Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Animal Programs Curator

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is currently seeking an experienced Animal Programs Curator with proven leadership skills to join our team. 

Responsibilities include:
• Leads Zoo’s Herpetology and Ornithology animal care and conservation teams by creating a strategic vision in line with the overall Zoo.
• Reports to the Deputy Director of Conservation and Education, and works with the specific teams to ensure the health, welfare, and best husbandry practices for all bird and herpetology residents.
• Collaborates with various stakeholders on acquisition and disposition, collection and captive management.
• Create, foster, and maintain positive team oriented work environment. Management of staff to include recruitment, retention, training and performance management through effective leadership, communication, training, coaching and mentoring
• Provides assistance, oversight, and supervision to collection supervisors in overseeing daily operations.
• Provides input into physical facilities/exhibitory and the development of capital improvement or modification requests.
• Represent JZG thru involvement with AZA and other zoological and conservation programs such as SSPs, TAGS, committees, accreditation inspections, wildlife agencies, etc. 

• A bachelor’s degree in biology or zoological field or 10 years of applicable work experience.
• Five years of supervisory experience working in a zoological environment with demonstrated experience leading a high performing team. 
• Must be available and able to work off hours and weekends when the need arises.
• Must have excellent communication and presentation skills, excellent time management skills.
• Experience with industry standards of animal management, exhibitory design, or master planning. 

Physical Requirements:
• Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
• Must be able to stand walk, bend, kneel, crawl, stoop, lift overhead, push, and pull.
• Must be able to transverse zoo grounds, ride a bike, or operate a motorized cart to facilitate tours and/or greet guests.
• Must be able to work in adverse weather including heat, cold, rain, and wind.
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers all full time employees a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance for the employee, paid time off, 403B Retirement Plan, and discounts at the Zoo.

To apply please submit résumé and salary requirements, via email to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)