Ocean Career: Mote Curator of Fish and Invertebrates

Mote Marine Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to diversify its work force. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote Marine Laboratory participates in E-Verify.

The Curator of Fish and Invertebrates is responsible for the day to day departmental operations of the fish and invertebrate team while advancing and implementing aquarium standards and policies to ensure compliance with all requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies. This is a working curatorial position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage all fish and invertebrate staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Oversee all fish and invertebrate exhibits, inhabitants, and systems
  • Ensure effective communication amongst F&I staff
  • Ensure effective communication between with Registrar and Animal Resource Manger on all specimen health related and record keeping issues
  • Ensure effective communication between F&I staff and LSS related matters
  • Ensures that F&I staff have all needed supplies to perform daily duties
  • Oversee fish and invertebrate acquisitions while working with Registrar and Animal Records Manger and ensuring compliance with the institutional collection plan
  • Ensure exhibit cleanliness and positive guest experience
  • Participate in public interaction including behind the scenes tours, speaking engagements, media communication and guest education.

Curatorial Responsibilities:

  • Participate in hiring staff, performance evaluations, and disciplinary action as needed
  • Supervise, mentor, and motivate staff, including supporting advancement and growth
  • Scheduling, monitoring, and approval of staff work hours and time off
  • Ensure compliance with AZA standards and other regulatory and governing bodies
  • Instruct new personnel in methods of animal care consistent with policies and procedures
  • Leads regular F&I department meetings to develop goals, evaluate progress and facilitate open communication among staff
  • Mentor staff with the development of exhibit improvements, training and enrichment proposals, and encouraging advancements in husbandry practices
  • Actively promote and prioritize accurate and up to date recordkeeping within the F&I team to ensure quality animal management and welfare
  • Design and implement new personnel training programs for staff

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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