3541 Curator 1

Randall Museum

Recruitment #PEX-3541-098685






Permanent Exempt appointment. This position is excluded by the San Francisco City Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.


The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.


Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, TPC Harding Park golf course, and Randall Museum.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.


The Opportunity

Under supervision of the Curator II, the Curator I will participate in the research, cataloging, preparation, installation and preservation of the museum collection of animals, natural history objects and exhibitions at the San Francisco’s Randall Museum.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  1.  Care and maintenance of 'Wild in California’ exhibit, including cleaning, feeding, handling a wide variety of over 50 species of and maintaining health records of each individual specimen; ensuring proper and safe housing for each animal and maintaining animal enclosures with foliage and rocks, or other habitat exhibit materials; prepares quality food for animal diets, inventory food stores, re-order and restock from qualified vendors as needed; follows a prescribed health regimen for all animal species and medicates or treats animals as prescribed by veterinarians, collects medical samples as needed by veterinarians, exercises and enriches animals daily; handles specific animals or other natural history artifacts for a variety of educational programs.
  2. Assists in preparing for inspections by State and Federal licensing agencies; carries out inspection walk-through with inspectors and takes notes of any protocols or changes that may be required. 
  3. Assists with accessing new animals for the collection by working with other agencies or institutions; prepares correspondence and other contact with possible natural history or live specimen donations. Responsible for the daily maintenance of other exhibit pieces within the larger exhibit – including signage, computers, natural history artifacts, etc.
  4. Guides and works with interns and volunteers, both teens and adults. Assigns tasks and insures proper supervision.
  5. Conducts research on natural history of each animal in the collection, exhibit objects such as fossils, rocks, shells etc. and assists in public understanding; interprets animals and objects in a variety of programming types- i.e. school field trips, afterschool classes, special programming and the general visitor.
  6. Assists in identifying and cataloging natural history collections of the Randall Museum; maintaining collections of insects, shells, fossils, taxidermy etc.
  7. Evaluates, plans, researches, and develops future exhibits and programs and participates in the implementation of museum-wide events.
  8. Performs other projects and duties as assigned, which may include assistance at other Recreation and Park facilities or other city wide events of Recreation and Park.

NATURE OF WORK:   Exposure to strong and/or unpleasant odors, including those from animal excrement, cleaning agents and chemical compounds, and frequent exposure to extreme noise; ability to lift 50 lbs., push and/or pull 70 lbs., and clean in spaces 2 X 3 ft and larger, and ability to kneel, bend and squat for periods of time.  This position may require driving a personal or City vehicle.


Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement. 

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in biology or related field; OR 
  2. Sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units from an accredited college or university with major coursework in biology, or related field AND two (2) years of verifiable hours of professional experience in captive animal care and management at a park, zoo, university or museum; OR
  3. Four (4) years of experience in captive animal care and management at a park, zoo, university, or museum.


1. A strong background and interest in working with a variety of animals in professional setting, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods and fish.

2. Effective communication skills to interpret the collections to children, teens and adults from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

3. Effective writing skills for record keeping, permits, online and print publications, and graphics.

4. Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

5. Provide problem solving and leadership to resolve issues.

6. Knowledge and understanding of California ecology and related natural history subjects

7. Basic knowledge of operations and maintenance of equipment: pumping filtration units, exhibit lighting, heating and ventilation systems.

8. Prior teaching experience with children

9. Valid California Driver’s license

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process.  Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

* Select the 3541 Curator I 
* Click on "Apply" and read and acknowledge the information
* Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered or “I have Registered Previously”
* Follow instructions given on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Lilli Ann Bobila by telephone at (415) 831-2731, or by email at lilliann.bobila@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the selection process.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application. 

Experience Verification: Verification of qualifying experience must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include your job title(s), dates of employment, duties performed and hours worked for each position, and must be signed (with a live signature) by the employer or employer's authorized representative. Signed copies of performance evaluations which describe the work you performed may also be submitted. City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.

NOTE:  Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
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http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of the Announcement
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.
Additional Information
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: 

Issued: 11/13/19
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 098685
REC/LB/(415) 831-2731


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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