Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lecturer - Animal Management FE



Lecturer - Animal Management FE

Sparsholt College


£20,950 - £32,241 (dependent upon qualifications)

The post holder will act as a Lecturer to students on a range of courses offered within the FE Animal management and veterinary nursing area, as well as liaising with the other staff, the course team and the Head of Faculty. The role would suit candidates with a focus on exotic animal husbandry and the wildlife sector.

The post holder will undertake teaching on a range of subjects within the animal management curriculum. This will be of a primarily theoretical nature with occasional practical instruction, demonstration, portfolio building, life skills development and other appropriate work relating to students’ learning programmes.

The post holder will have a suitable Animal Management or related subject qualification such as a Higher National Diploma or Honours Degree in Animal Management or a related subject. They will also be experienced with learners from 16 years of age. Experience of dealing with young people and the challenges they bring would be advantageous. The successful candidate will preferably have teaching experience, and must have relevant animal related industrial experience. Furthermore, they must be able to demonstrate competent handling of a wide range of animals and hold or be willing to attain a recognised teaching qualification including the A1 assessors award.

This role will be based at the Sparsholt campus.



Closing Date: 27 November 2017



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 Share Scheme.
  • Occupational Sick Pay Scheme.
  • Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme.
  • Flexible Working Policy.
  • Holiday entitlement of 42 days plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part-time staff).
  • Child Care Vouchers.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Scheme.
  • On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per year).
  • Free gym classes.
  • 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 also a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider.

Application packs are available from:

24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797438.
















Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Mammal Keeper


Mammal Keeper

We are looking for an ambitious individual to join our animal care team. If you want to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing zoos and are excited about the prospect of being part of something new, this position might be for you!

Wingham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with big emphasis on animal husbandry, conservation, education and safety for our animals, staff and visitors. We are looking for a like minded “team player” who would fit in amongst our mammals section. This section covers a large variety of species ranging from Red Pandas, Lowland Tapirs, Rodents, Fruitbats, Hoofstock and Small Mammals.

The Candidate Will:
  • Be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis as well as leading public talks to large crowds.
  • Have experience working with exotic species, preferably in a zoo setting.
  • Be able to work as part of a team and on their own.
  • Have exceptional time keeping skills.
  • Show good practical animal husbandry skills.
  • Have relevant animal husbandry qualifications.
  • Have a valid UK driving licence or have good access to transport links.

The Role Involves:
  • Day to day husbandry of animals in our park.
  • Good observational and note keeping skills when working with the animals at the park.
  • Giving talks to visitors about some of the species in the park.
  • Strict adherence to safe working practices.
  • Maintaining high standards around the park including emptying bins, weeding and window cleaning.
About Employment with WWP:

This full time position (winter; 40 hours per week, summer; 45 hours per week) requires people to be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, including working on weekends, during school holidays and on bank holidays.
Keepers work on a rota based system working 5 out of 7 days per week.

We give statutory holiday entitlement.

This position will pay at the rate of the national minimum wage. On the successful completion of a 6 month probationary period a wage increase will occur.


All applications to be addressed for the attention of Ruth Wilder to info@winghamwildlifepark.co.uk along with a covering letter explaining why you would want to work for our park, what species you have worked with and what species you are interested in and an up to date CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference MAMMALS01 in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded.

Closing date for applications:- 1st December 2017












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Mammal Keeper



Mammal Keeper

Chessington World of Adventures

We are Chessington World of Adventures Resort and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are currently recruiting for a Zoo Keeper on our mammals section. You will be working alongside Asiatic lions, tigers, caracals, spider monkeys and callitrichids plus many more  The zoo is currently going through a period of growth with exciting developments in the pipeline. In this role you will be working within the Carnivore and Primate teams. You will also take an active role in the day to day running of our awesome collection. This will include delivering unrivalled standards of animal husbandry. You will be part of the team creating the most stimulating environment possible – not just for our guests, but for the animals too - and since we’re big on conservation, education and research, you’ll have a big part to play in that too. You will also be keen to support all areas within our Zoo, which will in turn benefit your own personal development. You will ensure the Health & Safety of yourself, visitors and guests at all times as well as to develop a personal training programme in conjunction with your Head of Section.

We are looking for the following skills and experience:

  • Our ideal candidate will have completed an animal based qualification, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with carnivores in a Zoo environment or equivalent.
  • Experience of working with primates would be desirable although it is not compulsory.
  • You will be a confident communicator and more importantly, an alert listener.
  • You will have passion and excitement for your chosen field, with a keen drive to develop your career as an Animal Keeper.
  • This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends and bank holidays.


Alongside a salary of £17,333 per annum and 28 days holiday you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of Lego, and much more!

Closing date for applications is: 29th Nov 2017

To apply please use the following link:















Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Experienced Primate Keeper



Experienced Primate Keeper

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is seeking an experienced and highly motivated animal keeper to join its primate department. You will be working in a team of five keepers and reporting to the Head of Section.

This section is responsible for the daily management and husbandry or our great apes, mangabeys, lemurs and cebids and as such the successful candidate will be responsible for but not limited to; cleaning of exhibits, feeding and general care and welfare of the animals and associated tasks. Experience in public speaking and visitor engagements will be advantageous.

The ideal candidate will have work for a minimum of two years in an accredited zoological institution and have experience of working with great apes. It is expected that you will have been awarded a diploma in zoo animal management, however, due consideration will be given to the individuals own level of zoological experience and academic achievement.

The candidate will have a clean full UK drivers licence.

Closing date for applications is: 15th Dec 2017

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter plus the Colchester zoo employment application form, this can be found on our website [https://www.colchester-zoo.com/about/careers-volunteering/current-vacancies] to: vacancies@colchesterzoo.org














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Volunteer Primate Research Assistants



Volunteer Primate Research Assistants: Primate and Predator Project in South Africa

The Primate & Predator Project based within the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa is playing a critical role in the research and conservation of the local wildlife. We are looking for a hands-on and passionate research assistant to join our team to help support our research in primate behaviour. The project provides a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to behavioural ecology, working with a range of experienced professionals from around the world. You will be working closely with primates whilst developing a range of research skills and could be a perfect stepping stone for your future career in conservation.

The Primate & Predator Project
Our project objective is to examine the behavioural ecology of predator-prey interactions focussing on diurnal primates and their predators as a model system.  This research plays a critical role in preserving local biodiversity. The project operates in conjunction with Durham University and you will have the opportunity to work closely with a dynamic group of primate and predator specialists.
Our research centre offers a unique opportunity to interact with all five species of South African primate: chacma baboon (Papio ursinus), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops), samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis erythrarchcus), thick-tailed bushbaby (Otolemur crassicaudatus) and southern lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi).

The Lajuma Research Centre
The camp is located on the beautiful Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo province, South Africa. The mountains provide a unique ecosystem and as such attract a range of scientist studying the local ecology.

The Centre is in a rural location so there is housing available onsite. The accommodation is equipped with hot showers, flush toilets, a gas stove, fridge, tapped water, washing machine, solar power, firewood and electricity (220V). These are often shared rooms with other assistants. As the camp is in an isolated location, volunteers may join the town trip to Louis Trichardt (Makhado) once a fortnight for shopping, visits to an internet café, landline phone calls, etc.

Your Key Activities
The majority of your time will involve working with samango and vervet monkeys. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it’s likely that you’ll be involved in tasks such as;
1. Behavioural observations of habituated primates through full day follows and collection of standardized behavioural and demographic data from our study troops.
2. Experimental titrations of predation risk based on giving-up densities or predator detection experiments using predator models.
3. Habituation of new groups, sometimes tracking via VHF receivers to maintain contact.
4. Monitoring of primate groups via GPS collars - you may play an important role in setting and monitoring traps, tracking via VHF receivers, data download, and collar retrieval.
5. Phenological transects and vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability.
6. General data entry.
7. Assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection as required.
8. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work on the predator element of the project and engage in camera trapping.

As a busy research centre, it is likely that these activities will vary and we hope you will want to get involved in a variety of other projects during your time with us. We will also help you develop your skills and experience, so if you have any specific interests in particular techniques or aspects of our research, we will try to accommodate these

What we are looking for:
Everyone at Lajuma is passionate about the work that they are doing so we are looking for someone who is excited to make an active contribution to the project. We are open to your background, what is most important is that you are passionate about conservation. There are a few qualities that will make you more relevant for the programme:

1. A background in biology/zoology/ecology or related field and an interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of primates and other mammals would be preferred.
2. You’ll need to be physically fit as you will regularly undertake walks in mountainous terrain, often in temperatures. You will need to be able to comfortably cover 10-15km per day (often more) over rough and often steep terrain and capable of carrying a day pack these distances while collecting data. You will usually do this with another assistant but you’ll be comfortable walking alone as well.
3. You should enjoy working as part of a team, and be happy to operate under the authority of field research coordinators.
4. You should be reliable, responsible and motivated when it comes to following research protocols and methodologies. Due to the nature of our work, you’ll need to work unsociable hours when needed and should be happy to support other researchers in their work as necessary.
5. Relevant experience of the project’s field techniques and of working in southern Africa is desirable but not essential.

Salary/funding:
This is a volunteer role so no salary is provided, however you will be exposed to a wide range of research techniques and therefore could be an integral stepping stone to your next role.

You will need to cover your own food and accommodation costs at the research station. Accommodation costs are currently 4000 Rand a month. All research equipment will be provided. Volunteer research assistants will also be responsible for their own airfare and travel to South Africa and medical/travel insurance.

How to Apply:
We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit for a minimum of 6 months, although our preference is for those who are available to stay for longer (12 months or more). Volunteers who are able to contribute for longer periods could also have the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities such as data analysis and publication where appropriate.

Application Deadline:
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to the project email address (primate.predator@durham.ac.uk).
Please use your cover letter to explain why you are interested in working at Lajuma and to outline your relevant experience or transferable skills. Please also include contact details for two referees. Applications are welcome year round, with up to six vacancies available per year.

Contact Information:
Professor Russell Hill
Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Science Site
Durham DH1 3LE
United Kingdom

Project related websites
Durham University Primate and Predator Project http://community.dur.ac.uk/r.a.hill/primate_and_predator_project.htm
Lajuma Research Centre                                                                                                            http://www.lajuma.com 
Primate and Predator Project blog http://primateandpredatorproject.wordpress.com 
You can find us on Twitter @PrimatePredator











Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Volunteer Predator Research Assistants


Volunteer Predator Research Assistants: Primate and Predator Project in South Africa

Position Description:
We are looking for volunteer field assistants to help with ongoing predator research as part of the Primate & Predator Project based at Lajuma Research Centre within the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa. Our study site has supports leopard (Panthera pardus), brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea), caracal (Caracal caracal), civet (Civettictis civetta), serval (Leptailurus serval) and large spotted genet (Genetta tigrina). Our project focuses on understanding the ecology of these species, especially the leopard, alongside an assessment of the perceptions and drivers of human-wildlife conflict in the region.  Another major objective of our research is to examine the behavioural ecology of predator-prey interactions focussing on diurnal primates and their predators as a model system.
Volunteers will work alongside an experienced team of field biologists and may be involved in the following tasks:
- Hiking to check camera traps. Changing batteries and SD cards in cameras.
- Sorting and tagging species from camera images. 
- Helping to identify individual animals such as leopards and servals from camera images. 
- Assisting analysis of leopard and brown hyaena scats. This may include washing scats, making slides or using a microscope to help identify species consumed from cross sections of hair.
- Tracking collared leopards, and downloading store on-board data. 
- General data entry and analysis and preparation of reports and papers for publication.
- At certain times volunteers may be asked to assist with primate research and help with supporting Earthwatch teams as part of the project.
The precise activities will vary depending on our recent requirements at the time. Please get in touch if you have specific interests in particular techniques or aspects of our research, since not all activities will be ongoing at all times.

Qualifications/Experience:
We are looking for volunteer research assistants with the following experience:
1. A background in biology/zoology/ecology or related field and an interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of primates and other mammals.
2. Be physically fit and capable of undertaking fieldwork in a mountainous environment, in hot temperatures at certain times of year. You should be able to comfortably cover 10-15km per day (often more) over rough and often steep terrain and capable of carrying a day pack these distances.
3. Capable of working well as part of a team, under the authority of field research coordinators, and be a valuable team member.
4. Reliable, responsible and motivated when it comes to following research protocols and methodologies, and an ability to work at unsociable hours when necessary.
5. Relevant experience of the project’s field techniques and of working in southern Africa is desirable but not essential.

Salary/funding:
No salary is provided, and you will need to cover your own food and accommodation costs at the research station. Accommodation costs are currently 4000 Rand a month. All research equipment will be provided. Volunteer research assistants will also be responsible for their own airfare and travel to South Africa and medical/travel insurance.

Accommodation:
Housing is available at the Lajuma Research Centre which is equipped with hot showers, flush toilets, a gas stove, fridge, tapped water, washing machine, solar power, firewood and electricity (220V). Volunteers may join the town trip to Louis Trichardt (Makhado) once a fortnight for shopping, visits to an internet café, landline phone calls, etc. Accommodation fees are paid directly to Lajuma and not the Primate and Predator Project.

Term of Appointment:
We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit for a minimum of 3 months, although positions may be held for up to 12 months or longer, depending on availability. Priority will be given to those who are able to stay longer. Volunteers able to contribute for a minimum of 6 months may take responsibility for certain sub-projects, including data analysis and publication where appropriate.

Application Deadline:
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to the project email address (primate.predator@durham.ac.uk) outlining your suitability for the role, relevant experience and duration and timing of your availability. Please also include contact details for two referees. There is no specific deadline and applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Contact Information:
Professor Russell Hill
Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Science Site
Durham DH1 3LE
United Kingdom


Project related websites 

Durham University Primate and Predator Project http://community.dur.ac.uk/r.a.hill/primate_and_predator_project.htm
Lajuma Research Centre                                                                                                            http://www.lajuma.com 
Primate and Predator Project blog http://primateandpredatorproject.wordpress.com 
You can find us on Twitter @PrimatePredator












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant