Thursday, February 14, 2019

Coordinator - Ungulates

Coordinator - Ungulates

Knowsley Safari Park

The Coordinator-Ungulates is a technical expert with good knowledge of ungulate species’ biology, a wide-ranging experience of the management of Ungulates husbandry, proven communicational, organisational and staff supervision skills. This role supports the Senior Coordinator and Animal Team Manager with the coordinating and supervision of daily operations of the carnivore team, ensuring the delivery of all aspects of animal care and guest experiences for the carnivore section. This includes high standards of husbandry and welfare outcomes, executing habitat maintenance and improvement, delivery of guest experience initiatives and organising, supporting and developing animal care staff. The Coordinator-Ungulates is expected to be a positive role model to others through living our values.

Closing date – Wednesday 13 March 2019
Interviews will be held – 20, 21, 22 March 2019

For more information and details on how to apply for this position, please visit our website at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, February 13, 2019



Living Coasts

An exciting opportunity to work in a unique location- Living Coasts Coastal Zoo and Aquarium is looking for a bird keeper.

Living Coasts is home to seals, otters, penguins, a wide number of sea birds and wading species.  The aquarium includes local coastal species, rays, archer fish, four eyed fish, octopus and more.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience working at a zoological collection or similar establishment and will have completed the DMZAA course or will have over 4 years’ experience. Experience of working within a bird department and excellent bird husbandry skills essential.

The successful applicant will be a proactive person who can work under their own initiative with excellent attention to detail. You will be a self-disciplined team player with good observation skills, accurate record keeping and a positive attitude.

A degree or qualification in a related subject would be desirable.

This is a full time position working 38.75 hours per week.

Living Coasts offers the following benefits (after probationary period):

  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • 28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years
  • Company sick pay
  • Branded uniform provided (as required)
  • Relevant internal and external training provided
  • Free entry to our 3 zoos for staff and immediate family
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Closing date for applications is: 24th Feb 2019

For more details and to complete our online application form please visit our website:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

ASAP Coordinator

ASAP Coordinator

Contract: Full-time

Location: Singapore

Closing date: Thursday 28th February 2019

ASAP is an inter-institutional Partnership convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), which focuses attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. ASAP was established to address the extinction risk among the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia.

We are seeking a self-driven and motivated individual to support the ASAP Partnership. The successful candidate will be passionate about and committed to conservation, flexible and with personal drive and initiative. They will be expected to have knowledge and understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia, and enthusiasm for conserving species, building capacity, and engaging with diverse stakeholders across the global conservation community. They will need excellent communication and relationship skills.

A minimum of 3 years professional experience in conservation or a related field is desirable. Good understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia and knowledge of the region. Qualifications or experience in capacity building, communications and/or design are desirable.

Further information
For more information, please see the job description.
To apply, please send your CV and application letter to and put “ASAP Application” in the email subject line.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Animal Keeper to work within a team at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, specifically in the animal sector where the stock is predominantly psittacines. However work will also include small mammals and primates.  Working on this section, it is essential that the successful candidate has bird awareness and zoo animal management experience and it is strongly preferred that they will have passed a Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or an equivalent zoo biology focused qualification.  Experience of working with the general public would also be beneficial. The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of a team caring for all the species within the park and assist with our keeper volunteer programme; under the supervision of the section’s senior keeper or head keeper.

About You:

To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo environment is essential and experience of working with a range of wild animal species is desirable. You must also have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good zoo animal management. You must hold a full driving license and if the successful candidate is not formally qualified, you must be willing to acquire the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals.

Working hours are 35 hours per week (annualised figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.

Salary range for this post will be £11,266 – £17,000 dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing Date: 15.03.19

How to apply:

To apply for this role, please forward your application in no more than 300 words along with your CV to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bird Staff Team Member

International Centre for Birds of Prey

We are looking for one or more hard working individuals to become part of a very dynamic and passionate bird staff team and support the work carried out at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, Gloucestershire.

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals who have a good sense of humour coupled with excellent communication skills. A willingness to work hard and be a team player is very important to us. As a member of Bird Staff you must be prepared to liaise and work closely with all centre staff and volunteers. 

The husbandry and cleanliness of the centre is a priority and a major part of the job.  As a team player you must be prepared to work with both staff and volunteers in these tasks. The position is physically demanding.  DIY skills would be beneficial but not essential. Experience in working with and training birds of prey is desirable for the role, although for the right candidate training from the basics will be given.

You will be required to take part in public flying demonstrations with our team of trained birds and also conduct guided tours for all ages of visitors, therefore public speaking and customer service skills are essential. The ability to project and to be clearly understood is important. You will show a strong desire to learn, study and improve your knowledge and skills base. 

The position is 40 hours a week over 5 days including weekends and bank holidays with time off in lieu. Some out of normal hours working is required for owl evenings and other events – which you will receive overtime payment for. These hours are subject to change over the year and applicants need to be flexible in their approach. Days off are likely to be in the week. 

Further Educational qualifications are an advantage at any level, GCSE’s or equivalent in English, Maths and Science are essential. 

A Full UK driving licence is essential. 

We are potentially looking a full time permanent team member with an initial 6 months probationary period, and/or a seasonal member of the team April to October.

Short listed applicants will be expected to attend an interview and a work day over two days as part of the selection process.

To apply please send your full and up-to-date CV with a covering letter, highlighting your skills and attributes, stating why you would like to join our dynamic team of bird staff to 

Closing Date:  Sunday 24 February 2019

Interview Dates:  Friday 8 and / or Saturday 9 March.  Work Day: Monday

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sunday, February 10, 2019




He angitūtanga: The opportunity

In addition to being a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands, Auckland is a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. Here, wildlife conservation sits at the very heart of what we do. 
At Auckland Zoo we bring people together to build a future for wildlife. We do this by demonstrating care for wildlife, inspiring our visitors to value wildlife, helping to conserve wildlife in the wild and building a high-performance organisation.
We have recently embarked on an ambitious $150 million capital expenditure upgrade programme, which will see the transformation of much of the site and the development of new infrastructure across the zoo.

Right now, we are looking for someone to join Auckland Zoo’s leadership team, who is as passionate about the diverse roles of a good zoo in the conservation of wildlife as we are. Someone who can help us further develop as one of the most forward-thinking zoos in the world.

Reporting to the Zoo Director, The Head of Conservation Advocacy & Engagement is a new role within the Zoo’s Leadership Team and will play a key role in determining the strategic direction of Auckland Zoo 
He kōrero mōu: About you

The role is responsible for providing direction to, and oversite of, the management of the Zoo’s wildlife conservation advocacy activities, the formal education and training programmes, the volunteer and community conservation programmes and the Zoo’s Maori Responsiveness Plan.
It is responsible for managing the appropriate allocation of resources and providing expertise to ensure all programmes within the Conservation Advocacy & Engagement Department are delivered effectively, to budget and that timeframes and the department objectives are aligned with the overall zoo strategic objectives.

From you we need:

•        A post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline
•        A minimum 10 years’ experience in relevant fields.
•        Proven leadership and management success experience
•        Extensive knowledge and understanding of the modern conservation role of zoos
•        Extensive knowledge, understanding and experience of wildlife conservation advocacy, education, community engagement and social science
•        Strong project management, budget development and planning skills
•        Experience with a wide variety of national and international media and press
•        Demonstrated partnership development and management experience with international not-for-profit organisations
•        Demonstrable familiarity with the aims and activities of recognised conservation bodies such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Conservation Planning Specialist Group and New Zealand Department of Conservation

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is simply a unique career opportunity in a unique environment. For the right creative and committed individual, this will be your dream job.
Relocation costs will be offered to the successful applicant.

For a copy of the full position description, please contact Lesley Paton at

 Please apply online via the link.

Applications close Sunday 3rd March 2019

Employees in receipt of salary protection and/or on the predecessor Council terms and conditions of employment, please note that the salary protection and/or predecessor Council terms and conditions, including relocation, apply to your current position. Should you change to a new position (other than any secondment) you will be issued with a new employment letter of offer with current Auckland Council terms and conditions.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant