Sunday, December 1, 2013

Director Al Wabra Wildlife preservation

Director Al Wabra Wildlife preservation

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

General Information:

Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is located near Al Shahaniya in the State of Qatar and is a private breeding centre. AWWP houses approx. 2000 animals of 90 different species, many of them critically endangered. Most of the species are present in large populations and some are only managed at AWWP. An international team of veterinarians, curators and keepers run the preservation.

This position combines the following roles:

-        Full responsibility for the overall management and future development of AWWP, in coordination with the General Management.
-        Liaise closely with the other divisions working under directive of the General Management.
-        Preparation and supervision of new plans and conservation projects at AWWP in consultation with the respective departments and responsible staff.
-        Represent AWWP locally and internationally at conferences and meetings.
-        Coordinate scientific research and publications within AWWP and with external researchers both in Qatar and international.
-        Facilitate the development of the education programme and public relations.
-        Other duties as directed by the General Management.

Person specifications:

Qualifications/ Experience (Required)        
-        Hold a university degree in a relevant field from an accredited university.
-        Have a minimum of 7 years’ experience in a zoological institution in a managerial position, preferably in an AZA or EAZA accredited organization.
-        Proven track record of managing and developing staff.
-        Exceptional inter-personal and leadership skills
-        Excellent communication skills in written and oral English, including scientific English.
-        PC literate with knowledge of specialist software used in administrations of zoological collections
-        Willing to work long and flexible hours in a challenging environment.
-        Hold a valid driving license
-        Develop zoo budgets and oversee their implementation.

Qualification / Experience (Desirable)
-        A postgraduate degree in a zoological related field is highly desirable.
-        Having worked in different zoological collections, preferably in different countries (especially in the Middle East) are beneficial.
-        Understanding of enclosure design and environmental enrichment
-        Previous history of Living abroad
-        Proven track record in scientific research and having published in peer-reviewed journals on zoo-related topics

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications. Initial 2 year contract with a 3 month probation period. Working 6 days a week, 1 month paid holiday, one paid return economy ticket to home airport including partner and two children, if applicable, annually, on-site accommodation, car & family government health care.

To apply please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter to

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