Husbandry Manager, Terrestrial

Husbandry Manager, Terrestrial

Living Collections

Husbandry Manager, Terrestrial


The Husbandry Manager, Terrestrial is responsible for the care of all living species and supervision of Senior Keeper, Keepers, Animal Welfare Specialist/Registrar, and volunteers in the assigned husbandry areas.  Daily responsibilities include scheduling and overseeing keeper staff, trouble-shooting and problem-solving, project management, human resources tasks, budgeting, procurement, timekeeping, and other administrative tasks. The Husbandry Manager acts as a positive role model, supporting and developing staff growth and development. Duties may also include daily husbandry (prepping food, feeding, cleaning, medicating, and observing animals), scheduling, as well as coordinating with other departments.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field OR equivalent experience.
  2. 5+ years experience with 3+ years in a supervisory role in a zoological facility (preferably AZA accredited), with deep knowledge of husbandry and display of terrestrial animals required.
  3. Experience supervising/hiring/motivating/disciplining/developing/training of staff and volunteers.
  4. Knowledge of modern principles of animal care and welfare, including enrichment, exhibitry, nutrition, disease, training, and transport. Experience with robust behavioral management programs preferred.
  5. Knowledge of herpetofauna, small mammal, and avian species husbandry preferred..
  6. Demonstrated working knowledge of planning and acquisition of animal specimens. Experience shipping and/or transporting various specimens preferred.
  7. Knowledge of safe animal handling practices and maintaining a safe working environment.
  8. Must be able to work effectively in varying climates (primarily indoors), including desert temperatures and wet environments.
  9. Working knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances as applicable to possessing native and exotic wild animals.
  10. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds (occasionally up to 75 pounds), kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time. 
  11. Excellent computer (MS Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook) and organizational skills. Experience with Tracks record-keeping system highly preferred.
  12. Ability to work independently and in a team.
  13. Ability to think strategically and actively work to align team’s goals with the larger departmental and organizational needs.
  14. Ability to effectively manage & progress multiple projects with varied stakeholders.
  15. Strong leadership skills and ability to motivate, develop, and support staff required.
  16. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  17. Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include weekends and holidays.

Major Job Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the husbandry of terrestrial living collections which may include herpetofauna, arthropods, small mammals, and birds.
  2. Oversees and implements daily husbandry routines and health assessments including (but not limited to) feeding, behavioral enrichment, record-keeping, training, exhibit maintenance, and design updates to animal enclosures and exhibits.
  3. Manages (schedules, interviews, hires, onboards, trains, coaches, disciplines, evaluates, etc.)  staff and volunteers as required including special projects to ensure best husbandry practices and exhibit aesthetics in all assigned areas.
  4. Working with the Director of Husbandry, fosters team approach, effective two-way communication, and a collaborative spirit.
  5. Leads by example by having a positive attitude, practicing high standards, modeling professional workplace behavior, and creating a supportive team atmosphere. 
  6. Responsible for supply inventory and procurement.
  7. Responsible for representing the Terrestrial Husbandry team interdepartmentally, actively working to create collegial relationships for achieving mutual goals.
  8. Works in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Specialist/Registrar  for creating, implementing, and analyzing the animal welfare & ethics program as well as appropriate animal documentation & daily records, and helping to ensure that staff are following associated protocols.
  9. Assists in ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and Local agency laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances, and AZA standards.
  10. Assists in acquiring and safely transferring specimens to and from the California Science Center through organization of trades/loans/purchases with other zoological institutions in line with the Institutional Collection Plan.
  11. Assists in reviewing and making recommendations for Institutional Collection Plan.
  12. May travel for conferences, industry research, educational opportunities and as assigned.
  13. Responsible for caring for living collections in any and all emergency conditions.
  14. Assists Husbandry Manager, Aquatics as necessary to promote cohesion and team environment.
  15. Practices safety first work habits (animal/staff/volunteers/guest) while maintaining the husbandry of the living collection at the highest level.
  16. Contributes to the mission of the California Science Center by stimulating curiosity and inspiring science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences.
  17. Performs other duties as required.

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