Thursday, December 15, 2016

Assistant to the Blue Macaw Coordinator

Assistant to the Blue Macaw Coordinator

Start Date: As soon as possible.      Deadline for applications: applications accepted until position filled.

General Information:
Located in the Gulf state of Qatar, the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation is the private wildlife breeding centre of Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani. AWWP maintains around 2000 animals of approximately 87 species. An international team of veterinarians, curators, biologists and keepers (around 40 staff) runs the wildlife collection. AWWP is an associate member of EAZA and is not open to the public. The Blue Macaws are a major focus, especially the Spix’s Macaw, a species now extinct in nature. The Blue Macaws are housed in purpose-built breeding facilities, with outdoor aviaries and temperature controlled indoor units.

Job Description:
The Assistant to the Blue Macaw Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Blue Macaw Coordinator in all aspects of management of three species of Blue Macaw (Hyacinth, Lear’s and Spix’s Macaws):
•        Aviary maintenance, planting and design.
•        Supervision of Blue Macaw Keepers’ daily routine and food preparation.
•        Management of reproductive activity, including bird socializations, surveillance camera observations, maintenance of nest structures and monitoring of eggs and chicks.
•        Artificial incubation and hand-rearing activities.
•        Supervision of the daily distribution of birds’ medications and routine disease monitoring, as well as assistance in veterinary treatments.
•        Supervision and assistance in bird transfers.
•        Record-keeping, data collection and data encoding.
•        Management of equipment, tools and consumption materials within the Blue Macaw Facilities.

Applicants for the position should fulfill the following requirements:
•        Must have experience in captive bird husbandry, particularly with psittacines.
•        Good understanding of good bird husbandry, nutrition, disease, ecology and behaviour.
•        Knowledge of artificial incubation and hand-rearing techniques.
•        Experience in resource management and organization.
•        Experience with staff management, training and communication.
•        Experience with record-keeping and data collection.
•        An understanding of the importance of conservation and a scientific work approach.
•        Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet as a minimum).
•        Fluent oral and written English.
•        Flexibility in working hours and an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Working conditions:
•        Contract is for 2 years; initial probationary period is 6 months.
•        Work schedule is based on 6 days per week.
•        Flexible working hours depending on the season.
•        1 month paid holiday per year.
•        One paid return flight-ticket to “home-airport” per year; initial flight-ticket to AWWP is also paid.
•        High temperatures during summer, mild winters and a lot of year round sun.
•        Salary is negotiable, depending upon level of expertise and experience and is tax free.
•        Basic accommodation is free at AWWP, including electricity and water.

Please note that applicants may subsequently be requested to provide written answers to relevant questions, as part of the recruitment process.

Please submit a cover letter and CV to:           Cromwell Purchase
         Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, P.O. Box 44069, Doha, State of Qatar
        Fax: +974 471 8707           e-mail:


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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