Application: Assistant Zoological Curator - Marine Mammals

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Assistant Zoological Curator - Marine Mammals

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Zoo cares for a diverse collection of plants and animals on a 120 acre campus. We enjoy strong community support and an annual attendance in excess of 1,000,000 guests. The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is financially strong, and is actively implementing an exciting master plan.

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden is seeking an enthusiastic and progressive leader to join the animal care team to maintain the welfare of the Zoo’s assigned animal collection and its environment through the implementation of departmental activities and staff training. The ideal candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels and possess excellent communication and organizational skills to function effectively in a team environment.

The Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals interacts with the public and enhances visitor experiences. Under the direct supervision of the Curator, this position performs a variety of skilled/semi-skilled work required for the care and safety of animals, staff, and the public.  This position has the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform all operational requirements in the assigned area and have additional leadership responsibilities as directed by the Curator and or Deputy Director.

Essential Duties

  • Provides supervision to Lead Animal Caretaker for the day to day operations of assigned staff and animal collection

  • Enhance zoo wide enrichment and training applications, documentation and evaluation.

  • Participates in the selection of new personnel for assigned areas and manages staff performance including performance evaluations.

  • Facilitates animal transfers as directed.

  • Educates the public and drives positive guest experiences within assigned area.

  • Collaborates with other Zoo departments.

  • Participates in conservation activities to support Zoo’s mission.

  • Participates in and leads new exhibit design.

  • Obtains and maintains certifications and professional training that support current industry standards as determined appropriate to position

  • Assists in the facilitation of institutional maintenance and capital projects associated with the animal collection

  • Participates in and provides leadership for the Emergency Response Team

  • Participate on internal teams, ad-hoc committees, and other training opportunities aimed at improving professional knowledge and management skills.

  • Assist Curator in facilitating exhibit(s) and maintenance of assigned area; provides input into assessment of existing facilities; monitors contractors on area projects when needed.

  • Assist Curator in collection planning and captive management planning.

  • Fosters constructive attitudes and team orientation among staff; positively communicates and collaborates with Zoo personnel and professional colleagues.

  • Facilitate all safety policies and procedures

  • Facilitate resource conservation, green team initiatives and sustainability practices within assigned area(s)

  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction 

  • Performs other duties as assigned within the division and/or department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field.

  • 10 years of experience working with animals in a zoological setting.

  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.

  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.


The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or email 


The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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