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Associate Curator of International Conservation

North Carolina Zoo
Based at North Carolina Zoo
Recruitment Range - $38,516 - $60,000
Closing date
May 22, 2024

Job Details

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 as directed by the Curator of Conservation and Research. 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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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies **To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**


  • 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 Preference:

  • 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 Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.” If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See for detail.

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.

 Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit: 
The North Carolina Zoo exists for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all of North Carolina's citizens and visitors to the zoo. The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world's wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo displays, conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American and African regions of the world through the presentation of live animal exhibits from these regions.
Department Information:
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library and Archives, historic preservation, land and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. Check out this amazing video about our Department.  


The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

   N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
   Division of Human Resources
   Ellie Meadows
   4401 Zoo Parkway
   Asheboro, NC 27205
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Application closes on May 22 at 5 PM EST. 


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