Curator of Fish and Invertebrates

Posted: 03/08/2023

The Curator of Fish and Invertebrates is responsible for the day to day departmental operations of the fish and invertebrate team while advancing and implementing aquarium standards and policies to ensure compliance with all requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies.  This is a working curatorial position.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage all fish and invertebrate staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Oversee all fish and invertebrate exhibits, inhabitants, and systems
  • Ensure effective communication amongst F&I staff
  • Ensure effective communication between with Registrar and Animal Resource Manger on all specimen health related and record keeping issues
  • Ensure effective communication between F&I staff and LSS related matters
  • Ensures that F&I staff have all needed supplies to perform daily duties
  • Oversee fish and invertebrate acquisitions while working with Registrar and Animal Records Manger and ensuring compliance with the institutional collection plan
  • Ensure exhibit cleanliness and positive guest experience
  • Participate in public interaction including behind the scenes tours, speaking engagements, media communication and guest education.
Curatorial Responsibilities:
  • Participate in hiring staff, performance evaluations, and disciplinary action as needed
  • Supervise, mentor, and motivate staff, including supporting advancement and growth
  • Scheduling, monitoring, and approval of staff work hours and time off
  • Ensure compliance with AZA standards and other regulatory and governing bodies
  • Instruct new personnel in methods of animal care consistent with policies and procedures
  • Leads regular F&I department meetings to develop goals, evaluate progress and facilitate open communication among staff
  • Mentor staff with the development of exhibit improvements, training and enrichment proposals, and encouraging advancements in husbandry practices
  • Actively promote and prioritize accurate and up to date recordkeeping within the F&I team to ensure quality animal management and welfare
  • Design and implement new personnel training programs for staff
This position may require participation in continuing education which would involve travel to out of town locations
Required Licenses and Certifications: 
  • Valid Florida Driver's License or the ability to attain one within 30 days of hire.
  • Rescue SCUBA Diver certification or the ability to attain it within 6 months of hire.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED/O2 certification or the ability to attain them within 6 months of hire.
Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
A minimum of 10 years working in a public aquarium, zoo, or related institution (with a minimum of 4 years management/supervisory experience.) Must have an established expertise in fish and invertebrate husbandry, exhibit design and installation, project management, and staff management.

Position Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $61,000 - $100,000/year

Employer Type: Private Company

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