[MARMAM] Job Announcement- Curator, Marine Mammals and Birds- Mystic Aquarium

James Jordan jjordan at dhrinternational.com
Mon Dec 4 08:28:29 PST 2006

Job Announcement



POSITION TITLE:                Curator, Marine Mammals and Birds


REPORTING TO:                  Vice President of Zoological Operations


LOCATION:                          Mystic, CT



THE COMPANY:                  Mystic Aquarium & Institute for


Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration are divisions of Sea
Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit institution based in Mystic, CT.
The Foundation's mission is to inspire people everywhere to care about
and protect our oceans by exploring and sharing their biological,
ecological and cultural treasures.


With a primary focus on research and education, the aquarium has a large
collection of aquatic animals supported by a team of highly dedicated
marine animal research experts. Prominent exhibits include the Alaskan
Coast, a one-acre outdoor beluga whale display, and the Hidden Amazon, a
lush exhibit exploring the rainforest ecosystem. The aquarium also has a
diverse slate of age-specific educational programs and tours.


Mystic Aquarium is also the home of the Institute for Exploration (IFE)
and is the only aquarium in the world with exhibits based on work done
by Robert Ballard and his deep-ocean exploration team. IFE has assembled
some of the finest talent in oceanographic and deep-sea archeological
research, which develops advanced deep-sea vehicle systems to conduct
research and educates students and the general public about its work. 


The organization has an annual budget of approximately $14M and more
than 225 employees. Major sources of revenue include federal, state and
private grants, gate receipts and other earned income sources. 





The Curator, Marine Mammals & Birds directs the departmental husbandry
operations including animal acquisition and care, exhibitry, animal
training and public presentations, departmental administration
(budgeting, departmental and institutional planning, personnel
management, interdepartmental planning, and communication). The Curator
assists in coordinating response efforts to stranded animals and
facilitates research endeavors involving the animal collection. This
position oversees a department of approximately 25 full- and part-time
employees and a budget of $1.4 million.


Specific responsibilities include:


*         Develop and implement operational and collection management


*         Develop and implement animal husbandry and training


*         Work closely with husbandry, research, veterinary, exhibitry,
life support and water quality personnel to safely showcase the living
collections at the highest level possible;


*         Maintain compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies
governing the maintenance of the facilities and collections;


*         Continuously review the status of collections and actively
participate in the development of long-range plans;


*         Ensure all safety and security measures are followed,
providing a safe and productive work environment for all employees;


*         Prepare and manage departmental budgets, ensuring the use of
effective and responsible fiscal practices;


*         Serve as an active member of the aquarium management and IACUC


*         Serve as an effective representative of the Aquarium at
meetings and professional organizations; and


*	Perform all other duties as assigned by the Vice President of
Zoological Operations.





The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of successful
experience in marine animal husbandry and management with an emphasis on
marine mammals. This experience should also include three to five years
of demonstrated success in a curatorial or equivalent position. The
candidate will have a commitment to the highest degree of integrity and
professionalism in his/her personal work effort and in what he/she
expects of those associated with the department.


Other desired skills and characteristics include:


*         Ability to effectively lead and direct staff as ambassadors of
the Marine Mammals & Birds collection through education and research


*         Outstanding management, organizational and planning skills and
an orientation to detail, including budget control;


*         A collaborative leadership style, having the ability to foster
communication and teamwork among a diverse team of professionals;


*         Excellent written and verbal communication skills that are
effective with a range of audiences including internal staff and
external constituents; and


*         Commitment to the Sea Research Foundation mission;





A bachelor's degree in biology, marine science or related field is
required; an advance degree is desired.





This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.





Interested parties should send a C.V. to:


Sig Ginsburg

Executive Vice President

Nonprofit Practice

DHR International 

c/o James Jordan

jjordan at dhrinternational.com 


The Mystic Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer.



James Jordan

DHR International

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Newark, NJ 07102


973-792-1710 x 18

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