Wednesday, March 24, 2010

General Curator – Life Science Department Melbourne Zoo


Strategic Animal Husbandry Leadership Positions x 2

Zoos Victoria has a vision to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation. This means that conservation is at the heart of everything we do across the three Zoos Victoria campuses – Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. Zoos Victoria is in the process of aligning our animal collection to this conservation vision, and we are looking for two people to lead the life sciences and husbandry teams at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo during this exciting and challenging time as we transform into a conservation world-leader.

General Curator – Life Science Department Melbourne Zoo

From Western Lowland Gorillas to Lord Howe Island Stick Insects, Melbourne Zoo is a window into the world’s wildlife. Reporting to the Director Melbourne Zoo, this position is responsible for leading the Life Sciences Department and developing the Zoo’s diverse animal collection in line with Zoos Victoria’s 20 year strategy to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation.

Curator – Animals Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo provides visitors with a fully-immersive open range grassland landscape. The animal collection is currently focused on grassland species from Africa and Australia. Reporting to the Director Werribee Open Range Zoo, this is a strategic role that provides inspiration and leadership to the animal husbandry team to deliver a unique open range experience for the Zoo’s visitors in a way that aligns with Zoos Victoria’s 20 year strategy to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisaton.

Both positions require extensive curatorial and management experience in a zoo or relevant setting. As visionary and skilled strategists, the curators will lead their respective life sciences teams in defining their zoos’ strategy, tactics and implementation of their wildlife exhibits. Responsibilities include integration of Zoos Victoria’s community conservation model of ‘connect, understand, act’ into all displays and exhibits; ensuring animal husbandry, conditioning and enrichment activities, and veterinary processes and practices are to world’s best practice; and developing the team to meet the competency frameworks and standards established for life sciences and environmental sustainability.

For a copy of position descriptions, please refer to our website below. Applications should be submitted via our recruitment system at

If you have any questions relating to this position, please e-mail our Human Resources department at

Applications close 19 April 2010.

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