Monday, October 22, 2018

Director Melbourne Zoo

Director Melbourne Zoo

 Enhance visitor experience and provide innovative and creative solutions
 Set the tone for Zoo’s around the world
 Salary up to $260,000pkg

About Zoos Victoria and Melbourne Zoo
Zoos Victoria is a world leading zoo-based conservation organisation, fighting extinction to secure a future rich in wildlife through conservation of wildlife and community. With three world class zoos (Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo) Zoos Victoria connects people with wildlife through inspirational experiences. Through these experiences Zoos Victoria looks to inspire and facilitate the community, both locally and outside of Victoria to take conservation actions that make a measurable positive difference to wildlife.

About the Role
The Melbourne Zoo, the oldest Zoo in Australia, is located in the beautiful leafy Parkville area and welcomes approximately 1.3 million visitors per year. The Director Melbourne Zoo, is a key role in the organisation, with a strategic focus across visitor experience, life sciences and operations.
The Director will provide dynamic, proactive leadership and will work closely with the CEO and General Managers to optimise visitor experience, inspire employees and volunteers, deliver strong commercial outcomes whilst creating a wildlife friendly society. Driving collaboration and building partnerships with other sites to achieve Victoria Zoo’s strategic plan will be key to the success of this role.

About You
To be considered for this incredible opportunity, we are seeking a strategic executive leader who is passionate about contributing and making a difference to Zoos Victoria. Previous experience in midsize organisations (300-400 staff) with a focus on people (both staff and visitors) will be essential for this role. You will be an innovative and driven leader who has been successful in sharing the organisational vision and engaging and taking people along on the journey to achieve strategic organisational outcomes. With a structured approach to problem solving you will drive multiple and potentially high profile projects at the Melbourne Zoo that will ensure the role is always unique and interesting.

Furthermore this is an opportunity to leave a legacy (animals, science and conservation focus) and an opportunity to be innovative and set the tone for zoo’s around the world.
Tertiary qualifications and an understanding of either zoo industry or organisations with visitor experience will be highly regarded. In addition you will have strong business acumen, experience in enhancing processes to improve outcomes and have genuine passion about representing Melbourne Zoo and Zoos Victoria.

To Apply
To apply for this unique opportunity, work with incredible people and be a part of an organisation that is a leader in its field, please apply via the Davidson website, or for a confidential conversation, please contact Sandra Kerr (03 9929 9528).

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Internship Vacancy

 Internship Vacancy

The Living Rainforest is inviting applications for an unpaid voluntary work placement with the Animal Department. Our internship programme has been running successfully for over four years and we are now offering the vacancy to external candidates.
The Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the animal collection is contained within three tropical glasshouses and consists of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, dasyproctidae, turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

Role and Responsibilities:
•        The primary role of the intern will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the animal department. This includes feeding animals, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping and animal health checks.
•        As an intern, you will also help with the daily supervision of existing volunteers and participate in the training of new volunteers and work experience students.
•        You will also receive training and be expected to participate in keeper talks and keeper experience days which run through holidays and at weekends. 
•        You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different aspects of the department such as veterinary treatment, enclosure design and record keeping.      
•        Where suitable, there may also be opportunities for research projects to be undertaken.
Terms of placement:
•        This is a six - twelve month voluntary work placement for a registered charity, from November 2018.
•        It is preferred that interns are able to work from 9am to 5.30pm five days a week on a rota basis. This will include some weekends and bank holidays as necessary. 
The applicant
•        Preference will be given to applicants with an Animal related qualification or working towards an Animal related qualification, who want to partake in this voluntary work placement in order to seek further industry experience.
•        Some experience within the zoo industry or with exotics would be desirable but not essential.
•        Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard-working and have a willingness to learn new skills.
•        We recommended that you have your own form of transport to get to and from The Living Rainforest each day as public transport is infrequent in this area.
•        Please note that there is no accommodation available with this position, but some assistance can be given towards moderate travel expenses.

To Apply
The vacancy will remain open until 9th November 2018 unless filled sooner. Interviews will be held as soon as possible after applications are received, on a first come first served basis. To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter, including a contact telephone number to Paula Rhoads, Human Resources:

Post: The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, October 19, 2018

Veterinary Pathologist

Veterinary Pathologist

HQ, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
37.5 hours per week
Circa £30,000 per annum

We are looking for an energetic, focused individual to join our Animal Health team; primarily taking responsibility for post mortem examinations but also assisting with clinical diagnosis, disease prevention, zoo licensing and conservation research. 

Working in a fast paced environment you will be part of a team expected to deliver comprehensive animal health cover throughout the year. Based primarily at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, some travel will be necessary to provide clinical support to our wetland centres nationwide.

You will have a veterinary degree and experience of working in a busy veterinary environment including clinical work with exotic species and conducting post mortem examinations ideally with specialist knowledge of avian pathology.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.     

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
-        25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing to 30 days after 5 years service)
-        Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
-        Life assurance
-        Free parking
-        Free entry to all our centres

For more information, and to apply for the role, please visit

Closing date: 4th November 2018
Interview date: 15th November 2018

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Animal Registrar and Administrator

Animal Registrar and Administrator


Location WWT Slimbridge and Headquarters Department Administration, Operations Salary £15,880 per annum Position type Part Time Working pattern 30 hours per week
We are looking for a professional, experienced and knowledgeable animal registrar who will be responsible for maintaining accurate electronic records of our living collection and for supporting our living collection and reserves teams across 10 WWT sites.

Working alongside the living collections and animal health care team, the successful candidate will bring a clear understanding of the legislation relating to zoo licencing, animal moves and wildlife protection and an ability to ensure compliance across a national organisation. You will be expected to manage and prioritise your own varied workload to best support the business needs and an interest in assisting with lab work and providing practical assistance to our veterinary team would be an advantage.   

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service pro-rata
- Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
- Life assurance
- Free parking
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free entry to all our centres

Closing Date 04/11/2018
Unless specifically stated, we do not accept CVs for job applications
Interview Date: 14th November

To apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Internship and Volunteer positions

Internship and Volunteer positions

A Seal, a rescue center for Harbour- and Grey seals in Stellendam, Holland is accepting applications for internship and volunteer positions during autumn and winter (from the 15th of September 2018 till the 1st of March 2019).
A Seal is a nonprofit organization that aims to be a centre of expertise for marine mammals with a focus on rehabilitation of the Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) and the Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) which are the most common marine mammals of the dutch part of the North Sea.

A Seal’s Internship Program is structured and designed to
provide students in animal care and veterinary assistance(undergraduate degree and intermediate vocational degree) with hands-on experience in the field of seal rehabilitation.


- Assisting during all phases of seal rehabilitation (intake; quaranteens; inside baths; outside baths and release at the Dutch coast).
- (Force- and tube-) feeding of the seals
- Food preparation
- Cleaning of pens and common facilities


. Must possess a strong work ethic, have high attention to detail and the ability to work with limited supervision

. Must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, friendly and able to work in a team of volunteers

. Must be 18 or older

. Must be available on weekends, holidays and during the evening hours

. During this internship the intern will experience physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.

Prior experience is not required and all training is provided.
This is an unpaid position.
Interns are responsible for their own housing and
Housing facilities (single room; shared kitchen and bathroom with other interns), 250 meters from A Seal, can be rented at limited charge.
Those who can work full-time hours for at least 4 weeks will be given preference.

Please visit for more information on our center (in Dutch).

Application with full CV can be sent to:
More information can be acquired from:

Vincent Serbruyns (Team leader Seal care / Intern coordinator)
A Seal - Zeehondenopvang Stellendam
Haringvlietplein 3a
3251 LD Stellendam
Office: 0031 (0)88 27 47 780

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

WZ Animal Keeper – HUB Sealions and Farm

WZ Animal Keeper – HUB Sealions and Farm

Position: WZ Animal Keeper – HUB Sealions and Farm
Salary: Dependant on experience (Inclusive of Weekend Enhancement)
Location: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – LU6 2LF

About Us:
We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.

Overview of Role:
ZSL is seeking an experienced keeper on the HUB region of the animal department, working within the Sealions and farm area.

•        WZ HUB Sealion and farm trainer and presenter full time qualified keeper

The main role of the Sealion trainer and presenter Keeper position is to manage the day to day operational duties relating to animal husbandry and visitor interaction within the HUB Section specifically Sealion and Farm area. This is directed day to day by the section Team Leader or other key senior animal department staff within the section.

The successful candidate will also be expected to:

•        Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
•        Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
•        Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas.
•        Train Sealions for public displays
•        Present Sealion demonstrations to the zoo visitors
•        Cover farm area as required
•        Work as part of a small busy team

The successful candidate will:
•        Practical experience of Sealion management and training for displays.
•        Proven experience and deep understanding of modern pinniped training techniques
•        Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Sealion husbandry techniques
•        In-depth understanding of water management
•        Confident a presenting to large and varied zoo audiences 
•        Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
•        Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
•        Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
•        Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience.
•        Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate professionalism and excellent team ethic.
•        A full driving license is also required.
Please note: Flexible working is required for this position which will include working alternate weekends and bank holidays. Applicant must also be presentable, flexible in their approach and totally reliable. 

Benefit Package:
This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.

To Apply:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Tuesday 30th October 2018.
The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant