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Audubon Nature Institute – Curator of the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans currently has an opening for a Curator on its animal team at the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. This position is a management position requiring the individual to be responsible for the daily operations, routine care and conservation of the animals housed at the Species Survival Center (SSC). The Curator will assist the General Curator in managing the animals and personnel of the entire Animal Department at this facility. The Curator is expected to work closely with the Animal Health Care staff, other members of the Animal Department and all other Audubon Nature Institute departments.
New Orleans has experienced a rebirth since the events of Hurricane Katrina. The City is a vibrant, exciting place to live. The SSC is also in a growth phase with several new developments currently being designed. In conjunction with San Diego Zoo Global, we are building the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife on the SSC property. This development will feature large paddocks in which we will be breeding a number of species that are declining from zoo collections. The initial phases of this project will focus on hoofstock and birds but the collection plan remains flexible to address future needs within zoo collections. Construction is slated to begin in early 2014.
The Curator of the Species Survival Center has diverse animal responsibilities, including, hoofstock, birds, and a variety of cat species, both exotic and domestic. Our ideal candidate will be a knowledgeable, experienced hoofstock manager with a working ability to maintain large herds of diverse animals, including giraffe and okapi. This person must also be a team player and coach that understands people’s abilities and works towards developing a strong cohesive team. While this facility is not open to the general public, the facility must be maintained to meet the Audubon “camera-ready” standards in preparation for custom tours. While the Curator must work closely with the GC and other management staff, the ideal candidate must also be able to work independently as the SSC is located on approximately 1200 acres, about 20 miles south of the City of New Orleans. This is a very exciting opportunity to begin at the start of a significant development and partnership to help ensure the sustainability of our zoo collections.
Curator of the Species Survival Center
- It is the responsibility of the Curator to maintain the highest standards related to the day-to-day operations of the area, including, but not limited to, animal welfare and enrichment, staff scheduling and job assignments, staff guidance, training and feedback, exhibit quality and the visitor experience.
- Candidate must have a working knowledge and understanding of the AZA Code of Ethics, AZA Standards for Accreditation and AZA Population Management guidelines.
- Effectively implement and document current best practices in animal enrichment and management
- Must be an effective team player and coach, must be able recognize individuals’ strengths and work towards developing those strengths to help move Audubon forward
- Curators are expected to be actively involved with AZA animal management programs
- Ensures that all animal areas meet or exceed USDA and AZA requirements and guidelines
- Oversee and coordinate pest control efforts
- Candidate is expected to perform keeper duties as needed.
Back ground and Experience Requirements
- Five years, paid supervisory experience in an AZA-accredited zoological facility is required.
- Experience managing a diverse collection of hoofstock, birds and other species is required.
- High School diploma (or equivalent) and a four-year degree from a recognized college or university are required. College course work in zoology, biology, animal science or related field is preferred.
- Willingness to serve on the SSC’s Hurricane Team.
- Candidate must be able to convey information and ideas clearly.
- Audubon Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free work place.
- A full description of this position can be seen on the Audubon Zoo’s website