Museum of Science
  • 13-Sep-2018 to 12-Nov-2018 (EST)
  • Live Animal Center - 340
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Regular, Full Time

Senior Curator / Manager, Living Collections

Museum of Science, Boston

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The Senior Curator/Manager of the Living Collections Department is responsible for the overall management of the Live Animal Care Center and the Butterfly Garden composed of approximately 140 vertebrate animals and 60 individuals or colonies of invertebrates. The Manager must ensure that all Museum standards, governmental regulations and AZA accreditation standards for live animals and plants are being met or surpassed. The Manager has the final approval of all animals and plants used in programs and exhibits. Working with a full-time staff of nine and part-time staff of six, the Manager must ensure that the living collection is relevant to the Museum mission, species are appropriate for exhibits or programs, that acquisitions and transfers meet all permit requirements and that there are sufficient resources to support the collection. Every five years the Manager must also lead the AZA accreditation process.


  • Directly manages 9 full-time staff, 6 part-time staff
  • Prepare and manage the Living Collection Budget of $750K
  • Oversee the care and use of the live animal collection comprised of 140 vertebrate animals and 60 either individual or colonies of invertebrates
  • Oversee the operation of the Butterfly Garden which hosts 120,000 visitors and generates approximately $580,000 annually
  • Monitors 4,000 animal ambassador program appearances each year.
  • Present 3-4 live animal presentations per week
  • Living Collection is a 7 day a week, 365 days a year operation


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Tuesday-Saturday and must be available for emergencies


Director, Conservation and Temporary Exhibit Operations


  • Post high school course work, technical degree, associate's degree, business or vocational certificate.
  • Seven or more years of zoo management/management of live animal collections
  • Experience working in a nature center, zoo, or museum with a live animal collection
  • Working knowledge and experience with the best practices for animal care and welfare as well as their exhibition and use in educational programs.
  • Experience with handling live animals and training others how to use them in educational programs
  • Experience with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation standards and actively participated in the accreditation process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of governmental regulations impacting the exhibition and educational use of wild and domestic animals.
  • Proven skill successfully managing animal care staff in a zoo, aquarium, science museum or nature center
  • Ability to do live animal presentations for the public
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Species 360 or animal record keeping software


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 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, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

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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