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Director, Fota Wildlife Park

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Fota Wildlife Park, a not-for-profit organisation, is part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, and is located on one hundred acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City. Fota Wildlife Park has an annual attendance of circa 450,000 visitors.

Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education, research, and visitor experience have ensured that it is uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity. Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past decade upgrading its infrastructure and developing 27 acres of additional land that focuses on Asian animals including Sumatran tiger, Indian rhino, and Asiatic lions. A state-of-the-art Education and Conference Centre will be completed by the end of 2023 and will provide a fantastic facility for the Corporate, Education and Conservation sectors to enjoy.    


Fota Wildlife Park wishes to recruit a Director with a strategic commercial mindset to assume the role following a handover period with the current Park Director upon his retirement in 2024.

As the leader of the senior management team the Director is the senior executive responsible for the leadership, growth and development and management of Fota Wildlife Park ensuring that all activities support its commercial objectives and the conservational, educational and animal welfare ethos of the Wildlife Park. The role will lead the senior management team and will hold overall accountability for all operations and activities and for the development and implementation of the expanding Wildlife Park’s long term strategic goals. The role will assume overall responsibility for all stakeholder relations both internal and external. The Director reports to the Board of Governors.


The role requires an individual with a proven track record of leadership within the Zoo, Wildlife Park, Conservation, Animal Welfare and Public Amenity sector, or similar organisation with these core attributes. With an appropriate primary degree in Zoology, Veterinary Medicine, or a related discipline, you will lead a team of experienced individuals dedicated to delivering a sustainable future of growth, education, research and positive visitor experience for Fota Wildlife Park.

You will direct operations across all activities including animal welfare, capital development, marketing and business development, stakeholder relations with Government, Regulatory Authorities, the Education sector, Industry, and the general public. You will take responsibility for ensuring a positive employee culture in Fota Wildlife Park and for the performance, development and wellbeing of the Team to ensure that they deliver on the strategic and operational plans for the Park. You will optimise all commercial activities to ensure that all visitors to Fota Wildlife Park enjoy an excellent experience which will underpin the Park’s financial success and sustainability.

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