Animal Nutrition Supervisor




Organization: Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, International
Job or Internship: Job

Division of Conservation Development, Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Al Ain Wildlife Park (AWPR) first developed as Al Ain Zoo in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is being redeveloped by the Abu Dhabi government as an expanded 900 hectare integrated biodiversity institution and resort. The new park will feature extensive exhibits of arid land biodiversity including five World Desert Habitats illustrating the animals, plants, landscapes and cultures of specific desert ecoregions, the Oasis Gardens, five Safaris exhibiting the landscapes and large mammals of five specific deserts. Phase 1 will open in November 2015 and will include the opening of the African World Desert based on the Samburu Region of Northern Kenya. The new Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a new world class museum exhibiting the geology, culture and biodiversity of the United Arab Emirates and is a tribute to the environmental heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The project has a strong conservation foundation with ongoing ex situ and in-country biodiversity projects in Arabia and NE Africa and developing partnerships with zoos, botanic gardens and cultural institutions. The current zoo site is being redeveloped as a new Conservation Breeding Centre dedicated to conservation and research. The project is being developed using the Abu Dhabi government’s sustainability guidelines (ESTIDAMA) and is committed to inspiring guests and visitors through creating an extraordinary set of landscape experiences and biodiversity encounters. AWPR is an integral part of the government of Abu Dhabi’s tourist infrastructure and a key component in the nation’s strategy of developing knowledge based economy. AWPR is a member of WAZA and is working towards full compliance with EAZA standards and policies.

AWPR is seeking an Animal Nutrition Supervisor is required to to ensure that the zoos animal collection receives the appropriate quantity and quality of feed based on species specific requirements. The Animal Nutrition Supervisor is responsible for ensuring implementation of animal nutrition protocols and daily programs. She/he is also responsible for developing and implementing standard operating procedures for function and review, and for updating SOPs when required. Animal Nutrition Supervisor is also required to develop animal enrichment plans and coordinate with other department supervisors to enhance animal enrichment standards in the back of house and core zoo exhibits. A key responsibility for this position is ensuring proper documentation of the daily activities, diet change and enrichment activities and report to the animal nutrition coordinator. On the other hand, he/she is also required to train and develop senior keepers and keepers within his/her function.  . The Animal Nutrition Supervisor performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects AlAin Zoo’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation. The position is responsible for the daily supervision of the safe care and handling of an assigned animal collection and constantly demonstrates leadership qualities and abilities to engage positive relationship with internal and external customers.

The Animal Nutrition Supervisor reports to the Section Head, Nutrition and Enrichment  and will be responsible for for (1) Prepare yearly work plans, objectives and assign responsibilities within the assigned nutrition area,  (2) Promote and enforce company guidelines, policies and standards, (3) Process diet changes as and when necessary, seeking all approvals and taking into consideration logistics of implementation, growth, reproduction, health and/or performance of animal(s) in question , (4) Maintaining, updating and communicating animal diet records for all animals in collection, (5) Research the effectiveness of dietary items and regimes, (6) Ensure the safe and proper handling/processing of food for animals, health and safety procedures and any other relevant topics, (7)  Liaise with producers, suppliers and other relevant partners to insure consistency of delivery, and required quality, (8) Process animal food purchase requests using the ERP system and liaise with other relevant departments when required to insure the security of animal food acquisition, (9) Directly supervise keeper and senior keeper areas and all aspects of their work and including the evaluation of their work performance, (10) Supervise the day to day activities of the food center, forage and pellet warehouses. This includes and not limited to supervising staff, overseeing and inspecting food deliveries for quality and suitability, overseeing food preparation and distribution activities, (11) Conduct research on new animal foods, suppliers and feeding techniques, (12) Observe and collect data e.g. on animal intake, food choices and generate reports, (13) E Ensure proper documentation of all function related records and data, (14) Prepare daily and/or monthly reports as and when required. Participate in the Animal Collection Department regular meetings and planning sessions.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a diverse animal collection and a commitment to establishing the highest standards of care and welfare. The position will suit an individual with a passion for arid land animals who is comfortable working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural institution and working beyond the traditions of a zoo. The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, or a related field is desirable.  Experience working with represented labor is desirable. The candidate should have Minimum of 4 - 6 years working experience with exotic animals (mammals, birds and reptiles) and out of these minimum of 2 years working experience with animal Nutrition as supervisor.

More information about this role can be found by contacting:

Mohammed Al Kuwaiti
Manager, Human Resources
E-mail:
mohammed.alkuwaiti@awpr.ae  or visiting www.awpr.ae

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