Friday, March 4, 2011

Auckland Zoo – Team Leader of Reptiles & Invertebrates

Auckland Zoo – Team Leader of Reptiles and Invertebrates

Auckland Zoo is proud of its commitment to the World Zoo and Aquarium Strategy and when you join our team, you are agreeing to help "build a future for wildlife". We are currently seeking a Life Sciences Team Leader to directly manage the lower vertebrate and invertebrate collection at the Zoo.

As a key member of the Zoo's Life Sciences team the Team Leader – Reptiles and Invertebrates is primarily required to ensure that the staff, facilities and animals associated with the this section are managed to achieve excellence. The primary focus of this new role is to manage the Zoo's lower vertebrate (reptiles, amphibians and fish) and invertebrate collection to achieve best practice husbandry and contribute to our understanding of the biology of the species. You will also be expected to identify, develop and help deliver lower vertebrate and invertebrate conservation programs in the wild.

Auckland Zoo’s new $15 million New Zealand precinct – Te Wao Nui – is scheduled for completion in September 2011. Te Wao Nui is a journey through the flora, fauna and culture of Aotearoa/ New Zealand and is the largest single development the zoo has ever undertaken, covering approximately 25% of the zoo’s footprint. Te Wao Nui will provide many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both directly and indirectly. It will feature six zones displaying over 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and over 110 native plant species. Some thirty different native New Zealand species, as well as twenty exotic species, will be cared for by the Reptile and Invertebrate team.

This is a unique opportunity to be a central figure in the development and display of the Zoo’s lower vertebrate and invertebrate collection and to work with some of the world’s most extraordinary animals, such as tuatara, wetapunga, giant New Zealand land snails and the number one EDGE species – Archey’s frog.

The candidate will have
• Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
• Recognised qualifications in captive animal management and/or biology
• Minimum of five years lower vertebrate and/or invertebrate husbandry experience
• Strong management skills with emphasis on working to time and budget constraints
• Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent customer service
• Commitment to and understanding of the World Zoo Conservation Strategy 2005

If you have proven relevant animal husbandry experience, leadership skills and can actively manage a team of professional zoo staff, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. High priorities for this role include playing a key role in the development and delivery of visitor experiences and contributing the overall strategic management of the zoo by actively participating as a member of the Life Sciences team. Ideally, you would also have experience in developing and implementing conservation projects in the field for a range of the relevant species.

Interested applicants should follow this link to the Auckland Council website where they will be able to find a full position descriptions and instructions for the application process:

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