You will see that Wolf Park is advertising a job opening – my job of Head Animal Curator. I am not leaving the park, but I can’t help noticing that I seem to be getting older. Though this is much better than the alternative, I need to plan for a successor. I will be working with whoever is hired because some on-the-job learning is necessary, so I will not be handing over the reins immediately.
When that day does come I still will NOT leave the park. I will continue to help with animal care, seminars, tours, Howl Nights, etc. as long as I am physically able. When I can no longer do that I have left instructions to prop me in a corner and I will tell stories to visitors, interns, and volunteers.
Head Animal Curator
Overall, the Wolf Park Head Curator will manage and implement a system that:
- Ensures a high level of animal care and welfare.
- Educates visitors, staff, and volunteers about the species at Wolf Park.
- Implements conservation practices and messages into scope of work.
- Reflects current trends and practices in the zoological field.
- Creates a comprehensive animal care plan for the species at Wolf Park and ensures proper care is given and documented and in compliance with all applicable standards.
- Maintains exhibits.
- Works with Curator Team to create and manage behavioral conditioning and enrichment plans.
- Oversees clearances/ back-ups.
- Reviews, creates, maintains and provides oversight for policies, procedures, and protocols related to animal care and handling.
- Works with program staff to implement and present on-site programs such as tours, seminars, handling demonstrations, and other specialized presentations.
- Presents off-site programs when needed.
- Reviews park signage and publications for accuracy.
- Writes blog posts, social media posts, and newsletter articles.
- Works with outside researchers as needed based on the project.
- May be involved in on-site research and writing for publications and articles.
- Works with the Executive Director on an annual budget.
- Provides training to interns, volunteers, and keepers on animal care and education programs.
- Evaluates supervised individuals, including Animal Care volunteers, regularly.
- Conducts initial SWOT Analysis of current Animal Care practices.
- Develops an on-going system of oversight to Animal Care programs.
- Works with Executive Director to assess Animal Care staffing plans and create an Animal Care organizational chart and division of duties.
- Creates quality assurance plans for Animal Care operations.
- Works with Executive Director to create strategic plans for:
- Capital improvements related to animal care (i.e. enclosures)
- Animal/ species procurement
Experience: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience with free contact of captive large carnivores required. Experience with positive reinforcement, science-based training methods, and applied behavior analysis. Strong writing and public speaking skills necessary.
Salary: $52,000-55,000 plus benefits
To apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least three references to [email protected]