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Museum of Science Assistant Curator of Aquatics in 1 Science Park, Massachusetts

Assistant Curator, Aquatics

Museum of Science, Boston

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The Assistant Curator, Aquatics, is primarily concerned with providing a high-quality visitor experience through practicing and maintaining high professional standards for the husbandry, exhibition, and educational use of the live animal collection. She/he is responsible for the daily care of the fish collection and assisting in the care of the entire live animal collection. Assistant Curator, Aquatics, assists in the training, mentoring, and evaluation of interns and volunteers assigned to the LACC and Museum staff and volunteers wishing to use the collection in their educational programs and activities. They develop wildlife and natural history interpretations and programs and present these on a regular basis. In the absence of the curator manager may become responsible for the daily operation and the assignment of staff for the Living Collections department.


  • Provides primary care for the fish collection, estimated at 150 -200 native and tropical fish.

  • Establishes guidelines and collaborates coordinates with other staff to maintain all aquatic life support systems, performs all required water tests for five permanent display tanks, 6-10 back of house aquariums and up to 4 temporary aquatic enclosures.

  • Assists in the care of the non-fish living collection, which is a diverse collection of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, comprised of 140 animals representing 50 species.

  • Assists in providing animal handling and use training sessions specifically for aquatic species, for staff.

  • Assists with the general cleaning and maintenance of the LACC, life support and fish holding rooms, and other live animal exhibit areas within the Museum.

  • Shares the responsibility of monitoring approximately 1000 animal appearances in the Museum's educational activities.

  • Shares the responsibility of mentoring approximately 5 animal care interns on a yearly basis.


Sunday- Thursday (Full-Time)


Manager, Living Collections


  • Education: Bachelor of Science or Arts degree

  • Experience: 2 or more years of experience in animal care and exhibition, emphasizing fish husbandry in an Aquarium, Zoo, Science Museum or Nature Center.

  • Working knowledge and experience cleaning and maintaining life support systems for fish and aquatic displays.

  • Experience performing water quality testing for aquatic displays and maintaining accurate records for those tests.

  • Ability to create and maintain enriching animal environments.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with the public in a very busy setting.

  • Demonstrated public speaking ability individually or with small to large groups of visitors.

  • Knowledge of AZA Accreditation standards and the Federal Animal Welfare Act.

  • Knowledge of New England Natural History, particularly the natural history of New England freshwater fishes.

  • Experience working in an AZA-accredited institution.

  • Driver's License

  • Working knowledge and experience with the husbandry and exhibition of non-fish species.

  • Experience training and supervising volunteers in an aquarium, zoo, museum, or nature center setting.


Non-Exempt (Hourly) $22.25-$25.25 an hour.


Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, a Museum membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.