How to Post Jobs

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, Commercial Members, and Conservation 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.

Phoenix Zoo

Collection Manager (Birds)

Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
The Phoenix Zoo
Job Description


Job Title:
 Collection Manager
Department: Living Collections
Supervisor: Curator of Assigned Area
Supervises: Area Keepers, volunteers, and interns
FLSA Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt

General Statement:                  
Under direction of the Animal Curator, the Collection Manager in this position is responsible for the organization and operation of an assigned animal trail through effective management of staff, animal care and facilities.  This individual will supervise and manage a team of keepers and ensure husbandry and behavioral management practices that support the Phoenix Zoo’s mission and core values through active collaboration in the development and presentation of interpretive material.
Essential Duties:

  • Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance.
  • Responsible for daily operation of assigned area including direct management of staff that includes staff recruitment, training, scheduling, payroll and performance management; encouragement of staff development through effective leadership communication, training, coaching and mentoring; create, foster and maintain a positive team-orientated work environment.
  • Inspect, evaluate and maintain the care and well-being of the animals on the assigned trail and apply established husbandry, nutritional and behavioral management standards. Assist in the development of reproductive and exhibition strategies.
  • Ensure that husbandry and behavioral management practices support the Phoenix Zoo’s mission and core values through active collaboration in the development and presentation of interpretive material, messaging and guest experiences. Conduct tours and assist with public, media and interviews as requested.
  • Manage non-routine events and insure emergency response preparedness. 
  • Collaborate with internal staff and departments to ensure the maintenance, renovation, and improvements of exhibitions.
  • Perform all Keeper duties as needed.   

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments.)

  • Bachelor’s degree in life science or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with exotic animal husbandry at an accredited AZA institution or related facility.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ supervisory experience preferred.
  • Proven organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral, written communication, interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • Ability to successfully solve complex problems and serve as resource to others.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Able to bend, stoop, crawl, and walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
  • Possession of a valid driver license.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual TB test.

How to Apply

Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85005

Find a Zoo or Aquarium Donate to AZA Contact Us Member Login Search the site