Tuesday, August 2, 2016



Job description and major duties:
Bioparc Valencia currently has a vacancy for a Zoological Director (“Director Técnico” in Spanish). Reporting to the General Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
o        Management of a team of veterinarians, animal keepers and aquarists.
o        Oversee all aspects of collection planning, animal care and husbandry at Bioparc Valencia, including breeding programs (programs both in place and in the future), veterinary care, arrivals and departures of animals.
o        Ensure excellent enclosure and landscape presentation, which is the key feature of Bioparc Valencia.
o        Supervise the proper use and maintenance of machinery, equipment and life supporting systems.

ü        We are looking for someone with extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management, with a minimum of 10 years at a recognized zoological collection, and a minimum of 5 years of relevant management experience at a senior/executive level including planning, budgeting and human resource management/supervision.
ü        A scientific background would be desirable. An overall understanding of the role of the modern zoo is essential, preferably with experience of EEP, TAG or other relevant areas of zoological conservation work and best practice. The candidate will participate in EAZA and other professional organizations.
ü        Leadership qualities; experience of supervising a team and be able to manage and prioritize a diverse workload within a dynamic environment.
ü        Fluency in or advanced knowledge of Spanish. Competence in both oral and written English desirable.
ü        Capable of working with relevant computer software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.). Competence in the use of ZIMS software desirable.
ü        The position is full time, 40 hours per week, with weekend duties shared amongst relevant staff according to the organizational needs of Bioparc Valencia.

We Offer:
ü        We offer a very challenging job with high responsibility, and the opportunity to join a dynamic team an open and professional organization.
ü        Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Organization:
o        Bioparc Valencia is located the former riverbed of the river Turia, part of a large and unique urban park crossing the city of Valencia. Bioparc Valencia is the last large European zoo, which opened to the public on February 2008. Bioparc Valencia has been designed under the concept of “zoo immersion”, so that visitors become immersed in naturalistic habitats of the animals. Due to the extraordinary quality of replicated elements such as rocks and trees, Bioparc Valencia has become a worldwide referent for this kind of exhibits. Following ecosystems have been recreated: Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, African Wetlands, and the African Savannah. The exhibits keep social groups with a behavior as similar as possible to the natural behavior.
o        Bioparc Valencia is a full EAZA member. The animal collection focuses on African species, with a total of 150 species taking part in over 40 European breeding programs (EEP/ESB). Taxa include primates (including great apes), ungulates (including a herd of 2.6 elephants in protected contact), carnivores, other mammals, birds and reptiles.
o        For more information, see organization website, www.bioparcvalencia.es

Application Instructions:
v        City / Country:  Valencia / Spain
v        To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references by email to cv@bioparcvalencia.es.
v        Please write “Selección DIRECTOR TÉCNICO ZOOLÓGICO” in the subject line.

v        Application deadline:  15/September/2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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