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Under the general supervision of the Senior Curator of Code Red or designee, this Assistant Curator position provides direct supervision of assigned Animal Keepers. Duties include, but are not limited to, coordinating the activities of a section of the Zoo; facilitating the work of the Animal Keepers by ensuring that the keepers have the necessary tools, equipment and supplies; responsible for administrative functions such as scheduling, timekeeping, evaluations and progressive discipline. Orders, receives and distributes materials, supplies and food stuffs; and facilitates animal care operations within a section of the Zoo; reviews, develops and/or revises standard operating procedures or other reports; conducts or coordinates safety training. The Assistant Curator also works with animal keepers, managers, and Wellness Division staff to continue developing animal enrichment and training programs for all species.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Requires extensive knowledge of the care and feeding of zoo animals, animal behavior and hazards of working with zoo animals; zoo rules, policies and procedures; includes knowledge of animal diseases and methods of preventing the spread of contagious disease, and principles of biology and zoology. Ability to perform heavy work including working safely and effectively with dangerous or exotic mammals, birds, reptiles and working effectively with Zoo employees as needed; keep operational records; prepare reports; deal courteously and effectively with the public. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Experience with a variety of large and small carnivores is essential.
Requirements: This position requires a minimum of 5 years of progressive animal husbandry experience in an AZA institution working with small and large carnivores and other code red species. The ideal candidate will be familiar with animal transport and animal introductions, AZA accreditation standards, and AZA’s code of ethics. This candidate should have a strong foundation in the development of species appropriate enrichment and progressive, positive reinforcement based training programs. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred
SECTION A: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
SECTION B: JOB RELATED DUTIES
SECTION C: CORE EXPECTATIONS
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises employees, interns, and volunteers. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, applicable laws, and relevant labor laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; ensuring compliance with contracted obligations.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum five years paid experience in animal husbandry and captive animal management. Supervisory and curatorial experience in a major zoological institution preferred. Significant lead experience may substitute for supervisory and curatorial experience.
EDUCATION: Degree in zoology, biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals.
TO APPLY: Apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org . Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.
Apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org . Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens1 Zoo Rd.San Francisco, CA 94132
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