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Museum of Science General Curator - Living Collections in 1 Science Park, Massachusetts

General Curator - Living Collections

Museum of Science, Boston

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The General Curator of Living Collections is primarily responsible for providing a high-quality visitor experience by maintaining and practicing high professional animal care standards and using live animals in the Museum's programs and exhibits. Under the direction of the Museum's consulting veterinarian, she/he coordinates the Museum's Animal Health Program. The General Curator will lead the Living Collections Behavioral Husbandry team and ensure quality training, enrichment, and welfare. They represent the Manager in their absence.


  • Maintains a live animal collection of 120+ animals representing approximately 50 species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, freshwater and marine fish, and invertebrates.

  • Mentors 6 full-time staff, 2-3 part-time staff, and approximately 2-3 volunteers and 5 interns annually.

  • Maintains animal record database for approximately 120 living animals and historical records.

  • Arrange approximately 5-8 animal transfers in/out of the collection yearly.

  • Shares the responsibility of monitoring approximately 2,000 animal appearances in the Museum's educational activities.

  • Share the responsibility of providing up to 400 staff/volunteer training sessions annually.

  • Coordinates a minimum of 24 on-site veterinarian visits each year.

  • Presents a minimum of one live animal presentation at the Science Live Stage each week.


Sunday-Thursday (Full -Time)


Manager, Living Collections • Living Collections


  • Experience in high comfort level with mentoring and training animal care staff, interns, and volunteers

  • Strong knowledge of best practices and principles for caring for wild/domestic animals and their educational use in museums, zoos, or aquariums.

  • Knowledge and understanding of governmental regulations pertaining to the exhibition and use of wildlife in educational programs and exhibits and AZA accreditation standards and accreditation process.

  • Experience in giving presentations, both formal and informal.

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Familiarity with Microsoft products.


Exempt (Salaried). $65,000-$69,000 per year


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, 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, a Museum Membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

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.