General Curator, Animal CareAccountable 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 & Research, ensuring 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.
- Daily on-grounds mobility, some heavy lifting tasks, availability to work on weekends and statutory holidays.
- 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!
1300 Zoo Rd NE
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