Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care

Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care

Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education 
(GRACE) Center, Inc.

GRACE, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks a highly motivated and team oriented individual to act as the on-site manager for animal programs at its facility in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. GRACE is the only place in the world that
provides sanctuary for orphaned Grauer’s gorillas with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating and reintroducing them back into the wild. Fourteen gorillas live at GRACE in a single social group; several monkeys are also in residence. GRACE is located in a very
remote, mountainous region near the Tayna Nature Reserve; expatriates are uncommon in the area.

Position Description: 

The Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care will be responsible for supervising the implementation of standard operating procedures for all animal care at GRACE in coordination with the GRACE Veterinary and Animal Care & Welfare Advisory Groups and GRACE Directors. 
The Manager’s duties will include working with a team of
Congolese on a daily basis to care for resident animals and monitor and document animal health. The Manager will be responsible for carrying out monthly parasite screenings and any needed medical interventions. He/she will also organize annual
health exams in coordination with veterinary advisors. 

For this position, we are looking for someone who is a team player with demonstrated skills and experience--preferably in a field setting--with procedures including parasitology screenings, darting and anesthesia recovery, necropsies, emergency medicine, and processing and interpreting blood work. The Manager will work closely with and train Congolese staff, so teaching experience is highly desirable. 

The Manager may also have some administrative duties,
and there may be opportunities to work with the local community on veterinary outreach projects.


The ideal candidate will have:
• A degree in veterinary science (veterinarian or veterinary technician) with excellent clinical skills and experience managing captive animal care and welfare
• 5 or more years experience working with primates, preferably gorillas in a zoo or sanctuary setting
• Fluency in or advanced knowledge of French and/or Kiswahili; fluency in English 
• Proven ability to live in remote locations with very basic living conditions
• Proven communication and leadership skills
• Enthusiasm for teaching and working with others, particularly with people from different cultures


Salary commensurate with experience; support will also include all travel and living expenses

Term of Appointment:

The position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal based on performance evaluation

Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2015


Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references by email to 

Please write “Animal & Vet Manager Application” in the subject line. 

The position is ready to be filled as soon as possible, but start date is negotiable.

Contact Information:
Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg
GRACE Executive Director
P.O. Box 334
Cumberland Center, ME 04021


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