Thursday, January 12, 2012

Head of Reptile and Amphibian Department

Head of Reptile and Amphibian Department

The Role
  • To shape a herpetological collection that fulfils the Trust’s conservation aims through managing captive populations, staff training and research and that also provides a valuable, entertaining visitor experience.
  • To support the delivery of Durrell’s Conservation Strategy, by liaising with Durrell’s Global Amphibian Programme Manager to lead amphibian conservation, both with the animal collection in Jersey and overseas.
  • To manage and motivate departmental staff and aid them in their professional development.
  • To teach visiting students practical aspects of animal management, instigate research projects and support others conducting research.
  • To ensure that the husbandry of the collection conforms to our high standards of animal welfare and ethical guidelines.
  • To manage the collection and departmental resources within a specified budget.

  • Extensive experience (minimum 10 years) of working in reptile and/or amphibian conservation – experience of captive husbandry and working within zoological collections a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven experience of leading a team.
  • Degree in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field required.
  • Wide knowledge of biology, taxonomy, ecology and the captive requirements of the reptile and amphibian species for which the post is responsible.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English) and experience of delivering presentations.
  • Proven experience with field conservation projects, preferably amphibian, and knowledge of global amphibian conservation issues.
  • Good organisational ability and project management skills desirable.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • A high level of health and fitness as aspects of the job are physically demanding, and a willingness to travel as required.
To apply

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