Curator of Primates and Small Mammals

Reporting to the General Curator, the Curator of Primates and Small Mammals will supervise and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the keeper staff; and develop and oversee implementation of protocols for animal care, keeper safety, and facility upkeep. Will carry out collection planning, budget development, planning for and managing facility renovation/construction, and moving animals. Will be responsible for implementing keeper training programs, inventory and maintenance of equipment and additional projects as assigned.


  • Responsible for the daily supervision of keeper staff in accordance with established human resources and department guidelines, guest service policies and the collective bargaining agreement. Coaches, counsels and provides performance feedback, including formal evaluations, to keeper staff. Coordinates keeper work schedules and assignments. Trackstime and monitors compliance with attendance guidelines. Assists in identifying department training needs and implementing staff training programs. Develops, documents and administers policies and protocols related to keeper staff, including safety protocols. 
  • Develops and oversees high quality animal care program. Develops, documents and administers policies and protocols for collection care, including exhibit maintenance, exhibit outfitting, pest control, enrichment, and husbandry-related training. Works closely with appropriate staff on veterinary care and nutrition. Routinely inspects animal collection to ensure its health and safety. Keeps up to date on all individual animals in the collection. In collaboration with the General Curator, develops and implements animal collection plans. Participates in/oversees the capture, crating and transfer of animals.
  • Oversees facilities and materials. Routinely inspects animal facilities to ensure that they are clean and well-maintained. Makes minor, routine and emergency repairs necessary for animal management and exhibition. Coordinates the implementation of modifications and improvements to facilities, exhibits, etc. Oversees ordering, inventory, maintenance and upkeep of equipment including but not limited to vehicles, tools, etc.
  • Leads efforts to create excellent visitor experience. Participates in education, public relations, membership, and other guest programs. Oversees keeper participation in visitor programs. Conducts facility tours.
  • Advances the Zoo’s mission through innovation, conservation, and education and collection management. Interacts and coordinates with the Conservation/Education, Public Relations and Development departments. Provides information relating to the Zoo and its collection. Participates in education, public relations, membership and other programs including facilities tours and lectures. Manages and/or participates in population management programs at the institutional, regional, national and international levels.
  • Other: Responds to routine information requests inside and outside the zoo community. Participates in AZA programs as assigned. Participates in animal escape response team.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.
  • Five years experience as a keeper plus two years experience in a supervisory capacity in an AZA accredited zoological park or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of the husbandry of all types of mammals, with particular emphasis in carnivores and/ungulates preferred. Demonstrated interest in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of species in collection through reading articles, journals, and books, conferences, etc.
  • Knowledge of animal training principles and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships with peers and subordinates; superior interpersonal ability; ability to work effectively with diverse personalities; tactful; mature; flexible. Collaborative work style. Ability to work independently, but within the guidelines of an existing system.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and supervise keeper staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare routine correspondence, document protocols and prepare research projects.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Knowledge of standard programs for word and data processing.
  • Ability and willingness to be trained to use firearms and to participate in the animal escape response team.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. As required, may be on 24-hour call.
  • No allergies related to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to work.
  • Successful completion of a medical screening with emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems and drug test prior to starting work.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to remain on feet for extended periods, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement that might interfere with the ability to work.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases.)
  • Ability to be trained to use firearms.
  • Successful completion of a background check of criminal records and driving history prior to starting work
Note: This position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species and potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs. Occasional use of protective equipment or clothing is required (e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, gown, etc).

If interested, please apply online.