Friday, May 20, 2011

Section Head Animal Collections - Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort

The Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) seek two Section Heads for the Animal Collection Departments. The Section Heads will manage a team of zoo staff and be responsible for either the front of house public exhibits or the back of house breeding areas. The Section Heads report to the Manager of Animal Collections and will be responsible for

(1) day to day collection management, ensuring the highest standards of animal care and welfare,

(2) working with Veterinary Services team to ensure effective veterinary care,

(3) staff administration including administration of shifts, vacation and over-time,

(4) implementing annual work plans and budgets,

(5) participating in conservation and applied research programmes,

(6) delivering enrichment and breeding programmes,

(7) ensuring the highest standards of animal, staff and guest safety, and

(8) operating as part of a series of multi disciplinary teams.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a diverse animal collection. The position will suit an individual with a passion for arid land animals who is comfortable working in a multidisciplinary institution and is committed to establishing the highest professional standards.

The successful candidate should have extensive practical experience and should have 5 to 10 years relevant experience in an important zoological institution.

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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