Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
August 10, 2018

Central Massachusetts



Manager, Living Collections

Manager, Living Collections

Museum of Science, Boston

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The Senior Curator/Manager of the Living Collections Department is responsible for the overall management of the Live Animal Care Center and the Butterfly Garden composed of approximately 140 vertebrate animals and 60 individuals or colonies of invertebrates. The Manager must ensure that all Museum standards, governmental regulations and AZA accreditation standards for live animals and plants are being met or surpassed. The Manager has the final approval of all animals and plants used in programs and exhibits. Working with a full-time staff of nine and part-time staff of six, the Manager must ensure that the living collection is relevant to the Museum mission, species are appropriate for exhibits or programs, that acquisitions and transfers meet all permit requirements and that there are sufficient resources to support the collection. Every five years the Manager must also lead the AZA accreditation process.


  • Directly manages 9 full-time staff, 6 part-time staff
  • Prepare and manage the Living Collection Budget of $750K
  • Oversee the care and use of the live animal collection comprised of 140 vertebrate animals and 60 either individual or colonies of invertebrates
  • Oversee the operation of the Butterfly Garden which hosts 120,000 visitors and generates approximately $580,000 annually
  • Monitors 4,000 animal ambassador program appearances each year.
  • Present 3-4 live animal presentations per week
  • Living Collection is a 7 day a week, 365 days a year operation


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Tuesday-Saturday and must be available for emergencies


Director, Conservation and Temporary Exhibit Operations



  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree
  • Seven or more years of zoo management/management of live animal collections
  • Experience working in a nature center, zoo, or museum with a live animal collection
  • Working knowledge and experience with the best practices for animal care and welfare as well as their exhibition and use in educational programs.
  • Experience with handling live animals and training others how to use them in educational programs
  • Experience with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation standards and actively participated in the accreditation process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of governmental regulations impacting the exhibition and educational use of wild and domestic animals.
  • Proven skill successfully managing animal care staff in a zoo, aquarium, science museum or nature center
  • Proven skill in preparing and managing budgets.
  • Ability to do live animal presentations for the public
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Species 360 or animal record keeping software


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
October 05, 2018
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.

After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.

In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.

By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.

The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.

Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.

More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.