Shark

Jobs

Connect Your Source for Zoo and Aquarium News and InsightsHow to Post Jobs

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, Commercial Members, Conservation Partners and Society Partners may post free unlimited online job listings as a member benefit. Non-members can purchase job listings. How to post a job

Career Center

Interested in a career in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums? Learn more about types of zoo and aquarium jobs and relevant education programs in our career center.


City of Albuquerque ABQ BioPark

ABQ BioPark Assistant Curator M14 (Animal Wellness Program)

Come join the ABQ BioPark as we foster and grow our culture of animal and staff wellness! You’ll be involved in implementing our new staff training program and helping keepers and aquarists achieve their professional development goals, as well as hands on behavioral husbandry training with animals across the zoo, aquarium, farm, and bugarium! We are also forging a new path with ambassador animals and this position with be crucial in achieving the new direction for connecting guests and animals. Being a part of the wellness program department means we can get this person involved with behavior based enrichment, welfare assessments, and beyond, depending on personal interests of the successful candidate! This is a city position, which comes with many benefits, beyond living in beautiful New Mexico with a low cost of living! Feel free to reach out with any questions!

The Albuquerque BioPark, the most visited attraction in New Mexico (1.2M annual visitors) is a dynamic cultural facility including an AZA accredited zoo and aquarium, a botanic garden and public park with fishing ponds.  The BioPark is a beloved community jewel. The voters of the Albuquerque community voted in favor of a fifteen-year 1/8 cent gross receipts tax (GRT) in 2015 to support the implementation of the BioPark’s master plan. This support has allowed the BioPark Zoo to make important additions to the zoo including a new elephant barn, Birds of Prey exhibit, nearly $10M in maintenance infrastructure improvements and the opening of new Asia Australia exhibits in 2023.  In addition to broad community support for capital improvements, the BioPark is currently in the midst of strategic planning process that has identified a new mission, core values and strategic program pillars to guide our work over the next five years. We are excited to have this process evolve alongside a master plan review and update process that aligns capital improvements with program development that is focused on community engagement and conservation impacts.

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.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receive direction from higher level supervisory or management staff.

Exercise direct supervision over lower level staff.

 

Essential and Supplemental Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  (Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the functions listed below)

  1. Coordinate the organization, staffing and operational activities for a variety of Biological Park services, activities and operations including the care and husbandry of animals; the care of Botanical Garden displays including trees, farm crops,  the maintenance of animal enclosures and facilities and the provision of educational services.
  2. Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities; recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures.
  3. Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures, identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff, implement improvements.
  4. Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for assigned Biological Park services, assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures, meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  5. Monitor animal diets, enclosures and transportation; ensure health and welfare of animals and farm crops.
  6. Conduct research on assigned sections of the plant or animal collections; maintain and update collection inventory and records.
  7. Assist with the evaluation of exhibit needs and tree health care; participate in the design, construction, and security of various animal habitats; coordinate assigned tasks with maintenance and construction divisions and staff as specified; manage facility as designated.
  8. Assist with monitoring animal husbandry methods, diets, enclosures and transportation; ensure health and welfare of animals; consult with veterinarians as directed.
  9. Participate in the preparation of documents and reports related to the inventory, equipment, supplies and products.
  10. Research specific animal or plant history prior to acquisition; make recommendations for acquisition and disposition of animals, plants and trees.
  11. Assist with analyzing Bio Park visitor needs; participate in the design of programs to fit those needs.
  12. Respond to public inquiries regarding plants or animals and their behaviors; may evaluate, prepare and modify various educational materials and curricular; assist with the education programs as needed.
  13. Assist in selection, training and evaluation of animal care personnel and the coordination of staff training.
  14. Participate as assigned, in the development and administration of budget, forecast funds for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies, etc. as necessary.
  15. Assist Bio Park Curator as needed.

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Participate on a variety of committees and boards relative to assigned area of responsibility; prepare and present staff reports and other correspondence as necessary.
  2. Attend and participate in professional group meetings, seminars training sessions as needed.
  3. Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Zoo, Aquarium and Botanical Garden operations, including arboriculture; maintain awareness of new developments in the field assigned; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.
  4. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

 

Minimum Education and Experience 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 zoology, animal husbandry, botany, horticulture or biology; and

Three (3) years of managerial experience working with plant, animal or crop operations in a Botanical Garden, Biological Park, agricultural environment, or tree care service; and 

To include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience.

When assigned to the Zoo:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in zoology, animal husbandry or biology; and

Three (3) years of management of exotic animals and exotic animal husbandry experience; and

To include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience. 

Experience working in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility preferred.

When assigned to the Botanic Garden:

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.

When assigned to the Aquarium:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in marine biology or aquaculture; and

Three (3) years of fresh or saltwater aquatic animal and plant husbandry experience; and

To include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience. 

Experience working in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility preferred.

When assigned to the Animal Wellness Program:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in in marine biology, aquaculture, zoology or biology,; and

Three (3) years of management of exotic animals and exotic animal husbandry, or saltwater aquatic animal experience; and

To include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience. 

Experience working in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility preferred.

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.

When assigned to the Botanic Garden: 

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.

 

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 Botanical Garden or Biological Park management
  • Principles and techniques of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification
  • Principles and techniques of Aquarium or Biological Park management
  • Principles and techniques of Farm management
  • Principles and techniques of Farm animal and plant management
  • Principles and techniques of marine and aquatic animal husbandry
  • Animal behavioral training and acceptable operant conditioning techniques
  • Elephant protected contact techniques
  • Elephant husbandry requirements
  • Theories of botany and horticulture
  • Theories and practices of agriculture
  • Theories and practices of tree care
  • Principles and techniques of irrigation design and maintenance
  • Principles and techniques of landscape maintenance for display and educational purposes.
  • Theories and practices of ecology, plant and water conservation and sustainability as it applies to botanical garden and biological park design and exhibits
  • Ornamental, native and invasive plant identification and management strategies
  • Methods of nursery propagation and plant husbandry
  • Theories and practices of water quality management
  • Basic operations and services of a Biological Park program focusing on either animals or plants including trees and/or horticultural aspects
  • Basic operations and services of a Biological Park program focusing on marine and aquatic biology
  • 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 and techniques of aquarium or biological park design and planning
  • Methods of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
  • Methods of supervision, training, and performance evaluation on chain saw operation
  • Design, recommend and implement aquarium or biological park displays/exhibits
  • 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 and Ability

  • 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
  • Foster a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement
  • 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

 

Working Conditions

Environmental:
Outdoor facilities; may work in an animal environment including a variety of domestic, exotic, aquatic animals and animal waste; Work in or with water; work on slippery or uneven surfaces; exposure to chemicals and pesticides, noise, dust, heat, cold and inclement weather conditions.

Physical:
Essential and supplemental functions may require physical condition necessary for; light to heavy lifting; for walking, standing, sitting, bending, stooping; kneeling, crawling for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.

Salary

$41,080.00 - $65,728.00 Annually

How to Apply

Assistant Curator M14 (Animal Wellness Program) | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)

City of Albuquerque ABQ BioPark
903 10TH ST SW
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87102
Phone: 505-764-6211

Visit our website

Like us on Facebook

I Accept

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. If you continue using our website, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website and you agree to our Privacy Policy.

loading