Assistant Zoological Curator (Producer Arts or Sciences Programs)

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Museum and Arts Sciences and Laboratory
  • Salary: $80,350.40 - $98,633.60 Annually USD

Job Description


Career Opportunity
The Palo Alto Junior Museum in Zoo (in Palo Alto, CA) is looking for an Assistant Zoological Curator to help run its Zoo! This full-time position includes both week-day and weekend hours.

The Position
Under limited supervision, this full time position with the management the day-to-day operations of assigned exhibit areas of the Junior Museum & Zoo. Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assigns, coordinates, and reviews the work of animal management staff responsible for the health and care of animals in an assigned area of the Zoo; trains lower level staff in new, revised, and existing animal management procedures/practices, including explaining procedures and resolving operations questions; prepares/monitors operating budget/capital improvement plans for assigned area.
  • Plans/designs new/enhanced animal habitat/exhibit areas by researching availability and desirability of animal species in relation to the Zoo's goals/objectives for the animal collection, estimating costs and time frames involved, and communicating project recommendations to other curators, the general curator, and other management staff.
  • Observes/monitors the activities of animal management staff in assigned areas to ensure a high quality of care for the animal collection, identify and correct any problems regarding animal health/safety, evaluate the quality and appearance of the exhibits and surrounding areas, and interact with Zoo visitors and staff at all levels.
  • Works with the zoo director and other to manage the animal collection in assigned areas, including determining animal diets, training programs, and collection planning (the need for acquisition, sale, or loan of animals), designing and monitoring the success of Zoo breeding programs, communicating with zoo curators in other Zoos, and contributing to various cooperative programs with other Zoos and conservation groups, nationally and world wide.
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Ideal Candidate
  • Knowledge of established principles and practices of exotic and domestic wildlife exhibition, care, and habitat maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife collection management.
  • Knowledge of the State, Federal, and International laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the operation of a zoological park.
  • Knowledge of the ZIMMS, the International Species Information System.
  • Knowledge of exhibit/habitat design, construction, and maintenance principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of general zoological classification and veterinary medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of the "normal" behaviors of the animals, including feeding/breeding habits and social interaction patterns.
  • Knowledge of the behaviors/physical appearance indicative of health problems in the collection.
  • Knowledge of natural environments in which the assigned animals are found.
  • Knowledge of research principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of general management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of employee training and supervision.
  • Knowledge of general budgeting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of horticulture and landscape care.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other Zoo management staff, animal management staff at all levels, animal management staff in Zoos around the world, State, Federal, and International regulatory officials, and the public.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining a collection of exotic/zoo animals.
  • Skill in animal training.
  • Skill in planning/designing animal exhibit/habitat areas.
  • Skill in training and supervising employees.
  • Skill in preparing operating budgets and capital improvement plans.
  • Emergency response team leadership and participation are mandatory. The emergency response team responds to animal related emergencies and includes training and use of capture equipment, to respond to emergency situations in the Zoo as required. Training is provided.

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Animal Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related area and experience equivalent to two (2) years full-time professional level work handling, breeding, and exhibiting an exotic/zoo animal collection. A graduate level degree in Zoology, Animal Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related area may substitute for one year of experience.
  • At least two years of which involved team-lead responsibilities are preferred.

This is a Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) position.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Palo Alto, California United States View Map