Saturday, February 2, 2013

Supervisor Live Food

Supervisor Live Food, Division of Conservation Development, Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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 isa member of WAZA and is working towards full compliance with EAZA standards and policies.
AWPR is seeking a Supervisor Live Food is required to ensure the safe production of live food for the zoos animal collection the appropriate quantity and quality based on species specific requirements. Also, is responsible for ensuring implementation of live food breeding, biosecurity, and animal welfare protocols and programs. She/he is also responsible for developing and implementing standard operating procedures for function and review, and for updating SOPs when required. A key responsibility for this position is ensuring proper documentation of the daily activities, levels of production and breeding programs and report to the animal nutrition coordinator. On the other hand, he/she is also required to train and develop senior keepers and keepers within his/her function. The Animal Nutrition Supervisor performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects AlAin Zoo’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation. The position is responsible for the daily supervision of the safe care and handling of an assigned animal collection and constantly demonstrates leadership qualities and abilities to engage positive relationship with internal and external customers.
The Supervisor Live Food reports to the Section Head, Nutrition and Enrichment and will be responsible for for
(1) Prepare yearly work plans, objectives and assign responsibilities within the assigned live food area, 
(2) Promote and enforce company guidelines, policies and standards,
(3) Maintain and oversee expansion of live food colonies including management of animal husbandry, genotyping and phenotyping ,
(4) Process diet changes as and when necessary, seeking all approvals and taking into consideration logistics of implementation.,
(5) Ensure the safe and proper handling/processing of live food, biosecurity, health and safety procedures and any other relevant topics,
(6) Liaise with Animal Nutrition Supervisor and other relevant partners to process live food material purchase requests to insure acquisition of requirements,
(7) Schedule, participate and assign workload for staff in assigned areas,
(8) Directly supervise keeper and senior keeper areas and all aspects of their work and including the evaluation of their work performance,
(9) Supervise the day to day activities of the live food unit. This includes and not limited to supervising staff, overseeing and inspecting live animals, breeding systems, handling and processing of live food and distribution activities. ,
(10) Conduct research on live food production, production systems, sustainability and other relevant topics,
(11) Observe and collect data e.g. on animal intake, selection/preference and generate reports,
(12) Ensure proper documentation of all function related records and data,
(13) Prepare daily and/or monthly reports as and when required. Participate in the Animal Collection Department regular meetings and planning sessions, (14) May participate in scientific meetings, conferences and workshops pertaining to his/her area.
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 a Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, or a related field is desirable. Experience working with represented labor is desirable. The candidate should have Minimum of 4 - 6 years working experience with relative field and out of these minimum of 2 years working experience with Live Food as supervisor.
More information about this role can be found by contacting:
Mohammed Al Kuwaiti
Manager, Human Resources
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