Specialist Marsupial Keeper - Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten
Posted: 29 August 2022 | Full-Time | Stuttgart, Germany
The Wilhelma in Stuttgart is a scientifically managed zoological and botanical garden with approximately 11,000 animals representing 1,200 species. Thus making it one of the biggest zoos in terms of numbers of animals, not only in Germany but also worldwide. In addition to the animals, there are also around 8,500 plant species growing within this historical park and in the Wilhelma greenhouses. With more than 1.6 mil- lion visitors per year, the Wilhelma is one of the largest leisure facilities in southern Germany. It is a compa- ny owned by the state of Baden-Württemberg and is currently advertising for an Specialist marsupial keeper position (f/m/d) to commence as of January 1st, 2023.
Terra Australis is presently being built on the Wilhelma site to house spectacular animals such as koalas, wombats and tree kangaroos. Smaller nocturnal species such as brushtail possum, quoll and sugar glider will be included in the new exhibit.
To strengthen our organisation, we are looking for someone who is able to work well within an established team and who is enthusiastic about the unique animal population at the Wilhelma. An active interest in the further development and implementation of modern methods in animal husbandry is an expected requirement.
Feeding, care and monitoring of the animals kept in your area
Assisting in the development of animal enrichment, as well as maintaining a stimulating habitat for all animals and carrying out animal training in accordance to the section management protocol.
Breeding of the animal species you look after
Animal health monitoring and assistance with veterinary treatments
Active participation in public relations (feeding, demonstrations, guided tours, events)
Expectation to train other keepers in the area of marsupial husbandry
Fully trained zoo animal keeper
Several years of proven experience in zoo animal care, especially with marsupials
Expert knowledge of the biology of marsupials and monotremes
Experience in the field of occupational safety and in dealing with dangerous animals
Knowledge and experience of animal training and enrichment
Social skills and a high level of commitment
Ability to cooperate and work in a team within your own section and in cooperation with other sections and departments, such as the Wilhelma School
Organisational skills and personal responsibility
Basic technical understanding and manual skills
Willingness to further and advanced training
The position is rated according to the collective agreement for state employees (salary group 8) and is permanent. Severely disabled applicants will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Full-time positions are generally divisible. In the interest of professional equality, applications from women are encouraged.
Please send your application, C.V. and references to: Wilhelma, Postfach 50 12 27, 70342 Stuttgart. The closing date is September 12th 2022.
Please do not send us original certificates, documents or plastic wallets, as they will not be returned. After completion of the selection process, all documents will be destroyed.
Information on the collection and use of personal data in accordance with Art. 13 DS-GVO can be found on our homepage under “http://www.wilhelma.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.