General Curator in Wildlife Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the SAASA group of Animal Sanctuaries, is based in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape. www.saasa.org.za, www.jukani.co.za.
SAASA has a vacancy for an exceptional Curator with experience of working with a variety of exotic and African animals, with the main focus being apex predators. The sanctuary accommodates mostly big cats such as lions, leopards, tigers, jaguars and cheetah but also is home to smaller mammals such as caracal, jackal, hyena, honey badger, zebra, raccoons and others.
Expectations for the position:
To ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of the work and responsibilities attached to this post.
The candidate will be responsible for:
- supervising and training their own staff of keepers as well as scheduling work,
-ensuring safe work practices,
-providing animal care,
-monitoring animal health,
- keeping of accurate records,
- maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, as well as enrichment and maintenance.
Normal duties will include day to day husbandry, daily log reports regarding the animals, routine maintenance of physical areas and enclosures, liaising with vet regarding animal welfare protocols procedures and medication distribution to animals ,assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
Candidate must be able to maintain the area in compliance with SAASA and Cape Nature regulations and standards. This position requires interaction with Sanctuary visitors (public), maintenance and management staff. Curator staff are required to work weekends and holidays as the animal care schedule necessitates. Candidate must have a valid driver license
Candidates with big cat experience is a pre-requisite. (Please list specific species experience. ) Candidate must have excellent team working skills and be able to communicate with co-workers and supervisors effectively. Candidate should have a minimum of a 3 year college degree or equivalent diploma in a related field and at least 2 years of animal care experience in a reputable Zoo / similar facility. The candidate must be able to lift, bend and twist 50 lbs, and also must be able to work in all types of weather.
Work week consists of five eight hour work days per week, with two days off.
Annual leave of 21 consecutive days per annum
Accommodation is not included in package, candidate to find suitable accommodation in near vicinity of sanctuary.
Monthly salary: Negotiable
Plus Performance based annual bonus
Closing date for applications: 31 October 2016
Forward updated CV and cover letter to:
Lee Dekker – Group General Manager
Independent International Zoo Consultant