Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chief Executive - Conservation & Education

Chief Executive
Conservation & Education | Commercial Focus

Managing Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos and regarded as a leader in the world zoological community, the Taronga Conservation Society Australia (TCSA) promotes and protects Australian wildlife and exotic species
across its two signifi cant sites. It has a total animal collection of 4,500 and attracts 1.6 million visitors annually.
The Chief Executive role is an exceptional opportunity to lead a highly complex organisation and demonstrate your expertise in the leadership of a conservation and tourism-related organisation. You will drive the development of the existing sites, engage with key stakeholders and raise the public’s appreciation for wildlife conservation.

The Position
• Attract visitors, maximise fi nancial returns and augment fundraising and sponsorship arrangements while directing to research conservation programs
• Drive educational initiatives and lead the existing capital works program
• Engage with stakeholders including government, commercial businesses, research bodies and the public

The Requirements
• Track record leading a complex organisation combined with negotiation, infl uencing, media skills and experience interacting with government
• Financial, asset and people management, capital development experience and commercial acumen
• Demonstrated strategic and conceptual thinking as well as the ability to balance business and environmental needs

To apply confi dentially, please register at our website www.futurestep.com.au by responding to Opportunity
Code SMH66272. For further information please contact Patrizia Anzellotti on (02) 9006 3541, Carolyn Soddy on
(02) 9006 3468 or Helen Johnson on (02) 9006 3412.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Zoological Curator - The Living Rainforest

Zoological Curator - The Living Rainforest

The Living Rainforest is a sustainability and conservation focused charity in Berkshire , and is at the heart of exciting new developments in these fields.

The position of Zoological Curator is now available for the right applicant. This position offers huge scope and potential to lead the zoological department into the next exciting phase in The Living Rainforest’s future.

Applicant qualities:

You will be dynamic within the zoo community and able to give the department direction through collection planning, commitment to conservation programs and initiating projects. You will be expected to lead and work as part of a team – the role dictates that a ‘hands on’ approach will be required.

The collection at The Living Rainforest is diverse and therefore the applicant is required to have experience of several taxa and working in ‘tropical’ replicated environments. With over six years experience in a senior role or curatorial level, a working knowledge of ARKS and a proven track record in your field, you will be able to develop the department including team members. You will also be educated to degree level in an appropriate subject, preferably MSc level, with a thorough understanding of all legislation surrounding zoological collections such as zoo licensing.


Six or more years experience at a senior or curatorial level
Experience of tropical species and wide range of taxa
Degree or higher in an appropriate subject (conservation, animal management)
Thorough understanding of zoo legislation
Proven experience of collection and zoo development
Track record
Some weekend work will be required
May suit someone who is looking to considerably expand their experience in all aspects of zoo management.

To apply, please send a covering letter detailing your suitability for this position, and a CV to:

Mr Rupert West (Operations Manager)

The Living Rainforest

Hampstead Norreys


RG18 0TN.

Salary: £17,000-21,000 per annum, salary dependent on experience.

Closing date: 19th April 2009

Please note, no accommodation is provided with this post.

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Carnivore Keeper - Chicago Zoo

Keeper Any Level - Large Carnivore (Bears and Big Cats) or Large Animals

Requisition ID# 729TBW

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological
Society by, under close supervision, providing general care for animals
and performs related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and
interpretives in assigned area. Inform, assist, and direct guests as


Prepare and distribute food as directed. Observe assigned animals
closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their
behavior, health, and welfare. Keep animal records as assigned.
Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment.
Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretives as
assigned. Report maintenance needs. Perform minor maintenance tasks
as assigned. Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas. Study
specific reference materials about animals in assigned area. Read other
zoological and husbandry texts as assigned. Perform routines of assigned
areas and specialized procedures as directed. Monitor guests to insure
animal and human safety and protection of Society property. Communicate
with and assist guests. Take initiative to facilitate guests'
appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit. Demonstrate
knowledge of and implement Society-wide and area emergency procedures as
directed. Other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in relevant biological field or equivalent combination
of training and/or experience required. Animal care facility, farm,
kennel, or equivalent animal experience required. Large carnivore
(bears and big cats) experience highly preferred; large animal
experience preferred. Incumbent must possess an understanding of
practical principles of animal behavior and the ability to work with
live animals safely. Good interpersonal skills. The ability to
interact in a courteous and professional manner. Knowledge of natural
history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred. Must be capable of
dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently. Must learn and
integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly. Good
decision-making skills. Must be alert and make sound independent
judgments. Ability to perceive and act upon relevant changes in animal
behaviors and conditions. Incumbent must have or acquire general
knowledge about the Society, gain an understanding of the Society's
mission, and become familiar with and follow Society policies and
procedures. Incumbent must develop proficiency in routines of assigned
areas and specialized procedures as directed. Incumbent must
demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job duties. Must be
reliable. Valid driver's license required for Illinois residents within
90 days of hire; valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state
residents. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
fluently. Spanish fluency a plus, but not required. For The Living
Coast and Seven Seas keeper positions, SCUBA Certification required
within one year of hire. This is a full-time position with rotating
shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Hourly Rates are as
follows: Assistant Keeper: $ 19.36/hr., Keeper: $ 21.28/hr., Sr. Keeper
$ 22.87/hr.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please email
your resume/cover letter noting position title and ID# 729TBW in subject
line and in your cover letter to: greatjobs@czs. org. For more
information about our organization and career opportunities please visit
our website at www.czs.org



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rare Species Conservation Centre - HEAD KEEPER/ANIMAL MANAGER



Rare Species Conservation Centre.

We are looking to recruit a hands on Head Keeper/Animal Manager to oversee all aspects of the day to day running of the centre. The role includes staff management, animal management and also animal keeping. You will be working with a myriad of unusual species from reptiles to larger carnivores and Tapir,
running a small and dedicated team in a very personal environment.

Salary Circa £20K plus (Depending on experience) plus performance bonus.

The position would suit a fit, practical all rounder, who has
previous experience working with a comprehensive range of exotic
species. This position would also suit an individual who is capable of taking
on their first management type role, and would enjoy running a small zoological establishment.
Very high standards of hygiene and personal organization are
essential. As are personal appearance and communication skills, as
you are often communicating directly to visitors. Must enjoy
working in a small team and on your own initiative. An Interest in
horticulture a plus and ability to operate ARKS essential.

Accommodation is not included with this position.

Location: Sandwich, Kent, United Kingdom.

To apply, please email a covering letter and C.V. to:

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Experienced Primate Care Staff - Deputy Team Leader Vacancy

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre - Dorset

Experienced Primate Care Staff - Deputy Team Leader Vacancy

We are currently looking to recruit experienced, motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individuals to join our dedicated team of Primate Care Staff.

Ideal candidates will have

· At least 2 years relevant experience working with Primates

· A qualification in an animal related discipline.
· Must be physically fit

· Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team.

· Experience of Public Speaking

· Full driving licence essential due to location

To apply –

Please send a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, together with a covering letter including salary expectation to Shelley Fletcher, Human Resources Manager, Monkey World, Longthorns, Wareham , Dorset , BH20 6HH or via email to shelley@monkeyworld.org

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Assistant Manager (Heathrow Animal Reception Centre)

Assistant Manager (Heathrow Animal Reception Centre)
Salary £ 38,040 - £46,140 (inclusive of Outer London Weighting) depending on experience / performance

An opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to join the management team at the City of London Corporation’s Animal Reception Centre as an Assistant Manager. Based at Heathrow airport, the Animal Reception Centre (ARC) is unique and provides an unequalled service to our stakeholders and works very closely with Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs, Border Control, Animal Health and Defra.

The main remit of the ARC is to enforce U.K. and E.U. legislation with regards to animal health and welfare, however, the ARC also provides care and accommodation to the huge variety and quantity of animals that pass through Heathrow airport each year.

You should have a degree in a biological subject or have considerable relevant experience in an animal environment. This experience should include the husbandry of a wide range of domestic, non-domestic and exotic animal species within a professional facility and of enforcement, it should also include managing health and safety, both generally and more specifically with regard to zoonoses.

A sound knowledge of relevant legislation relating to enforcement and a knowledge of taxonomy with the ability to use taxonomic keys for species ID over a wide range of taxa is required.

Management experience and the ability to motivate and develop individuals to enhance team performance are also essential. You will also have excellent IT, oral and written communication skills, a full driving licence and full colour vision.

Work will be on a shift basis from 12.00 midday - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and there is a necessity to be ‘on-call’ 1 week in 3 for which you may receive an additional payment. On occasions you may be required to cover Animal Attendant duties with minimal notice e.g. night shift. For a informal discussion contact:- Rob Quest - Assistant Director Animal Health & Welfare on 020 8745 7894/5 or Bryn Aldridge - Director Trading Standards & Veterinary Services on 020 7332 3405

To apply online please visit http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/jobs Alternatively for an application pack please contact the Corporate Recruitment Unit on 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) or email cru@cityoflondon.gov.uk quoting reference DES018. Minicom Service available on 020 7332 3179. Closing date for applications: Friday 27 March 2009. Interviews: w/c 20th April 2009.

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ISIS - Chief Executive Officer



TITLE: Chief Executive Officer

CLIENT: International Species Information Systems

International Species Information Systems (ISIS) was founded in 1973 when Drs. Ulysses Seal and Dale Makey proposed the idea of an international database to help zoos and aquariums accomplish long-term conservation management goals. At that time, 51 zoos in North America and Europe responded to the invitation to participate in this network.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) and other zoological associations provided grants and endorsements for ISIS. In addition, the doctors raised development funding from private foundations and the United States Department of Interior. The Minnesota Zoological Garden hosted the program for 15 years.

Since 1989, ISIS has been incorporated as a non-profit entity under an international Board of Trustees elected by subscribing member institutions. ISIS has sustained annual membership growth over the last 30 years. Today, ISIS members number in excess of 825 institutions in 76 countries on six continents.

ISIS also serves as a center for cooperative development of zoological software for in-facility use. This allows software development costs to be spread across more institutions – making professional software and professional-level support available to all participants at a reasonable cost.

For more information about International Species Information Systems, please visit their website at: www.isis.org

LOCATION: Eagan, Minnesota

This Minneapolis/St. Paul area offers a high quality of life, modest housing costs and some of the best public schools in the United States.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the Board of Trustees, and will directly supervise five full time staff at the corporate office to include an Assistant Director/Chief Technology Officer, an Administrative Manager, a Director of Science, a Certified Help Desk Manager, and a Communications Coordinator. The Chief Executive Officer will also have oversight for a total of 30 information technology and zoological professionals, including five distributed member-support positions located in Amsterdam, Sydney, Bogota, Delhi, and Tokyo.

POSITION CONCEPT: The Chief Executive Officer will lead a management team and collaborate with the Board of Trustees in an effort to enhance and grow the ISIS value proposition to the global membership.

Chief Executive Officer will provide overall leadership with an emphasis on technology management as well as the advancement of a strategic direction with an international reach. The Chief Executive Officer, while possessing the necessary technical skills to carry out the defined responsibilities, should also have the personal capabilities and character to effectively interact with and be sensitive to the varied needs of a global membership. He/she will take a long-term view, while obtaining short-term quantifiable results.

It is of paramount importance that this person effects meaningful, carefully planned, and organized change while understanding when technology can solve real world problems. The successful candidate will inherently recognize the balance between the organization’s limited resources and the need to think in a manner that is entrepreneurial, innovative, and service focused.

SPECIFIC DUTIES: Lead the largest international non-profit zoological information services membership organization, implementing the mission and vision developed by the ISIS Board of Trustees. This will include the ongoing review and, as appropriate, revision of organizational structure, objectives, and goals.

Develop and implement more rigorous and disciplined project management processes/methodologies that will improve efficiency, productivity, costs, and the timely, successful completion of projects.

Assure the recruitment, development, training, and evaluation of qualified personnel to support the operations of the organization. Evaluate, develop, and implement human resources policies and procedures to insure efficiency, exceptional service delivery, and ongoing personnel assessment opportunities.

Offer strong, credible, and consistent professional management to the staff.

Provide direction and oversight to outside vendors to insure all contractual obligations are met on time and within budget.

Prepare and monitor budgets to assure fiscal health, accountability, and stability, while working closely with the Treasurer, for Board review and approval.

Build and enhance living collection information services and trust-based relationships with all member zoological institutions worldwide.

Assess the organization and develop a growth-oriented strategic plan that capitalizes on its strengths and capabilities.

Maintain organizational awareness of best practices while promoting the effective use of current and emerging technologies.

Identify new member institution services and suitable new revenue opportunities. Ensure the generation of additional income necessary to sustain the organization and enable growth.

Provide the Board of Trustees with regular reports on projects, process improvements, service levels, and operational issues.

Engage the membership in the proactive exploration, discussion, and assessment of ISIS services and offerings. Deliver on membership needs as a result of this input and communicate the outcomes with transparency.

Act as a sponsor for a very large community collection-management software project (ZIMS). Insure that all project related deadlines/deliverables are met.

Provide sound business judgment as well as entrepreneurial leadership and vision to technology functions worldwide. Build a business plan supported by a credible and reasonable business case.

Serve as the ambassador to over 20 zoo-, aquarium-, and related professional associations at global, regional, and national levels worldwide.

Support the ISIS Board of Trustees in policy and strategic organizational development.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic, diplomatic, and entrepreneurial leader with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible management experience, five of which will include executive level experience gained in either the non-profit or business sectors. Must have excellent planning, administration, leadership, and financial management skills as well as a high degree of emotional intelligence. Experience leading a membership organization and/or association as well as familiarity with zoos and aquariums would be a plus. Additionally, management experience gained in a software company, software consulting/professional services firm and/or highly technology reliant organization would be of interest.

The successful candidate will have a fundamental appreciation and understanding of conservation and its impact on the global community.

Must be able to build cooperation cross culturally and worldwide; an appreciation of the organizational dynamics of an international membership organization is essential.

While ISIS is not seeking a “technologist,” they do want an arbiter who is sufficiently competent with technology and its attendant issues to ask the right questions, give appropriate guidance, and ensure that decisions serve the best short- and long-term interests of all stakeholders.

Be able to present complex information system issues in straightforward terms to zoo and aquarium professionals who do not have technical backgrounds.

Intelligence and interpersonal skills required to effectively partner with the Board of Trustees and other sources of influence.

A strong commitment to and demonstrated experience in providing high quality, client-oriented service.

Collegial and collaborative work style; adept at leading others through process rather than by mandate; able to be tough-minded if required to ensure goals are met.

Pro-active rather than reactive, this individual must possess strong decision-making skills, be willing to take action, and capable of implementing work plans within appropriate deadlines.

The following personal traits are extremely desirable: unquestioned integrity; a passion for excellence; empathetic; excellent listening skills; persuasive communications skills; an entrepreneurial spirit; politically astute; an open mind; and diplomatic yet decisive.

The ability to function as a catalyst, coach, and doer, guiding people at all levels of the organization by utilizing a facilitative approach.

A demonstrated knowledge of managing people and global technology operations through change and expansion.

This executive should have the ability to control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously.

Knowledge of other languages, in addition to English, would be a strong advantage.

Ability to travel approximately 30% of the time, including six or more international trips per year.

EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree desired.

CONTACT: Shelli Herman, Vice President Gary Kaplan & Associates 201 South Lake Avenue, Suite 804 Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 204-2215; fax (626) 796-1003 E-mail: sherman@gkasearch.com

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Qualified Keepers – London Zoo Aquarium

Qualified Keepers – London Zoo Aquarium

£22,475 p.a. inclusive

Two qualified keepers are sought for the Aquarium at ZSL London Zoo. Relevant experience and preferably an academic qualification in a subject related to animal management, marine or freshwater biology is required. You should possess the skills and experience required for the successful maintenance of aquaria, life support systems and aquatic organisms. A good knowledge of water quality management, filtration theory and fish and aquatic invertebrate husbandry and health is essential.

The ability to work independently and with a team is required, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills. Applicants must be willing to interact with the public in a friendly manner, answering queries when required. An understanding of the role of the modern Zoo/Aquarium including conservation, education and research should be demonstrated.

Familiarity with basic IT software including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint or similar is essential. Knowledge of record keeping, preferably ARKS is also needed. Practical skills such as plumbing & carpentry are beneficial, but not essential. Applicants should be flexible and able to combine an interest in animal husbandry with physical activity in a demanding environment.

Apply by CV and covering letter to the HR Department, ZSL, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY or email hr@zsl.org by 3 April 2009

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Salary: £12,500 pa
Hours: 39 per week over 4 days (Thursday to Sunday)
This is a permanent position

A unique opportunity has arisen to join the team of Keepers at the Harewood Bird Garden as a trainee.

You will be an enthusiastic individual, keen to gain experience of working with exotic avian species. You will probably already have a relevant qualification and/or be prepared to undertake the Advanced National Certificate in Management of Zoo Animals. You will be expected to slot into a small, hard-working team and show a flexible approach to your working pattern.

This post is subject to a CRB check.

For a full job description and application form please go to www.harewood.org then click on Join the Team. Closing date for applications is 3rd April, 2009. Interviews will be held 15th April, 2009.

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Education Officer - Drayton Manor Zoo in Staffordshire - UK

Drayton Manor Zoo in Staffordshire - UK

We have a vacancy for a full time zoo education officer.
The applicant must be familiar with ARKS records system if possible although training can be given.
They will be required to run our busy Discovery Centre and be able to teach key stages 1 to 4 as well as give hands on Discovery Sessions to the general public.
They should be confident in public speaking and have an enthusiastic approach to all aspects of the job.
This is a full time position working Monday to Friday.
We do not have on site accommodation.

Closing date for application 10/04/2009

For more details or to apply please write or e-mail to –

Joyce Roberts
Zoo Manager
Drayton Manor Zoo
B78 3TW

E-mail joyceroberts@draytonmanor.co.uk

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