Detroit Zoological Society
  • Mammals
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full-time

Full medical, dental, 401k match, generous PTO

The Associate Curator of Mammals assists in the development, maintenance and oversight of animal care and welfare practices for the Mammal Department including daily oversight of staff and facility operations, repair and maintenance.

The Associate Curator of Mammals will support both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society, maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies, and always preserve a high level of confidentiality.

This job description is by no means all inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership. This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

Authority and Accountability

The Associate Curator of Mammals has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities and is accountable to the Curator of Mammals.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of all Mammal Department operations, including animal care and welfare, staff training, habitat maintenance, research, guest interaction activities, special events and other projects as needed.
  • Coordinate with other Life Science Departments for supervisory coverage as needed.      
  • Create staff schedules to ensure optimum care of animals and exceptional conditions for guests.
  • Supervise subordinate Mammal Department staff.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Participate in recruitment and selection of Mammal Department staff.
  • Ensure scheduled maintenance of equipment and facilities.
  • Submit work orders for the repair of equipment and facilities.
  • Coordinate animal health and other medical procedures with veterinary staff.
  • Assist in preparation and monitoring of budgets as required.
  • Maintain records and provide written and verbal reports as required.
  • Conduct emergency response drills to ensure emergency preparedness.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate research projects.
  • Contribute to strategic and other institutional planning processes.
  • Contribute to planning for major/minor capital improvement projects for the Mammal Department.
  • Participate in cooperative management programs, such as studbooks, Population Management Plans, Species Survival Plans and Taxon Advisory Groups.
  • Develop and conduct presentations at professional meetings.
  • Conduct educational presentations in both formal and informal settings.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Conditions: Work is performed indoors and outdoors with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions, with frequent exposure to and contact with dangerous animals, with risk of zoonotic disease transmission (Hepatitis B, Herpes B, Tuberculosis, Salmonella and others), and with exposure to computer monitors. Weekend and evening work will be required as necessary.

Physical Requirements: The ability to perform principal duties is required. The Associate Curator of Mammals must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Bachelor's degree in zoology or a closely related discipline.
  • Four years of experience in the care of captive wildlife.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Must have strong decision-making and problem-solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and effective time management skills.


  • Advanced academic achievement.
  • Experience in a curatorial, education or research capacity.
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