basic operations and services of a Biological Park program focusing on farm animals and agricultural plants
  • Methods and techniques of botanical garden or biological park design, planning and construction as it relates to landscape management and tree health
  • Methods of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations

Preferred Skills & Abilities

  • Interpret and explain City Bio Park programs, policies and procedures
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff
  • Exercise proper judgment in cases of animal emergencies and crop problems
  • Design, recommend and implement garden/conservatory/ farm or biological park displays/exhibits, including irrigation design and installation
  • Train husbandry behaviors in elephants utilizing protected contact
  • Respond to requests and inquires from the public
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Oversee the work of lower level staff
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

Experience Required

Minimum Education, Experience And Additional Requirements Education and experience directly related to the minimum requirements below may be interchangeable on a year for year basis. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in botany, horticulture, or agriculture; and Three (3) years of experience working with botanical, horticultural, arboricultural, or agricultural operations (crop / animal); and To include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification preferred.

Further Comments

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver's License, or the ability to obtain by date of hire. Possession of a City Operator's Permit (COP) within six (6) months from date of hire. Possession of a New Mexico Public Pesticide Applicator's License: 1A and 1B or 3A and 3B within six (6) months from date of hire.


$40,456.00 - $48,276.80

How to Apply

All applicants must apply on-line at:

ABQ BioPark
903 Tenth St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 15057646216
Fax: ABQ BioPark

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