Director of Animal Husbandry

The National Aquarium is seeking a Director of Husbandry who is responsible for providing leadership of our daily animal care and husbandry operations. Direct reports include the curators of our Rainforest, Fishes-Gallery Exhibits, Large Fish Exhibit and Dive Operations, Marine Mammals, Australia, and Animal Care Center. Responsible for the overall management of our exhibits and the animals that live within them making certain that they receive first rate animal care and welfare, while providing a top quality guest experience that supports our conservation mission. Duties include ensuring appropriate environmental life support operation and maintenance, animal enrichment, collection planning, regulatory and compliance, and permitting. The Director of Husbandry works collaboratively with the Director of Animal Health and Welfare to provide the long-term health and welfare of our animals, and advocates for their needs in all aspects of the aquarium operation. He/she also works with all departments & facilities to support the aquariums strategic goals and objectives.

Key responsibilities for this role include oversight and operation of Animal Operation Areas, to include, establishing humane, respectful and environmentally responsible husbandry practices in compliance with all state and federal regulations, as well as Aquarium policies and practices. Assuring compliance with the standards established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Evolving and managing National Aquarium’s Institutional Collection Plan using TRACKS in a way that is consistent with AZA standards. Developing animal collection policies, procedures and training manuals in collaboration with the Director of Animal Health and Welfare and Curatorial staff. Ensure that all permits are in place and all periodic reports are filed with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other regulatory bodies, funding sources and insurance agencies, as required. Establish and manage staffing plans, schedules and budgets for the Husbandry Team. Support the implementation of new exhibits, exhibit renovations and changes, as assigned. Oversee the daily operation of our off site Animal Care Center and participates in the design, and establishment of our new Animal Care and Rescue Center. Maintains knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques through professional meetings and conferences, trade journals and regular communication with professional colleagues. In addition to these key responsibilities leadership and general management are expected through setting the vision for the areas and executes staffing and development initiatives and ensuring world-class output, high levels of contribution, and ownership from team members.

The ideal candidate for this job will possess the following qualifications: minimum 10 years of experience in public aquariums, 5 of which are in a supervisory/management capacity, preferably at an AZA accredited institution. Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology or related field required. Advanced degrees are preferred. Must possess or have ability to obtain a Maryland driver’s license. Advanced Open Water SCUBA certification. CPR/AED, oxygen provider certifications preferred. Must have knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry techniques, aquatic life support systems & operations, animal nutrition and animal veterinary practices. Must be able to work in a team environment and have the ability to accomplish goals by developing effective and knowledgeable teams. As well as excellent observational skills to watch for any signs of illness or injury, monitor eating patterns or any changes in behavior of collection animals.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, it is considered one of the nation’s top three aquaria and has served more than 40 million guests since its opening.

Today, the Aquarium builds on a 30-year history of both local and global conservation initiatives to make a difference for species and ecosystems around the world. Through our National Aquarium Animal Rescue program, we directly engage in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of marine mammals and turtles. In addition, we participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues, and in partnership with local, state and federal governments, to advocate for smarter policies. Whether through education, research, conservation action or advocacy, National Aquarium programs provide practical solutions for protecting marine life, our coasts and our oceans.


Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing [email protected]

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