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The overall purpose of this position is 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.
Key Tasks and Duties:-
•Prepare yearly work plans, objectives and assign responsibilities within the assigned nutrition area.
•Promote and enforce company guidelines, policies and standards.
•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.
•Maintaining, updating and communicating animal diet records for all animals in collection.
•Research the effectiveness of dietary items and regimes.
•Ensure the safe and proper handling/processing of food for animals, health and safety procedures and any other relevant topics.
•Liaise with producers, suppliers and other relevant partners to insure consistency of delivery, and required quality.
•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.
•Schedule, participate and assign workload for staff in assigned areas.
•Directly supervise keeper and senior keeper areas and all aspects of their work and including the evaluation of their work performance.
•Supervise the day to day activities of the food centre, 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.
•Conduct research on new animal foods, suppliers and feeding techniques.
•Observe and collect data e.g. on animal intake, food choices and generate reports.
•Ensure proper documentation of all function related records and data.
•Prepare daily and/or monthly reports as and when required. Participate in the Animal Collection Department regular meetings and planning sessions.
•May participate in scientific meetings, conferences and workshops pertaining to his/her area. Employ behaviour programs and apply behavioural conditioning and enrichment (where appropriate) that will be used in both socialization and in presenting a natural”show” for guests.
•The Animal Collection Department is a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week Operation and the Animal Nutrition Supervisor may have to work extended hours on all shifts assigned.
•Follow all AWPR EHS policies and procedures
•High school degree or equivalent in the food, animal, or nutrition field
•College degree with an animal, food or agriculture focus
•Minimum of 4 to 6years experience in a relevant field
•Must have good command of English and Arabic or Urdu
•Good computer experience, data management skills, numerical skills and experience of MS Office Suit
•Good communication skills speaking, reading and writing
•Knowledge of food items, experience in food industry, food prep, or agriculture
•Knowledge of local animal food products and availability in the market
•Interest in animals, animal husbandry, food or nutrition
•An understanding of the purpose of Al Ain Wildlife Park, its mission and the outline function of each department within the organisation.
•Ability to work in extreme / ambient temperatures
•Ability to possess valid UAE driver license
•Must be able to work during any shift / hours / days assigned.
•Proven strong interpersonal and partnering skills
- Job Location:
- Al Ain, UAE
- Company Industry:
- Government Sector
- Company Type:
- Employer (Private Sector)
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- Career Level:
- Mid Career
- Years of Experience:
- Min: 5 Max: 7
- Residence Location:
- United Arab Emirates
- Bachelor's degree / higher diploma