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California Science Center Foundation

Director of Husbandry


The Director of Husbandry provides vision, leadership, and oversight of the aquatic, terrestrial, and veterinary teams within Living Collections. Working with the Life Support, Water Quality, Dive, Exhibit Development, and Operations teams, the Director of Husbandry ensures quality husbandry practices, exhibit appearance, and proper operation of living collections exhibits. The Director of Husbandry is also responsible for developing and managing both a contract and department operational budget. The Director oversees and fosters a team environment for a diverse group of professionals by encouraging a dedication to animal health, science learning and conservation.


Good candidates have: 

  • Understanding of industry standards and practices of husbandry, exhibition, and collection planning for animals in human care

  • Experience with modeling good managerial skills within a zoo- or aquarium-type facility

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills for management of the Husbandry budgets with the ability to actively communicate how those interact with the rest of the departmental budget

  • Ability to be responsible for coordinating and co-chairing the AZA accreditation process, as well as identifying that all of the husbandry and permit requirements of the living collection species are being met

  • Great communication skills to facilitate changes within exhibitry with animals on display, often communicating with multiple teams as project manager

  • Strong public speaking skills with ability to lead monthly Husbandry meetings, actively participate in California Science Center management meetings with other departments, and advocate on behalf of the animal collection and staff that care for them

  • Ability to identify conservation projects that would be a good fit for the California Science Center to pursue that directly correlate to our mission statement and to execute entry into those programs while maintaining existing projects

  • Ability to help the Vice President of Living Collections create and maintain the Living Collections Strategic Plan

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include some weekends, holidays, and non-traditional hours

Great candidates also have: 

  • Detailed knowledge of husbandry practices for relevant animal species

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances as applicable to possessing, exhibiting, and transporting native and exotic animals

  • Experience managing within an AZA accredited zoo- or aquarium-type facility

  • Detailed knowledge of AZA standards to create positive animal welfare

  • Ability to fluently understand and communicate utilizing AZA language and standards to help prepare our facility for the accreditation process



  • Responsible for the management of the husbandry and veterinary staff and for overseeing the care and management of the California Science Center animals

  • Uphold and promote ethical standards of animal welfare and professionalism in all aspects of husbandry and business management

  • Participate in the acquisition of specimens for responsible and sustainable collection management through organization of trades/loans/purchases with other institutions, or collect/purchase as necessary

  • Ensure adherence to Federal, State, and local agency laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances, as well as meeting AZA/USDA/CDFW/OSHA standards

  • Oversee the development and implementation of projects, protocols, policies and procedures related to the animal collection

  • Direct and develop a diverse staff of employees and promote/foster a positive, growth-oriented team environment

  • Work closely with the Director of Life Support Systems and Dive Operations to provide leadership and vision for department goals while ensuring alignment with the overall California Science Center strategic plan

  • Participate in the development and administration of annual operating budget, practices and protocols for the husbandry and veterinary teams, procurement, practices and staff development

  • Procure supplies and equipment and make recommendations for necessary contractual services

  • Maintain close working relationship with the Director of Life Support Systems and Dive Operations, State Curator, and exhibits team to develop exhibits and programs

  • Occasionally travel on short notice and/or for extended periods as required to meet with other zoological professionals, to collect specimens, attend conferences, and/or to transfer animals

  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings and conferences to stay up to date on new trends and innovations within the field

  • Contribute to the mission of the California Science Center and California Science Center Foundation by stimulating curiosity and inspiring science learning by creating fun, memorable experiences for the guests

  • Perform other duties as required or as assigned by the Vice President of Living Collections

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The California Science Center Foundation is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.



$80,000 - $90,000

How to Apply

Please email your cover lette rand resume to:

California Science Center Foundation
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Phone: 2137442013

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