Supervisor - Herpetology Department
Job Title: Supervisor
Reporting to: Head of Herpetology Department
Full time / Part-time: Full Time
Permanent / Contract: Permanent
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Details on the role are also available at www.durrell.org/home/work-at-durrell/.
Closing date for applications: Thursday, 15th September 2016.
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