Program Leader Vacancies

The Animal Programs listed below are searching for dedicated members of the AZA community.  Individuals interested in applying for one of the vacant Program Leader positions should review the position responsibilities and complete the required application materials, found in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Application materials should be submitted to the Chair of the appropriate Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) or the AZA Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department. Contact information for TAG Chairs are also available on each TAGs' Program page in the Animal Program Database, and also in the Animal Program Resources. Please note that unless a specific due date is indicated, applications are accepted at any time.

*For information regarding TAG and SSP Education Advisors, click here.

*TAG and SSP Ambassador Animal Advisors can apply via an online application form.

TAG Chair

AMPHIBIAN TAG - Applications due October 1, 2021
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

BAT, RODRIGUES FRUIT
Please send application materials to Brian Pope, Bat TAG Chair.

BOA, JAMAICAN - Applications due October 1, 2021
Please send application materials to Brian Aucone, Snake TAG Chair.

CAPUCHIN, BROWN
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair.

CAPUCHIN, CRESTED
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair.

CAPUCHIN, WHITE-THROATED
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair.

CHAT, SNOWY-HEADED ROBIN
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

CRANE, GREY-CROWNED
Please send application materials to Mike Taylor, Gruiformes, Eurypygiformes, Cariamiformes & Otidiformes TAG Chair.

CUTTLEFISH, FLAMBOYANT
Please send application materials to Brian Nelson, Aquatic Invertebrate TAG Chair.

GAZELLE, SLENDER-HORNED
Please send application materials to Steve Metzler, Antelope, Cattle, Giraffid, & Camelid TAG Chair.

HIPPOPOTAMUS, RIVER - Applications due October 1, 2021
Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Hippo, Peccary, Pig, and Tapir TAG Chair.

IBEX, NUBIAN
Please send application materials to Gil Myers, Caprinae TAG Chair.

MYNAH, GOLDEN-CRESTED
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

NYALA, LOWLAND
Please send application materials to Steve Metzler, Antelope, Cattle, Giraffid, and Camelid TAG Chair.

PARROT, THICK-BILLED - Applications due October 1, 2021
Please send application materials to Dominick Dorsa, Parrot TAG Chair.

SERIEMA, RED-LEGGED
Please send application materials to Mike Taylor, Gruiformes, Eurypygiformes, Cariamiformes & Otidiformes TAG Chair.

STARLING, VIOLET-BACKED (AMETHYST) 
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

STINGRAY, BIGTOOTH RIVER 
Please send application materials to George Brandy, Freshwater Fishes TAG Chair.

STINGRAY, TIGER RIVER
Please send application materials to George Brandy, Freshwater Fishes TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

BEAR, POLAR 
Please send application materials to Travis Vineyard, Bear TAG Chair.

CHICKEN, ATTWATER’S PRAIRIE
Please send application materials to Chris Holmes, Galliformes TAG Chair.
*As a regional USFWS program, higher consideration may be given to applicants from Texas.

CICHLID, LAKE VICTORIA (Argens, Degeni, Esculentus, Melanopterus, Perrieri, Piceatus, and Two Stripe White Lip) 
Please send application materials to George Brandy, Freshwater Fishes TAG Chair.

CURASSOW, WATTLED
Please send application materials to Chris Holmes, Galliformes TAG Chair.

IGUANA, GRAND CAYMAN BLUE
Please send application materials to Drew Foster, Lizard TAG Chair.

IGUANA, JAMAICAN
Please send application materials to Drew Foster, Lizard TAG Chair.

PEAFOWL, CONGO
Please send application materials to Chris Holmes, Galliformes TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

CICHLID, LAKE VICTORIA (Argens, Degeni, Esculentus, Melanopterus, Perrieri, Piceatus, and Two Stripe White Lip)
Please send application materials to George Brandy, Freshwater Fishes TAG Chair.
* Studbook Keeper applications are being accepted for the seven (7) Lake Victoria haplochromine cichlid species in advance of the retirement of Jay Hemdal, who has served as the Studbook Keeper since the SSP’s inception in 1993.
Please note the following:

  1. It is the intent of the SSP to recruit multiple candidates interested in contributing to the program in the Studbook Keeper role.
  2. Division of the SSP species total into smaller groupings will occur once candidates have been vetted and selected.
  3. Successful candidates will have access to mentoring under Jay until his retirement later in the year.

PHEASANT, EDWARD’S (INTERNATIONAL) 
For more information and to apply, please email Paula Cerdán, WAZA Animal Welfare and Conservation Coordinator.

SHARK, ZEBRA
Please send application materials to Paula Carlson, Marine Fishes TAG Chair.

SNAKE, EASTERN INDIGO 
Please send application materials to Brian Aucone, Snake TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

BULBUL, WHITE-EARED
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

BUSTARD, BUFF-CRESTED
Please send application materials to Mike Taylor, Gruiformes, Eurypygiformes, Cariamiformes & Otidiformes TAG Chair.

CROCODILES, AFRICAN DWARF (OSTEOLAEMUS)
Please send application materials to Kent Vliet, Crocodilian TAG Chair.

FINCH, RED-CRESTED
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

MARINE FISHES
For the vacancies listed below, please send application materials to Paula Carlson, Marine Fishes TAG Chair. In addition to the AZA documents normally required for the application, the MFTAG would like to request the following additional supplementary materials:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from AZA members.
  2. One (1) letter of support from a current Program Leader, Studbook Keeper, or member of TAG leadership with whom the candidate has discussed this opportunity and will be able to use as a mentor moving forward.
  3. A statement of why the candidate wishes to contribute to AZA as a leader for this species.

List of vacancies:

  • SHARK, BROWN-BANDED BAMBOO
  • WRASSE, HUMPHEAD

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