Museum of Science
  • 08-Jun-2021 to 07-Aug-2021 (EST)
  • Live Animal Center - 340
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Temporary, Full Time

Zookeeper – Vertebrates (Temporary, Full-Time)

Museum of Science, Boston

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The Animal Keeper, Vertebrates is primarily concerned with providing a high quality visitor experience through maintaining and practicing high professional standards for the husbandry, exhibition and educational use of the animal collection. They are responsible for the daily care of the animal collection ensuring sufficient numbers of healthy well-trained animals to support the daily program use of the collection. The Animal Keeper, Vertebrates assists in coordinating the animal enrichment program and maintains accurate records in compliance with USDA APHIS regulations and AZA Accreditation standards. The Animal Keeper presents wildlife and natural history interpretations and programs on a regular basis.


  • Provides care for a live animal collection of 120+ animals representing approximately 50 species that includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fresh water fish, and terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Assists with the department's animal enrichment program for approximately 50 mammals and birds.
  • Writes and updates approximately 50 animal natural history sheets.
  • Assists in training other educators and handles approximately 60 animals used education programs.
  • Shares the responsibility of monitoring approximately 400 animal appearances in the Museum's educational activities.
  • Assists in general cleaning and maintenance of the Live Animal Care Center 3200 square foot facility and animal displays in six exhibit areas within the Museum.


This position is temporary, full-time, 40 hours/week, Tuesday-Saturday through the end of November 2021.


Manager, Living Collections


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 2 or more years of experience working directly in animal care in a zoo, museum, aquarium, or nature center.
  • Working knowledge and experience with the care, exhibition and educational use of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates as well as small domestic animals.
  • Ability to create and maintain aesthetically pleasing animal displays.
  • Working knowledge and experience providing animal enrichment activities.
  • Enriching animal environments.
  • Experience training and supervising volunteers in a museum, zoo, aquarium or nature center.
  • Public speaking and interpretation skills.
  • High comfort level working with the public in a very busy setting.


Non-Exempt (Hourly). $15.00-$17.00/hour.


Free parking in the Museum garage, T accessibility, free Exhibit Halls admission and Omni/Planetarium shows, free Duck Tours, discounts in the Museum store and cafe, discounted movie passes, retirement & savings plan.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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