Thursday, August 15, 2013


Organization: The Buffalo Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Buffalo, New York, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Buffalo Zoo is seeking a General Curator to oversee the care, management and exhibition of approximately 1200 animals, the supervision of 30 animal care staff, and completion of the Zoo’s master plan including construction of a new Arctic exhibit and African savannah exhibit.

The Buffalo Zoo is managed by the Zoological Society of Buffalo, a private non-profit organization, which has invested $36 million in new animal exhibits and facilities over the past twelve years. The Zoo is located just north of the City in historic Delaware Park. With affordable, attractive neighborhoods, world class museums, and a thriving arts community, Buffalo offers an amazing quality of life. The General Curator position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Essential Functions:

Oversee the health and welfare of the Zoo’s animal collection including acquisition, disposition, collection planning, husbandry, enrichment, implementation of balanced and nutritious diets and coordination of medical treatments with veterinary staff.

Oversee all Animal Department staff including hiring, training, work scheduling, time-off scheduling, performance evaluation, disciplinary procedures, counseling, and providing on-going opportunity for professional development.

Oversee the development, organization, and function of the Zoo technical library.

Train Zoo staff on all emergency protocols. Schedule safety drills, and lead Emergency Response Team. 

Maintain inventory of emergency and personal protective equipment.

Manage aquatic life support systems. Maintain operational parameters, troubleshoot problems, develop and implement corrective actions, and provide routine maintenance.

Coordinate interdepartmental projects or needs with Maintenance, Public Relations, Development, Education, and Veterinary departments.

Direct the development and implementation of administrative systems for animal record keeping, inventory management, and annual reporting.

Oversee Zoo wide pest control program. Maintain records and coordinate with contract Certified Pest Control Operator.

Oversee the inventory, storage, and dispensing protocol for antivenin.

Assist with design of new and renovated exhibits and holding areas in accordance with USDA requirements and AZA husbandry Guidelines.

Prepare an annual department budget and monitor animal expenses. Approve all Animal Department purchases, prepare purchasing and receiving paperwork. Acquire bids, recommend contracts, and interface with vendors.

Account for, verify and approve hours worked by all Animal Department staff for biweekly payroll.

Represent the department at senior staff meetings, animal management meetings, animal welfare committee meetings, Board of Directors meetings and other in-house and external functions including professional association meetings.

Keep abreast of current field informational resources and implement change where beneficial to departmental goals.

Develop and monitor internship programs with colleges and universities.

Serve as the Chair of the Research and Conservation Committee including evaluation and support of research by staff and outside investigators. 

Oversee distribution of Cars for Conservation funds to ex-situ conservation projects. Summarize research and conservation activities in yearly report.

Serve as the Institutional Liaison for AZA conservation programs, TAGs, etc.


Education (Minimum needed):

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, or an animal science field related to the care and management of a zoological park animal collection.

Experience (Minimum needed):

Five years supervisory experience in an accredited AZA institution (preferably an upper management position)

Diversified experience and demonstrated knowledge of husbandry and management of an exotic animal collection.

Special skills:

Working knowledge of personal computers and software applications preferred

Experience with physical restraint equipment and techniques, vehicles and related maintenance equipment.

Familiarity with design and operation of freshwater and salt-water aquatic life support systems.

Familiarity with the equipment and operation of plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and refrigeration systems.

Familiarity with environmental control software and operational parameters (Metasys)


Curator must be on 24-hour call. May be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Must have or be willing to obtain a NYS driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.

If interested, please submit resume and cover letter by 1 October 2013 to Donna M. Fernandes PhD, President and CEO, Buffalo Zoo via Email:

Use subject line: Buffalo Zoo General Curator Position. Attachments are to be formatted: Last name first name Cover Letter.Doc or PDF, and Last name first name Resume.Doc or PDF.
Equal Opportunity Employer.

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