Profession zoo curator

Zoo curators are usually the position of middle-management within an institution. Much of their work involves oversight, management and development of the animal collection. Often this is related to animal husbandry and welfare policy, the acquisition and disposition of zoo animals, and development of new exhibits. Zoos normally acquire animals through captive breeding programs. The zoo collection, trade, and transport of the animals is regulated by government agencies as well as guided by zoo membership organisations. Consequently, zoo curators act as a liaison between these agencies and the zoo itself. Additionally, they play an active role in the administration of zoo functions and all kinds of captive breeding programs.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Budgetary principles

    Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

  • Corporate social responsibility

    The handling or managing of business processes in a responsible and ethical manner considering the economic responsibility towards shareholders as equally important as the responsibility towards environmental and social stakeholders.

  • Applied zoology

    The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Physiology of animals

    The study of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical and biochemical functioning of animals, their organs and their cells.

  • Animal welfare legislation

    The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.

  • Recreation activities

    The field and characteristics of recreational activities for customers.

  • Zoo regulations

    National, regional and international regulations related to zoos.

  • Anatomy of animals

    The study of animal body parts, their structure and dynamic relationships, on a level as demanded by the specific occupation.

  • Animal acquisition

    The relevant legal, recommended and ethical considerations related to the acquisition and disposition of animals.

  • Animal evolution

    The evolutionary history of animals and the development of species and their behaviour through domestication.

Skills

  • Schedule recreation facilities

    Schedule the use of recreational facilities.

  • Promote recreation activities

    Promote the implementation of recreation programs in a community, as well as recreation services provided by an organisation or institution.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • Coordinate events

    Lead events by managing budget, logistics, event support, security, emergency plans and follow up.

  • Develop recreation programmes

    Develop plans and policies which aim to provide the desired recreation activities to a target group or in a community.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Advise on animal purchase

    Advise clients and customers on the purchase of animals.

  • Manage supplies

    Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.

  • Ensure health and safety of staff

    Promote and maintain a culture of health, safety and security among the staff by maintaining policies and procedures for the protection of vulnerable participants and when necessary, dealing with suspicions of possible abuse.

  • Perform project management

    Manage and plan various resources, such as human resources, budget, deadline, results, and quality necessary for a specific project, and monitor the project's progress in order to achieve a specific goal within a set time and budget.

  • Maintain professional records

    Produce and maintain records of work performed.

  • Set organisational policies

    Participate in setting organisational policies that cover issues such as participant eligibility, program requirements, and program benefits for the service users.

  • Maintain catalogue collection

    Describe, inventorise and catalogue items in the collection.

  • Manage operational budgets

    Prepare, monitor and adjust operational budgets together with the economical/administrative manager/professionals in the arts institute/unit/project.

  • Supervise daily information operations

    Direct daily operations of different units. Coordinate program/project activities to assure the respect of costs and time.

  • Manage logistics

    Create logistic framework for transporting goods to customers and for receiving returns, execute and follow up the logistics processes and guidelines.

  • Chair a meeting

    Chairing a meeting for a group of people, in order to formulate plans and decisions that are carried out by the company.

  • Establish daily priorities

    Establish daily priorities for staff personnel; effectively deal with multi-task workload.

  • Manage work

    Supervise, instruct and plan work for teams or individual members of the team. Set up time schedules and make sure they are followed.

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Ensure health and safety of visitors

    Take the necessary precautions to ensure the physical safety of an audience or people visiting an activity. Prepare actions in case of emergency. Administer first aid and direct emergency evacuations.

  • Administer treatment to animals

    Administer animal medical interventions, including the treatments performed, medicines used, and assessments of the state of health.'

  • Read zoo reports

    Read and process the reports of zookeepers and other zoological professionals, and compile the information for zoo records.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Work effectively with other animal-related organisations

    Develop and sustain relationships with other organisations such as charities, government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations and representative bodies, in relation to furthering animal health and welfare. Communicate veterinary principles and operate within multidisciplinary teams comprised of persons with varying degrees of scientific and administrative knowledge.'

  • Fix meetings

    Fix and schedule professional appointments or meetings for clients or superiors.

  • Oversee animal management

    Oversee all aspects of animal management.

  • Organise zoological exhibitions

    Organise zoological exhibitions and the display of live animals and zoological collections.

  • Represent the organisation

    Act as representative of the institution, company or organisation to the outside world.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Assess the compatibility of individuals and animals to work together

    Assess the compatibility of humans and animals to work together, in relation to physical characteristics, capability, temperament and potential.

  • Manage zoo staff

    Manage zoo staff, including zoo keeping staff at all levels and/or veterinarians and/or educators and/or horticulturalists.

  • Manage recreational facility

    Manage the daily operations of a cultural facility. Organise all activities and coordinate the different departments functioning within a cultural facility. Develop a plan of action and arrange the necessary funds.

  • Develop zoonotic disease control policies

    Carry out research and elaborate policies, guidelines, and strategies for the control of zoonotic and foodborne diseases.

Optional knowledge and skills

study a collection liaise with transportation companies organise training communicate in english in a competent way coordinate import transportation activities prepare transportation routes coordinate export transportation activities zoo exhibit design solve operational transport problems analyse transportation costs speak about your work in public animal transport regulations create safe working protocols