Application: Zoological Curator of Birds

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Zoological Curator of Birds

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 Zoological Curator of Birds is responsible for managing a collection of 85 different bird species with 350+ specimens to support day-to-day operations, as well as supporting the zoo’s field conservation efforts and operational conservation practices. These components include budget preparation and oversight, animal health and welfare, collection planning, staff training and corrective action.  This position manages assigned animal areas and staff as needed and supports the Deputy Director role including collaborating with other zoo personnel in the presentation and development of guest experiences in order to support and model the Zoo’s mission, vision and values. 

Essential Duties

  • Provides oversight and supervision to Assistant Zoological Curators for the management of assigned staff and animal collection.

  • Facilitates the selection of new personnel for assigned areas; manages staff performance, including performance evaluations; recommends performance based increases and corrective action as needed.

  • Ensures proper documentation of time cards, performance opportunities, training logs, animal enrichment logs, health records, feed records, and any other documentation associated with the assigned areas.

  • Oversees assigned areas to include facilitating horticulture needs, custodial needs and overall guest experience needs in those assigned areas and takes personal accountability for ensuring a premium guest experience.

  • Oversees the health, welfare, and husbandry of assigned areas of the animal collection.

  • Provides input into the assessment of existing physical facilities

  • Manages the development of capital improvement and maintenance requests; participates in Master Planning.

  • Collaborates with the Deputy Director on collection planning and institutional policies and procedures; facilitates animal transactions.

  • Oversees the development and maintenance assigned area budgets.

  • Participates in and provides leadership for the Emergency Response Team if requested.

  • Oversees, evaluates, and updates annually, or more often if needed, area and safety protocols and Standard Operating Procedures for assigned areas.

  • Participates on internal teams, ad-hoc committees, and in AZA-sanctioned and job-related external collaborations and cooperative programs.

  • 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

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

  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction 

  • Represents the zoo in a professional manner at all times.

  • Creates an atmosphere of respect with peers and works as a team

  • Takes personal accountability for performing at a high level and completing all assigned tasks in a timely manner, to include meeting all deadlines.

  • Supervision of Assistant Zoological Curators

  • 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/training animals in a zoological setting.

  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.


This is your opportunity to be a part of a distinguished and advancing organization in a remarkable area. Please send cover letter, resume and 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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