Friday, February 4, 2011

Head of Mammal Department

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working globally towards our mission of saving species from extinction. We wish to recruit a Head of the Mammal Department, to be based at our headquarters in Jersey.

The Role

Reporting to Head of Animal Collection
  • To maintain and shape a mammal collection that fulfils the Trust’s conservation aims through managing captive populations, staff training and research and that also provides a valuable, entertaining visitor experience
  • To teach visiting students practical aspects of animal management, instigate research projects and support others conducting research
  • To support the delivery of Durrell’s Conservation Strategy, within the animal collection in Jersey and overseas
  • To ensure that the husbandry of the collection conforms to our high standards of animal welfare and ethical guidelines
  • To manage and motivate departmental staff and aid them in their professional development
  • To manage the collection and departmental resources within a specified budget
  • To ensure the smooth running of the department, maximising the department's contribution to the Trust's strategy to save species from extinction

  • Extensive experience (minimum 10 years) of working within a zoological collection
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology or related subject desirable
  • Proven experience of leading a team and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Wide knowledge of biology, taxonomy, ecology and the captive requirements of the mammal species for which the post is responsible
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and experience of delivering presentations
  • Proven experience with field conservation projects
  • Excellent organisational ability and experience in project management
  • A high level of health and fitness as aspects of the job are physically demanding

To apply

Visit our recruitment page at  to download a job description.

Please send your CV and a cover letter to Mrs Charlotte Linney, HR Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augrès Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity, Jersey, JE3 5BP or email

Closing date for applications is Friday 4 March 2011.

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