Saturday, May 26, 2018

Animal Care Supervisor

Animal Care Supervisor

Animal Care Solutions is seeking an experienced full-time Animal Care Supervisor to provide animal care services at the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre. This is an exciting opportunity to take a hands-on lead with the Zoo’s reintroduction breeding programs. Current species include; Whooping Crane, Vancouver Island Marmot, Greater Sage Grouse, Burrowing Owl and Przewalski’s Wild Horse with more programs planned for the future. The Wildlife Conservation Centre is also home to the Zoo’s ungulate quarantine facility and backup ungulate holding.  The successful candidate will work with the area curator to lead a team of passionate and experienced individuals save species from extinction by providing animal care services to the animal collection of the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre.

-        A Bachelors degree in Zoology (or equivalent) or compensating experience
o        Or, a Registered Animal Health Technologist
-        Expected to have a superior knowledge in the care of zoological and wildlife species
-        A minimum of eight years of experience working in animal care in a zoo
o        Must have experience working with a variety of taxa
o        Experience caring for species mentioned above or with any breed for release program would be a strong asset
-        Strong verbal and written communication skills
-        Experience leading a team in a positive work environment would be a strong asset
-        A valid Class 5 Alberta Drivers licence
-        Must be able to meet the specific requirements of the position
-        Negative tuberculosis exposure testing
-        Required vaccinations
-        Ability to work inside and outside year round
-        A working knowledge of farm equipment, tools and small maintenance repairs an asset
-        Ability to lift 25kg’s

The successful candidate will provide animal care services at the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre with the potential to fill in as needed in other areas. The tasks of the position may include but will not be limited to;

-        Organizing staff scheduling and assigning daily tasks, ensuring resources are allocated most efficiently
-        Train and lead animal care staff
-        Participate in reintroduction breeding programs including recommendations on continuous improvement and future growth
-        Observation of assigned animals closely, routinely and objectively report on animal behaviour, health and welfare
-        Provide animal diets in an appropriate and timely manner
-        Maintain complete records on animals attended to
-        Contribute to, follow and implement animal husbandry protocols
-        Conduct tours and interviews as directed
-        Ensure all work areas and equipment are up to or above standards for functionality and cleanliness
-        Ensure all animal areas are clean, maintained and perform animal husbandry procedures
-        There is an expectation to work weekends, holidays and potentially evening and on call services
-        Provide additional services as required

-        $70,000-$75,000/year (Dependent on experience and accreditations)
o        Competitive health and dental package
-        Opportunity for growth and advancement
-        Potential for on-site housing

Animal Care Solutions is part of the Animal Care Centre of Strathmore. We provide top quality animal care services, “Because We Care.” We are passionate about the animals in our care and the people on our teams. We are able to support and directly contribute to wildlife conservation in Alberta and Canada, which makes us very proud!

Please send CV and letter of interest to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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