Museum of Science
  • 19-Jan-2023 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Live Animal Care Center & Garden Walk
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 18.38 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Temporary, Full Time

Living Collection Animal Keeper - 6 Months Fulltime Temporary

Museum of Science, Boston

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The Living Collections Animal Keeper is primarily concerned with providing a high-quality visitor experience through practicing and maintaining high professional standards for the husbandry, exhibition, and educational use of the living collection. This position is responsible for providing daily care to a diverse collection of animals and habitats. The Living Collections Animal Keeper assists in the training of volunteers assigned to the department as well as staff/volunteers wishing to use the living collection in their educational programs and activities. The Living Collections Animal Keeper will develop and present the living collection in programs and interpretational activities on a regular basis. This position will strive to continuously improve the lives of our living collection through welfare assessments, training, and environmental enrichment.


  • Provide care for a diverse collection of 150+ specimens/colonies including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
  • Assists in the cleaning and routine maintenance of various support spaces including the Live Animal Care Center, Insect Zoo, Garden Walk, 8 permanent exhibits and when needed 3-8 temporary exhibits.
  • Assists in providing approximately 500 animal handling and use training sessions for staff/volunteers
  • Assists with monitoring 800 animal appearances in the Museum's educational programs and activities.
  • Assists with monitoring public interactions with the living collection in the Garden Walk/Insect Zoo, LACC and exhibits which can range from 100-7,500 (+) people daily.
  • Creates and presents 2+ interactive programs or interpretations weekly.
  • Ability to work in both warm (78-90 degrees F) and humid (60-70%) environments.
  • Provide care to a wide variety of plants, which may include 1-200 individual plants in assigned locations. Monitoring for watering and pests as needed.
  • This position includes weekends and holiday coverage and can vary depending on need and assigned location.


This is a full-time temporary position for 6 months, 40 hours/week: Tuesday-Saturday 8-5 pm daily (one hour unpaid lunch)


Manager, Living Collections


  • Post high school course work, technical degree, associate's degree, business or vocational certificate.
  • 6 months or more years of animal care experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to care for both domestic and non-domestic animals.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize work in an efficient manner without direct supervision.
  • Experience working with the public in a busy setting.


Non-Exempt (Hourly). $18.38/hour


Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending plan, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, a Museum membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

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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