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Curator of Living Collections
  • Title: Curator of Living Collections                                           
  • Department:  Experience
  • Effective Date: January 2020
  • Reports to:  Vice President, Experience                                                                                                                           


Salaried, exempt. $50,000-$60,000                                            

Position Summary:

The Curator of Living Collections oversees daily operations for the live animal collection and the botanical collection (including the natively landscaped grounds). This position also works closely with senior leadership on strategic planning for living collections, including the addition of new indoor and outdoor exhibits, working towards accreditation by national organizations such as AZA and AAM, and an on-going drive to increase the museum’s profile locally, regionally and nationally.  The Curator of Living Collections will have final approval of all animals and plants maintained in exhibits and on grounds. While participating in and maintaining an ever-increasing standard of animal care, the Curator of Living Collections will serve as a hands-on member of the animal care staff as well as collaborate within and across departments to help implement:

  • Capital projects including new outdoor multi-species animal habitats and interactives which deepen guest engagement at animal exhibits;
  • New indoor animal exhibits;
  • Continue the department animal training and enrichment activities, increasingly showcasing them to the public;
  • Increasing the department’s delivery of public programs and ongoing evaluation of those programs; and
  • Increasing the department’s involvement in fund-raising initiatives including initiatives that benefit conservation efforts and keeper training/professional development

The Living Collections Department is responsible for the care, maintenance and health of approximately 100 individual animals, representing about 40 species. The collection includes animals in indoor and outdoor exhibits and animals housed off-display used in programs.   It includes mammals, birds, reptiles, small marine animals and insects, including native species unable through injury or conditioning to live in the wild.   The department also oversees the natively landscaped, 40 acre grounds and in partnership with the Worcester Trust for Public Land and the City of Worcester, an additional 30 acres across the street from the EcoTarium. The grounds are an important guest experience, educational tool, and conservation opportunity for the EcoTarium.


  • S. (M.S. preferred) in Biology, Animal Science, or related field preferred
  • Ability and experience in team building and fostering a positive, collaborative working environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with Veterinarians and working knowledge of common medical procedures
  • Five years of animal care experience with progressive leadership roles; experience in an AZA accredited institution preferred.
  • Experience with animal management plans, policies and tools, such as ZIMS, animal escape and recapture , enrichment and training , and ICP.
  • Technical and practical knowledge of the care and maintenance of animal habitats and botanical gardens/nature centers.
  • Strong oral and written communication, public education and relevant computer skills.
  • Experience participating in the design of exhibit/habitats and animal care facilities.
  • Experience with inquiry-based, informal educational programs using wildlife collections
  • Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects, climb a 5 foot ladder and work outdoors in all conditions
  • Must pass a CORI background check in accordance with EcoTarium guidelines
  • Must be fully vaccinated for rabies no later than three (3) months after hire date.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee and participate in the daily care of the animals, including all training and enrichment activities, diet preparation, exhibit maintenance and cleaning, and behavioral observation.
  • Hiring, training and supervision of full-time and part-time staff, interns and volunteers;
  • Oversight and compliance with federal and state regulations, permits, museum’s collection policy, and professional standards for record keeping;
  • Leadership in planning and maintaining animal habitats and exhibits;
  • Present formal and informal wildlife programs to the general public and groups, and interact with guests to answer questions
  • Foster regular Living Collections department delivery of public education programs featuring the wildlife collection;
  • Active member of appropriate cross-departmental committees and board committees
  • Advise other departments on activities or projects which could impact non-captive, resident wildlife on the 55-acre museum campus
  • Strategic planning for department in partnership with Board and senior leadership
  • Develop and monitor annual budget for department
  • Represent the institution in public forums, professional conferences and the press
  • Must be available to work a weekend day each week and be on the rotation schedule for holidays
  • Serve as lead coordinator for AZA accreditation process with a lens towards future AAM accreditation.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Serve on staff ad-hoc committees when needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Museum Educator I, Part Time
  • Department: Education
  • Effective Date: January 2020
  • Reports to: Manager of Education and Community Engagement


Hourly/Non-Exempt. This is a year-round, part-time position and the chosen candidate must be able to work a combination of days that will include a weekend day.  Position includes school vacation weeks, and some holiday and evening/overnight hours.   

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature, seeks a creative and engaging Educator to deliver and facilitate interpretive programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site for all ages. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, in our digital planetarium, and outdoors on our 55-acre site, as well as programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning. 

Candidates must have a degree in a scientific field or education, enjoy working with learners of all ages, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education. Competencies in life science, earth science, and/or physical science are desirable. Informal and/or formal teaching experience expected. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or education, or equivalent experience
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: biology, earth science, astronomy, engineering, physical science
  • Demonstrated previous experience delivering inquiry-based and/or experiential learning programs in formal or informal settings
  • Early childhood education (ages 6 and under) experience a plus
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service principles
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  • Must be able to get to off-site program locations and meetings
  • Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs, stay stationary for long periods of time, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines


  • Deliver hands-on, inquiry based, participatory programs for guests and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Lead school programs, public programs, planetarium shows and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
  • Lead or assist with overnight programs (up to 3 programs/month during peak season), and meet and greet overnight groups as assigned
  • Execute programming, facilitate play, and monitor use of supplies in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit
  • Participate in reflective practice and program evaluation activities
  • Complete administrative tasks related to grant-funded projects and museum programs as assigned
  • Represent museum and education department at marketing outreach events as assigned
  • Conduct outdoor programming and navigate trails in all types of weather conditions
  • Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
  • Handle animals for use in programs
  • Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as may be assigned.


Review begins immediately, applications accepted until position is filled.

Instructions: Please fill out the form below to submit your application.

All applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references attached. Review begins immediately; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.


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