Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Supervisor - Herpetology Department

Supervisor - Herpetology Department

Job Title: Supervisor
Department: Herpetology
Reporting to: Head of Herpetology Department
Full time / Part-time: Full Time
Permanent / Contract: Permanent

The Role
For its world-renowned Herpetology Department, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is looking for a Supervisor with an understanding of the role and function of a modern zoological collection and in-situ conservation programmes.

§        To support the Department Head in the running of a busy herpetological department, managing the animal collection and contributing to the Trust’s conservation projects as required;
§        To manage and continuously train departmental staff on all husbandry related matters and aid them in their professional development;
§        To manage visiting students and teach practical aspects of animal husbandry and management, instigate research projects and support others conducting research;
§        To ensure that the husbandry of the collection conforms to highest standards of animal welfare and current husbandry knowledge;
§        To deliver public talks, write reports and scientific manuscripts when required;
§        To manage the collection and departmental resources during the absence of the Department Head.

The Candidate will have
§        Strong background in the captive husbandry and breeding of a wide range of herpetological species with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working within zoological collections a necessity;
§        Excellent interpersonal skills and proven experience in effective staff/team management;
§        Master’s degree or equivalent in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field;
§        Outstanding organisational skills with ability to work to deadlines;
§        Wide in-depth knowledge of biology, taxonomy and captive and conservation requirements of the taxa for which the post is responsible;
§        A logical and scientific approach to animal husbandry with very high attention to detail will be expected;
§        Proven exhibit design/theming skills and extensive knowledge of plant care;
§        Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English);
§        Proficiency in delivering presentations and generating written reports;
§        Scientific writing and database skills desirable;
§        Practical experience of reptile and/or amphibian conservation projects and a good understanding of bio-security needs and procedures desirable;
§        A high level of health and fitness as aspects of the job are physically demanding and a willingness to travel.

How to apply
To apply for this position please send your updated CV, completed application form and cover letter to

Details on the role are also available at

Closing date for applications:  Thursday, 15th September 2016.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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