Saturday, May 26, 2018

Volunteer and work experience opportunity

Volunteer and work experience opportunity

Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park


The AWCP is a small but beautiful Wildlife Park in Gibraltar. The newest Members of BIAZA ,we strive to achieve the very best in animal care and husbandry standards.

We are offering an opportunity for volunteers and work experience candidates to join our small, friendly team to enhance and gain valuable experience in animal management in a small zoo.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of species, assisting full time staff in all aspects of zoo life.

In order that as much experience is gained as possible and for you to get the most out of your time with us, we would prefer 3 months commitment or more.

Closing date for applications is: 29th Jun 2018

To apply, please email a cover letter or CV detailing your experience and education to date to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tour Guides

Tour Guides
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to become part-time tour guides at The Living Rainforest, Berkshire. Following training, you will be booked on an hourly basis to guide groups of school children through our glasshouses, introducing them to various rainforest related topics and issues.
The Living Rainforest is a vibrant place which provides learning opportunities and training as well as a friendly, sociable, working atmosphere and flexible hours during term time and school holidays.
Experience working with children or in an educational role is desirable but not essential as training will be given.
Rates of pay: £12.84-£13.93 per tour
Due to our location, all applicants need to be able to drive.
If you are interested please call 01635 202444 ext 201 and ask for Paula or email your CV to

Closing Date 30 June 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Care Supervisor

Animal Care Supervisor

Animal Care Solutions is seeking an experienced full-time Animal Care Supervisor to provide animal care services at the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre. This is an exciting opportunity to take a hands-on lead with the Zoo’s reintroduction breeding programs. Current species include; Whooping Crane, Vancouver Island Marmot, Greater Sage Grouse, Burrowing Owl and Przewalski’s Wild Horse with more programs planned for the future. The Wildlife Conservation Centre is also home to the Zoo’s ungulate quarantine facility and backup ungulate holding.  The successful candidate will work with the area curator to lead a team of passionate and experienced individuals save species from extinction by providing animal care services to the animal collection of the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre.

-        A Bachelors degree in Zoology (or equivalent) or compensating experience
o        Or, a Registered Animal Health Technologist
-        Expected to have a superior knowledge in the care of zoological and wildlife species
-        A minimum of eight years of experience working in animal care in a zoo
o        Must have experience working with a variety of taxa
o        Experience caring for species mentioned above or with any breed for release program would be a strong asset
-        Strong verbal and written communication skills
-        Experience leading a team in a positive work environment would be a strong asset
-        A valid Class 5 Alberta Drivers licence
-        Must be able to meet the specific requirements of the position
-        Negative tuberculosis exposure testing
-        Required vaccinations
-        Ability to work inside and outside year round
-        A working knowledge of farm equipment, tools and small maintenance repairs an asset
-        Ability to lift 25kg’s

The successful candidate will provide animal care services at the Calgary Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre with the potential to fill in as needed in other areas. The tasks of the position may include but will not be limited to;

-        Organizing staff scheduling and assigning daily tasks, ensuring resources are allocated most efficiently
-        Train and lead animal care staff
-        Participate in reintroduction breeding programs including recommendations on continuous improvement and future growth
-        Observation of assigned animals closely, routinely and objectively report on animal behaviour, health and welfare
-        Provide animal diets in an appropriate and timely manner
-        Maintain complete records on animals attended to
-        Contribute to, follow and implement animal husbandry protocols
-        Conduct tours and interviews as directed
-        Ensure all work areas and equipment are up to or above standards for functionality and cleanliness
-        Ensure all animal areas are clean, maintained and perform animal husbandry procedures
-        There is an expectation to work weekends, holidays and potentially evening and on call services
-        Provide additional services as required

-        $70,000-$75,000/year (Dependent on experience and accreditations)
o        Competitive health and dental package
-        Opportunity for growth and advancement
-        Potential for on-site housing

Animal Care Solutions is part of the Animal Care Centre of Strathmore. We provide top quality animal care services, “Because We Care.” We are passionate about the animals in our care and the people on our teams. We are able to support and directly contribute to wildlife conservation in Alberta and Canada, which makes us very proud!

Please send CV and letter of interest to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, May 25, 2018

HE Zoo Biology and Applied Animal Science

HE Zoo Biology and Applied Animal Science   


Lecturer – HE Zoo Biology and Applied Animal Science  
£20,950 - £32,241 pro rata (depending on qualifications)
Full-time or part-time considered

The college is looking to appoint an HE lecturer and tutor in Zoo Biology and Applied Animal Science. The successful candidate will be part of a team ensuring the quality of Sparsholt‘s Higher Education Zoo and Animal Management provision and will teach on a range of courses which may include animal management, zoo biology, and animal behaviour. The role will involve lecturing, practical instruction, demonstration, and other appropriate work relating to students’ learning programmes. The post holder should be qualified to at least Level 6 with post graduate qualifications in a relevant subject desirable.  Significant work experience in the zoo or animal industry and an enthusiasm for working with animals is essential. The post holder should also possess, or be willing to work towards, an appropriate teaching qualification.

This post will be based at the Sparsholt Campus.

Closing Date:  11 June 2018

College Benefits:

·        Eligibility to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)
·        Death benefit grant of 3 X salary if in the pension scheme
·        Free on- site parking
·        Car Care Scheme
·        Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
·        Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme
·        Holiday entitlement of 42 days plus bank holidays
·        Access to an Employee Assistance Scheme
·        On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per year)
·        You Make the Difference Staff nomination scheme
·        Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, flowers, fruit & vegetables, fish, venison and turkey
·        Access to discounted hair and beauty treatments at the Andover campus
·        Discounted admission to Marwell Zoo
·        Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications.
·        Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices

There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider

Application packs are available from the HR Department
24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797438

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Keeper – Rhinos/Giraffes

Keeper – Rhinos/Giraffes

Permanent – Full Time

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 1.9 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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our hoof stock sections.  For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of mammal species ranging from Black and Greater One Horned Rhinos, Giraffes as well as Grevy’s Zebra, Onager and a range of Bovid’s, Deer and Antelope.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
The successful candidate will have:
·        A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
·        Proven experience in the care and management of a variety of large mammal species in a zoo or safari park setting, including Rhinos, as well as the highest standards of exhibitry
·        Outstanding observational skills with excellent attention to detail
·        Experience of operant conditioning and implementing environmental enrichment
·        Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices
·        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £18,384.92 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at
To apply for this position, please go to and click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper role.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 10 June 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Animal keeper

Animal keeper

Tropical World

Salary: £16,881 pa 
37 hours per week over 7 days on a rota system

If you have a commitment to a high standard of animal husbandry and an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in Animal Care – we may have just the job for you as an animal keeper at our popular Tropical World attraction in Leeds, which houses a variety of exotic animals, reptiles and aquatics.

You will need to work as part of the team on a 7 day rota basis and should have specific knowledge related to the need of aquatics, exotic species and their specialised requirements.

You will assist with the feeding and movement of the animals along with cleaning, re-dressing and maintaining their enclosures and ponds. Keeping accurate records and making observations relating to animal welfare. Bending and lifting will be essential in this role and the ability to lift 20kg bags of animal feed.

Closing date for applications is: 29th May 2018

Please apply through the Leeds City Council website or follow the link on the advert on our facebook page

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant