Friday, July 20, 2018

Primate Care Staff



Primate Care Staff

After a recent restructure we are excited to be expanding our Primate Care Team.

Location - Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, we strive to provide them company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish chimps.  Today, his wife, Dr Alison Cronin and the primate care staff continue to rescue and rehabilitate primates from all over the world.

The Role
The successful candidate will train on at least one of our six primate sections: orang-utans, chimpanzees, gibbons, capuchins, woolly monkeys and ‘small monkeys’. They will be involved in the day to day care of the primates including cleaning, diet preparation, health monitoring, enrichment, and operant conditioning. They will also be involved in record keeping and interacting with visitors in both formal and informal contexts.

Job Description
•        A minimum of 2 years’ experience in an animal care role – ideally this will include working with primates (Any applications with less than this experience will not be shortlisted).
•        Enthusiastic, high performing and motivated.
•        Good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills at all levels.
•        Commitment to continued professional development
•        Have a sound basis of practical knowledge and skill regarding a high level of animal care including dietary knowledge and husbandry.
•        Strong observation skills
•        Experience of public speaking
•        Full clean driving licence essential due to location

Condition of appointment
This position will be subject to a six-month probationary period

Desirable

•        A relevant animal-related qualification
•        Proven success or knowledge of operant conditioning.

The role is full time and includes weekend duties as part of the current rolling roster system. Salary is paid monthly. 28 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays). Staff accommodation dependant on availability.
Please send covering letter and current CV to: - hradmin@monkeyworld.org

Or alternatively post to:-

Jayne Gray
HR Manager
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 6HH


Closing Date 24th August 2018












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Qualified Animal Keeper - Part-Time / Permanent



Position: WZ Qualified Animal Keeper – Africa Section (Part-Time / Permanent)

Salary: Salary Dependent on Experience

Location: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – LU6 2LF



About Us:

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.



Role Overview:

An opening has arisen for a part time Animal Keeper on our Africa Section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Ideally candidates will have experience of working with a variety species. The Africa Section comprises a range of mammals including white rhino, reticulated giraffe, and chimpanzees, ring tailed lemurs, lions, cheetahs, Grevy's zebras, hippos and a number of antelope species.  This position will assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and other Senior Keepers in all aspects of their work but primarily the care of the animals, ensuring high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within the section.

Working hours are 37.5 per week with summer and winter day length variation, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observing the behaviour, health and security of animals reporting any problems to the senior staff.
  • Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
  • Ensuring that conditions for animals are suitable and reporting any problems, including defects or repairs required to enclosures, to the senior staff on section and relevant departments required.
  • Assisting with the movement and training of animals
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors and media.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings and specialist functions.

Person Specification

  • Have a good level of skill and knowledge with a proven work record with a variety of exotic species
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Have an understanding of mammal breeding and good familiarity with external zoo associations such as BIAZA and EAZA. 
  • Able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Possess an animal related qualification.
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate leadership and professionalism.
  • Have a full clean driving license is - Essential.



To Apply:

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this jobonline" button. If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.



Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Friday 27th July 2018.



The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.















Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Senior Animal Keeper



Position: WZ Senior Animal Keeper – Farm (Full-Time / Permanent Contract)
Salary: £26,410 (Inclusive of Weekend Enhancement)
Location: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – LU6 2LF

About Us:
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Overview of Role:
An opening has arisen for a Senior Animal Keeper on our HUB Farm Section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Ideal candidates will have experience of working with a variety of domestic farm stock, the HUB Section comprises a range of animals including sealions, bird demonstrations and breeding birds. Although this position is based on the farm area a demonstrated and practical understanding of training and conditioning of animals for husbandry and public displays would be extremely advantageous.

The HUB section is a public facing and interactive area of the zoo meaning public interaction skills on a 1-1 basis is essential. This position will also assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and other Senior Keepers in all aspects of their work but primarily the care of the animals, ensuring high standards of animal husbandry and welfare. Keeping daily checks and records of animals within the section, but also be the main point of contact for the daily running of the farm and the ability look at ways to develop this area.

Please note: This is a full-time, permanent position based at Whipsnade Zoo. Flexible working is required for this position which will include working 2 in 3 weekends, bank holidays and providing assistance out of hours if required. A full clean driving license is essential.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Observing the behaviour, health and security of animals reporting any problems to the Team leader or Deputy Team leaders.
  • Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Develop and evolve husbandry practices in consultation with the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
  • Ensuring that conditions for animals are suitable and reporting any problems, including defects or repairs required to enclosures, to the senior staff on section and relevant departments required.
  • Assisting with the movement and/or training of animals and/or animal demonstrations
  • Supporting in the training and mentoring and development of less experienced staff.
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors and media.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings and specialist functions.

The successful candidate will:
  • Have a good level of skill and knowledge with a proven work record with a variety of domestic farm stock.
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Have demonstrated supervisory skills and be able to delegate/allocate workload.
  • Able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or DZMAA or equivalent work experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks.
  • Confident at presenting to small and large, varied zoo audiences.
  • Evolving husbandry management with positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management.
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
  • Be reliable, good time-keeping and attendance record demonstrating leadership and professionalism.


To Apply:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) by clicking the "Apply f r this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.
Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 5th August 2018.
The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Qualified Animal Keeper



Position: WZ Qualified Animal Keeper – Africa Section (Full-Time / Permanent)

Salary: Salary Dependent on Experience
Location: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – LU6 2LF

About Us:

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.



Role Overview:

An opening has arisen for a Qualified Animal Keeper on our Africa Section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Ideally this person will have experience of working with a variety species particularly with primates, including great apes. The Africa Section comprises a range of mammals including white rhino, reticulated giraffe, and chimpanzees, ring tailed lemurs, lions, cheetahs, Grevy's zebras, hippos and a number of antelope species.  Some experience of working with hoof stock or carnivores would also be advantageous. This position will also assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and other Senior Keepers in all aspects of their work but primarily the care of the animals, ensuring high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within the section.



Working hours are 37.5 per week with summer and winter day length variation, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.



Main Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Observing the behaviour, health and security of animals reporting any problems to the senior staff.
  •  
  • Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  •  
  • Cleaning and maintaining exhibits and other designated areas.
  •  
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
  •  
  • Ensuring that conditions for animals are suitable and reporting any problems, including defects or repairs required to enclosures, to the senior staff on section and relevant departments required.
  •  
  • Assisting with the movement and training of animals
  •  
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors and media.
  •  
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings and specialist functions.




Person Specification

  • Have a good level of skill and knowledge with a proven work record with a variety of exotic species
  •  
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  •  
  • Have an understanding of mammal breeding and good familiarity with external zoo associations such as BIAZA and EAZA.
  •  
  • Able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel and Word.
  •  
  • Possess an animal related qualification.
  •  
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate leadership and professionalism.
  •  
  • Have a full clean driving license is - Essential.




To Apply:

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.



Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Friday 27th July 2018.



The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals)



Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals) – Paignton Zoo


From £21,379 dependent on experience

Full-time – 38.75 hours per week.

Permanent


Paignton Zoo, one of the largest in the UK and a registered scientific and education charity, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced keeper to join our Mammal team. You will be responsible for the hands-on day-to-day husbandry of a large and diverse collection of mammals, with a focus on large mammals and carnivores, previous experience with these taxa is desirable.

You will have at least 4 years’ experience working with mammals and 2 years’ with large mammals and/or carnivores as well as having completed the DMZAA course or equivalent qualification.

Previous supervisory experience would be beneficial.  You will be a self-motivated team player with experience of training new keepers.  Strong communication with an understanding of its importance within the role, department and organization as a whole and ICT skills, including a sound working knowledge of ZIMS would be an advantage.

You will have a broad knowledge of husbandry practices and experience in successful husbandry with a particular emphasis placed on large mammals and/or carnivores. You will have a full understanding and awareness of health and safety issues within a zoological setting and have experience in assessing risks and creating a safe workplace and an understanding of Zoo license regulations.

Firearms team experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

A full driving license is essential.  

Paignton Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period):
·       28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years.
·       Defined contribution pension scheme
·       Company sick pay
·       Branded uniform provided (as required)
·       Relevant internal and external training provided
·       Free entry to our 3 zoos for staff and immediate family
·       Complimentary tickets
·       Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
·       Free staff parking

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date.  We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

To apply please complete the online application form on our website www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/about/vacancies  

 

Closing date: Friday 10th August 2018


Interview date: TBC












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


KEEPER VACANCY



KEEPER VACANCY

Position Type: Full time
Start Date: Immediate start essential
Salary: We offer a salary based on age and experience.
Staff Benefits:
- Pension scheme
- Staff discount card (includes staff discount in zoo shop)
- Free park entry for staff and immediate family plus complimentary tickets
- Free parking

Overview:
Ventura Wildlife Park opened in August 2016 and is one of the UK’s newest zoological collections. We pride ourselves on being a small and interactive park where guests of all ages and abilities can discover a variety of species including: zebra, fossa, lemurs, red kangaroo, wallaby, Cuban hutia, red-rumped agouti, raccoon dog, ibis, spoonbill and various reptiles.  We are looking for a responsible and dedicated individual to join our team as a full time Zoo Keeper.
The position involves daily care for a varied collection of species.
The successful individual will need to be engaging, confident, approachable and keen to learn new skills whilst focusing on animal welfare, record keeping and visitor engagement.

The Role Involves:
•        Day to day husbandry of all animals.
•        Diet preparation.
•        Animal observation and record keeping.
•        Public talks, animal experiences and interactive animal encounter shows.
•        Stock taking, ordering and unloading (lifting).
•        Animal enrichment and training.
•        Assistance with veterinary care when needed.
•        Maintaining high standards around the park
•        Helping to maintain park grounds and enclosures at all times and undertaking gardening and basic repairs tasks.
•        Strict adherence to safe working practices.
•        Working effectively as an individual and as part of a small team.


We are looking for someone who has:
•        Experience of working with a range of exotic animals in a zoo or similar environment.
•        Excellent animal knowledge.
•        High levels of flexibility in order to respond to daily challenges.
•        Good written and communication skills.
•        Excellent time-keeping and time management.
•        Full clean UK or EU driving licence.

Working Conditions:
•        Largely outdoor work in all weather conditions.
•        Occasional early and late working will be required to accommodate deadlines or special events.
•        Position includes working weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter by email to ashley@venturawildlife.co.uk detailing what role you have applied for and your suitability for the position. All applicants must be willing to complete a trial day at the park prior to starting.


Please note- Accommodation is not included with this position. You will be required to find your own accommodation locally.












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant