Thursday, September 21, 2017

Animal keeper

Animal keeper

Peak Wildlife Park

Key Responsibilities:
•        Working with a diverse range of animals, covering all areas of animal husbandry.
•        Engaging with members of the public and carrying out one-to-one animal experiences.
•        Delivering talks and presentations.
•        Record Keeping.
•        Routine maintenance and cleaning of animal enclosures.
•        Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures
•        Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.

Key Skills & Requirements:
•        Experience working within a BIAZA collection within an animal keeping role.
•        Enthusiastic and highly motivated.
•        Good team worker with excellent communication skills.
•        Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals and Aquaria (DMZAA) or similar qualification.
•        Full UK driving license (desirable).
•        Gun License (desirable)

This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week.

Pay will be dependent on experience and will include other company benefits.

Closing date for applications 7th of October 2017.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Ectotherms Keeper

 Ectotherms Keeper

Auckland Zoo

  • Rare chance to work at one of the world's most ambitious and conservation-focused zoos.
  • Care for a diverse collection of native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
  • Contribute directly to the conservation of native fauna through breed-for-release programmes.
  • Unique opportunity to participate regularly in field conservation projects

Auckland Zoo delivers exciting and educational visitor experiences that inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment, and is a leader in the field of zoo-enabled conservation. This is an opportunity to join the Life Sciences team and be part of an organization that is proud of its contribution to the conservation of species and their habitats in New Zealand and abroad.

Auckland Zoo recently opened the award-winning $15million NZ fauna precinct, Te Wao Nui, which is providing many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both in the zoo and in the field. It features six zones displaying more than 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and more than 110 native plant species.

The role:

The Ectotherm Keeper works as part of a team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of a diverse range of native reptiles, frogs, fish, and invertebrates species including tuatara, Otago and chevron skinks, Archey's frog, long-fin eels and giant weta, exotic species such as American alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Australian lizards and bird-eating spiders.
The organisation is committed to conservation in the field, as well as in the zoo, and all members of the Ectotherm team are fortunate to regularly participate in a diverse range of field programmes in New Zealand. To meet the Zoo's operational needs, the successful candidate may occasionally be required to care for other animal taxa or undertake additional tasks at the Team Leader's and/or Curator's discretion.

To be successful in this opportunity you will need to be a highly experienced specialist keeper with a comprehensive knowledge of the management and husbandry required for a range of ectotherm species. You will be able to demonstrate high standards, possess exceptional attention to detail, be highly organised and keen to learn. Good team skills and demonstrable supervisory experience are essential whilst the ability to work independently and to show initiative is also crucial. An interest in and aptitude for fieldwork and prior relevant experience is advantageous along with proven scientific writing skills.

A relevant degree in biological sciences/conservation is preferred and a minimum of four years practical experience caring for a diverse herpetological/entomological collection is essential.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a world-class organisation, contribute to conservation and progress your career - are you ready to do something wild every day?

This is a full-time permanent role, working 40hrs per week on a 14-day roster system including weekends and public holidays. A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role.

This position is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.

Applications close Wednesday 4th of October at 10.30pm

Auckland Council is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment of candidates, we will require Police Vetting of candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

To apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Senior Animal Keeper – Carnivores

Senior Animal Keeper – Carnivores

Join our vibrant organisation

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it. Our success relies on two key things. The impression we create through our 140 acre zoological park, Marwell Zoo, with its wide array of exotic and endangered species and the family of talented people we employ who share our passion and bring our vision to life.

A full time opportunity has arisen to join our Animal Management Team as a Senior Animal Keeper on our Carnivores section.
We’re looking for candidates with a good understanding of carnivore species’ biology, natural history, husbandry & welfare. We have exciting plans for our collection and exhibits, offering great opportunities for creative project and team work with a focus on animal behavior, nutrition and enrichment. This post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with our extensive carnivore collection including species such as Amur tigers, Amur leopards, snow leopards, otters and mongoose.    

The successful candidate will have specialist taxonomic knowledge and experience in carnivore species with a minimum Level 3 (ANC / DMZAA) or equivalent qualification in animal management or biological sciences. In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

Accommodation may be available on a short term basis to the successful candidate. Please note this would incur a rental cost. Due to the need to drive park vehicles, candidates must also hold a full driving license valid for the UK.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, for a full candidate brief and our application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date: Sunday 15th October 2017

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a DBS check as a condition of employment.

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.

Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, September 18, 2017

Animal Displays Keeper

Animal Displays Keeper

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced keeper to join their Animal Displays Team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with and train an exciting collection of birds and mammals and be part of continually developing and improving the daily displays.

The post requires the successful applicant to present, train and care for a wide range of  species including Eagles, Owls, Kestrels, Kites, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Macaws, Ravens, Guinea Fowl, Conures, Cockatoo, Serval, Civet, Coatis and Skunks. They will be expected to take part in the daily educational animal presentations and will have the responsibility of being principle trainer for a number of animals. The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of animal behaviour and previous experience training and working a variety of species. The ability to take part in public presentations is essential as well as exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent skills in communication. Previous experience working with the above mentioned species is preferable however those candidates’s with any experience training animals will be considered.

Applicants must hold the DMZAA qualification or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

Closing date for applications is: 13th Oct

Please send your completed application form, CV and covering letter for the attention of Miss Sarah Forsyth by email – or by post to – Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Essex CO3 0SL

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sanctuary Manager

Sanctuary Manager

Sanctuary Manager (1 year)

Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary

Hiring Organization:
Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Date Posted:

Position Description:
Would you like to help develop and serve as the Sanctuary Manager for the first-ever monkey and small wildlife sanctuary in Liberia? If so, this is an amazing opportunity! We are seeking a volunteer Sanctuary Manager for a small new sanctuary in Liberia - the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is a place where wild animals come in, that are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trade. At this moment, many different animals are staying here: pangolins, potto, civets, duikers, parrots, monkeys, crocodiles, turtles,… Our main goal is to release as many animals back into the forest as possible.

The Sanctuary Manager will be responsible for:
Animal care:
Managing and carrying out day-to-day operations of the sanctuary. This includes general animal husbandry, introduction of animals, record keeping, food preparation, monitoring of animals, physical and emotional well-being, furnishing existing enclosures and introducing and monitoring enrichment.
Cleaning, maintaining, repairing and improving enclosures, equipment, and sanctuary grounds, and assisting with construction projects.
Carry out basic medical procedures and first aid if necessary

Work closely with the sanctuary partners (FDA, SCNL, CI,…): attend meetings, write reports,…
Coordinate confiscations and releases

Photography, fundraising, creating a website, and other tasks as may be needed and assigned.
Assist with on- and off-line fundraising efforts, outreach and advocacy in Liberia and internationally.

Being in charge of the sanctuary budget, take care of the accountancy, write monthly reports,…

Provide guided educational tours of the sanctuary to visitors of all ages and develop educational materials and activities.
Direct and oversee volunteers and/or local staff.

- Previous related sanctuary experience or desire and willingness to pursue a steep learning curve both prior to arrival in-country and once in the position.
- Degree in zoology, biology, animal care or veterinary science.
- Computer skills required (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet)
- Experience living in a developing country, preferably Africa is a plus.
- Healthy, mature, patient, autonomous, social, outgoing, self-starter, supervisor, even-tempered, work well with others, willing to learn, and able to tolerate periods of isolation living on-site at the sanctuary.
- We prefer non-smokers.

This is a voluntary position, so there is no salary, apart from US$200 a month for expenses. However, accommodation will be provided for the volunteer. The volunteer is responsible for any additional non-work expenses incurred while traveling in Liberia. The volunteer is required to have basic health care coverage and must acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Liberia (yellow fever, rabies, tetanus and hepatitis). Advice about what items are necessary for life at the Libassa Wildlife Center will be provided to the successful applicant.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Round-trip airfare, meals, and accommodation will be provided at Libassa Ecolodge ( The sanctuary is located at Libassa Ecolodge.
If you stay for a 3 month period, ¼ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed; if you stay for 6 months, ½ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed, after one year, the entire flight ticket will be reimbursed.

Term of Appointment:
Negotiable, but ideally November 1st, 2017, with possibility of extension. Liberia is a safe and friendly country to live in and was declared Ebola-free by the WHO.
You will receive training on the job for 1 month by the current sanctuary manager.

Application Deadline:
Position will remain open until filled. Earlier applications will receive priority.

To apply please email the following materials to
(1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work ; 
(2) a CV or resume detailing relevant experience; 
(3) a summary of college/university courses taken and the grades received (to be followed by an official transcript; and 
(4) contact information (phone and email) for three references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as two people who have worked closely with you or who have closely supervised your work.

The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for Volunteer Sanctuary Manager."
Contact Information:
Julie Vanassche (+231)88 111 8211

E-mail Address:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, September 15, 2017

Senior animal keeper - elephants

Senior animal keeper - elephants

WZ Senior animal keeper - elephants (full-time / permanent)

Salary: £25,841 (Inclusive of Weekend Enhancement)

Role Profile:

An exciting opportunity has arisen at ZSL and we are looking to recruit a senior animal keeper on the elephant section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The role will be supporting the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, with the day to day operational running of the department and running the department in their absence. The successful candidate will manage staff, supervise volunteers and will work closely with all members of staff to ensure best animal care and practice is adhered to, helping to achieve ZSL’s strategic aims. The successful candidate will have prior experience of working with Elephants in a zoological environment.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observing and recording the behaviour, health and security of the animals.
  • Working closely with the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in a progressive elephant management section, ensuring best practice throughout.
  • A willingness to learn and promote new skills and techniques in elephant care.
  • Mentoring, training, enthusing junior members of a team and problem solving on the job.
  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene, equipment care and house-keeping as routine part of daily duties
  • Ensuring that health, safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times as instructed. Ensuring that personal safety is a priority.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings, specialist functions and animal encounters.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a high level of ability working with elephants in different elephant management programs.
  • Have an ability to adapt and evolve Elephant management as required.
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Support agreed management decisions and support communicating this to staff.
  • Apply appropriate judgement when discussing confidential or commercially sensitive information.
  • Be able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel, Word and internet based programmes.
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate to colleagues of all levels regardless of their position.
  • A full manual driving license is also required.

Please note: This is a full-time, permanent position based at Whipsnade Zoo. Flexible working is required for this position which will include working 2 in 3 weekends, bank holidays and providing assistance out of hours if required.

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) and can do this by clicking HERE.

If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant