Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Presentations Manager

Presentations Manager

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.  We provide conservation education, as well as supporting and conducting many conservation, breeding and research programs. As part of our conservation efforts we run Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.

Since 1878, we’ve long been established as a treasured part of the community representing a significant part of South Australia’s heritage and social history.  Since Adelaide Zoo first opened to the public in 1883, generations of South Australians have shared the wonder of our zoos.

The Presentations Manager role has been created to increase visitor engagement and interaction with animals, and foster a greater understanding of conservation issues and initiatives. This role will have the unique opportunity to lead and focus a highly experienced and capable team of presenters and keepers– with the primary purpose of evolving the development and promotion of animal presentations that form such an important part of the visitor experience at Adelaide and Monarto Zoos. A high focus will be given to the training, conditioning and welfare of those animals used in such presentations.

Zoos SA’s Presentations Manager will have:

Inspiring people leadership skills
Animal training, conditioning and presentation skills
Solid business planning and strategy based approach to building the animal presentation vision
Captivating passion for education and presenting

A detailed job and person specification outlining the full requirements of the role is available below.  Applications addressing the selection criteria are to be emailed to recruitment@zoossa.com.au by 23 July 2014. 

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Trainee Keeper

Trainee Keeper Roles
Contract Positions ( Two year contract )

1 x 0.5 FTE Monarto Zoo

2 x 0.5 FTE Adelaide Zoo

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.  We provide conservation education, as well as supporting and conducting many conservation, breeding and research programs. As part of our conservation efforts we run Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.

As part of assisting our staff development program, we have created three new trainee keeper roles over its two sites. These roles will be required to work on average a minimum of 20 hours per week over a 7 day roster.

The duties of this role will include completing daily keeping duties and husbandry for a range of zoo animals under close supervision and within clearly defined procedures and established policies.

Applicants will be required to have

conservation awareness
the ability to deliver informative public presentations
the ability to work within a variety of teams
excellent communication skills
basic maintenance skills
As this is a trainee role you will be provided with full on-the-job training, but some experience in the animal field would be advantageous for applicants

How to apply

APPLICANTS: For consideration please submit a cover letter, resume and a completed application form addressing the application criteria.

Please forward you applications to recruitment@zoossa.com.au by  28th July 2014 12:00 noon

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Monday, July 21, 2014



Discovery and Learning Division
(6 month temporary contract starting October 2014)

Chester Zoo, one of Europe’s leading Zoological collections, has an active and award winning Discovery and Learning Division and is now recruiting a Zoo Ranger.

Our Zoo Ranger team are a vital part of enhancing the visitors’ experience and are involved in developing and delivering public education around the Zoo.  This will include animal talks and tours, one to one engagement, exhibition supervision, interpretation and other educational activities.  Audiences vary from 1 to 500 or more, and there is lots of public interaction requiring a confident and outgoing personality.

The successful applicant must have a Zoo Biology/Conservation degree or equivalent and have a wide ranging knowledge of natural world and animal behaviours.  
They will have good working knowledge and experience of zoo or conservation education (including researching & delivering talks to public).

They will be able to provide excellent customer service, work on their own and organise time effectively, and have experience of working as part of a team.  Good communication skills, both verbal & written are essential.  The successful candidate will be computer literate with particular working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office packages.

The successful candidate will ideally have good knowledge of Chester Zoo’s animal collection and conservation work. They will ideally have experience of dealing with the visitors/public in a visitor attraction setting.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Work is 10 days in 14, including Bank Holidays and every other weekend. 
Salary is £18,711 per annum for a 35 hour week.

For an application form please contact the recruitment line on recruitment@chesterzoo.org or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is Monday 11th August 2014.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Marine Mammal Trainers

Greetings, our company zoOceanarium Group is currently searching for 2 new intermediate animal trainer positions working with Marine mammals in the United Arab Emirates and abroad at a later stage.  In order to apply for the positions a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience training dolphins is required.  

If there is any interest in these positions please forward your CV/resume to admin@zooceanarium.com for further discussions. Thank you!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

IWT Ploughshare Project Manager

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

IWT Ploughshare Project Manager

Position title:            Ploughshare Project Manager

Reports to:                   Head of Species Conservation and Research

Location:        Antananarivo with frequent travel to Soalala, Madagascar

Start date:        August 2014         

Duration:        3 year fixed term, 20 weeks probationary period


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the most threatened species in the most threatened places. We focus on highly restricted species primarily on island ecosystems. Madagascar is our largest programme region, with a fulltime staff of 45 working in 8 permanent field sites.

Restoring the ploughshare tortoise was our first project in Madagascar and it has been our largest investment and most challenging project. The ploughshare tortoise, or angonoka in Malagasy, is the most threatened tortoise in the world and one of the most desired reptiles in the illegal wildlife trade. There have been notable successes over the years, but the impact of poaching for the illegal pet trade in SE Asia, has meant that this species remains highly threatened.

Durrell, together with a consortium of international partners, has secured funding from the UK government to tackle this trade, build local capacity to monitor and protect the species. The project manager will lead the implementation of this project on the ground. Interacting with Durrell field teams and our partners, the project manager will be responsible for the delivery of project activities on the ground, management of relationships with stakeholders and communication of results. This is an extremely exciting project that provides a real opportunity to tackle the main threat facing the survival of the ploughshare tortoise.

Job Purpose:

Lead the management and implementation of the DEFRA International Wildlife Trade project in Madagascar.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

a)        Lead the daily management and implementation of the IWT ploughshare project.
b)        Oversee a community based programme of monitoring within Baly Bay National Park – including interaction with Madagascar National Park staff and other partners.
c)        Facilitate and support project partners to deliver a programme of community-based research to understand drivers of illegal poaching.
d)        Facilitate and support the delivery of training to customs agents, local judiciary and community members in line with project objectives.
e)        Act as the main focal between international and national project partners.
f)        Ensure timely financial and activity reporting for the project to partners, Durrell management and the donors.
g)        Represent Durrell and the IWT project in national and international workshops and events.
h)        Support the captive breeding programmes based in Ampijoroa for our chelonian species and liaise with Durrell Wildlife Park staff.


The project manager will be responsible for the field teams running current project activities within Baly Bay.
Job location

The position is based at Durrell’s Programme head office in Antananarivo, with significant level of travel within the country to Durrell field sites and also internationally when necessary.

Overall requirements for the post

•        A minimum MSc in a biological or socio-ecological field
•        2/3 years project management experience within an international organisation and involving multiple partners
•        Demonstrated good inter-personal skills and an ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders
•        Demonstrated experience working in field projects within challenging conditions in the developing world.
•        Demonstrated experience managing complex projects involving a range of stakeholders.
•        Bilingual in French and English
•        Proficient in use of MS Office and experience with social media as a communications tool.
•        Strong written and verbal communication skills
•        Above all a passion for nature conservation.
 Desired experience 
•        An understanding of, and experience with, illegal wildlife trade issues
•        Experience with hands-on animal management with a preference given to tortoise and turtle species.
•        Experience of and appreciation for conservation challenges within Madagascar

More information and how to apply

To apply for the role, please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@durrell.org.
The closing date for applications is Friday 8th August 2014.

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Peripatetic Lecturers in Animal Science

Peripatetic Lecturers in Animal Science

Full Time position from £18,523 to £33,231 plus £1,871 LW
Part Time position from £11,113.80 to £19,938.60 plus £1122.60 LW

Our client is looking to recruit 2 x Peripatetic Lecturers in Animal Science. One vacancy is full time & will be primarily based at Gunnersbury Park. The other vacancy is part time – 3 days per week and will primarily be based at centres at Crystal Palace & Gunnersbury Park. Days of the week to be worked currently are Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday.

About the College

Capel Manor College in Greater London, is a vocational college delivering courses in Arboriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Saddlery, Floristry and Balloon Artistry, Garden Design and Horticulture.

Key Duties:

  • Delivering and co-ordinating the assessment of a range of subjects related to Animal Science and GCE science subjects to appropriate examination body standards, including both centre- and work-based learning.  Competence in the care and management of a wide range of animal species would be an advantage. 
  • Acting as a Course Manager including minuting of meetings, carrying out tutorials with students, recording results and providing management information.
  • Providing specialist advice relating to animal care activities and developments.
  • Contributing to management of delegated budgets in accordance with College polices and procedures.
  • Supporting curriculum planning, development and support within the School.
·        Researching and the production of course materials.
  • Taking shared responsibility for health and welfare of the College’s animal stock, including contribution to weekend, holiday and emergency cover rotas as required.
  • Liaising with animal care workers, other technicians and internal staff with regard to the provision of practical student activities.

For a comprehensive list of duties, please refer to the College Job Description.

Essential Criteria:

·        HND, degree or similar in a science or animal related discipline.
·        Teaching qualification (support will be given to gain accreditation.)
·        Commitment to and enthusiasm for the teaching and guidance of students at all levels.
·        Effective communication/organisation skills and ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
·        Sound administrative skills.
·        Familiarity with Information Learning Technology applications.
·        To be able to instruct and assess practical skills.

Start date: ASAP
Closing date:  04.08.14

These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to Capel Manor College being defined as a ‘specified place’.

Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. The College is a Two Ticks Employer (Positive About Disabled People) and therefore where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

Capel Manor College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

It is anticipated that candidates who progress from the application stage will be asked to attend the College for an interview within three weeks of the closing date. Therefore, if you do not hear from the College within that time you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Capel@r21education.co.uk. You will then be sent the full Job Description, Person Specification and College application form, to be completed and returned before the advertised close date. Please note that the College will not accept CV's in place of completed applications.

Please ensure you specify whether you are applying for the FULL TIME or PART TIME vacancy.

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Welcome to Wellington Zoo – the best little zoo in the world! We are passionate about conservation, learning, visitor and community engagement, and providing opportunities for people to find their personal connection with nature.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our Life Science team on a permanent full time basis (40 hours per week).  The successful applicant will be responsible for the daily care of a variety of species and habitats within the Zoo’s animal collection. They will also need to be confident engaging with our visitors.

To be considered for this opportunity you will need to have:

  • A minimum of 18 months experience.
  • National Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals), Certificate III in Zoo Keeping, or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience in captive animal keeping and daily husbandry.
  • Knowledge of behavioural and environmental enrichment techniques.
  • The ability to work with limited supervision, solve problems and work well in a team environment.
  • The flexibility to work on a roster that includes weekends and public holidays.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills combined with excellent visitor engagement skills.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit. For further information including a position description and application form please see below:

To  apply please email your covering letter, CV and completed application form to zooapplications@wellingtonzoo.com or post to Zoo Keeper Vacancy, C/- Wellington Zoo Trust, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021.

Applications must be received by Friday 1 August 2014

For more information please e-mail: zooapplications@wellingtonzoo.com

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