Curator of Mammals and Birds

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $80,000- $90,000
Deadline Dec 08, 2023
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Another Source’s client, the Seattle Aquarium, is recruiting a Curator of Mammals and Birds to join their team in Seattle, WA. Be a part of the Seattle Aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion coming to the waterfront in 2024. To learn more and take a virtual tour, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS3ryul7-SE 

The Seattle Aquarium Society is a nonprofit organization operating the Seattle Aquarium (the Aquarium) on Seattle’s waterfront. The Aquarium works among global leaders to advance animal well-being, marine and ecosystem science, public policy, field conservation, and education that benefits our one ocean. We thoughtfully bring the ocean to life for the public with experiences that inspire awe, empathy, and conservation action. Our work is integral to a healthy future for marine life, people, and the planet.  

All positions at the Aquarium support our SALISH Values (Sustainable, Awe-Inspiring, Learning and Improving, Inclusive Community, Scientific Integrity, Honoring Place). As a part of our values, the Aquarium is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that reflects our community. We recently adopted a new DEI strategic plan https://www.seattleaquarium.org/what-we-stand-for  and Regenerative Plan https://www.seattleaquarium.org/sustainability.  

About the Role: 

The Seattle Aquarium, a leading marine conservation organization, is looking for a Curator of Birds and Mammals to join the Bird and mammal team. The Curator leads and organizes the animal care staff and programs in supervision of the wholistic husbandry and wellbeing of the Seattle Aquarium’s birds, mammals, and their integrated education and engagement with the whole aquarium. The current animals in care include sea otters, harbor seals, northern fur seals, North American river otters, alcids, shorebirds, and a small number of fish and invertebrate species who coexist in these exhibit systems. This position Provides responsibility for the day-to-day operations, management, and employee development programs of the Bird and Mammal team; work collaboratively with all other departments at the Aquarium for creative and engaging engagements and education, coordinates construction and maintenance of exhibits; enhancing practices and opportunities for animal training, husbandry and veterinary programs, presentations, and media relations.    

Salary and benefits: $80,000-$90,000, dependent on experience. 

Full-time staff are eligible for the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package to include: 

  • Medical, vision, dental, an employer-funded health reimbursement account, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability 
  • 403b retirement fund with employer match 
  • Access to a subsidized ORCA pass 
  • A Seattle Aquarium Family Plus membership  
  • Generous paid time off. 

Key functions:  

  • Provide direction and management for the Bird and Mammal team at the Seattle Aquarium, in line with the Aquarium’s mission statement and S.A.L.I.S.H. values. 
  • Serves at the first point of contact for the Bird and mammal team, acts as Manager on Duty, represents the team on Aquarium committees.  
  • Collaborate with veterinarians to ensure health, food, and behavioral standards are met. 
  • Working with the Vice President of Life Sciences to develop and manage the annual team budget. 
  • Partner across all Aquarium departments to develop content and messaging for Aquarium programs. 
  • Manage team programs, including seafood procurement, ensuring sustainability and quality standards. 
  • Coordinate team schedules, approve time off requests, and monitor daily tasks. 
  • Recruits, selects, trains, and new team members and volunteers. 

Required qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or related field.  
  • A minimum of five years of: work in a zoo or aquarium related to animal care and husbandry, resident animal population management, and research. Prior work in an AZA accredited facility preferred.  
  • At least three years prior supervisory experience. 
  • Working knowledge of computer software, including database management. 
  • Experience with animal husbandry skills and industry best practices: including animal transport, animal acquisitions, animal quarantine, health and clinical treatments required. 
  • Possess or able to obtain a Washington State driver’s license. 

The Seattle Aquarium is committed to expanding a diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation movement. We are invested in building an Aquarium with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, languages, cultural ways of knowing, and life experiences. We know research shows that society has conditioned communities of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and other marginalized candidates to more frequently not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed even if they are qualified. If you meet some of the requirements and you are passionate about our mission and our ocean, we encourage you to apply and look forward to learning more about you. 

Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis.  We are committed to building inclusive candidate pools as we partner with hiring teams. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As you read through the job posting and review the list of qualifications (required and/or preferred), please do not self-select out if you feel you do not meet every qualification. No one is 100% qualified. We encourage you to apply and share your story with us.


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Category Marine Biology, Wildlife
Tags Marine Mammal, Ornithology