Monday, February 17, 2020

Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology

Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology

Manchester Museum is seeking to appoint a part-time Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology to work with the live amphibian and reptile collection in its Vivarium. We are looking for an individual who would enjoy supporting the conservation of these wonderful creatures and be committed to helping us maintain the highest levels of their daily husbandry.

A caring attitude towards the animals and dedication to supporting the important contribution the museum is making to conservation and non-invasive research is essential. The successful candidate will assist in all areas of animal health and welfare, including liaising with veterinary staff and industry professionals. Manchester Museum does not take the keeping of animals in captivity lightly and is dedicated to ensuring all its specimens are maintained in absolute optimum conditions.

Work typically involves the daily maintenance, cleanliness and presentation of public exhibits, service areas and a variety of administrative duties. Other activities involve supervising visitors and volunteers, as well as helping the Museum to develop and deliver public programmes - through teaching and engagement activities.

Applicants should have meticulous standards and pride themselves on their attention to detail and observational skills. They must have a passion for maintaining live herpetological collections and their associated environments correctly. Ideally, you will have extensive experience of working with a variety of species (whether professionally or otherwise). It is also essential for the candidate to be a self-motivated and organized individual with excellent interpersonal skills and able to work alone when required and off their own initiative. They should also have good knowledge of this specialist area of work and have a willingness to learn and adapt to a flexible work pattern as the role develops.

Ideally, the successful candidate will also have a degree or Master’s qualification in a zoological related science, or equivalent experience. They will also have proficiency in detailed record keeping, competency in the use of computers and associated software packages, such as ZIMS.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.                                  

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

To apply and learn more please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, February 13, 2020



SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, King St & Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Are you passionate about Marine Life in particular Jellyfish? Would you like to work for one of Melbourne’s star attractions ensuring that our animals receive the highest level of care and our guests have a magical experience?
If you love marine life, feel passionate about conservation and love sharing your enthusiasm with others then we could have the job for you.

About the Role:

We are looking for a full time Aquarist to join our team at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium! This role works within the Curatorial team in ensuring best practice animal husbandry ensuring that we have amazing displays of jellyfish and running a behind the scenes Jelly lab.
This will be achieved through the propagation and acquisition of a wide range of jellyfish species. You will also have the opportunity to work across all exhibits within the aquarium.
Your duties include but are not limited to:
* Perform various tasks across the aquarium - daily husbandry, management and welfare of the animal collection
* Develop and maintain excellent and innovative animal exhibits that deliver an exceptional visitor experience
* Live food culturing including artemia and rotifers
* Continual propagation of jellyfish stock to maintain year round exhibits
* Implement continually high levels of cleanliness of all the displays, food preparation areas, plus associated plant and workshops.
* Maintain and develop displays lighting, signage and interactive displays.
* Operating a variety of Life Support Systems

Please note this is a full time role that follows a three week rotating roster including regular weekend work.

About You:
In this role Jellyfish husbandry experience would be an advantage but is not essential. A relevant qualification would be useful but more important is a good understanding of aquarium life support systems, and having very good attention to detail. You will be passionate about marine animals and will display commitment, loyalty and a strong work ethic.
You will be an exceptional communicator, are solution focused, and are able to use your vast experience to work well in a successful, fast paced team. You are committed to ensuring clean, amazing exhibits and exercise best practice animal husbandry while delivering an amazing guest experience.
Your ability to multi-task and have a flexible and adaptable approach along with high attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines and have demonstrated planning, organisational and time management skills are highly desired.
Please note that this role will require regular diving and appropriate certifications for diving will be required.

Alongside a fun and collaborative environment, you can enjoy our great benefits package, which includes a Merlin Magic Pass, which entitles you and your family and friends free admission to all our attractions worldwide. Perhaps the biggest benefit of joining us however, are the invaluable opportunities for further career training and development across our ever-expanding group. 

About Us:
Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment and is the company behind iconic brands like SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, and Peppa Pig World of Play. As Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 130 attractions, 20 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season). Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!!

So if you are a team player who is vibrant and passionate about educating guests and creating memorable experiences in a great company and team who Love What We Do, we want to hear from you!

To Learn more and apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, February 10, 2020

Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation

Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation

Sedgwick County Zoo

The purpose is to provide leadership, vision and support for the Zoo and its core zoological and conservation activities. This position provides support to the Executive Director/ CEO and serves in that role in his absence. Oversees Zoological Programs (Animal Curators, Animal Welfare, Registrar and Veterinary Services); Conservation Awareness (Education); Conservation Programs (Field Conservation and In-house Sustainability); as well as special project work under the direction of the Executive Director/CEO.

Plans and directs both short and long-range strategies and plans for animal care and management, education, and conservation.

  • Oversees the Zoo’s Conservation Awareness (Education) Department. Provide management and support for the Zoo’s conservation education programs, including but not limited to, outreach, Zoo camps, interpreters, the Zoo pre-school and all other educational programs.
  • Oversees the Zoo’s conservation mission, initiatives and goals. Investigates and identifies projects for consideration; oversees financial management of conservation-based programs
  • Develops, reviews, and maintains operational policies and procedures within key areas of responsibilities. Ensures policies for animal acquisition/disposition and research based projects are within Zoo and AZA policies and within local, state, federal and international laws and regulations
  • Plans, implements and participates in dangerous animal incident procedures and drills. Responsible for making quick decisions that may be a matter of life-and-death for visitors or staff. May be required to immobilize or destroy an animal in the event of a dangerous animal escape or someone in with a dangerous animal

To learn more and apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Red Squirrel Northern England Project Officer

Red Squirrel Northern England Project Officer

We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic person with good wildlife conservation and project development and management skills to join our red squirrel project team. The post-holder will work for the Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) project which is managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

To learn more and apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, February 7, 2020



Millets Falconry Centre


Millet Falconry is looking for an experienced bird trainer and presenter to join our dedicated, friendly and loyal team of bird and animal enthusiasts.

This position offers the successful applicant the chance to work with a wide range of species of birds of prey and an ever-growing collection of mammals including Raccoons, Meerkats and Skunks, + range of reptiles and creepy crawlies!

About the position

·         Permanent - full time (40 hours per week) Generally 8am-5pm, 5 days a week. Some days will be longer than others.

·         Responsible to the centre manager and assistant managers

·         Daily tasks including everyday husbandry and record keeping, weighing the flying team, flying demonstrations, animal experiences with the public, keeper talks and animal training and enrichment.

·         Office/front desk duties - therefore representing the company, so friendly and welcoming mannerisms are required.

·         Weekend, Bank Holidays and School Holidays are working days.

·         Wage dependant on experience but competitive for the industry. Optional pension scheme.

What we are looking for from you!

·         A passion for birds of prey and animals, their welfare, enrichment and conservation.

·         Enthusiasm for working outdoors.

·         Experience in training animals - ideally birds of prey in flying demonstrations.

         Experience in using ZIMS desirable but not essential.

·         Deliver entertaining and educational commentaries.

·         Work well as part of a team, as well as being responsible and confident to work alone away from the centre occasionally.  Good time keeping is essential.

·         Experience in working with animals, especially birds, is necessary for this position.

·         Relevant qualifications are beneficial but not essential.

·         A full clean driving licence.

Please note we will be conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role.  We would encourage you to send us your application for this job as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please send your C.V and a cover letter to  James Channon at

Closing date 14th February 2020

Please note we will be conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role.  We would encourage you to send us your application for this job as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Lecturer in Animal Care

Lecturer in Animal Care

Oaklands College

Lecturer in Animal Care
Full Time
Based at the St Albans Campus
£25,433 - £30,363 per annum

Have you thought about a career within teaching? Oaklands College are looking for industry-experienced candidates who want share and pass on their passion with our students! Oaklands offer full teacher training, so if you’re looking for a career change this could be a fantastic opportunity for you to move into an industry you are passionate about!

We are looking for an inspiring and dedicated Animal Management Lecturer to continue the excellent work for which the Animal and Landbased Industries department have become so well renowned.

The successful candidate will have strong organisational skills and the ability to teach across all Animal Management specialisms from BTec Level 1 to Level 4, delivering on a range of units including Biology, Accommodation, Exotic Health, Zoo and Nutrition.

Ideally, candidates should hold a recognised teaching qualification, although full teacher training will be provided. We will offer you in depth coaching and the opportunity to achieve a recognised teaching qualification.

Oaklands College is proud of the exceptional reputation of the Animal Care Department and boasts of a highly motivated team. The right person for this role will have an engaging approach to teaching and a real passion for animals.

The college offers a structured induction programme for those new to teaching, you will be paired with an experienced mentor and start on a reduced teaching timetable, gradually increasing as your experience and skills strengthen. You will gain broad experience in a teaching environment from enrolment to results day. In addition to this, we will offer you in depth coaching and the opportunity to achieve a recognised teaching qualification, for an informal chat or if you want to visit prior to apply please contact the Recruitment Team.

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd February
Interview Date: W/C 24th February

• Generous Salary
• Automatic entry into the Teachers’ pension Scheme.
• Generous annual leave – 42 days plus 8 days bank holiday.
• A dedicated and friendly team of professionals who are keen to develop and learn.
• Excellent CPD opportunities to grow and development through mentorship and coaching.
• Free onsite parking.
• Subsidised onsite restaurant.
• A cycle scheme and discounted gym membership.
• Fantastic facilities to resource your ability to teach your students.
• Exciting, accelerated leadership development and early promotion opportunities for the right candidates.

• A detailed knowledge of the curriculum and its means of delivery
• High standards of communication and interpersonal skills.
• The ability to work as a team.
• The ability to work towards deadlines.
• The ability to motivate both students and your peers.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and we particularly welcome applicants who are currently under represented in our workforce. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and disabled candidates.

Closing date for applications is: 23rd Feb 2020

To apply for this position, please follow this link to apply online -

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant