Wednesday, August 4, 2010

EAZA Training Officer

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Vacancy: Training Officer

EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links more than 325 zoos, aquariums, national federations and other organisations in 36 countries. In addition to furthering the professional standards of our members with regard to the care and accommodation of the animals kept in their collections, EAZA also facilitates cooperation in our key mission areas of conservation, education and research. More than 140 million people visit EAZA members each year.

The EAZA Executive Office is based at Artis Zoo, Amsterdam. A staff of eight people, plus two others located off-site, is responsible for the day to day running of the association with activities divided across two departments: Communications & Membership and Collection Coordination & Conservation.

Job Description

The position of EAZA Training Officer is initially for a fixed two year contract period with the option to extend. The successful candidate will develop a series of continuous professional development training courses catering to the institutional membership of EAZA. Such courses will aim to build capacity and increase professional standards across a variety of subject areas including animal management and new techniques in husbandry, animal reproduction, biological and social sciences research, and conservation planning. These training courses will be offered under the umbrella of the ‘EAZA Academy’.

The successful candidate will also coordinate the organisation of pre-existing courses offered by EAZA and will assist with aspects of fundraising for the EAZA Academy. The candidate may also be asked to carry out other general EAZA functions. The EAZA Training Officer will report to the Communications and Membership Manager of EAZA.

Duties and Responsibilities

EAZA Academy

• Organise and oversee the already established training courses offered by EAZA – Basic and Advanced Breeding Programme Management Course;
• Develop 6-8 new short (2-5 days) training courses over a two year period for the EAZA membership;
• Explore potential partnerships with organisations offering related services;
• Develop a longer term strategic plan for training courses offered by EAZA;
• Liaise with EAZA colleagues in the Executive Office and across the EAZA community to develop content for the courses and course materials;
• Liaise with institutional members in relation to hosting of courses at diverse sites around Europe;
• Oversee financial budgeting and reporting, including post-course evaluation, for the EAZA Academy;
• Generate additional income to the Academy via fundraising;
• Develop marketing materials for the EAZA Academy in conjunction with the Communications and Membership Manager.


• Where relevant, assist with preparation related to conferences and other general tasks in the office;
• Contribute to ensuring the communication of related information to the membership (e.g. by publication in eNews, Zooquaria, EAZA website, etc.);
• Assist in the organisation of membership accreditation screening.
Required Qualifications and Experience
• The successful candidate will be educated to at least degree level or equivalent (Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework). A degree in the area of education/training management or related areas is preferred but not essential.


• Candidates must have a minimum of five years work experience;
• Candidates must have a proven track record in project management and working in a multidisciplinary team environment;
• A proven ability in public speaking is essential;
• Experience in training management/administration will be a distinct advantage;
• Experience in fundraising (grants/corporate donations), while not essential, would be preferred;
• Experience with standard office word processing and spreadsheet packages is essential; some experience of updating websites is preferred.
• The ability to work effectively to deadlines and under pressure is paramount;
• Excellent project management skills;
• Fluent written and spoken English is essential. The ability to communicate in another European language is preferred ;
• The ability to think strategically and creatively;
• The ability to initiate new ideas and take the initiative in response to challenges and opportunities;
• Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work across multiple cultures.

Employment Conditions

The position of Training Officer is a full-time post working five days a week (38 hours) based at the EAZA Executive Office in Amsterdam. The successful candidate will be expected to work weekends and outside normal working hours where required, for example at conferences. There is a holiday allowance of 25 days a year and a company pension is available. The contract is initially subject to a two-year fixed period, with a probation period of one month.


Applications should include a covering letter and a full CV with references. All applications are to be sent via email, by September 1st 2010, to Mr. Eoghan O’Sullivan, Communications and Membership Manager of EAZA. (

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