Director, Zoological Operations

Organization: Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, us
Job or Internship: Job
REF: NIE-372013
(Permanent – Full time)
Responsible for creating the future vision for one of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s most prized treasures, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) is the not-for-profit organization that oversees Assiniboine Park’s operations and ensures its ongoing redevelopment and financial viability. Our team is inspired to create and deliver outstanding experiences for the people who visit and use the Park including building friendly, supportive, effective relationships with stakeholders, community and the general public.
In support of our strategic plan, we are seeking a Director, Zoological Operations to join our management team. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Director, Zoological Operations is the senior leader for all zoological operations functions of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The incumbent will manage an integrated team of professional staff providing overall direction for the animal husbandry and veterinary programs; conservation and research activities of the Zoo. This individual will work collaboratively with Zoo staff to support APC’s overall strategic plan and mission, and to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature. In addition, the Director, Zoological Operations will act as APC’s key liaison with industry organizations such as Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as with non-zoo partners, the local community and the media.

A key responsibility of this position is the successful launch of the $70 million Journey to Churchill exhibit, currently under construction as the first phase of the redevelopment of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. This 10-acre signature exhibit will position the Zoo and Manitoba as a center of excellence for polar bear display and research, and will set the standard for future redevelopment projects. The incumbent will play a significant role in the planning and design of future Zoo projects.

This is a visible, senior-level position with significant responsibility for resources, staff, animals, assets and results, overseeing approximately 50 employees including curatorial and veterinary staff, zookeepers, conservation and research staff, and administrative positions. The ideal candidate will have at minimum a Masters level degree in zoology, veterinary medicine, conservation or related field. In addition, the incumbent must have a minimum of 10 years of management and animal husbandry experience in a zoo or related organization. Demonstrated experience in public and media relations is a requirement of this position. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

If you are interested in this career opportunity, please e-mail your resume and cover letter, by June 3, 2013 stating your salary expectations to Don Peterkin, Chief Operations Officer, at