Curator Exotarium - Zoo Zürich

Posted: 14 April 2023| Full-Time | Zurich 

Application deadline: 25 April 2023


Zoo Zurich is calling! Nature Conservation Center. Habitat for 5000 animals. Host. And employer on an equal footing. Sounds good?

Do you want to become part of our team? We are looking for a Curator Exotarium (full-time) for immediate start or as agreed. As curator you will be responsible for the professional and personnel management of our Exotarium. The department includes eight large aquariums (saltwater and freshwater), numerous terrariums and our bird meadow. Penguins, storks and ducks live there.

Your responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for the management and further development of seven directly subordinate employees, including duty scheduling and organization of work processes

  • As part of the team, you will be involved in at least 20% of the animal care yourself

  • You take responsibility for husbandry of the animals appropriate to species as well as the attractive presentation of the facilities

  • You are responsible for the restructuring of the animal population, with a focus on endangered species

  • You are a key project team member for the construction of a research and breeding station visible to guests, the premises of which are also part of your responsibility

  • As curator you are the contact person for all external and internal stakeholders (e.g. our research or communication department)

  • Participation in association work (e.g.: EEPs / TAGs) as well as talks at universities and involvement in animal care are also part of your responsibilities

What you bring to the table:

  • Completed a degree in biology, such as an EFZ (a certificate of proficiency in Switzerland, ‘eidgenössische Fähigkeitszeugnis’) animal keeper specializing in wildlife or comparable training

  • Several years of experience in aquaristics and terraristics

  • Experience in bird keeping an advantage

  • Proven management experience

  • Ability to work in a team, high customer orientation

  • Interest in participating in research projects

  • Knowledge of plant care and habitat enrichment.

  • Business management thinking and handling

  • Resilient, pragmatic, committed

  • Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken

  • IT skills (MS Office, ZIMS)

What we can offer:

Reporting directly to the Head of Species Conservation & Animals, an exciting challenge with many responsibilities. In the future, their department will focus on the breeding, research and presentation of highly endangered and under-researched species. For this purpose, in addition to the classic aquariums and terrariums, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled breeding compartments will also be available from 2024, thus providing the most modern conditions for contributing to species conservation. As well as plenty of room for independent decision-making, you will receive clear budget and target specifications. A competitive salary and a comprehensive social benefits package complete our offer.

To start on:

To be agreed

How to apply

Please email your full application by April 25, 2023 to:
Zoo Zürich AG, Elena Müller. Human Resources Management,

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