Sunday, May 15, 2011


Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohd. Bin Ali Al-Thani

Application Information for the position of

Deadline for applications: As soon as possible

General Information:
Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is located in Al Shahaniya, State of Qatar is a private breeding centre for threatened animal species. AWWP houses approx 2000 animals of 90 different species, some of them are critically endangered like the Spix’s and Lear’s macaw, Queen of Bavaria conure, Addra gazelle, Erlanger’s gazelle and the Addax antelope. Two species (Flame bowerbird and Beira antelope) at AWWP are kept no where else in captivity. An international team of veterinarians, curators, biologists and keepers (around 45 staff) run the preservation.

General Job Description for the Zoological Director:

 -Full responsibility for the overall coordination and management of the animal departments (bird/mammal/ veterinary department) within AWWP, in compliance with international standards of husbandry and population management for wild animals.
-Organization of animal stock-list programs, scientific data collection, animal food and medicine supply.
-Work under the General Management and report to them regularly and comprehensively.
-Liaise with the other divisions working under directive of the General Management, i.e. the conservation, public relation, construction and gardening department.
-Preparation and contribution to plans for the enhancement of captive conditions after consultation with the respective departments and responsible staff.
-Propose changes in structure of enclosures/ breeding groups, based on the existing experiences and data but also the newest scientific information available.
-Representation of AWWP locally and internationally, facilitation of the tasks by the public relation/conservation department to link up with other institutions.
-Write research and conservation proposals and coordinate scientific projects and publications.
- Guide and facilitate visitors and enable staff to demonstrate the achievements at AWWP to visitors as recommended specially by the General Management.

The successful candidate must fulfill the following requirements:

-Have an internationally recognised higher degree in Biology/ Zoology/ Veterinary Medicine.
-Be preferably an English native speaker, and/or having excellent communication skills in written and oral English. Computer literate with knowledge about the most commonly used software in administrations of zoological collections.
-Have a minimum age of 35; be in a personal independent situation; bring the abilities and willingness to travel, if needed also to remote places; be in the possession of an international driving license.
-Have a proven minimum of five years experience in running a well reputed zoological collection as a Director or in a similar responsible Senior Management position, including the role of administrating the institutions budget.
- Bring the ability to permanently motivate people in a multicultural team with willingness to work over time and under time pressure for short deadlines, and develop trust and partnership with all other sectors anddepartments in AWWP.

Additionally beneficial for the successful candidate:

-Long time membership in zoological organisation and proven record of active work in such.
-Long and distinguished career in the zoo industry, ideally in more than one country.
-List of publications and printed work showing past involvement in zoological work, captive breeding, zoo administration or conservation projects and initiatives.
-Lived abroad for more than one year or longer.
-Full health certificates, including valid immunisations.

The candidate must name three persons of references with information of telephone and e-mail addresses, allowing AWWP to contact them with further inquiries if desired. The references have to be related to the candidates past work in zoological collections or with clear relevance for the possible future work as a Zoological Director at AWWP.

Working conditions:

The Zoological Director will be based with all the team in AWWP, State of Qatar. AWWP has existing office space, all technical support, a running facility with well trained staff and adequate resources to fulfil all tasks. Free first class accommodation within AWWP will be provided with a monthly salary based on experience (basically free for negotiation) and a car for personal use. Four weeks holidays with one paid ticket home is granted by AWWP. The work will be with a probationary period of three months first, followed by a minimum two-year contract for the appropriate candidate.

Please submit your application to:

P.O. Box 44069, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Doha, State of Qatar  website:  


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