Friday, March 24, 2017

Keeper – Rhinos

Keeper – Rhinos
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 Rhino section.  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 as well as Grevy’s zebra and a range of Bovid’s and 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, 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 £17,367.09 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please 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 to

Closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Keeper

Senior Keeper 

Dartmoor Zoo are looking to take on a Senior Keeper within the Animal Department, who will be an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual.

Their duties will be to assist the Animal Management Team in the running of the Animal Department to ensure the welfare and husbandry of the animals. You will be accountable to the Head Keeper and Curator, and will assist in overseeing a team of Keepers, Trainee Keepers, placement students and volunteers. You will be a good team worker, able to motivate others, as well as show initiative and have a positive outlook. You will be responsible for control of food stocks and other supplies, and share record keeping (including use of ZIMS) and co-ordination of the internship and volunteer programme for the department. You will be working out in the zoo most the time and office based for ~1hr+ a day.

Dartmoor Zoo is home to a large collection of carnivores and a growing number of hoofstock, small mammal and bird species. As Senior Keeper you will work regularly on all rounds and play an integral role in training and enrichment, in addition to maintaining animal enclosures. On occasion you will take charge in the event that a Senior Manager is unavailable. You will be required to communicate with outside agencies, such as the Vet, and be prepared to assist in veterinary, or any other procedures, when necessary.

The successful candidate will have:
· A minimum of six years employed experience within a zoo environment
· Passed the DMZAA or equivalent course
· Experience of working with large category 1 mammals
· Excellent communication skills
· An up-to-date knowledge of current practices in animal husbandry and welfare
· The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
· Good IT skills with a knowledge of record keeping, and be able to use, or willing to learn, ZIMS
· A basic understanding of D.I.Y.
· The ability to handle and manage animals during certain procedures
· A full U.K driving licence due to location
· A willingness to represent DZP at conferences when required

You will be required to work Bank Holidays, weekends and other specified days if the zoo is hosting special events. Some evening work may be required too. Two fixed days off per week. Salary dependent on experience. Previous applicants need not apply.

Please complete the application form and e-mail to or Miss Hannah Webb, Head Keeper, Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell, Plymouth. PL7 5DG by Friday 7th April.

Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted, and interviews will take place soon after

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Primate Keeper

Primate Keeper

The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity that is actively involved with several projects incorporating a diverse range of conservation activities both at their Kent based Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve and overseas projects in the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated primate keepers at Port Lympne Reserve. The ideal candidate will have some experience working with animals, preferably primates, in a mainstream zoological collection and an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must be physically fit. A full valid driving licence is essential to the role. Ideally you will possess good all round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the primate species around the park. Holding a recognised Animal Management qualification and being comfortable interacting with the public would be an advantage.

Working 5 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours.

 We are home to a collection of around 140 rare and endangered primates, including Javan gibbons, Javan langurs, Guinea baboons, Howlers, Mangabeys, and several species of Lemurs to name a few.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 7th April 2017.

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering letter to -

Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Education Ranger

Education Ranger
(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.
We currently have a vacancy for an Education Ranger who will support the team during our winter season. With an immediate start, this role is offered on a temporary, zero hours contract basis.
Hours are allocated by mutual agreement and you may be required to work up to 5 days out of 7 dependent upon visitor numbers and weather conditions.

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Engage with visitors in immersive exhibits
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· Experience handling small animals

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20, £7.05 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Closing date 6th April 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Floating Animal Keeper

Floating Animal Keeper

Howletts Wild Animal Park in Canterbury, Kent is recruiting for an experienced
Floating Animal Keeper whose time will be divided between the five animal sections in the park.
Howletts Wild Animal Park is renowned for its collections of primates and large mammals.
The position requires an enthusiastic, self motivated person with experience working
within a mainstream wild animal collection as they will be required to work with a broad range of species including carnivores, elephants, ungulates and primates.
This is a demanding position so candidates must be physically fit, self motivated and have a genuine interest in conservation and wildlife. A valid driving licence is required, a firearms licence and general knowledge of practical enclosure maintenance would be advantageous.
Working 40 hours a week, five days out of seven 8.00am to 5.00pm including weekends and bank holidays.
All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Closing Date: Friday 14th April 2016

To apply: Please email a full CV and covering letter to -
Or Post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Port Lympne, Nr. Hythe, Kent
CT21 4PD

Please visit our website at to find out more.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LONGLEAT - KEEPER (Lakes & Birds)

LONGLEAT - KEEPER (Lakes & Birds)

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 50 years. As a business we are passionate about providing wondrous and immersive experiences which lead to lifelong memories for the 800,000 guests that visit us every year. Our Lakes & Birds team are looking for confident and enthusiastic individuals to join the team for the 2017 season.


This is an exciting opportunity to Join Longleat Safari Park within Lakes & Birds Team providing daily care of the animals, ensuring excellent levels of guest experience and providing logistical support to the animal team as a whole.
You will ensure the guests' requirements are always met and naturally seek out opportunities to exceed their expectations, ensuring prompt and professional attention.
You will be working with an incredible variety of species including Western Lowland Gorillas, Californian Sea lions, Chilean Flamingos, African White-backed Vultures and our very successful breeding group of Pink-backed Pelicans.


Our ideal candidate will be personable, able to work under their own initiative and will always have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards work. It is essential you have a full clean  driving licence and experience in working with animals is preferable.


This is a Zero Hours, Fixed Term contract until January 2018, working hours as required by the busyiness, to include weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Hours will vary from 8.30am until close (times vary throughout the season).


We expect all of our team to embrace our company values, and display ‘Longleat behaviours’. This post requires flexibility of hours, energy application and passion.

At Longleat, we focus on our People and our Guests, to listen actively, to work as a team, to empower others and to show empathy.  Our values are:

We Engage and Inspire – We focus on engaging and inspiring our guests, delivering unique and lifelong memories
We put People First – We seek to serve others and put their interests first. We treat them with respect, we value their opinions and collaborate to be better together
We Continuously Improve – We embrace change and pursue excellence in everything we do
We act with Integrity – We work in a principled, open and conscientious manner
We take Safety Seriously – Never compromising on a safe and secure environment

When we recruit we place equal emphasis on technical ability and personal attributes to match our brand values.


At Longleat Enterprises Ltd we offer unique benefits such as complementary Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar admission tickets, attractive discounts on annual passes, special nightly rates on group hotels, discounted hotel Spa treatments, life assurance cover, and 29 days paid holiday (pro rata). 

The closing date is 31st March 2017 and accessible via 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant