Director of Animal Welfare




Organization: Detroit Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Director of Animal Welfare facilitates and leads the programs and initiatives of the Center for Zoo Description:Animal Welfare, which is dedicated to bringing attention and resources to the science of zoo animal welfare and to applying what is learned to the development of animal welfare best practices and animal welfare policy. The Director of Animal Welfare develops, conducts, facilitates and oversees applied research aimed at assessing and improving the welfare of zoo animals and contributing to knowledge about captive exotic animal welfare; consults and cooperates with curators and veterinarians in animal husbandry and health care management; oversees programs for environmental enrichment and operant conditioning training; and contributes to the development of zoo animal welfare philosophy and policy. Principal Duties:• Design, coordinate, conduct and oversee applied research aimed at assessing and improving the welfare of zoo animals and furthering knowledge about captive exotic animal welfare.• Oversee development and maintenance of Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Resource Center.• Contribute to the development of animal welfare forums, workshops, and lecture series.• Consult and cooperate with Curators of the animal division and veterinarians in animal husbandry and health care management.• Oversee implementation of enrichment and training programs, including activities and job performance of Curator of Animal Welfare.• Contribute to the development of zoo animal welfare philosophy and policy.• Contribute to the development of Detroit Zoological Society Conservation and Animal Welfare Master Plans.• Share results of research through publication of scientific and popular articles. • Develop and conduct presentations at professional meetings.• Create and conduct educational presentations in both formal and informal settings.• Contribute to strategic and other organizational planning processes. • Prepare, submit, and monitor budgets as required.• Plan, coordinate, oversee and manage performance of Curator of Animal Welfare, research analyst/technician(s), interns and students.• Perform other duties as required. Qualifications:• Advanced degree in zoology, animal behavior, or a closely related discipline.• Experience conducting behavioral research with captive wildlife.• Demonstrated background in animal welfare research.• Knowledge of environmental enrichment and operant conditioning training.To view complete job descriptions and to apply online, please visit www.detroitzoo.org. The direct link to the jobs page is: http://detroitzoo.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php.