Assistant Curator of Saltwater

Assistant Curator of Saltwater

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium //
Draper, Utah //
Apply by: April 29, 2024

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake County, Utah is currently recruiting for an Assistant Curator of Saltwater position. This is an ever expanding facility, soon to be the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, in a fast pace environment working with a diverse collection of marine animals. There is plenty of sun, snowboarding/skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor fun experiences!

Functions & Responsibilities
Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

• Awareness of current animal issues in zoos and aquariums and outside in the wild
• Ability to successfully manage the animal collection
• Understand exhibit design and construction
• Recognize any deficiencies in exhibit or animal holding facilities
• Ability to prioritize issues affecting animals and staff
• Knowledge of annual budget process and ability to operate within departmental budget
• Knowledge and skills to interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems
• Knowledge of laws and permits regulating acquisition, disposition, exhibition, husbandry standards and transportation within the US and abroad
• Knowledge of concepts, principles and practices of zoo record keeping methods and collection management standards. Working knowledge of ZIMS
• Possess excellent communication skills. Must be able to give and take direction: both verbally and written
• Ability to multi-task as well as delegate
• Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings
• Evaluate, assist in approving animal enrichment and operant conditioning programs
• Assist in the development and enforce standards of animal care policies and procedures for the entire specimen collection
• Help schedule, assign and direct Saltwater staff and volunteers, as-needed, which includes performance management and disciplinary action
• Lead by example to animal care staff; providing encouragement, coaching, training, mentoring and opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally
• Help with crisis management, safety drills and participate in safety meetings with fellow department representatives when required
• Care for assigned systems on a husbandry level as assigned
• Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Zoology, Biology or related field
• A minimum 7 years’ proven experience in an aquarium or zoo environment, demonstrating a proven record of animal husbandry, enrichment and exhibition of a variety reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates

Job Requirements
Salary & Benefits