Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds – Pennsylvania

Agency
The Philadelphia Zoo
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
n/a
Last Date to Apply
11/30/2020
Website
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=3a170fe7-028b-4495-833f-df518cfad772&ccId=81367185_1790&type=JS&lang=en_US
Description
ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA Job Title: Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds Department: Animal Classification: Full-time Regular Exempt/Non-exempt: Non-Exempt Revision Date: September 2, 2020 Reporting to Vice President of Animal Well-Being, the Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds will serve as a prominent member of the animal management team at the Zoo, will work collaboratively with the VP, fellow curators, keepers, veterinary, nutrition and other Zoo staff to: • Achieve excellence in care for the reptiles, amphibians and birds that call the Zoo home. • Create exceptional guest experiences though innovative, exciting and inclusive animal-related programming for the Zoo’s diverse audience. • Carry out collection planning, and contribute to renovation and construction projects to support the Zoo’s mission and strategic goals. The Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds will play a key role within the Animal Department towards working together with other Zoo departments, external partners, and guests to advance our vision of a world beyond our gates where humans and animals thrive together. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Responsible for the daily supervision and training of keeper staff in accordance with Zoo guidelines, policies and the collective bargaining agreement. Creates a safe, inclusive, respectful and collaborative work environment for all staff. Coaches, counsels and provides performance feedback, including formal evaluations, to keeper staff. Coordinates keeper work schedules and assignments. Tracks time, enters and approves payroll, and monitors compliance with attendance guidelines. 2. Develops and oversees high-quality animal care program. Develops, documents and administers policies and protocols for collection care, enrichment and well-being. Works closely with appropriate staff on veterinary care and nutrition. Routinely inspects animals under responsibility to ensure their health and safety. 3. Leads efforts to create unforgettable guest experiences through development of animal-related programs, inspirational staff encounters, thoughtful exhibit design and collection planning as well as strong collaboration with Guest Engagement and other guest-facing teams. 4. Oversees facilities, equipment and materials. Routinely inspects animal facilities to ensure that they are clean and well-maintained. Coordinates the implementation of repairs, modifications and improvements to facilities, exhibits, etc. Oversees ordering and inventory of supplies. 5. Advances the Zoo’s mission through innovation, conservation, education and collection management. Interacts and coordinates with the Guest Engagement, Conservation/Education, Communications and Development departments. Participates in education, public relations, membership and other programs including facilities tours and lectures. 6. Manages and/or participates in population management programs at the institutional, regional, national and international levels. Participates in other AZA programs as assigned. 7. Participates in animal escape response team duties, including firearms training and potential use. 8. Acts as on-duty Curator for other animal teams in the absence of area Curator. 9. Other duties as assigned. EDUCATON, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL SET: 1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology or a related field. 2. Five years of experience as a keeper plus minimum two years of experience in a curatorial or other formal supervisory role in an AZA accredited zoological park or equivalent 3. Demonstrated knowledge of advanced reptile, amphibian and bird management and husbandry; previous experience safely handling and managing venomous and large reptiles, including snakes and crocodilians, preferred. 4. Thorough understanding of current industry standards of reptile, amphibian and bird well-being, and demonstrated experience conducting animal welfare assessments. 5. Knowledge of animal training principles and techniques, including positive-reinforcement-based operant conditioning. Demonstrated ability to create training plans to condition reliable animal response. 6. Demonstrated commitment to and success in creating and sustaining dynamic guest experiences in a zoo environment. 7. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of species in collection and related conservation initiatives through professional self-development, including e.g. accessing information in articles, journals, and books, peer networking, attending conferences, etc. 8. 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. 9. Demonstrated ability to train and effectively supervise keeper staff; experience with managing venomous reptile handing certification and envenomation response SOP training preferred. 10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate openly, honestly and effectively. Ability to prepare routine correspondence, document protocols, research projects and internal/external group presentations. 11. Excellent organizational skills. Able to manage multiple priorities. 12. Functional knowledge of the Microsoft Office program suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher) and experience using animal management software such as ZIMS or Tracks. 13. Ability and willingness to be trained to use firearms and to participate in the animal escape response team. 14. Ability and willingness to work a variable schedule that may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. As required, may be on 24-hour call. PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS: 1. Must be able to work around plants and animals. 2. Successful completion of a medical screening 3. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. 4. Ability to ascend, descend and work atop stairs and ladders, move under low objects. 5. Ability to move and transport up to 50 pounds. 6. Ability to receive a rabies vaccine and awareness of possible exposure to other infectious and parasitic diseases. 7. Ability to be trained to use firearms and move quickly in a potential emergency situation. 8. Ability to use and handle snake hooks, tongs, catch poles, nets and other animal handling equipment. 9. Ability to drive Zoo vehicles. 10. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 11. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person as well as through radios, phones and computers. 12. Remain in a stationary position for long periods of time. 13. 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, masks, gloves, gowns, etc).
Qualifications
EDUCATON, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL SET: 1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology or a related field. 2. Five years of experience as a keeper plus minimum two years of experience in a curatorial or other formal supervisory role in an AZA accredited zoological park or equivalent 3. Demonstrated knowledge of advanced reptile, amphibian and bird management and husbandry; previous experience safely handling and managing venomous and large reptiles, including snakes and crocodilians, preferred. 4. Thorough understanding of current industry standards of reptile, amphibian and bird well-being, and demonstrated experience conducting animal welfare assessments. 5. Knowledge of animal training principles and techniques, including positive-reinforcement-based operant conditioning. Demonstrated ability to create training plans to condition reliable animal response. 6. Demonstrated commitment to and success in creating and sustaining dynamic guest experiences in a zoo environment. 7. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of species in collection and related conservation initiatives through professional self-development, including e.g. accessing information in articles, journals, and books, peer networking, attending conferences, etc. 8. 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. 9. Demonstrated ability to train and effectively supervise keeper staff; experience with managing venomous reptile handing certification and envenomation response SOP training preferred. 10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate openly, honestly and effectively. Ability to prepare routine correspondence, document protocols, research projects and internal/external group presentations. 11. Excellent organizational skills. Able to manage multiple priorities. 12. Functional knowledge of the Microsoft Office program suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher) and experience using animal management software such as ZIMS or Tracks. 13. Ability and willingness to be trained to use firearms and to participate in the animal escape response team. 14. Ability and willingness to work a variable schedule that may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. As required, may be on 24-hour call. PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS: 1. Must be able to work around plants and animals. 2. Successful completion of a medical screening 3. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. 4. Ability to ascend, descend and work atop stairs and ladders, move under low objects. 5. Ability to move and transport up to 50 pounds. 6. Ability to receive a rabies vaccine and awareness of possible exposure to other infectious and parasitic diseases. 7. Ability to be trained to use firearms and move quickly in a potential emergency situation. 8. Ability to use and handle snake hooks, tongs, catch poles, nets and other animal handling equipment. 9. Ability to drive Zoo vehicles. 10. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 11. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person as well as through radios, phones and computers. 12. Remain in a stationary position for long periods of time. 13. 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, masks, gloves, gowns, etc).
Contact Person
Malinda Drayton
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