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Associate Curator of International Conservation

NC Zoo
High School

You have the possibility to negotiate your salary with the employer because they do not disclose it until after the job offer is accepted. While the job is located in Asheboro, individuals who meet the specified qualifications from other regions are also encouraged to apply. The Associate Curator of International Conservation job vacancy was initiated on April 30, 2024, and it will end on May 28, 2024. High School is one of the compulsory requirements for this job vacancy. NC Zoo has internship job openings for both experienced and entry-level candidates. The workplace is situated at Asheboro , NC , Asheboro , NC.

NC Zoo

Associate Curator of International Conservation

 ***Pay Grade NC09 - Recruitment Range - $38,516 - $60,000***

Description of Work:

The North Carolina Zoo seeks a dynamic, motivated and progressive individual to serve as the Associate Curator of International Conservation within the zoos’ Conservation, Education and Science (CES) program. The Associate Curator provides managerial, technical and administrative support for the North Carolina Zoo’s Conservation Program. The position also has responsibility for overseeing a subset of the zoo’s international field conservation projects. The Associate Curator of Conservation works closely with the Curator of Conservation and Research to ensure objectives of existing field projects are implemented and works on international projects independently. The position has some responsibility for fundraising (both through grant applications and working with the North Carolina Zoological Society) and for communications outreach (website content, social media, and publishing report on zoo’s conservation program) in support of the Conservation Program in collaboration with Education, Marketing, and Animal staff. The position requires regular contact with other CES Staff, other sections of the zoo, the Zoological Society, and conservation staff at other zoos and other conservation organizations. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general guidance of the Curator of Conservation and Research. Position requires ability to travel nationally and internationally on zoo business and work flexible hours including occasional weekends.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manages and/or conducts international conservation and research projects as part of the zoo’s larger conservation and research program. This includes setting goals for individual projects, conducting field research, establishing and maintaining partnerships with other organizations, and implementing project activities.
  • Plays a significant role in executing the zoo’s anti-poaching conservation and research work via testing and implementing SMART software, administration of EarthRanger interfaces related to zoo’s work, and conducting additional field work related to these efforts. 
  • Supports conservation and research program via data and statistical analysis to include analysis of GIS and animal telemetry data and addressing statistics needs and support for other programs or staff. 
  • In collaboration with other conservation and research staff, supports communications and outreach associated with the Conservation Program. This includes writing articles for zoo publications, website, and social media and supporting integration of conservation into education programs or graphics.
  • Presents research results and conservation outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, at professional conferences, to zoo staff, and to the public.
  • Works with Curator of Conservation and Research to raise funds to support the NC Zoo Conservation and Research Program. Seeks grant funding to support the Conservation and Research Program. Identifies and applies for appropriate grants and manages funds for any grants received. Contributes to development of a funding strategy for the long-term increased support of the NC Zoo Conservation and Research Program. Participates in fund-raising activities conducted by the zoo and the Zoo Society in support of the field conservation program.

Position/Physical Requirements: 

  • Performs physical demands of the job for extended and irregular periods, and work under adverse conditions in all extremes of weather with or without an accommodation.
  • Requires traveling both nationally and internationally to oversee a subset of the zoo’s international field conservation projects.
  • Requires working flexible hours including occasional weekends.
  • Obtains and maintains a valid NC Driver's License within 30 days of employment to drive a state vehicle.
  • Participation in the Zoo’s occupational health program due to potential hazards.
  • Must be flexible and comfortable working on several tasks at once, both independently and with colleagues. 

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  • Demonstrated working experience of wildlife biology, ecology, animal behavior, and/or conservation biology, depending on area of specialization.   
  • Demonstrated working experience conducting field conservation work and/or ecological research, including animal handling and restraint.
  • Proven knowledge in the use of technology for furthering conservation outcomes, such as telemetry, GIS, camera traps, or other relevant emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis particularly in relation to animal movement, and behavior. 
  • Demonstrated success in grant, scientific, and/or popular writing.  
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills with experience presenting to both public and professional audiences. Experience in informal science education is a plus.

Management Preferences:

  • Experience with SMART conservation monitoring software (, EarthRanger, or similar tools. 
  • The use of "R" or other statistical software . 
  • Experience in informal science education. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or science curriculum related to the area of expertise from an appropriately accredited institution and two-years’ experience in specialty area: a Master’s degree in a natural science area may be substituted for experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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Application Deadline - 05/22 - 5:00 pm EST - apply at-[0]=Zoo&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

NC Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

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