Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bird Keeper - Johannesburg Zoo

Bird Keeper - Johannesburg Zoo 

The incumbent will be responsible for the ‘incubation and rearing unit’, a large number of parrot aviaries and co-ordination of the hand rearing side of conservation projects for Ground Hornbills and Wattled Cranes. This is a job for a dynamic, enthusiastic and energetic person.

The incumbent will be responsible for all areas and tasks related to ensuring and maintaining the birds in good condition, medically, behaviorally, general wellbeing and will need to ensure an international standard of animal husbandry. Be able to act on any abnormal bird behaviours. Join and be an active member of the Wattled Crane Recovery Program and Ground Hornbill Program. Run the incubation and hand rearing unit according to protocols. The incumbent will guide, lead and carry out incubation and hand rearing, Coordinate, lead and motivate hand rearing teams and must keep up to date electronic records of all hand rearing. Ensure all equipment is well maintained and in working order. Ensure high standards of Aviculture. Assist the Curator with bird acquisitions when needed. Ensure proper record keeping within the Section. Provide behavioral enrichment for the birds in their care. Assist with nutritional evaluations of the diets. Conduct daily animal census. Be able to trap/catch birds for movement when necessary. Participate in educational activities when required. Supervise and train animal attendants and learner keepers and carry out disciplinary procedures when necessary.

National Diploma or Degree in Agricultural Sciences, Nature Conservation, Animal Health or a relevant qualification within the field, Must have a valid driver’s license and have access to own transport; 3+ years ‘experience within a bird department, Proven ability to incubate and hand rear birds successfully, Physical ability to do the work. The incumbent will need to be enthusiastic and a great team worker who is able to achieve goals by specific deadlines. Extra hours will be compulsory in evenings, weekends and public holidays especially during breeding season. Live food breeding, falconry experience and ability to run a mouse breeding unit would be advantageous.

Please note that Johannesburg Zoo Employment Equity Principles will be applied.

Application deadline - 06/12/2010 

Please email your responses to Mr Rhulani Baloyi at:  or fax to: 086 588 0994, Tel: 011 646 2000.

If you do not hear from us within 30 days from the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The Johannesburg Zoo reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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