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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Assistant Curator of Mammals & Birds

The Living Planet Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides the community with countless educational opportunities to understand and respect our precious Earth and its living ecosystems, from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet’s vast oceans. Working at The Living Planet Aquarium is more than just a job, it is purpose-driven work. We need exceptionally talented and hardworking team members to join us on our mission of inspiring people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 401(k) with match, PTO, Holiday Pay, New Child Leave, Aquarium Memberships and passes, and much more.

The Living Planet Aquarium recognizes and embraces human diversity. Different perspectives and experiences matter and everyone belongs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or military status. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Living Planet Aquarium is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and interview process. Should you require accommodations, please contact

Position: Assistant Curator of Mammals and Birds

Reports To: Curator of Mammals and Birds


Position Summary:

The Assistant Curator of Mammals and Birds (Endotherm team) will help oversee the care of the Mammal, Bird and some Reptiles as well as supervise staff. Reporting to the Curator of Mammals and Birds, this position will develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures relevant to the personnel and the Mammal, Bird and Herp collection at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. This individual will also help orchestrate all aspects of animal care, including but not limited to; acquisition, disposition, record keeping, husbandry, enrichment, implementation of balanced and nutritional diets, translocations, medical procedures and vaccinations.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison between upper management and the veterinarians, animal care staff and registrar regarding animal health, care and habitats. 
  • Evaluate, approve and oversee all animal enrichment and operant conditioning programs. 
  • Develop and enforce standards of animal care policies and procedures for the entire specimen collection. 
  • Help schedule, assign and direct endotherm staff and volunteers, as-needed, which includes performance management and disciplinary action.
  • Collaborate with Department Directors on animal habitat designs and renovation.
  • Lead others in the research and development of new habitats and renovations. 
  • Lead by example to animal care staff; providing encouragement, coaching, training, mentoring and opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. 
  • Collaborate in the production of all identification labels and interpretive graphics associated with animal exhibits. 
  • Represent the department at professional meetings, conferences or in the media as requested by upper management. 
  • Works with guest services and marketing with respect to exhibition, visitor experience and special functions. 
  • Assist in monitoring the institutional Collection Plan and support the Director of Husbandry in overseeing all public animal programs.
  • Help with crisis management, safety drills and participate in safety meetings with fellow department representatives when required.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Zoology, Biology or related field.
  • A minimum 7 years’ proven experience in an aquarium or zoo environment, demonstrating a proven record of animal husbandry, enrichment and exhibition of a variety mammals, birds, and reptiles. 
  • General knowledge of all animal phylum and their characteristics and habits.
  • Awareness of current animal issues in zoos and aquariums and outside in the wild.
  • Ability to successfully manage the animal collection.
  • Understand exhibit design and construction.
  • Recognize any deficiencies in exhibit or animal holding facilities.
  • Ability to prioritize issues affecting animals and staff.
  • Basic knowledge of veterinary procedures and vaccinations.
  • Knowledge of annual budget process and ability to operate within departmental budget.
  • Knowledge and skills to interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.
  • Knowledge of laws and permits regulating acquisition, disposition, exhibition, husbandry standards and transportation within the US and abroad.
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles and practices of zoo record keeping methods and collection management standards. Working knowledge of ZIMS.
  • Possess excellent communication skills. Must be able to give and take direction: both verbally and written.
  • Ability to multi-task as well as delegate.
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Knowledge of dangerous and venomous species handling and protocols a plus.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations  

  • Valid Utah driver’s license. 
  • CPR/First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain it in-house upon employment. 
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain current, negative TB test results. 


Physical Demands of the Job:

Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds, stand for long periods of time and drive aquarium vehicles. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects or controls. The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and stand for long periods for time. 


While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.


Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. LLPA does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected class under federal, state or local laws.



50,000 per year

How to Apply

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 Lone Peak Pkwy
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 8013553474

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