Animal Care Curator

The Living Desert is seeking qualified candidates to join our Animal Care Team as an Animal Care Curator.  This is a key, visible leadership position that requires a motivated, dedicated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.  This requires an enthusiastic individual with strong guest engagement skills, decision making skills and leadership qualities while demonstrating ability to work effectively with all levels of staff.

This position will oversee primarily the Americas collection, but does include some African species and the Desert Carnivore Conservation Center.  The animals in this area are primarily carnivores, birds and reptiles including some venomous.

Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional leadership skills which include being a model and an example for others to follow, inspiring others to work towards an exciting future and shared vision, challenging self and others to look for innovative ways to improve area and Zoo, foster collaboration, trust and team building.  Working with the Director of Animal Care to create and continue a culture of recognizing contributions and celebrating accomplishments.  This person will lead the area team in delivering uncompromising excellence in animal care, wellness and guest engagement.

Position Summary:

Reports to Director of Animal Care.  This position supports in the oversight of the development and implementation of the management strategies of the collection and staff.  Manages the daily work and husbandry activities of the Animal Care staff and associated animal collection.  Develops short term and long-term goals and strategies, makes recommendations to Zoo administration regarding collection, habitats, design, construction, presentation and relevance to overall Zoo objectives including conservation and mission.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
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To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send resume, three (3) references and cover letter to RoxAnna Breitigan, Director of Animal Care at  Cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Department forward and how you will move The Living Desert mission forward. Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5pm (pst)

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