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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Carnivore Curator

FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CENTER invites applicants for the position:
Carnivore Curator
Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position is responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of the carnivore collection. This position is responsible for the training and supervision of daily duties of the Animal Care Specialists--Carnivores and interns. This position will maintain and expand Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s image and awareness through public speaking and publication. And provide enhancement of the visitor experience and learning opportunities through the collection.
Specific/Mandatory Duties: The essential responsibilities of the Carnivore Curator include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Provide a healthy, well managed carnivore collection on a daily basis.
  • Develop/maintain programs consistent with Recovery Programs and SSP/AMP recommendations and needs.
  • Develop carnivore programs, which Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will benefit from by generating conservation awareness.
  • Oversee all carnivore transfers.
  • Be familiar with and potentially secure loan, licensing, permits, contracts and agreements regarding Carnivore Department related activities.
  • Organize and secure all necessary paperwork and records related to the above and in accordance to all regulatory agencies (AZA, USFWS, etc.).
  • Provide professional training opportunities through internships.
  • Provide supervision and oversight of Animal Care Staff in the carnivore department.
  • Supervise staff/interns for the daily care and maintenance of the carnivore collection.
  • Selection, scheduling, and supervision of Animal Care Specialists and interns in the carnivore department.
  • Interface with other zoological and related organizations regarding animal management.
  • Assist SSP/AMP Coordinators in planning, securing and coordinating carnivores to be moved into and out of Fossil Rim.
  • Submit purchase authorization requests and receipts as needed.
  • Assist the Animal Health Department with veterinary procedures and daily treatments as needed.
  • Consult with the Animal Health Department regarding diets, parasite control, and other health management issues.
  • Ensure proper record keeping.
  • Supervise and/or assist with animal management plans and actions within the carnivore collection.
  • Coordinate management activities with other area supervisors and the Director of Animal Care.
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies.
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.
  • Able to bend over.
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the workday standing/walking.
  • Ability to work outside all day in weather ranging from extreme heat (+100 degrees) to extreme cold (below freezing) and in wet conditions.
  • Ability to drive and/or operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower, hand tools, truck and lawn tractor.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, Contingency Plan, and all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.
The secondary responsibilities of the Carnivore Curator include but are not limited to the following:
  • Assist the Animal Care Department with procedures as needed, consistent with the existing “Team” concept.
  • Participate and serve on species or taxon management committees (SSPs, AMPs, TAGs, BCC [Breeding Center Coalition]).
  • Develop preliminary budgets, and be responsible for managing carnivore programs within an approved budget. Responsible for all carnivore hand-rearing, diets, supervision of staff and record keeping of hand reared carnivores.
  • Interface with both the Environmental Engagement and Public Relations Departments as needed.
  • Assist Support Services with facilities design and facilities maintenance.
  • Assist the Director of Animal Care regarding communication with other Fossil Rim Departments, media, and professional contacts.
  • Be on emergency call.
Desired Qualities, Experience and Educational Skills:
  • University Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field, or 5 years’ experience, with two years of supervisory experience.
  • Expertise with carnivores and captive animal management programs.
  • ZIMS  literate.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Familiarity with both Macintosh and PCs and competent with Excel and Microsoft Word.
Work Requirements:
Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays.
Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed a normal workday. Work holidays as scheduled by Department, with consideration given consistent with company leave policy.
Position Specs:
A full time, exempt position. Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

How to Apply

Please apply through our website ( WE DO NOT accept applications via email. Click the “Apply for this Position” button, fill out the form, upload the required documents, and click the “Submit Application” button.
We are a Non-Profit organization and an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.
Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
2155 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Phone: 254-897-2960

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