Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
October 21, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Live Animal Curator


Live Animal Curator

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Live Animal Curator is primarily responsible for providing a high-quality visitor experience through maintaining and practicing high professional standards for animal care as well as for the use of live animals in the Museum's programs and exhibits. The position carries with it the responsibility of mentoring and evaluating staff and volunteers assigned to the Live Animal Care Center as well as staff and volunteers using animals in their educational activities. Further, the position carries with it the responsibility and authority to stop any animal use they determine to be inappropriate or jeopardize the health and well-being of the animals. Under the direction of the Museum's consulting veterinarian, this role coordinates the Museum's Animal Health Program. The Live Animal Curator develops and presents demonstrations and interpretations using the animal collection and serves as an information resource for wildlife, natural history and animal care for the staff and general public. This role represents the Manager in their absence.


  • Maintains a live animal collection of 120+ animals representing approximately 50 species that includes mammals, birds, reptiles, freshwater and marine fish, and invertebrates.
  • Supervises 4 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff and approximately 1-2 volunteers and 10 interns annually. (average 1-2 volunteers and 2-3 interns on a daily basis).
  • Maintains animal record database for approximately 120 living animals as well as historical records.
  • Arranges animal transfers in/out of the collection yearly.
  • Shares the responsibility of monitoring approximately 4,000 animal appearances in the Museum's educational activities.
  • Shares the responsibility of providing staff/volunteer training sessions per year.
  • Coordinates a minimum of 24 on site veterinarian visits each year.
  • Presents a minimum of two live animal presentations at the Science Live Stage each week.


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Sunday-Thursday.


Manager, Living Collections



  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • 5 or more years of science experience.
  • Experience and demonstrated comfort level with supervising, training and evaluating animal care staff, interns and volunteers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and principles for the care of wild/domestic animals and their educational use in a museum, zoo or aquarium setting
  • Familiarity with ZIMS or other animal database
  • Knowledge and understanding of governmental regulations pertaining to the exhibition and use of wildlife in educational programs and exhibits as well as AZA accreditation standards and accreditation process
  • Experience in giving presentations both formal and informal
  • Demonstrated communication skills both written and verbal


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 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:
December 16, 2019
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.