Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mammal Keeper/Trainee Aquarist

Mammal Keeper/Trainee Aquarist

Sealife Adventure is the south-east's number one premier aquarium. Situated in Southend, and owned by the Stockvale group of companies, Sealife Adventure is home to an array of stunning marine life and boasts over 40 beautiful displays.
Due to expansion we are looking for someone who is passionate about caring for all types of Mammals, Birds, aquatic animals, inverts and reptiles to join our dedicated team. This exciting position will involve carrying out husbandry duties for the creatures in our care, helping to maintain our various life support systems and helping to develop our displays – you may get the opportunity to make a lasting impact on Sealife Adventure by creating entirely new exhibits.
If this all sounds like something you would love to do, then we would love to hear from you. The ideal candidate for this role would be someone with a background in caring for animals within a zoological collection. A qualification in animal husbandry would be an advantage, but opportunities for training and professional development are available for the right candidate.
This job will be hard work! This means that you will need to have a strong work ethic, with a passion and dedication for your job. Someone who can also provide excellent customer service and can deliver public talks would be ideal for the role. A flexible approach to working hours is essential.
We like to help people that help us! There are chances for advancement within the company as well as opportunities for training and personal development. As an aquarist at Sealife Adventure you will also have access to a range of company benefits, including discounted entry at Adventure Island, and discounts at a range of food outlets in Adventure Island.

Please send a full CV to the Curator

Closing date 16th July 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Part-time Lecturer – Animal Management

Part-time Lecturer – Animal Management


Part-time Lecturer – Animal Management FE (Level 1 Curriculum) (0.4 FTE)
£20,950 - £32,241 pro rata (dependent upon qualifications)
15 hours per week

The post holder will act as a Lecturer to students predominantly focussing on the Level 1 provision within the FE Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing area, liaising with the other staff, course team and the Head of Faculty. The role would suit candidates with a focus on general Animal Management subjects as well as learners with specific learning needs.

The post holder will undertake teaching on a range of subjects within the animal management curriculum of a primarily theoretical nature with occasional practical instruction, demonstration, portfolio building, life skills development and the 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, and is 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, and 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.

The full time equivalent salary for this role is £20,950 - £32,241 per annum.  With the contractual hours of 15 hours per week, the actual salary range is £8,380 - £12,896 per annum.

This role will be based at the Sparsholt campus.

Closing Date:            09 July 2018

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)
·       Access to an Employee Assistance Scheme
·       On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per year)
·       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 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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Keeper – Twilight Team

Keeper – Twilight Team

Permanent – Full Time (40 hours)

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our Twilight team on a full time basis. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the largest ex situ breeding groups of Rodrigues fruit bats, as well as many other exciting species on the section from Sengi to Capybara.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
The role will involve delivering personalised animal experiences to small groups of visitors in both public zoo spaces, behind the scenes and in animal enclosures. These encounters generate revenue for the zoo, and so guests are hosted to the highest standards of customer care and service in accordance with risk assessments, Health and Safety regulations and animal welfare.
The successful candidate will have:

·       A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
·       Proven experience in the care and management of a wide variety of mammal species, as well as the highest standards of exhibitry
·       Outstanding observational skills with an excellent attention to detail
·       Experience implementing environmental enrichment and working within strict Safe Working Practices
·       Experience of implementing guest experiences to a very high standard
·       A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £18,384.92 per annum based on 40 hours per week and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please go to and click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper role.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 1 July 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Volunteer Primate Research Assistants

Volunteer Primate Research Assistants: Primate & Predator Project in South Africa - 3 month positions

Hiring Organization:
Primate and Predator Project Durham University

Position Description:
Position Description:
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 critical 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?ll 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 samangos and ververts. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it is likely that you will 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's 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, whatis 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 high 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 need to 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 will 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 projects field techniques and of working in southern Africa is desirable but not essential.

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.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
You will need to cover your own food and accommodation costs at the research station. Accommodation costs are currently 5000 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.

Term of Appointment:
Term of Appointment:We are currently looking to fill a shortfall in our annual intake and require upto 3 short term primate assistants. Assistants should be willing and able to arrive before mid July and stay for three months.

Application Deadline:
ASAP - positions will be filled as suitable applicants apply

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to the project email address ( Please use your cover letter to explain why you are interested in working at Lajuma and to outline your relevant experience or transferable skills.

Contact Information:
Dr Andrea Donaldson, none
South Africa

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

LVI Trainee Keeper

LVI Trainee Keeper

Salary / Rate per hour: Age related pay scales.

Part time: 15.5 hours per week


Newquay Zoo, a registered scientific and education charity, has an exciting opportunity for a Trainee LVI keeper to join our team. You will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of husbandry practices and how they are implemented. You will also be reliable with good time-keeping and attendance and able to demonstrate professionalism.  A knowledge and background in LVI care is beneficial but not essential.
Newquay Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period):
•        28 days paid holiday pro rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days pro rata 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)
•        Free staff parking
•        Child care voucher

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date.  We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

To complete our online application form, please go to our website:

Closing date:        Friday 22nd June 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, June 11, 2018

Head of Animal Welfare and Development - Europe

 Head of Animal Welfare and Development - Europe

We are Merlin Magic Making and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development (MAWD) department, a division of Merlin Magic Making. MAWD is a central hub of expertise that leads SEA LIFE by driving and supporting Project Development, Animal Sourcing, High Standards, Expertise and Specialised Training.

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Europe for Animal Welfare and Development based at our offices in Weymouth. In this role you will work on the development and coordination of the essential expertise to maintain and develop world class, engaging and impactful aquarium displays and programmes.

You will maintain and improve existing displays as well as creating compelling new propositions, always ensuring project processes are realistic and completed on time and budget. You’ll also act as a facilitator, identifying and communicating specialist knowledge to support the operational and development of the region and global SEA LIFE network.

Working with the head of training and site staff to support and advise on specialist training to build local and regional technical skills. Ensuring the promotion and facilitation of production papers and presentations, develop staff and brand credibility and succession planning.

You will also work with key stakeholders to ensure the regions animal care protocols and programmes, new design specifications, meet or exceed the regional and Merlin standards, including care for life policies. Always leading the development of excellent working relationships with local, national and international organisations, representative groups and zoo & aquarium colleagues.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;

  • Ideally a BSc in Marine Science
  • Knowledge and experience in water chemistry saltwater and freshwater aquarium systems
  • LSS – Design, component function and operation
  • The understanding of fish health process
  • Understanding of transport techniques for live fish of all sizes
  • A creative designer of exhibits, including materials, lighting and sources of such for theming and construction
  • Extensive industry experience, including experience as a Curator and Team Leader
  • Experience working on projects large and small
  • You’ll be solutions focused, a quick thinker and a real driver of change
  • You’ll be a forward thinker with the ability to multi task and maintain a clear head when under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels
  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail

This is a Full Time, 2 year fixed term role and the hours of work are 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday; however, the need to be flexible is essential, as is the ability to travel, sometimes for extended periods, sometimes at short notice.

Alongside a competitive annual salary and paid holidays, 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!

To apply and lean more please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant