Sunday, January 22, 2017

Blue Macaw Captive Coordinator/Head of Birds



Blue Macaw Captive Coordinator/Head of Birds

22.01.2017
At Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation

General Information:
Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is located in Al Shahaniya, State of Qatar. It is a breeding centre for highly endangered animals and not opened to the public. Currently it houses about 2.000 animals of 87 different species, some of them are very rare or endangered like blue macaws, black cockatoos, and birds-of-paradise, Gerenuk, Red-fronted, Speke’s Gazelles, Sand cats and Cheetahs. An international team of veterinarians, curators, biologists and keepers (around 50 staff) runs the animal portion of the preservation. 

Job Description for the position as a Blue Macaw Co-ordinator:
Ø        Daily “hands-on” management of all the Spix’s, Lear’s and Hyacinth Macaws including feeding/food preparation and hygiene management. Daily observation of behaviour and health status, written documentation and reporting to the director.
Ø        Enclosure maintenance, monitor; construction-work, surveillance cameras, prepare cages and nest boxes routinely.
Ø        Egg management, monitor artificial incubation, assist hatching and hand-rearing of Blue Macaw chicks.
Ø        Contribute to guidelines, protocols and proposals for procedures, schedules and action plans.
Ø        Organize the daily routines and personnel on the section including work and feeding schedules.
Ø        Seasonally flexible working hours (feeding chicks around the clock if necessary).
Ø        Collect data on the birds, and fill in data to computer programs.
Ø        Research on the blue macaws is crucial, and a forward scientific thinker is needed for the job.

Applicants for the position must fulfil the following requirements:
-        Have a high interest in nature and wildlife especially birds
-        A scientific background is important an MSc or PhD in a relevant Zoology/Biology field would help
-        Significant experience with keeping and rearing parrots, especially Macaws
-        Exceptional experience in incubation and hand-rearing of Macaws
-        Assist hatching experience crucial for this position
-        Basic computer skill, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
-        Oral and written English skills
-        Ability to work with a highly motivated team, as well as to work independently
-        Patient and sensitive to the animal’s needs
-        Flexibility and good organizational skills
-        Driving licence

To ascertain the suitability of your qualification and background, please answer the following questions, it’s not necessary to provide a positive answer always:
1.        Describe your previous work experience. What benefits or skills have you gained or problems you have had? also in non bird related jobs.
2.        Describe your experiences with parrots, including how long and which species you’ve worked with.
3.        Have you ever worked with brooders or incubators? When would you remove eggs for incubation?
4.        Have you assist hatched chicks if so how often, which species and success rate?
5.        How do you describe your relation to nature and wildlife? Is it OK to keep animals in captivity? Why?
6.        Are you experienced in handling sick birds? How do you determine if a bird is sick?
7.        What characteristics do you have which should convince us to hire you?
8.        Are you experienced in computer programs? If yes, in which programs?
9.        Do you have experience in office works, especially record keeping?
10.        What are your professional targets and what do you expect from working in Qatar?
11.        How much salary would you expect? How much salary you get from your previous job?


Working conditions:
Accommodation is free at the preservation, also electricity and water. 30 days holiday per year, with no additional options for regular leave abroad. One paid flight-ticket to “home-airport” each year. Working hours are flexible depending on the season. We will offer a two year contract with an initial probationary period. Salary and contract will be discussed after more applicant details are known.

Please submit your CV and your answers to the above questions. This position needs to be filled with a skilled person due to the importance of breeding success and reproductive research with these highly endangered rare bird species.

Cromwell Purchase
Director                       
Email to: cpurchase@alwabra.com and office@alwabra.com with cover letter and references.
P.O. Box 44069, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 44718708  Fax: +974 44718707

cpurchase@alwabra.com           http://awwp.alwabra.com



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Zoological Director



Zoological Director

22.01.2017
Deadline for applications: As soon as possible


General Information:
Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is located in Al Shahaniya, State of Qatar. It is a breeding centre for highly endangered animals and not opened to the public. Currently it houses about 2.000 animals of 87 different species, some of them are very rare or endangered like blue macaws, black cockatoos, and birds-of-paradise, Gerenuk, Red-fronted, Speke’s Gazelles, Sand cats and Cheetahs. An international team of veterinarians, curators, biologists and keepers (around 50 staff) runs the animal portion of the preservation.


General Job Description for the Zoological Director:
-        Full responsibility for the overall coordination and management of the work of the animal departments (bird/ mammal/ veterinary department) within AWWP, for the animal management of the collection complying with international rules of husbandry in wild and exotic animals (EAZA/WAZA/AZAA) with a special focus on species solely in captivity at AWWP and for organization of animal stock list program (ZIMS), scientific data collection, animal feed and medicine supply
-        Work under the Owners and report to them regularly and comprehensively
-        Liaise and oversee the other departments working under directive of the Owners, i.e. the conservation, public relation, construction, maintenance and gardening department to keep a good flow of interacting work between divisions
-        Prepare your department budgets and know how to work within budget constraints
-        Preparation and contribution to plans for the enhancement of captive conditions after consultation with the respective departments and responsible staff
-        Propose changes in structure of enclosures/ breeding groups, based on the existing experiences and data but also the newest scientific information available
-        Representation of AWWP locally and internationally, facilitation of the tasks by the public relation/ conservation department to link up with other institutions
-        Coordination of scientific projects/ publications
-        Guide and facilitate visitors and enable staff to demonstrate the achievements at AWWP to visitors as recommended specially by the Owners



The successful candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
-        Have an internationally recognised higher degree in Biology/ Zoology/ Veterinary Medicine, minimum Masters level, preferably PhD.
-        Be preferably an English native speaker, and/or having excellent communication skills in written and oral English, complete PC literate with knowledge about the most common used software in administrations of zoological collections
-        Have a minimum age of 35; be in a personally independent situation; bring the abilities and willingness to travel if needed, also to remote places; be in the possession of a clear international driving license
-        Have a proven minimum of five years’ experience in running a good reputable zoological collection as a Director or in a similarly responsible Senior Management position, including the role of administrating the institutions budget
-        Bring the ability to permanently motivate people in a multinational/-ethnic team; willingness to work over time when needed and under time pressure constraints, to meet deadlines and develop trust and partnership with all other sectors and departments in AWWP


Additionally beneficial for the successful candidate: 
-        Having membership in zoological organisation (EAZA/WAZA/AZA) and proven record of active work in such an organisation.
-        Long career in zoological collections, ideally in different continents; proven records of special achievements (e.g. first ever breeding; design and building of animal enclosures etc.)
-        List of publications and printed work showing past involvement in zoological work, captive breeding, zoo administration or conservation projects and initiatives
-        Lived abroad for at least one year or preferably longer.
-        Full health certificates, including valid immunisations.
-        Any working experience in the Middle East is an added advantage.


The candidate must name three references with information of telephone and Email addresses, allowing AWWP to contact them with further inquiries if desired. The references have to be related to the candidates past work in zoological collections or with clear relevance for the possible future work as a Zoological Director at AWWP.


Working conditions:
The Zoological Director will be based with all the team in AWWP, State of Qatar. AWWP has existing office space, all technical support, a running facility with well trained staff with adequate resources to fulfil all tasks. Free first class accommodation within AWWP will be provided with a monthly salary based on above experience (negotiable) and a company car for personal use. 1 month holidays with one return paid ticket home for you, your wife and up to 2 children is granted by AWWP. 
The work will be with a probation period of six months, included into the two-year contract for the appropriate candidate. The contract is continually renewed every 2 years till one or both parties wish it to end.

 Please submit your application to:





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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Animal Keeper




Animal Keeper

Tropiquaria is seeking a new keeper to join its small, but keen team. It is likely that the successful candidate will have at least two years experience at another collection and have a new an interest in small primates. The ability to deal with the public and communicate their knowledge of, and affection for, their charges is also required. Duties will be spread across the whole collection and involve some public presentation and instruction. Because of our location a full UK driving licence is required. 

Initial application by letter with cv to Jane Bassett at Tropiquaria, Washford Cross, Watchet, TA23 0QB 
or by email to info@tropiquaria.co.uk
If you wish to come and see us first phone for Chris or Jane on 01984 640688



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      



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Friday, January 20, 2017

Animal Keeper



Animal Keeper

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Position:  Animal Keeper (Full-time / Permanent)
Salary: (dependent on experience)

About Us:
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is a well-established and expanding family run business and is one of three BIAZA accredited zoos within our company.  We strive for the highest standards in animal husbandry, conservation and education.
Our mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats through engagement and interaction with our visitors particularly young children. 
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo promotes and champions the smaller child-friendly species within the beautiful and historic setting of Battersea Park. We endeavor to inspire young people to become interested in the natural world.

Overview of Role:
We are seeking an Animal Keeper to work with a wide range of species within our Zoo.
The successful candidate will be expected to maintain our high standards of animal welfare and husbandry, to carry out daily checks and keep up to date animal records.

Working hours are 40hrs per week on roster basis (including regular weekends and Bank Holidays).
A flexible approach to hours is crucial.

This role is physically demanding and mainly outdoors therefore the keeper has to be able to work in all prevailing weather conditions.

Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals in captivity. Any experience with primates and small exotic species is an advantage. Good communication skills and experience of interfacing with our visitors are important.  The successful candidate will be able to work comfortably within a team or independently.
A minimum requirement of one year’s paid employment within a zoological or animal related position; previous volunteering or internship experience will be considered.

Main Duties:
• Assisting, as instructed, with cleaning of all areas within the zoo.
• Assisting, as instructed, with enclosure/paddock servicing.
• Assisting, under instruction, with the preparation of vet approved diets.
•        Assisting, under instruction/supervision, and carrying out of correct feeding procedures
•         Ensuring safety and emergency procedures are observed at all times.
•        Assisting with the movement and training of animals.  
•        Assisting during “Meet the Animals” sessions etc. as directed by senior staff.
• Maintaining a courteous and helpful relationship with visitors.
• Reporting defects and repairs required to the Animal Manager or senior staff.
• Assisting in various projects related to animal management as directed by senior animal management staff.

Person Specification:
• Practical experience of animal management with a range of domestic and exotic species including primates. This is a “hands on role.”
• Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections.
•        Willingness to develop and learn about the constantly evolving husbandry management within zoological collections.
•         Positive re-enforcement training for behavioral management and enrichment procedures for each species.
• Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals for transporting or veterinary procedures
• Ability to demonstrate initiative and to be pro-active when performing tasks without being reminded.
•        Keeper experiences, children’s birthday parties and continual engagement with our visitors in particular with younger children are an essential part of our business. You will need to be customer focused from the outset.


Please note
•        A full clean (manual) driving license is required.
•        Accommodation will not be provided on site.
•        Public transport is possible to travel to the zoo.
•        We do not hold telephone or Skype interviews. Interviews will be held at the Zoo.
  
To Apply:
Please email  info@batterseaparkzoo.co.uk. for an application form. Return the completed form your C.V and covering letter to the above email address.

 Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 19th February 2017



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Assistant Trainer to Trainer



Assistant Trainer to Trainer

Job Title: Assistant Trainer to Trainer
Status: Full Time, Hourly (40 hours)
Number of Positions: 1
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Curator of Animal Care
Posting Deadline: February 17, 2017

Description
This position is responsible for assisting with the daily care and behavioral conditioning of the marine mammal collection, including California sea lions and harbor seals. The Assistant Trainer’s primary objective and responsibility is to provide support to senior training staff and to play supportive roles in public shows,
presentations, and feedings. The ideal candidate will be considered for promotion to Trainer within six months of employment.

Essential Responsibilities
· Assists in the daily care and behavioral conditioning of the marine mammal collection
· Assist senior staff, under close supervision, with the progression of animal training goals and standards
· Able to identify all animals in the marine mammal collection, and observe any possible abnormalities
· Possess a strong knowledge of marine mammal history, individual animal histories and husbandry
· Maintains established criteria for all existing behaviors with the entire marine mammal collection
· Maintains a high level of showmanship while performing supportive roles in daily shows and presentations
· Guide participants through animal encounter and interaction programs
· Plan and direct volunteers and interns in primary areas of responsibility
· Uphold USDA standards in all areas of operation including fish kitchen, animal areas, laboratory, freezers/coolers and medical facilities
· Perform basic water quality and life support procedures on marine mammal pools

Requested Requirements
· Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
· Must be SCUBA certified through an accredited diving agency
· College degree in biology, psychology or related science
· Minimum of 1-2 years of paid experience working with marine mammals
· Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
· Must be able to work on a team, as well as function individually with little supervision when necessary
· Must be able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds, work on un-even and slippery surfaces, withstand temperatures of hot and cold, and sit/stand for long periods of time when necessary
· Must be able to pass department swim test, including microphone test

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to rswem@aquariumofniagara.org no later than February 17, 2017. Be sure to include Assistant Trainer to Trainer in the subject line of any correspondences.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Senior Trainer



Senior Trainer

Job Title: Senior Trainer
Status: Full Time, Hourly (40 hours)
Number of Positions: 1
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Curator of Animal Care
Posting Deadline: February 17, 2017

Description
Reporting to the Curator of Animal Care, this position shall provide a supportive role in the operation and function of the Marine Mammal Care Department. This senior-level position is responsible for taking an essential role in the daily care and behavioral conditioning of the marine mammal collection. The Senior Trainer’s primary objective
and responsibility is to function in primary and supportive roles in public shows, presentations, and feedings, and to actively shape and condition advanced show and husbandry behaviors. 

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: diet preparation, facility/habitat maintenance, accurate record keeping, and animal observations.

Essential Responsibilities
· Primary role in the daily care and behavioral conditioning of the marine mammal collection
· Able to identify all animals in the marine mammal collection, and observe any possible abnormalities
· Play a key role in maintaining the highest standards in the areas of: husbandry/cleanliness, diet preparation, record keeping, animal observations and facility maintenance
· Communicate with Curator of Animal Care, Supervisor of Marine Mammals and attending Veterinarian to discuss possible health concerns and treatment options
· Provide direct support and serve as leading figure during medical/husbandry procedures and animal transports
· Be aware of safety procedures for animal handling and restraint techniques to ensure the well-being of the marine mammal collection
· Possess a strong knowledge of marine mammal history, individual animal histories and husbandry
· Maintains established criteria for all existing behaviors with the entire marine mammal collection
· Maintain the progression of animal training goals and standards through effective application shaping and desensitization techniques
· Be able to address basic and advanced areas of animal training and management
· Train and execute advanced high energy and husbandry behaviors as requested by the management team of Marine Mammals in an efficient and timely manner
· Execute high energy waterwork behaviors during shows and presentations, and maintain all safety procedure/protocol regarding waterwork at the Aquarium of Niagara
· Maintains a high level of showmanship while performing primary and supportive roles in daily shows and presentations
· Develop innovative show concepts, ideas and visions to provide high quality and creative shows/presentations through effective animal management
· Recognize signs of aggression and be aware of safety protocol for each respective species of the marine mammal collection
· Provide safe and creative environmental enrichment devices to the marine mammal collection
· Act as a mentor and role model for the development and advancement for the Training Assistants, Assistant Trainers and Trainers
· Uphold USDA standards in all areas of operation including animal commissary, animal areas, laboratory, freezers/coolers and medical facilities
· Perform basic water quality and life support procedures on marine mammal pools
· Interact with press and media sources for news features and highlights as requested

Requested Requirements
· Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
· Must be SCUBA certified through an accredited diving agency
· College degree in biology, psychology or related science
· Minimum of 4 years of paid experience working with marine mammals and behavioral conditioning experience
· Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
· Must be able to work on a team, as well as function individually with little supervision when necessary
· Must be able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds, work on un-even and slippery surfaces, withstand temperatures of hot and cold, and sit/stand for long periods of time when necessary
· Must be able to pass department swim test, including microphone test

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to rswem@aquariumofniagara.org no later than February 17, 2017. Be sure to include Senior Trainer in the subject line of any correspondences.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant