Curator of Ectotherms/Auckland Zoo

Posted: 24 February 2020   |   Full-Time   |   Auckland, New Zealand

Job Details

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland is a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands. It is also a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. At Auckland Zoo, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability is at the very heart of what we do.

The Zoo’s mission is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife” and they do this by demonstrating exceptional care for wildlife, inspiring our visitors to value wildlife, conserving wildlife in the wild and building a high-performance organisation.

An ambitious capital development programme was recently initiated, one which will deliver new infrastructure across the zoo and a remarkable transformation to much of the site – this is our #FutureZoo.

The Zoo is currently seeking a Curator of Ectotherms to contribute to the zoo’s operational and strategic development in three core areas of responsibility:

  • Managing the zoo’s ectotherms and ectotherms keeper team – ensuring excellence in husbandry and welfare; maximising our contribution to native recovery programmes; maintaining innovative and imaginative exhibits.
  • Developing, managing and delivering a portfolio of ectotherm-focussed domestic and international field projects.
  • Advancing the team/department/zoo’s scientific credentials through research and publication.

The candidate

He kōrero mōu: About you

As a senior member of the Life Sciences department, the Curator of Ectotherms will be expected to work closely with other members of the senior life sciences team as well as leading 2 direct reports and 10 animal keeping staff. You will lead and manage relevant projects with diverse team members, both internal and external, to deliver high quality innovative projects which deliver tangible conservation benefits.

You will be ambitious and creative, realistic and solution focussed, and a skilled communicator, adept at coaxing the best from everyone in your team.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum 10 years taxonomically relevant zoo and/or field conservation programme experience, coupled with extensive and proven staff leadership experience.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of intensive species management and animal collection planning
  • Experience of planning and delivering field programmes
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in biological/ecological/conservation sciences – additionally a post-graduate qualification in biological or conservation science would be an advantage
  • Demonstrable familiarity with the aims and activities of recognised conservation bodies such as the IUCN, CPSG and NZ Department of Conservation

For more information and how to apply, please visit the Auckland Council website.

Applications close 20th March 2020

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.