Lovonne Hunter, Zoos Victoria
The HR SAG has been
established to provide an opportunity for HR practitioners
working in ARAZPA organisations to
develop a professional network promoting communication and
collaboration thereby enhancing the HR performance within our
professionals strive to provide appropriate support, and
advice to Managers to enable them to recognise and maximise
the skills, abilities, and potential
of their team members.
are all aware of the need to recognise when there is a need
for change and then cope appropriately with it. So, we need to
have programmes and processes in place to ensure our
organisations are able to equip our staff with the skills,
knowledge and competencies required to take our organisations
to the next generation.
HR SAG will begin developing support material for the ARAZPA
HR Policy and key areas identified as priorities include the
Recruitment and Selection - consistency
in selection processes and procedures, (including the need
for appropriate pre-employment health screening and ongoing
Retention Ė once we
have staff on board what do we do to keep them, making the
best use of their skills and recognising potential for
development. How do we do this?
Development Ė need to recognise what leadership is, how it
works, how to identify potential and what to do about it.
During the 2004 ARAZPA
conference there were many references to how crucial
leadership is, particularly in the context of conservation,
and major projects.
When we talk about leadership development within ARAZPA
organisations, we need to recognise leadership is not just
about being the most skilled at what you do. Itís much more.
Itís about inspiring others to achieve, establishing direction
and aligning others with that direction. Itís about coaching,
sharing knowledge and role modelling. What good are awesome
technical skills if you canít pass them on.
course focus within our organisations has
been on planning and managing animal collections in ways to
improve sustainability and contribute to species conservation.
But what about the people that make our organisations viable?
Ė thatís what the HR SAG will focus on.
Eligibility: Membership to the
Human Resources Specialist Advisory Group is open to
Full Individual ARAZPA members and people
working in ARAZPA zoos and aquariums.