Curator of Australian Exhibits

The National Aquarium is currently seeking a passionate, experienced individual for the Curator for the Australian Exhibits. Reporting to the Director of Animal Husbandry, the Curator will manage the living bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, invertebrate, plant, and Australian mammal collection, their exhibits and life support systems for the Australian and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plaza (planted areas). The Curator is responsible for all specimen acquisitions and dispositions associated with these exhibits, as well as leading and supervising Australian exhibit staff. Critical to this role is also preparation and administration of the budget for the team, in addition to planning and managing the completion of necessary capital projects in assigned areas.

Key Accountabilities

  • Directs and participates in the daily operations of the maintenance of the living collections of birds, Australian mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants associated with Australia and Maryland Cascade exhibits.
  • Oversees the care and maintenance of the Australian River Gorge and Maryland Cascade exhibits and native plant areas of the Chesapeake Watershed Plaza.
  • Determines needs and makes acquisitions and dispositions of all Australian River Gorge and Maryland Cascade birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, mammals, and plants in the section’s collections.
  • Completes all animal care exhibit maintenance and improvements without disruption to visitors or the visitor experience. Manage mixed species exhibits to meet established standards within budget. Troubleshoots and mitigates all issues or situations with potential impact to the health of the animal collection.
  • Contacts other aquariums, specimen suppliers, vendors, Customs and USFWS officials when dealing with animal shipments, State, Federal and overseas wildlife regulatory offices for permits, media personnel and animal collectors/suppliers.
  • Plans, directs, implements and monitors propagation programs for birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, invertebrates, Australian mammals, and plants, as needed.
  • Ensures collection animals are maintained at the highest standards for animal care. Includes proper transport, quarantine, acclimation, nutrition, disease prevention, disease recognition/effective treatment, pest control, and management in mixed species exhibits.
  • Ensures that all Animal Science & Welfare departmental policies, protocols and procedures are implemented.
  • Identifies animal health problems and coordinates care and treatment with veterinarians and medical care staff.

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, animal husbandry or a related science.
  • Five years’ experience in aquarium or zoological field required, including three years’ experience in supervisory.
  • Equivalent experience in a related scientific field will be considered.
  • Experience with closed animal systems and mixed species exhibits preferred.
  • Must have sound professional knowledge of biology, and husbandry and animal display concepts and be able to apply to an Aquarium setting.
  • Highly proficient regarding captive care and disease treatment of mammals, birds, reptiles (including venomous species), amphibians and freshwater fish; husbandry/propagation techniques and exhibit maintenance.
  • Adept at observation to watch for any signs of illness or injury, monitor eating patterns or any changes in behavior. Should be able to remain stimulated by doing routine tasks.
  • Must be able to establish safety procedures and implement an effective safety program.
  • Capacity to decide when to act on behalf of department and when to seek consultation from general curator or senior director.
  • Possess an affinity for animals and educational and conservation orientation.
  • Must be competent in basic research components including publications and research. Familiarity with computers is necessary; should be able to log and record.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 35-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing

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