Monday, May 25, 2015

General Curator, Animal Care

General Curator, Animal Care

Accountable to the Director, Animal Care, Conservation & Research, this position is responsible for the management of the animal collection, personnel, facilities and programs of the animal care areas of the zoo.
  • Provides daily direction and supervision to Curators.
  • Ensures animal enclosures and day to day standards exceed minimum AZA accreditation standards.
  • Ensures accurate, current records are kept on each animal and exhibit.
  • Looks for opportunities to improve and streamline procedures, processes and documentation.
  • Responsible for the preparation and monitoring of yearly budget in consultation with the Director, Animal Care & Researchensuring financial targets are achieved.
  • Involved in animal collection planning, and animal acquisitions and dispositions; assisting in exhibit design.
  • Participates in AZA and other professional organizations.
  • Involved in developing and maintaining Institutional Collection Plans for each species in the zoo.
  • Accountable for the development and implementation of standards and best practices in animal husbandry.
  • Oversees Emergency Response Team activities.  
  • Accountable for the oversight and consistent implementation of the Calgary Zoo Animal Care Training Program.
  • Works collaboratively with other departments and zones in the design and delivery of superior customer experience.
  • Liaisons with Communications department and completes media interviews as required. 
  • Ensures compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation and regulation as well as Calgary Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Complies with collective agreement, Zoo policy or relevant legislation in the management of staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Veterinary science, or experience in related field.
  • 10 plus years of animal management experience with a minimum of 5 years of direct animal management in an accredited institution.
  • 8+ years of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience managing a unionized workforce would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in sourcing, initiating, and facilitating animal transfers.
  • Exceptional problem solving, analytical skills, time management, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Working experience in leading and implementing business change.
  • Excellent communication, leadership skills with the ability to motivate and empower team members.
  • Self-starter, skilled at proactively identifying areas for improvement.
  • Ability to interact and build effective relationships with employees at all levels of the organization, specifically within the Animal Care department. 
  • Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License.
Physical demands and conditions required:
  • Daily on-grounds mobility, some heavy lifting tasks, availability to work on weekends and statutory holidays.
What the zoo has to Offer:
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Annual performance bonus.
  • Flexible benefits plan, including a health spending account.
  • Employer matching RRSP program.
  • Competitive vacation and flex days entitlement.
  • Discounts on food, beverage and merchandise.
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members.
  • A fun work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals!
If you are a highly motivated and experienced individual we invite you to send your resume, along with a cover letter, in confidence to the Calgary Zoo by June 30, 2015. Please quote the position title in the subject line.

Human Resources
Calgary Zoo
1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 7V6

PLEASE, NO PHONE INQUIRIES. Applicants are thanked in advance and advised that only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

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