Head of Department of Zoology — Wilhelma

Posted: 9 July 2020   |   Full-Time   |   Stuttgart, Germany 

Job Details

Wilhelma in Stuttgart is a zoological and botanical garden with about 11,000 animals in about 1,200 species and thus one of the most species-rich zoos not only in Germany but worldwide. In addition, there are about 8,500 species and varieties of plants in the historical park and in the greenhouses at Wilhelma. With an annual number of visitors of more than 1.6 million, Wilhelma is one of the largest leisure facilities in Baden-Württemberg. Wilhelma is run by the state of Baden-Württemberg and calls for applications for the position of head of the Department of Zoology (m/f/d), which also includes curative tasks for mammals and birds as well as the deputy of the director, as of 01.06.2021.

GCSS positions are open and available to all candidates worldwide. International candidates must be able to acquire a work visa. Fluency in English a requirement of all positions. Fluency in other languages is desired.

The scope of duties includes:

Field of activity department management:

  • Management of the veterinarians, curators and the zoo inspector
  • Supervision and personnel planning for the animal care sector in cooperation with the zoo inspector
  • Further development of the organisation of the department (distribution of tasks, job descriptions and evaluations, further training, etc.)
  • Coordination of reconciliation and collaboration with the other departments and staff units
  • Preparation of the budget calculation for the Department of Zoology including budget responsibility

Field of activity in the curative area of responsibility:

  • Subject-specific supervision of animal care personnel
  • Animal stock planning and management
  • Participation in EEPs/TAGs
  • Public Relations
  • Participation in the planning and redesign of enclosures
  • Participation in early, late, weekend and holiday surveillance with responsibility for the entire company
  • Implementation or supervision of research projects

Field of activity as deputy director:

  • Management of the entire operation in the absence of the Director
  • Representation of operational matters to the Ministry of Finance
  • Participation in the company management

Required education, skills, and professional work experience

• University degree in biology (diploma or master or comparable degree)
• Several years of professional experience as a curator in an EAZA zoo
• Profound knowledge of the (behavioural) biology of mammals and birds
• Proof of expertise in the immobilisation of zoo and wild animals and weapons expertise or
willingness to undergo further training
• Knowledge in the field of occupational safety
• High sense of responsibility and resilience
• Very good written and spoken knowledge of German and English
• several years of experience in personnel management
• good communication skills and team-oriented work, also across departments
• Computer skills (Office, ZIMS)
• Economical thinking
• Identification with the responsibilities and aims of Wilhelma
• strong social competence
• a friendly and confident appearance
• analytical thinking, a good perception and an unerring working style
• an independent and well-structured way of working


• an exciting and attractive workplace in which you can actively participate in the dynamic growth processes and contribute your personality
• an open working atmosphere and the cooperation in a successful, committed and highly moti-vated team
• a recruitment takes place in the grade A15 or TV-L 15, public service Baden-Württemberg
• flexible working time
• a supplementary pension
• Travel subsidy of 25 € per month for public transport (annual ticket for the linked transport
• a safe workplace

How to apply:

The employment relationship is based either on the TV-L on the conditions of the public service or the civil service regulations of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if they are equally suitable. Full-time positions are generally divisible. In the interest of professional equality, applications from women are particularly welcome.

Please send an application with the usual complete documents by 15.09.2020 at the latest to Wilhelma, Postfach 50 12 27, 70342 Stuttgart, Germany. If you have any queries by telephone, please con-tact the CEO of the State Parks and Gardens, Dr. Thomas Kölpin Tel. +49 711-5402-102.

Please send Wilhelma only copies without plastic covers or similar, as there will be no return. All documents will be destroyed at the end of the selection procedure. Information on the collection of personal data in accordance with Article 13 DS-GVO can be found on our homepage in the section https://www.wilhelma.de/nc/de/stellenangebote.html

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.