Keepers put dogs around a hill (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'keepers' is the definition.
(curator is a kind of keeper)
'dogs around a hill' is the wordplay.
'dogs' becomes 'curs' (cur is a kind of dog**).
'around' indicates putting letters inside.
'hill' becomes 'tor' (tor is a kind of hill).
'curs' enclosing 'ator' is 'CURATORS'.
'put' is the link.
This may not be correct. It may belong to another bit of the clue.
(Other definitions for curators that I've seen before include "custodians", "Custodians of collections", "They are in charge of museums" and "Those in charge of museums or other collections".)