Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Manager of the Endangered Primate Rescue Center

Manager (m/f) of the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong, Vietnam

Date: 1st of February 2014
The EPRC is located 150 km southwest of Hanoi inside Cuc Phuong National Park. It was established in 1993 and managed by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS). The center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of confiscated endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats. Over the years EPRC has become a well-known primate conservation institution with an internationally high reputation. 

Zoo Leipzig (Germany) has given support from the start and took over full management responsibility in 2013. The institution keeps 150 individuals of 15 primate species and employs local staff of 24 keepers. Foreign volunteers and head keepers of Zoo Leipzig will support the work force from time to time. The present manager Tilo Nadler has been running the EPRC since 1993 and will retire in 2014.

Zoo Leipzig is currently looking to find a new permanent manager. This is a challenging position in a demanding environment suitable for a highly dedicated and motivated individual.
Main duties and responsibilities:
  1. Serve as country representative of Zoo Leipzig in collaboration with the Vietnamese authorities (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cuc Phuong National Park, PACCOM, etc).
  2. Manage the daily operation of the center including the finances and the further development of the project.
  3. Supervise and manage all aspects of animal husbandry (assistance with wildlife confiscations, appropriate rehabilitation) and building and maintenance work as required.
  4. Training and supervision of Vietnamese animal keepers and site support staff.
  5. Organisation of educational work and field research, and the preparation of project proposals/reports, as well as other administrative tasks as required.
  6. Giving technical and practical advice to the authorities of Cuc Phuong NP and other authorities as required.
  7. Coordinating activities and cooperation with other conservation projects/NGOs in Vietnam.
  8. Supporting Zoo Leipzig in the acquisition of third-party funding.
  1. Education as biologist or veterinarian (or comparable fields)
  2. Management experience in comparable projects in Vietnam / Asia.
  3. Experience in animal husbandry (preferably knowledge of primates).
  4. Good command of English (spoken and written), knowledge of Vietnamese is a huge benefit.
  5. Excellent organisational and communication skills and ability to multi-task.
  6. Good practical skills and computer literacy.
  7. Full clean driving licence.
  8. Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate.
  9. Ability to live under simple conditions in a rural area.
  10. Technical skills about electric- and watersystems (Generators, pumps, electrical fence sytems) would be an advantage.
The position is temporary with a minimum of two years (including a probation period of six months) and the possibility to extend the contract into a longer-term position.  Accommodation at the EPRC is available and a salary adequate to the responsibility of the position will be provided. Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods. The contract will be offered on a ‚contract for freelance work‘ basis, not as permanent staff of Zoo Leipzig. Therefore, health or social insurance contributions will not be covered.
A site visit prior signing the contrcat would be highly recommended.
Expected starting date: as soon as possible.

Please apply via e-mail: including covering letter, CV, university and career certificates and the contact details of two referees until latest 3rd of March 2014 to:
Frank Oberwemmer, Conservation Officer, Zoo Leipzig, Pfaffendorfer Strasse 29, 04105 Leipzig (Germany).

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