Manager, Animal Care – Conservation Centre

  • Company:
    Calgary Zoological Society
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 hours ago
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The Calgary Zoo is home to nearly 1,000 creatures across 119 species, and is one of the city’s favourite family destinations. One third of Calgarians visit every year, and more than 97,000 have annual memberships. Operated by the Calgary Zoological Society, a not-for-profit society founded in 1929, the Calgary Zoo is one of just five zoos in Canada accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Globally recognized conservation organization seeks an animal care professional looking for meaningful work that impacts wildlife and wild spaces by leading the team at our Wildlife Conservation Centre as they work to change the trajectory of the animals, plants, and people on our planet. Our Mission |  Take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places Our Values |  Effective collaboration and communication, honesty and integrity, customer focus, safety, and conservation The Manager, Animal Care – Conservation Centre provides on site management, cooperative leadership, and animal care services at the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre. What you will do:

  • Organize staff scheduling and assign daily tasks, ensuring resources are allocated most efficiently
  • Train and lead paid and unpaid animal care staff
  • Perform day to day animal care duties as required
  • Conduct tours and interviews as directed
  • Ensure all work areas and equipment are up to or above standards for functionality and cleanliness
  • Assist in coordination and implementation of special projects, minor renovations, and improvements as approved
  • Update animal management and husbandry protocols related to the Wildlife Conservation Centre animal care and operations, ensuring stakeholder input is represented where appropriate
  • Oversee animal handling events, including animal shipments
  • Employee performance management for the purposes of guiding and directing staff on a daily basis, addressing complaints, resolving problems, or escalating to the Senior Manager, Animal Care as appropriate
  • Completing cooperative performance appraisals
  • Liaise with veterinarians and other department representatives as required
  • Other projects as required
  • What you will bring:

  • BSc in Zoology, Biology, Ecology, or Equivalent is required
  • Associates Degree as an Animal Health Technician is an asset
  • Minimum 5 years working in animal care in a zoo or related facility, with progressive responsibilities
  • Minimum 2 years supervisory experience
  • Class 5 Driver’s License
  • Experience caring for species in the Calgary Zoo’s breed for release programs or with any breed for release program would be a strong asset
  • Experience leading a team in a positive work environment would be a strong asset
  • Working knowledge of farm equipment, tools, and small maintenance repairs would be an asset
  • Strong computer skills
  • Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work inside and outside year round
  • Working in a remote area
  • Ability to lift 25kg.
  • Expectation to work weekends, holidays, and potentially evening and on-call services
  • Potential opportunity to live on site
  • The Calgary Zoo is an outdoor facility and all staff working at the zoo must be comfortable working in a large variety of outdoor conditions. The Calgary Zoo follows the advice of Environment Canada when responding to temperature and air quality issues.

    What the Zoo Offers:

  • Competitive compensation, vacation and flex days entitlement
  • Flexible benefits plan, including a health spending account
  • Employer matching RRSP program
  • Discounts on food, beverage, and merchandise
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members
  • A fun, rewarding work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals
  • Are you ready to join one of Canada’s leaders in wildlife conservation? If this position suits your skills, experience and personal attributes, we want to talk to you. Apply by doing the following; 

  • Watch this video about the conservation work being done at the Calgary Zoo. (
  • Submit your resume with a cover letter via our online application system. (
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

    If this position is a fit for you, we encourage you to apply with a resume and cover letter no later than  February 22, 2021 @ 4:00pm MST. 

    PLEASE NO PHONE INQUIRIES. All candidates are thanked for their applications and advised that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.