Thursday, December 14, 2017

Carnivore Keeper

Carnivore Keeper
(Salary dependant on experience)

Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.

For the right candidate, this position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to the breeding programmes of species such as Asian wild dogs and Clouded leopards.

The Role
The position is full time, working five days a week and will include weekends and bank holidays. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, butchery, conduct basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks, and record keeping. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards future plans for the section.

The Person
We are looking for someone with proven previous experience gained in a similar mainstream zoological collection. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare, a sound knowledge of health and safety practices, and a good taxonomic understanding of carnivores. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages, and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone and unsupervised.  Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this. The role is physically demanding and will involve some heavy lifting, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties. A valid full UK driving licence is essential. 

Single person accommodation may be available with this position.

To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to
or send to Human Resources Department, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 10 January 2018

All applicants must have right to work in the UK

Please visit our website: to find out more about us.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Animal Training Manager and Animal Trainers

Animal Training Manager and Animal Trainers

Aquazoo Vision is currently hiring and has positions open for 4 animal trainers and an animal training manager to be based in asia.

Animal Trainers: At least 3 years and above experience working and training animals

Animal Training Manager: At least 5 years and above experience managing a team

Experience with pinnipeds is a plus

Those who are interested please sent your resume to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Experienced animal keeper

Experienced animal keeper

Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park

The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park (AWCP) has a vacancy for an experienced animal keeper to join our small team.

This is an exciting opportunity to help the park to achieve its objectives: To achieve excellent husbandry standards, partake in conservation projects relevant to our collection and to provide excellent conservation education.

The AWCP is a small park, originally set up for rescued and confiscated animals, now housing a range of exotic species. We have exciting plans for the future and are looking to build a strong and successful team to see these through to fruition.


Keepers are required to be involved in a full range of husbandry duties including general enclosure cleaning, food provisions, husbandry training, and enrichment programmes across all sections of the park. Attention to detail and experience with enclosure furnishing and maintenance would be an advantage. Keepers will also be encouraged to take on other important roles within the park. An interest and/or experience of education, conservation or fundraising would be an advantage as opportunities to expand these areas will be an option for a suitable candidate.  Reception duties, educational talks and tours are also a requirement. The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and a good team player but also have the ability to work independently.

Starting salary: £19,260

Position requirements:

•    Full time 37hrs/wk

•    Hours; 9am-5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a rotated basis. Due to a small staff base, flexibility is required.

Roles and responsibilities:

•    Carrying out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines e.g. food preparation, feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision etc.

•    Undertake and record animal observations. ZIMS or ARKS experience would be desirable.

•    Deliver high standards of visitor interaction in the form of keeper talks, experiences, tours and education and charity events.

Overseeing work experience, volunteers and interns

•    Liaise and assist in general duties and requirements as directed by senior management

•    Other duties to support effective and efficient site maintenance may include: First Aider, pruning, gardening and general cleaning in order to maintain high standards.

Applicant requirements:

•    An animal science related qualification

•    2 years experience in a zoological collection

•    Excellent communication skills

•    Adaptable for a flexible rota

•    Physically fit for the demands of this role

•    Driving licence

If you would like the opportunity to join our expanding and proactive team please send your CV and cover letter to:

Closing date: 15 January 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, December 11, 2017

Seasonal Education Assistants

Seasonal Education Assistants

Seasonal Education Assistants (Full-Time/Seasonal)
Blackpool Zoo

We are excited to announce a unique opportunity to join Blackpool Zoo, one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, which in recent years has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.  The zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators.

We are seeking energetic, creative and hard-working individuals who have excellent communication skills and experience working with children and/or the public.  This post is very guest-focused and through delivering our enjoyable and informative education and conservation programme, you would drive to enhance our guests’ experience.  Positions start March/April/June/July and run until September 2018.

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 4th February 2018

Salary and job descriptions on request.

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to

We will reply to successful candidates within 14 days of the closing date.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Primate Internship

Primate Internship

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Noah's Ark zoo farm has an opening for an internship on our primate section. This position is aimed at providing an opportunity to learn valuable skills and gain real experience of zoo keeping.  Interns work as part of a dedicated team of keepers taking an active role in day to day care, enrichment and animal training. For this position we seek to take on a dedicated person who has taken steps towards a career in animal management already. By the end of the 12 month contract we aim to have provided enough experience knowledge and responsibility for interns to be confident in taking zoo keeper positions.   

Pay is £132 per week, each intern may be required to work towards an NVQ to provide written qualifications which support the practical learning undertaken.  A normal working week will be 5 days 8am to 5pm most weekends and bank holidays included. Applicants should be over 18, have a full driving licence, motivated, hardworking and happy to work within the Christian ethos of the zoo. Applications must also include contact details for two referees including phone numbers.

To apply for this job:
Please send your CV and a covering letter to:

Chris Wilkinson, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Wraxall,

Closing date for applications is: 24th Dec 2017

Your covering letter must answer the following questions and not be more than 350 words. It must also include your contact details including phone and email.

  • Why you are interested in this opportunity at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
  • Why you are interested in the section that you are applying for.
  • What steps you have already taken towards a career in animal care.
  • What you think you will bring to the team.
  • Why you think you stand out as the best candidate

All applications must be received by 24th of Dec and the applicants who reach the next stage will be interviewed on the 5th Jan 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Herbivores Keeper and Big Cat Keeper

Herbivores Keeper and Big Cat Keeper

Two vacancies: Herbivores Keeper and Big Cat Keeper

Safari Park Pombia (North Italy) evaluates applications for two zookeepers with experience with big cats and with large African herbivores . Keepers will be responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care, including husbandry routines, managerial operations and environmental enrichment, animal control during safari activities, report to head keeper and supporting veterinary intervention as required.

For more info and CV send an email to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant