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Assistant Curator (Birds, Mammals & Reptiles) at Wonders of Wildlife / Dogwood Canyon in Springfield, Missouri

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced ASSISTANT CURATOR Birds, Mammals and Reptiles to join our team! This is a great opportunity for someone who is seeking to take the next step in their career by leading a team of husbandry professionals with a primary focus on the Life Sciences birds, mammals, and reptiles animal collection.  



Responsible for supervising husbandry staff to ensure the daily care of the animal collection. This includes animal training, preparation of diets, medical care, cleaning and maintenance of the animal exhibit spaces conducive to the health and well-being of all animals within WOW’s collection. 

  • Develop, schedule and assign work for staff, interns and volunteers. Assist Curator in staff evaluation and recruitment.

  • Mentor and train husbandry staff in all aspects of animal husbandry and facilitate professional staff development.

  • Responsible, in conjunction with the Registrar, to verify all daily animal records are complete and accurate and reported to the Curator. Coordinate regular inventories of specimens.

  • Develop and implement husbandry procedures. Update Standard Operating Procedures manuals as needs arise, and ensure staff compliance.

  • Ensure quarantine procedures are adhered to. Identify animal health problems and oversee care and treatment with medical staff.

  • Works with the life support, water quality and veterinary staff monitoring and troubleshooting water quality and life support systems, as required.

  • Works with Curator in initiating and overseeing viable breeding, husbandry and conservation programs for particular species of the collection.

  • Works with Curator of Life Sciences to legally and ethically acquire specimens for display, including sourcing, collection and transportation and maintains equipment and supplies for those purposes.

  • Assists Curator of Life Sciences in the development and establishment of effective exhibits and holding systems, including life support systems, aesthetic and animal husbandry components, and animal acquisitions.

  • Orders and maintains ample supplies and equipment for departmental activities.

  • Assists in budget control and long range planning.

  • Participates in diving operations as needed.

  • Has decision making authority in absence of curator or director.

  • Assist museum staff & visitors as needed in a pleasant, professional and courteous manner.

  • Performs other job related duties as assigned in order to achieve the goals and mission of Wonders of Wildlife.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor's in biology or related field.

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in a facility working with North American birds of prey, mammals and reptiles. 

  • Husbandry knowledge of rain forest exotics a plus. 

  • A preference of 2 - years supervisory experience.

  • Extensive knowledge of the disposition, habits, food requirements and environmental needs of a diverse animal collection.

  • Must be familiar with water quality testing and equipment and have a thorough understanding of water chemistry and life support systems.

  • Must have strong teamwork, interpersonal and organizational skills conducive to a positive work environment. Must possess good communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • A thorough understanding of life support systems and water quality parameters for animal species is required.

  • Current SCUBA certification or willingness to acquire.


 We offer the following benefits by joining our team: 

  • Store/Attraction employee discounts

  • Medical, Vision, Dental, Company Paid Life Insurance, LTD, STD, 401(k) 

  • Paid Time Off

Apply Today! 

About Us:

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, and immersive Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri the campus is a centerpiece of America’s Conservation Capital in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. Wonders of Wildlife has been voted “Best New Attraction in America” and “America’s Best Aquarium” by the readers of USA TODAY. For more information, visit