Curator of Life Sciences

Curator of Life Sciences

The California Science Center invites qualified candidates to participate in an open examination for Administrator, Science Programs to be placed on an eligibility list for consideration of future employment opportunities.

Exam closes on March 31, 2023.


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The Curator of Life Sciences is a unique State of California civil service position under the classification Administrator, Science Programs. Candidates will have a strong working knowledge of the science education field, excellent communication skills, an understanding of exhibit development, and the ability to lead collaboratively in a public/non-profit organization. This role will oversee our award-winning Ecosystems exhibits, direct the development of exciting new life sciences exhibits, and work closely with a dynamic cross-departmental team to ensure the ongoing success of the Science Center’s live animal exhibits.

We seek a creative problem solver with a high level of emotional intelligence and professional ethics, who is an effective negotiator, collaborator, and relationship builder. If you are looking for a meaningful role in a fun and rewarding position, this may be the job for you!

Position Requirements

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  • Possession of an earned doctorate in biology, chemistry, physics, or a related scientific field and Three years of experience in any of the following: teaching at the college or university level; exhibit and education program development at science museums; or equivalent educational experience in the public understanding of science, such as print or film media.
  • One year of experience in an administrative or supervisorial capacity, such as serving as administrator of a science program within a college, university, or museum of science and industry.
  • Expertise in areas of biology related to ecology, biodiversity, conservation, environmental science, and/or climate change and experience with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums accreditation process is highly desirable.

Who should apply

Persons who meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the Classification Description (specification)

Salary and benefits

This position pays a salary of $8,663.00/month -$9,839.00/month and includes comprehensive benefits

How to Apply

Please visit the CalCareers exam bulletin

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