Monday, July 15, 2013

Team Leader of Reptiles and Invertebrates

Team Leader of Reptiles and Invertebrates

*      Rare opportunity to work at one of the world's leading zoos.
      * Contribute to the in situ conservation of New Zealand wildlife.
      * Unique chance to work regularly in the field.

Auckland Zoo is proud of its commitment to the World Zoo and Aquarium Strategy and when you join our team, you are signing-up to help "build a future for wildlife".

We are currently seeking a Team Leader to manage the lower vertebrate and invertebrate collection at the Zoo.
As a key member of the Zoo's Life Sciences team, the Team Leader's role is to ensure that the staff, facilities and animals associated with the this section are managed to achieve excellence. Working under the Curator of New Zealand Fauna, the primary focus of the advertised role is to oversee the Zoo's lower vertebrate (reptiles, amphibians and fish) and invertebrate collection, providing best practice husbandry, contributing to our understanding of the biology of these species and delivering attractive animal exhibits and meaningful encounters to our 700,000 annual visitors. You will also be expected to help identify, develop and deliver lower vertebrate and invertebrate conservation programs in the field.
Auckland Zoo's new $15 million New Zealand precinct - Te Wao Nui - opened in September 2011.  Te Wao Nui is a journey through six geographic zones and the flora and fauna of each.  The focus on native species provided by Te Wao Nui also catalyses many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both directly and indirectly.  More than thirty New Zealand species are cared for by the Reptile and Invertebrate team. The R&I team is also currently responsible for the care of around twenty exotic reptile and spider species and will take an active role in developing this aspect of the collection further in line with the Zoo's masterplan.
This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of the Zoo's lower vertebrate and invertebrate collection, to actively contribute to conservation both in the zoo and in the field, and to work with some of the world's most extraordinary animals such as tuatara, wetapunga, giant New Zealand land snails and the number one EDGE species, Archey's frog.

The successful candidate will have:
*      Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
      * Recognised qualifications in captive animal management and/or zoology/biology
      * A minimum of five years lower vertebrate and/or invertebrate husbandry experience
      * A track record of innovative husbandry and captive research
      * Strong management skills with emphasis on working to time and budget constraints
      * Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent customer service
      * Commitment to and understanding of the World Zoo Conservation Strategy 2005
      * Experience of project planning and management
      * Aptitude for and interest in undertaking field work

If you have proven relevant animal husbandry experience, leadership skills and can actively manage a team of professional zoo staff, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.  High priorities for this position include playing a key role in the development and delivery of visitor experiences and contributing to the overall strategic management of the zoo by actively participating as a member of the Life Sciences team.

Interested applicants should follow this link to the Auckland Council website where they will be able to find a full position description and instructions for the application process:

Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd August 2013.

Please note: This role is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.

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