assistant curator of mammals resume example with 20+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor

Results-focused zoo professional with over 28 years' experience and strength in productivity, organization and creative problem solving. Proactive and progressive leader adept in communication and collaboration. Proficient in leveraging creative animal management and staff engagement to promote positive outcomes.


Problem resolution



Friendly, positive attitude

Active listening



Computer and technology saavy


Team management


University of Louisville Louisville, KY, Expected in 2001 Bachelor of Arts : Biology - GPA :
  • Sexual Harassment - What Employees Need to Know - 2016
  • Introduction to Incident Command System, Emergency Management Institute - 2015
  • Primate Training and Enrichment, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2006
  • Manager's Toolbox for Success, Florida Community College of Jacksonville - 2005
  • Animal Trainer Certification, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • Sensory Inclusive Training 101
Employment Experience
Landry's - Assistant Curator of Mammals
Port Arthur, TX, 10/2003 - Current

Coordinated all aspects of animal care in assigned areas of the Zoo, including routine and specialized husbandry, behavior management and research, SOP development, diet formulations, welfare assessments, safety, animal transfers, staff training and development, and inter-departmental coordination.

Supported organizational goals through public speaking, professional writing, event participation, fundraising, and guest and VIP interactions.

Served as Behavior Husbandry Program Coordinator for the organization. Developed animal training and enrichment SOPs, record keeping, and processes.

Served as Institutional Representative for numerous AZA Animal Programs as well as Ape TAG Vice-Chair, Bonobo SSP Vice-Coordinator, Prosimian TAG Steering Committee member, and Gorilla SSP Management Group member.

Served as a member of JZG's Lethal Weapons Handling Team, Marine Mammal Response Team, and CARE Committee.

Management of all aspects of animal care and wellness, including but not limited to safety, enrichment, training, facility design, diet development and monitoring, social group management, medical care, behavioral research, reproduction and contraception, standard operating procedure development Zookeeper staff training, development, oversight, management, scheduling, payroll Primary supervisor of apes (bonobos, gorillas, chimpanzees) Old World monkeys (mandrills, guereza colobus, Angolan colobus, lion-tailed macaques, Diana monkey), prosimians (ring-tailed lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, red ruffed lemurs, blue-eyed black lemurs), native Florida wildlife (black bears, Florida panthers, coyotes, red wolves, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, sandhill crane, gopher tortoise), and other shorter-term assigned species (squirrel monkeys, pygmy marmosets, cottontop tamarins, goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, zebu, caracal, African crested porcupines, suni antelope) Additional as-needed supervisory responsibilities in absence of other area managers (i.e. "sister supervisor" for Range of the Jaguar, 1-year assignment to elephants/ giraffes) Zoo-wide Behavior Husbandry Coordinator, Animal Training Committee liaison Co-founder of the Behavior Observation Team (BOT) Conservation Advisory, Research, and Events (CARE) committee member Concurrent Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Animal Programs roles: Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) - Vice-chair and Steering Committee Bonobo Species Survival Plan (SSP) - Manageme

Vca Antech, Inc. - Veterinary Technician Assistant
Honolulu, HI, 10/2001 - 09/2003
  • Restrained and stabilized animals during examination and treatment to prevent injuries.
  • Performed physical examinations and recorded weight, temperature and other vitals.
  • Prepared and reviewed records and consent forms.
  • Removed waste from kennels, runs and exercise areas and placed in trash receptacles or in-ground septic systems.
  • Triaged scheduled or emergency patients to route to appropriate surgeon or treatment area.
  • Cared for animals in post-operative recovery by closely monitoring vital signs and progress.
  • Examined animals for injury or illness and documented symptoms for veterinarian review.
  • Leveraged ultrasound and x-ray equipment for imaging and interpreted results.
  • Monitored vital signs during surgery and notified veterinarian of changes.
  • Prepared and labeled medications and instructed client on administration.
Comphealth - Barn Manager
Battle Creek, MI, 02/2002 - 12/2002
  • Cared for horses by blanketing, cleaning stalls, feeding and watering.
  • Maintained tidy barn by sweeping, cleaning and organizing feed and materials.
Louisville Zoological Garden - Keeper Intern, Keeper I, Keeper II
City, STATE, 12/1993 - 10/2001
  • Performed animal care duties such as [Action], [Action] and [Action] to promote and monitor animal health under care of [Company].
  • Monitored safety and security of every animal to prevent injuries from other animals or environmental hazards.
  • Observed behavioral changes in animals to detect illness or injury.
  • Routine husbandry of primates (geladas, woolly monkeys, cotton-top tamarins, ring-tailed lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs), carnivores (cheetahs, servals, lions, tigers, mountain lions, lynx, snow leopards, jaguars, maned wolves, polar bears, otters, sea lions, seals), ungulates (giraffes, antelopes, zebras, gazelles), and numerous birds Care of endangered black-footed ferrets at Conservation Center for reintroduction to the wild Animal training experience with multiple species
Animal Experience

Primates: bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, mandrills, Angolan and Guereza colobus, Lion-tailed macaques, Diana monkey, Woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, cottontop tamarins, common marmosets, pygmy marmosets, Black-and-white and red ruffed lemurs, Ring-tailed lemurs, Red fronted lemurs, Crowned lemurs, bamboo lemurs, mongoose lemurs, Coquerel's sifakas, black lemurs, blue-eyed black lemurs

Carnivores: lions, cheetahs, polar bears, brown bears, black bears, Florida panthers, cougars, lynx, bobcats, jaguars, snow leopards, servals, maned wolf, caracal, Sumatran tigers, red wolves, coyotes

Hoofed stock: Masai giraffe, kudu antelope, bongo antelope, sable antelope, Thompson's gazelles, Hartmann's Mountain zebras, warthogs, pot-bellied pigs, Pere David's deer, white-tailed deer, Suni antelope, pygmy goat, zebu, Barbados sheep

Small mammals: meerkats, naked molerats, African crested porcupines, Black-footed ferrets (bred for release)

Marine mammals: sealions, gray seals, manatees

Experienced also with some bird and reptile species.

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School Attended

  • University of Louisville

Job Titles Held:

  • Assistant Curator of Mammals
  • Veterinary Technician Assistant
  • Barn Manager
  • Keeper Intern, Keeper I, Keeper II


  • Bachelor of Arts

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