Job Postings

Zoo Curator


Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Closing Date
June 11, 2020

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is seeking a dynamic, visionary and experienced leader to join the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Parks Districts team as the Zoo Curator. The Zoo Curator is responsible for the care and management of the animal collection, so must be familiar with best practices in animal welfare, behavior, transport, capture and restraint; wildlife rehabilitation, behavioral enrichment, and exhibit design; federal, state, and regulatory agencies and requirements and record keeping; and conservation, education, interpretation, and marketing efforts. The Zoo Curator is also responsible for managing the facility, including the supervision, direction, and training of approximately 18 staff members and various volunteers, as well as the thriving gift shop and education and conservation programs at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Join the excitement as Special Districts proceeds forward to open our larger, brand new facility in the coming months! Explore our excellent Benefits Package!

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is one of only two alpine zoos in the United States. As San Bernardino County’s only zoo, it also supports the County’s wildlife rehabilitation efforts, offering sick, injured or orphaned wild animals a safe haven — temporarily while they heal or permanently if they are unable to survive on their own. Many of the animals brought to us for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment. Those that remain with us on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and cannot be released back into the wild to care for themselves.

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is home to more than 150 mammals, birds, and reptiles representing more than 85 different species, while operating on a budget of over $2M. The Zoo is open to the public 364 days per year and the Zoo hosts over one hundred thousand visitors annually.
Today’s Dreams……..Tomorrow’s Reality — Our NEW State-of-the-Art Zoo is nearing completion. Our new facility will continue to provide a safe and loving “Home for Life” for animals which cannot be released back into the wild, while providing for a higher quality of care for those that can.

Overview of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo — The zoo is located in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest at an elevation of 7140 feet. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, a Special District of the County of San Bernardino, owns the zoo and facilities. Animal Care, Groundskeepers, Maintenance, Education and Administration staff are all County employees. Working together, the Park District oversees the operation of the zoo, and the Curator oversees the day to day activities of the zoo. To learn more, visit

Education and Pre-requisites

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in Zoology, Biology, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Medicine, Anthropology or related field.
Experience: Seven (7) years progressive experience in zoological work, three (3) of which must have been performing in a supervisory capacity.

Compensation and benefits

$59,529.60 – $82,076.80 Annually
Outstanding Benefits Package: Retirement – Medical – Dental – Vacation – More!
Anticipated Salary Increase of 3% July 2020!

Application instructions

For more details, please review the announcement at Application can be made on-line – apply ASAP. (909) 387-8304 – EEO/ADA