Isle of Man Government
Department of Community Culture and Leisure
General Manager, Curraghs Wildlife Park
D500 3 year Fixed Term Contract
PC / 01-024-1112
The Curraghs Wildlife Park is a leisure facility with a highly regarded established animal collection, attracting around 45,000 paying customers every. The previous long term General Manager has recently retired and we are looking for an enterprising and forward thinking replacement, with both the animal husbandry skills and the commercial expertise necessary to take the Park to the next level and increase its visitor income substantially. If you are up to that challenge this could be the job for you. In return we are offering an initial three year contract at a competitive salary in a low tax environment.
The General Manager position is a Isle of Man Civil Service post on the staff of the Department of Community Culture and Leisure. The main purpose of the post is to manage and promote the Curraghs Wildlife Park, Ballaugh as an animal leisure attraction for Isle of Man residents and visitors alike.
The postholder will ensure that the Curraghs Wildlife Park continues to offer an enjoyable and educational wildlife experience of high quality to all and provide clear and effective leadership to staff, volunteers and contractors working within the Park.
The postholder will have proven experience in the zoo industry, in a customer focussed delivery environment, with a strong emphasis on strategic policy and marketing development and be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both oral and written.
Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above and hold a professional qualification in a relevant subject eg. animal husbandry, zoology, ecology, veterinary etc.
The applicant must also have a minimum of 3 years experience in a senior management position within a relevant commercial organization eg. zoo, animal leisure attraction or similar leisure facility.
Applicants will require knowledge of wildlife conservation issues and management, both at home and abroad and be able to demonstrate a good practical knowledge of animal husbandry, in captivity and in the wild, and wildlife habitats, particularly wetlands. (Parts of the Curraghs Wildlife Park are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the site forms part of the Ballaugh Curragh, an internationally important wetland that has been designated a Ramsar site.)
The postholder will be expected to ensure value for money for both user and taxpayer by increasing income and reducing costs whilst complying with Isle of Man Government Financial Regulations.
The postholder must be available to work additional or unsocial hours when required including weekends and Bank Holidays. A full driving licence and access to own vehicle for work purposes is considered essential.
We offer not only a competitive salary but also an opportunity to enjoy a real quality of life. The Isle of Man is a low tax environment (with a maximum rate of income tax of 20%) and enjoys one of the highest resident satisfaction ratings in the British Isles.
Further general information about the Island is available on the Isle of Man Government Website: http://www.gov.im/
For information regarding the Department of Community Culture and Leisure and in particular, the Curraghs Wildlife Park please contact Kim Foy, SEO Community and Leisure Tel. 01624 697420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For an application form and further details of the terms and conditions of service, including a job description, visit our Website: www.gov.im/iomcs or contact the Office of Human Resources, Second Floor, St Andrews House, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2PX. (Tel: 01624 686300). Please quote reference PC / 01-024-1112 when requesting information.
The closing date for applications is Friday 13th January 2012.
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