Monday, May 30, 2016

Assistant Marine Mammal Trainer

Assistant Marine Mammal Trainer

Due to company expansion zoOceanarium Group currently has positions available for an Assistant Marine Mammal Trainers. Our company is one of the world’s leading zoo and aquarium development and operations companies, helping create the next generation of zoos and aquariums. We are currently involved in projects all around the world, however this role will be based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The ideal candidate will have approximately 1 – 5 years experience training animals, with preference given to those with experience working with Marine Mammals.

Please send your resume/cv to

Experienced Black Rhino Keeper - Temporary

Experienced Black Rhino Keeper - Temporary
(Nine months maternity cover)

Port Lympne Reserve works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to protecting rare and endangered animals from extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction programmes.

Port Lympne Reserve is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated black rhino keepers. The ideal candidate will have previous animal husbandry experience gained in a similar main stream zoological collection; preferably working with a rhino species. They will also have an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare.

This is a very physical role and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake all duties on the section such as food preparation, enclosure cleaning, record keeping, enclosure building and maintenance. A full valid driving licence is essential to the role and experience of driving a tractor would be advantageous.

Ideally you will posses excellent animal husbandry skills and have a recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification. You will be a team player who is also confident to work by yourself.
Working 5 days a week out of seven, including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours. Single person accommodation may be available.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. 

Closing date: 19th June 2016.

To apply, please email a CV along with a covering letter to:
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Experienced Elephant Keeper

Experienced Elephant Keeper

Colchester Zoo is seeking a highly motivated and knowledgeable individual to join its team of experienced elephant keepers working with 1.3 African elephants.
This is a full time position working 40 hours per week 5 days out of 7 on a rotational basis.

The ideal candidate will have worked for a minimum of two years in a recognised zoological institution and have notable experience of working with elephants in either a free contact or protected contact environment.
It is expected that you will have been awarded the DMZAA or an equivalent qualification. However, due consideration will be given to the individuals own level of zoological experience. You should have a clean UK drivers licence.
Good communication skills, both written and oral are necessary and you will be expected to engage with visitor experiences including the delivery of keeper talks.
The successful applicant will be responsible for but not limited to; cleaning and presentation of exhibits, feeding and general care of the elephants and associated tasks. You will work as part of a team of experienced elephant keepers but also work singularly as required whilst reporting to and taking instructions from the Head of Section.

Please send your CV and covering letter marked for the attention of The Curator, Colchester Zoo Ltd, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL.

Or alternatively apply via email to

The closing date for applications for this position is 24th June 2016.

Turtle Captive Officer (full time)

Turtle Captive Officer (full time)
Affiliation: The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC)
Location: Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Viet Nam
Report to: Training & rescue coordinator
Application deadline: 20th June 2016
The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) was established in 1998 where it developed from the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park. Initially the ATP was established to allow fieldwork, surveys, training and awareness activities to be undertaken for tortoise and freshwater turtles in the Asia region, with a focus on Vietnam. Since 2003 the program has had strong links with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society's Asia regional program. In 2015 ATP was incorporated into IMC, a UK based NGO.
The aim of ATP is to establish a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles, and to ensure that no further turtle species become extinct in the region. In Vietnam, we are working closely with the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park to rescue and rehabilitate animals from the trade and to establish and maintain viable population of prioritized and threatened tortoises and fresh-water turtle species.
Scope of works:
The Turtle Captive Officer will support on rescuing new arrivals turtles in the Quarantine area, improvement for animals in TCC under guidance of ATP/IMC. This position also works closely with Training and Rescue Coordinator from ATP/IMC and TCC Manager as well as International Captive Manager with the Cuc Phuong National Park Management Board.
Main responsibilities:
  • Monitor turtles and activities in Quarantine area at TCC
  • Work closely with TCC staffs to implement daily and weekly tasks such as basic treatment and care for turtle in quarantine area
  • Be responsible for managing equipment and supplies for Quarantine area
  • Complete record for animals received from the trade and hatchlings at the center.
  • Support the maintenance of the main population of animals at the TCC, help coordinate development and improvement decisions made by the TCC management and technical advisor team.
  • Assist Training and Rescue Coordinator and TCC Manager to undertake activities and complete report updates.
  • Assist International technical advisors in translation from English to Vietnamese and vice versa
  • Other tasks when required
Desired qualifications
  • University degree in veterinary, forestry, fisheries, biology, or related fields
  • One year or more work experience
  • Passionate about wildlife conservation and animal welfare
  • Competent in computers, words, excel, PowerPoint and Email
  • Good Vietnamese and English skills.
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to work with local communities and local government officials.
  • Some veterinary experiences are desirable
Contract Duration: the contract will be for one-year with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding availability
Interested applicants should send their cover letter, CV, and supporting documents to:
Hoang Van Ha – Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator
Indo-Myanmar Conservation’s Asian Turtle Program: Room#1806, 18th Floor, CT1 Bac Ha C14 Building
To Huu Road, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi
Tel: +84-4-7302 8389

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Saturday, May 28, 2016



Tacugama is looking for a Programme Manager per mid August 2016.

 The Sanctuary:
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1995 by the Government of Sierra Leone, through the help of conservationist Bala Amarasekaran and the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone to rescue, care for and rehabilitate confiscated pets and orphaned or abandoned wild chimpanzees. It plays a vital role in conserving and protecting chimpanzees in the wild through education, communication and legal enforcement. Tacugama is located 20 minutes from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

The main focus of the post is to drive the sustainability of the sanctuary’s work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat in Sierra Leone. The Programme Manager will work closely with the Programme Director and will focus primarily on identifying funding opportunities for ongoing conservation, community outreach and education projects as well as the day to day operational costs of the sanctuary. The Programme Manager will coordinate grant applications, proposal development, donor reporting, volunteer recruitment and liaise with the formal Friends of Tacugama bodies in the UK and Spain. They will deputise for the Programme Director when necessary and work as part of a small management team that also includes the resident veterinarian/administrator.

The programme manager will also be in charge of running the eco-tourism activities at the sanctuary and of planning and carrying out events and fundraisers.
We are looking for an experienced, self-starting person with enthusiasm, tenacity and a positive and creative approach to their work. Previous experience within conservation is desirable and having an understanding of the need for wildlife and habitat protection with a passion for achieving results would help to successfully deliver this role.
The position is based at the sanctuary which is located 30 minutes from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Detailed information on the sanctuary and our work can be found at

- Minimum five years at a managerial level
- Excellent planning and communication skills
- Extensive experience in proposal development and grant writing 
- Programme and project management
- Budget planning, monitoring and reporting
- Website and social media management
- Stakeholder liaison
- Excellent PC and Microsoft Office skills – especially Word and Excel

A monthly stipend of $1000 is provided.  You will also be provided with an annual return economy plane ticket to Sierra Leone and on-site accommodation. A daily meal (local food) is prepared for all staff.

Term of Appointment:
This is a permanent role to be filled mid August 2016.

Application Deadline:
1st of July 2016

To apply:

Please send a letter of application, your resume/CV  and 2 reference letters to and title your message "Programme Manager Application 2016"

Friday, May 27, 2016

Student placements on chough reintroduction project in Jersey

Student placements on chough reintroduction project in Jersey

An exciting opportunity is available for a student placement at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, based in Jersey, working on the red-billed chough reintroduction project. This project, which began in 2013, is just one of many within Jersey’s “Birds On The Edge” project ( run in collaboration with the National Trust for Jersey and States of Jersey Department of the Environment.

Two placements are available, starting on 1st September 2016.  Durrell houses a captive collection of choughs at the Wildlife Park, while the reintroduction project is based at an off-site aviary near Sorel Point. Juvenile choughs bred in captivity are being released to the north coast of Jersey. All birds are intensively monitored and managed post-release. The student placement will assist the Field Manager in carrying out these activities. Students will spend 6 months with the project from September to March or March to September, with the remaining 6 months spent working with Durrell’s Bird Department.

Choughs have been absent from the Channel Islands for nearly a century and with the UK population in serious decline this is an exciting opportunity to help restore an enigmatic species.  If you would like to apply, please contact for further information and an application form. 

The closing date is 11th July 2016.



1 x June - 4th September

2 x July - 4th September

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.7 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

Our award winning Discovery and Learning Team is central to our visitors’ experience and their engagement with animals and conservation issues which we deliver through diverse, fun and exciting means.

We’re currently on the search for Zoo Rangers to join our team delivering public education around the zoo. This will include one to one engagement, exhibit supervision and other educational activities. Audiences vary from 1 to 500 or more, and there is lots of public interaction requiring a confident and outgoing personality.

The successful candidate will have:

    •    a good knowledge of the natural world and conservation
    •    a dynamic and creative mind
    •    the ability to deliver high quality public engagement opportunities for our visitors
    •    excellent customer services skills
    •    the ability to work on their own as well as a part of a busy team
    •    good organisational and time management skills

Experience of working in the zoo education field and knowledge of Chester Zoo’s animal collection and conservation work would be an advantage.

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

This is a temporary position, working 35 hours per week, 5 days out of 7. This will include weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered, and may include occasional evening work. The rate of pay is £8.35 per hour.

In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits including:

    •    auto-enrolment into the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
    •    a free admittance ticket for family/friends per month of service
    •    staff discount from restaurants and retail shops plus a subsidised canteen
    •    free entry to affiliated zoos and collections through BIAZA
    •    access to West Cheshire Credit Union
    •    free use of the X8 bus service to and from work
    •    free car parking
    •    uniform

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Seasonal Zoo Ranger role to

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th June 2016.