Friday, July 25, 2008

Team Leader Primates - Wellington Zoo

Team Leader Primates

If you’re looking for a great career opportunity in the cultural heart of New Zealand……read on…

We have an opportunity for a team player with excellent communication and relationship management skills to be part of our Life Sciences team responsible for the integrated operational and animal management functions and activities for the section which includes chimpanzee, baboons, lemurs, spider monkeys, capuchins, gibbons, cotton top tamarins and emperor tamarins.

As we move forward under a new management structure, we are looking for someone to be a positive role model to others through demonstrated behaviours. In this role you will be responsible for the development of staff through identification of individual and team training needs, development and implementation of appropriate development activities, effective communication, motivation and coaching to ensure maximum potential.

The position is full time (40 hours per week on a 5 day a week roster including Saturdays and Sundays).

So, if you can demonstrate:

. a comprehensive knowledge of conservation issues and the role of the modern Zoo

. an ability to listen, learn, observe and interpret animal behaviour

. excellent communication skills both oral and written

. skills in negotiation, influencing, building and maintaining effective working relationships

. experience working within a team environment

. an ability to be flexible and maintain calm demeanour when working with potentially difficult, dangerous, and unpredictable animals.

and have background in primate management…then this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

For further information, and an Application Form and Role Description please contact Talya Horrocks at

Applications should be received by 5pm Friday 8th August 2008.

Please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews Digest should you
apply for this post

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