Friday, May 20, 2011

Manager of Animal Collections

The Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) is seeking a Manager of Animal Collections to coordinate and manage the operations of a globally important collection of desert animals with a focus on threatened arid land ungulates, carnivores and birds – with a geographical focus on Arabia, NE Africa, Sahara-Sahel and arid Asia.

The post will develop a world class cadre of staff that will deliver the highest standards of animal care.

The successful candidate will work with the Director of Animal Collections to ensure that AWPR grows as an active contributor to national, regional and international breeding and reintroduction projects and an active participant in EAZA and WAZA activities.

The Manager of Animal Collections reports to the Director of Animal Collections and will be responsible for:

(1) the management of a diverse animal collection, specifically responsible for developing standard operating procedures for all aspects of collection management,

(2) staff administration, development and training, in particular the development of a skilled and enthusiastic animal collection team,

(3) contributing to the design and operation of new animal exhibits, visitor experiences and educational resources and ensuring the operational readiness of those exhibits,

(4) developing and implementing annual work plans and budgets, maintenance and renovation schedules,

(5) contributing to applied conservation and research programmes,

(6) delivering the highest standards of professional animal care and welfare, including behavioural enrichment,

(8) ensuring safe conditions for staff, animals and guests, (9) delivering and promoting potent inter-departmental and inter-institutional partnerships, particularly with the Operations, Property Development Veterinary, Conservation and Education teams.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a diverse animal collection and a commitment to establishing the highest standards of care and welfare.

The position will suit an individual with a passion for arid land animals who is comfortable working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural institution and working beyond the traditions of a zoo.

The successful candidate should have an advanced degree in a relevant zoological, ecological or veterinary discipline. The candidate should have 5 to 10 years leadership experience in an important zoological institution. Experience in the development, design, construction and operation of new projects/exhibits is important.

The Al Ain Wildlife Park (AWPR) first developed as Al Ain Zoo in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is being redeveloped by the Abu Dhabi government as an expanded 900 hectare integrated biodiversity institution and resort.
The new park will feature extensive exhibits of arid land biodiversity including five World Desert Habitats illustrating the animals, plants, landscapes and cultures of specific desert ecoregions, the Oasis Gardens, five Safaris exhibiting the landscapes and large mammals of five specific deserts.

Phase 1 will open in November 2015 and will include the opening of the African World Desert based on the Samburu Region of Northern Kenya. The new Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a new world class museum exhibiting the geology, culture and biodiversity of the United Arab Emirates and is a tribute to the environmental heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The project has a strong conservation foundation with ongoing ex situ and in-country biodiversity projects in Arabia and NE Africa and developing partnerships with zoos, botanic gardens and cultural institutions.

The current zoo site is being redeveloped as a new Conservation Breeding Centre dedicated to conservation and research.

The project is being developed using the Abu Dhabi government’s sustainability guidelines (ESTIDAMA) and is committed to inspiring guests and visitors through creating an extraordinary set of landscape experiences and biodiversity encounters.

AWPR is an integral part of the government of Abu Dhabi’s tourist infrastructure and a key component in the nation’s strategy of developing knowledge based economy. AWPR is a member of WAZA and is working towards full compliance with EAZA standards and policies.

More information about this role can be found by contacting:
Mohammed Al Kuwaiti
Section Head - Recruitment

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Application Deadline 13/06/2011

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