Title: Associate Curator of Wildlife
Classification: Full time
Reports To: Curator of Wildlife
Supervises: Seasonal wildlife specialists, interns and volunteers
Starting Wage: $39,000 annually
High Desert Museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences finalist and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.
The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.
Job Summary –Associate Curator of Wildlife
We are seeking a dynamic individual to provide programs and exhibit support as part of the Wildlife Team at the High Desert Museum.The Associate Curator is responsible for the safety, well-being and exhibition of assigned animals. Experience with wildlife husbandry, training and handling is essential.The Associate Curator of Wildlife conducts public programs with and without live animals, and must have excellent interpersonal, presentation and written skills. A positive demeanor, high level of professionalism and the ability to learn new skills quickly are necessary traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.
- Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related discipline.
- Two years of experience in the animal field or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
- Scholarship and interest in maintaining a detailed and current knowledge of the ecology, conservation and management of wildlife species in the High Desert region.
- Ability to interpret wildlife biology and natural history for the public with a dynamic and engaging presence.
- Knowledge of husbandry, care and associated standards for managing reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
- Ability to maintain freshwater aquariums and associated life support systems.
- Understanding of basic animal training theory, with emphasis on operant learning and positive reinforcement techniques.
- Willingness to meet AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), USFWS (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) standards in a Museum setting.
- Desire to work with a variety of taxa including but not limited to reptiles, fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
- Familiarity with basic tools for groundskeeping, construction of exhibit elements and use of equipment associated with the safe handling of trained wildlife.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work both autonomously and in a positive team environment.
- Ability to perform physical tasks including but not limited to, lifting 50 pounds, carrying, stooping, bending, extensive walking, crawling, climbing and working outside in the extreme weather conditions typical of Central Oregon.
- Ability to work flexible hours and days, including weekends and holidays, as necessary.
The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color,national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability,veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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