Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Curator of Birds and Reptiles

Curator of Birds and Reptiles

The Curator performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects Al Ain Zoo’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife, conservation. The Coordinator is responsible for and oversees all aspects of the safe care and handling of an assigned animal collection; contributes to collection strategic planning. This position will participate in preparation of the departmental annual work plans and budget as well as policies relevant to the assigned area of work.

Key duties include:

•        Evaluates, adjusts and coordinates husbandry standards and techniques applied to an assigned animal collection according to a zoo master plan.
•        Plans, oversees, directs implementation and coordination of animal husbandry programs, reproduction, neonatal care, introductions, moves, restraints and shipments; regularly inspects and observes assigned collection for overall health and welfare.
•        Ensures dietary requirements of the assigned collection are met and fulfilled.
•        Manages and evaluates the performance of animal supervisory staff as assigned.
•        Oversees and participates in the preparation and maintenance of a variety of collection records required for collection management.
•        Assures the meeting of legal requirements in collection management as well as domestic and international shipping of animals; develops new techniques as required to meet animal shipment regulations; may assist in the acquisition of permits.
•        Assures effective organizational communication and team building, provides specialized training relative to collection husbandry.
•        Executes, and under direction may implement, animal sales, loans, trades and purchases according to zoo collection master plan.
•        Participates in studbook updates and committees.
•        Participates in exhibit and facility planning, research and design.
•        Assures assigned animal collection operations comply with established protocols, professional standards and government regulations.

•        Ensure proper training and capacity building for senior keepers and keepers is on-going.


Muna Obaid Al Dhaheri
Chief Operations Division
Operations Department


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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