Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Experienced Aquarist/Divers

Scotland’s National Aquarium is looking to recruit two experienced Aquarist/Divers

Deep Sea World is a market leader visitor attraction and Scotland’s gem based in North Queensferry.  Our Aquarium hosts the largest temperate marine display in the UK through its underwater walkthrough tunnel.  Other displays include tropical marine, freshwater, reptiles, amphibians and marine mammals.
The responsibility of the Aquarist/Diver will be varied, challenging, but extremely rewarding.  A hands on approach is required to ensure you achieve the highest standard of animal care and husbandry. 
For this vacancy a proven track record in animal husbandry is essential, and experience of developing and maintaining display tank systems is desirable.   A proven ability to design, construct and maintain systems is a must and familiarity with PVC pipework, basic joinery and maintenance of life support equipment including pumps is a crucial part of these hands-on posts.  Other responsibilities will include providing veterinary care, involvement in display development and breeding programmes as directed.
It’s important that all visitors to Deep Sea World have an enjoyable day out and this is where you will play a part.  You will be responsible for promoting and participating in public presentations and education sessions, as well as conversing with visitors whilst carrying out your daily duties around the aquarium.  It’s essential therefore that you enjoy and are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House.
The role requires you to take members of the public into our main tank (as part of our dive experience package), and to carry out shows and maintenance dives. It is desirable, but not essential, that you are qualified to PADI Divemaster or equivalent and hold a valid HSE dive medical.  Dive specific training can be undertaken if not already at this level.
This post is full time, involving a rota pattern which includes working regular weekends and Bank Holidays, as well as being on-call for out of hour’s emergencies.

If interested please submit your CV and covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Human Resources Manager, C/O Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire CH65 9LF.
Or alternatively e-mail:

Your application letter should highlight why you would be able to fulfil this key role within the organisation and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements.  The salary for this post is up to £14,000 per annum.

The Company does not contribute towards any relocation costs to the area. You must have or be able to get a valid work permit for the UK to be considered for this position.

Closing Date: 12 October 2014

We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

Aspro Parks is a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe.  Here in the UK Aspro owns and operates Blue Planet Aquarium, Deep Sea World, Bristol Aquarium, four Blue Reef Aquariums, Smugglers Adventure and Oakwood Theme Park. 
Aspro Parks is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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 Work Location: Deep Sea World, North Queensferry, Fife, KY11 1JR

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Instructor (Mammals) – Animal Management Centre

Instructor (Mammals) – Animal Management Centre (Maternity Cover)
£18,840- £22,508 pa (dependent upon qualifications)

The post holder will undertake practical instruction and assessment of groups of students and other trainees as required.
Candidates should be educated to at least level 3 in a relevant qualification e.g. DMZAA.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate significant professional experience working with mammals as well as a real passion and enthusiasm for animals and helping all learners to reach their maximum potential. The post holder will hold an appropriate teaching qualification or be willing to attain one.

The post holder may be required to work some weekends.

Closing Date: 20 October 2014

Application packs are available from:
24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797438


Job Title:                     Instructor Animal Management - Mammals
Grade:                        Scale 5 or Scale 6        (depending on qualifications)                        
Responsible to:        Animal Management Centre Manager / Curator

The College’s Vision and Values are embodied in the following statements:
1.        The acquisition of knowledge which is linked to tangible skills development in a safe learning environment is the essence of a quality learning experience. If this process also challenges reasoning, planning and individual organisation then it will develop valuable learner skills allowing individuals to realise their full potential. Sparsholt College is committed to widening participation in all its learning activity and is committed to making provision available at all academic levels to match the diverse needs of our learners.

2.        The College is committed to the principles of partnership and collaboration with a range of likeminded organisations on a local, regional, national and international basis and will deliver its Vision and Values through a culture of a professional, open and self critical organisation that embraces change and believes in high quality and where responsible contribution of individuals is encouraged and valued at all levels.

3.        The College is committed to encouraging and demonstrating enterprise, entrepreneurialism and innovation amongst learners and staff through the curriculum and to developing the commercial activity of the College.

What will I be doing? (Contribution statement)
The post holder will work under the direction of the Animal Management Centre (AMC) Manager in undertaking the expert management of a specified range of animals that make up the living collection at the AMC. To undertake practical instruction and assessment of groups of students and other trainees as required. To work collaboratively within a team, to achieve exemplary outputs in animal welfare, teaching and the overall operation of the AMC.
It is a requirement of this post that a qualification in preparing to Teach in the Life Long learning Sector (PTLLS) or equivalent is undertaken prior to commencement of the post or willingness to attain.

Meeting agreed targets as part of the college appraisal process will be necessary to progress through the pay scales.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1.        To assist the AMC Manager with the daily operation and maintenance of the Animal Management Centre and all associated buildings, grounds and animal enclosures.

2.        To carry out routine morning and evening checks in respect of animal welfare, security and general presentation.

3.        To carry out routine animal health checks, prophylaxis and associated tasks and report any illness to the AMC Manager.

4.        To carry out research in respect of the animals under your care to ensure practice standards remain current and welfare needs are met. To assist the AMC Manager in continually improving working protocols relevant to these standards.

5.        To ensure the AMC and all associated areas and equipment are kept clean and tidy and the AMC is presented to an exemplary standard to include personal presentation and wearing of the uniform provided.

6.        To carry out grounds maintenance tasks within the AMC to include grass cutting, weeding, watering and basic enclosure repairs.

7.        To develop and maintain a well prepared, realistic and safe working environment and develop the professional attitude of the students towards their work and give them every opportunity to practice and develop their skills.
8.        To monitor consumables and equipment, assist with checking deliveries, reordering and stock control procedures and to ensure all items are maintained to a high standard and stored appropriately.
9.        Maintain effective communication with College staff, students, parents and stakeholders including employers. To work within a team to provide a friendly and approachable working environment.
10.        Undertake a personal instruction load. 


1.        Working with teaching and learning staff the post holder will provide practical support, instruction, training, assessment and supervision to students in practical subjects both on an individual and group basis, ensuring provision is learner focused, ensures academic excellence, high quality learning and an outstanding student experience and which reflects the principles of the personalised curriculum and contributes to the achievement of the College’s strategic and development plans.
2.        Effectively supervise practical activities for a range of part and full time students. Support the efficient and effective running and development of
all aspects of the curriculum including comprehensive preparation of equipment and learning areas, instructing, demonstrating and supervising students working throughout the AMC.
3.        Plan, deliver and assess practical instruction to a range of part and full time students. Contribute to the planning and assessment of students’ practical work in relation to approved assessment criteria.
4.        To support the AMC Manager to ensure that teaching and learning is carried out effectively and efficiently supporting the quality and performance management process for the area. 
5.        Develop and maintain a realistic working environment and develop the professional attitude of the students towards their work and provide students with every opportunity to practise their skills.

6.        To keep records, as appropriate, of student attendance, progress, assessment and      attainment.

7.        Support the Learning Manager to ensure learner recruitment, enrolment and induction, attendance, retention, achievement, success, welfare, pastoral support, progression and discipline within their area.


1.        To complete and maintain a range of comprehensive records in accordance with the AMC Managers requirements.
2.        Ensure compliance with, and implementation of, all College policies and procedures with particular reference, but not exclusively, to Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety and Every Child Matters.
3.        To support the AMC Manager to ensure that learner recruitment, retention, attendance, progression, achievement and success are effectively managed and monitored and that appropriate records are kept.
4.        To undertake administrative tasks as required including the completion of registers and to provide accurate and timely reports as required.
5.        Participate in College groups, course team meetings, course reviews and other activities when required.
6.        Monitor and maintain stocks and stock lists/inventories, order appropriate tools, equipment, materials and consumables and assist with stock checks and control.

Health and Safety

1.        To work in compliance with the Sparsholt College Health and Safety Policy, assisting with the maintenance and review of all health and safety documentation and to undertake any relevant training as required.

2.        In liaison with the AMC Manager, ensure all animal and health and safety signage is maintained and updated.

3.        To comply with and promote College Health and Safety policies and take appropriate responsibility to ensure the health and safety of self and others.
4.        Prepare risk assessments, implement health and safety related actions identified through risk assessment and assist in the induction of staff and students in the safe use of facilities, tools and equipment.
5.        Follow safe working procedures personally and ensure that learners follow all safe working procedures and practices in the learning environment, including giving regular clear verbal and written instruction to all learners.
6.        Ensure the learning areas meet all relevant legislative requirements, including carrying out risk assessment where necessary. Work with AMC Manager to ensure College Health and Safety systems and procedures are in place.
7.        Maintain safety standards in accordance with the Law and College’s Health & Safety Policy and to act as a First Aider including responsibility for maintaining first aid equipment.

8.        Ensure that all accidents are recorded and reported following the agreed College procedure.


1.        Ensure compliance with and implementation of all College policies and procedures in respect of Equality and Diversity.
2.        Ensure compliance with all College policies and procedures in respect of Child Protection Legislation (Every Child Matters).
3.        To provide essential cover for the AMC where needed in respect of holidays, sickness, weekends and evenings as necessary. A rota system will be used in liaison with the AMC Manager.

4.        To engage in team meetings.
5.        To attend and support College open days and events as required.
6.        Travelling and working away from normal base as may be required from time to time.
7.        To actively participate in ensuring that there is always sufficient cover at the AMC by ensuring that all proposed holidays and time off in lieu are discussed and agreed in advance with colleagues and the Manager to ensure it does not compromise operational effectiveness of the department.

8.        To enthusiastically undertake any staff development and training required for this position and for the improved operation of the Animal Management Centre and affiliated areas, such as First Aid at work, MIDAS, and MO1 initially. Other training required will be related to Assessors Awards, Teacher Training, Veterinary Medical Competency and the use of specified AMC equipment / machinery. Specialist courses in respect of animal husbandry may also be required.

9.        To undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time and review this Job Description at least annually with the Assistant Principal through the College performance management scheme.

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The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, registered as a charity in 1963, manages a worldwide species recovery program. Durrell’s headquarters is in Jersey and serves as a centre for breeding, research, professional training and fund raising.
A limited number of work experience places for students are available each year. Students stay for a minimum of two months and a maximum of a year, during which time they gain practical experience in the work of the Trust in the conservation and captive management of endangered species. Students are expected to help carry out everyday duties such as cleaning and food preparation, work closely with the keepers and are given a unique insight into animal management and the onsite contributions to global conservation. Students may have the opportunity to carry out a research project. Please note that any projects carried out must be approved by Durrell staff before arrival. Placements are coordinated by the International Training Centre. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is under no obligation to mentor projects.

It is important to note that the Trust cannot provide either funding or accommodation. Placement students must therefore be self-financing, and the costs of living in Jersey should be considered before applying. Some students find part-time jobs to help support their placement. Due to Jersey employment laws Durrell is only issued a certain amount of licenses each year for non-Jersey residents studying relevant degrees. Before accepting your placement you must ensure that you are able to commit to the full length of time, otherwise you may be depriving someone else the opportunity.


• Applicants must be at least 18.
• Applicants should be studying or have have recently finished a relevant course of
• A high degree of fitness is required as the work is physically demanding.
• Any medical problems, allergies, disabilities etc. which may affect the student’s
work must be explained at the application stage.
• Applications are assessed on their merits, and successful candidates should
confirm their acceptance of a place as soon as possible.
• A good command of English is essential.

Commitment by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and students 

The Trust will endeavour to organise an appropriate programme of work experience for
placement students in order to ensure that each student receives a wide-ranging education in captive animal management and conservation. Where time allows, Durrell staff will provide guidance and support to students undertaking a research project during their placement. The placement programme coordinator will also undertake to provide any assessments of students’ work required by their university or college. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally and to work to the same standards as permanent staff. The Trust also requires a copy of any publications, reports, articles, dissertations, etc, which come out of work conducted here.

Departmental assignments 

Students are assigned to placements within the zoo according to their course requirements and interests. Students spend at least two months at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Students must realise that places in each department are limited and that it may not be possible to meet all requests.

Hours of work and time off 

Students work a full-time, five-day week (Animal and Veterinary Departments: 0800-1700 hr in winter and 0800-1730 hr in summer; Conservation Education Department: 0830-1730 hr) and days off are scheduled by the appropriate Department Head; these may not include weekends. Students may also occasionally be asked to work with permanent staff outside normal working hours if necessary. A minimum of two weeks advance notice, and preferably more, must be given of holiday time.


Animal departments 

Spending time in the animal departments will enable students to gain first hand experience of working with a variety of animal species. The role involves the following:

o Assisting with routine tasks on section such as food preparation, enclosure cleaning, animal feeding, behavioural observations, enclosure maintenance and watching veterinary procedures.
o Opportunities to learn practical captive husbandry skills (nutritional requirements, environmental requirements, normal behaviour, reproductive management etc)
o Students will also learn about the species biology and conservation issues relating to each species worked with.

The Bird Department 

The bird department has ten members of staff. Roughly divided into two, one section consists of wildfowl, cranes, ibis, flamingos and parrots, while the other comprises the passerines, pink pigeons, pheasants and hornbills. The department works with over 50 species of bird and has, over the years, worked on the recovery programs of many species. These include the pink pigeon, Madagascar teal, Waldrapp ibis, Meller's duck, Mauritius kestrel, Bali starling, Montserrat oriole, St. Lucian parrot and Echo parakeet.

Students can expect to be involved with routine work such as; feeding, food preparation and general upkeep of aviaries. There may be some restrictions on student access to aviaries, particularly during the breeding season. Time spent working in the bird department can give a valuable insight into zoo work and the conservation management of birds in captivity. The bird department has currently has ten keepers and work with three students at a time

The Mammal Department 

The Mammal Department currently has fifteen members of staff and is divided into four sections: (1) apes, (2) macaques, mongooses, bears and other South American mammal species, (3) lemurs, bats, new world monkeys. At any one time we have one student on section (2) and three on section (3). Students are normally assigned to only one, or at most two, sections during their stay. Students should also note that it is rarely possible to work on the ape section.

The Herpetology Department 

The Herpetology Department has five members of staff and work with one student. This department holds a diverse collection of amphibians and reptiles, as well as several invertebrate species, and is actively involved in a number of conservation projects focusing on species from around the world. Students can expect to be involved with a variety of activities, including daily husbandry routines for some of the species in our collection (please note that there are restrictions on which species students can work directly with), general upkeep of enclosures, and other routine work essential to the day-to-day functioning of the Department. The range of jobs a student is allowed to do will depend on demonstrated skills and reliability, and will be reviewed throughout the placement.

Other departments

The Veterinary Department and Laboratory 

The Veterinary Department, staffed by two veterinarians, a microbiologist and a veterinary nurse, the department is responsible for the health of the animal collection in Jersey and in captive breeding programmes abroad. Our Veterinary department only takes 4th and 5th year students and graduates for work experience. Students will shadow the veterinary staff and will be involved in all aspects of health care from clinical and laboratory diagnosis to treatment, preventive medicine and anesthetics. Students will be expected to carry out a short research project of benefit to the trust, because this takes time, preference will be given to students asking for longer stays of at least two months.

Students also work in our laboratory logging in samples and assisting the microbiologist in analyses. Students will initially set up direct preparations, flotations and inoculating agar plates, but progressing over a period of time to independently conducting analyses according to skill levels.

Conservation Education 

Students will work as part of the Visitor Experience/Conservation Education team, delivering wildlife conservation messages to school groups, members and visitors to the wildlife park at Durrell's headquarters in Jersey. You will have the opportunity to get involved with developing signage and delivering animal talks to the visiting public as well as getting involved with curriculum-based sessions for school groups and informal workshops for the younger members of the Trust. They will also have the chance to get involved with surveying visitors etc through a public participation project to develop new interpretation materials for the site. The chosen individual should have excellent
communication skills, a keen interest in wildlife conservation and be able to work well as part of a team and independently.

The Marketing Department 

Students will work as part of the marketing team where they will have the opportunity to get involved in the following areas; PR and marketing campaigns; managing Durrell’s website and assisting with social media tools; be involved in market research and learn how Durrell’s conservation work can be effectively communicated to appropriate target audiences; and help with Durrell’s fundraising events. The chosen individual should have excellent communication skills, a keen interest in wildlife conservation and be able to work well as part of a team and independently.


Reference Material, Library Facilities and Computer Facilities 

Durrell’s main library facilities and computer facilities are at the International Training Centre, Les Noyers, next door to the zoo. The Sir William Collins Memorial Library comprises a collection of scientific periodicals and journals. The Phillips Reference Library holds a collection of books, and special bibliographic files (on species, habitats, etc). Loans from these collections may be possible for placement students, by arrangement with the library supervisor. There is a computer lab equipped with 20 computers running Windows XP. They are networked with internet connection, Office 2003 and a range of specialist software relevant to conservation. Free wifi is also available. Limited quantities of photocopying can be undertaken in the Trust’s main office. A charge may be made for large quantities.

Animal Records System

Since 1990, the Trust has maintained a computerised records system using ARKS (Animal Record Keeping System). Up-to-date information is readily available on individual animals in the collection. Information from before 1990 is on cards, which can be inspected by arrangement.

Other Activities 

The Trust frequently hosts visiting scientists and conservationists, many of whom give talks during their stay. Trust staff also give talks on their own work and organise discussion sessions on topics of interest. Talks by our Senior management team are organized for students throughout the year to give an insight into how a conservation organization is run. Students are encouraged to attend any of these activities.



There are bed and breakfasts and guest houses located nearby. Others are located further away and some form of transport is necessary. An accommodation list is provided on acceptance. There is heavy demand for places, and so booking well in advance is essential.

Cost of living 

While some costs are lower in Jersey than on the mainland (petrol, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.), basics tend to be slightly more expensive. Rents are quite high, and you can expect to spend £80-£120 a week in rent depending on the size and facilities.

Access to Durrell 

Students have free access to the grounds during their stay and are entitled to the same discounts as apply to the Trust’s permanent staff in Durrell’s restaurant and shop.


The Trust provides sweatshirts, and T-shirts for students during their placement. For work, you should bring sensible clothing (long trousers for winter, shorts if desired in the summer) and footwear (e.g. walking boots). Students are expected to be neat and tidy at all times.

Health and security 

Whilst all reasonable precautions are taken to ensure safety and security, the Trust cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury or illness however caused. Anyone working in zoo grounds is covered for general accident by the zoo’s own insurance. Belongings should also be insured. A tetanus injection should be obtained well in advance of arrival. If you are working with the bats a rabies vaccination is also necessary.


Visas may be required for some nationalities and intending visitors should check this well in advance. Depending on nationality, a visa may also be required to enter the United Kingdom.

Travel arrangements and local transport

There are direct flights between Jersey and most regional airports in the United Kingdom, and from some regional airports on the continent. There are also regular sea services by ferry and high-speed catamaran from the south coast of England, to St Malo and Dinard in France, and to the other Channel Islands. As Jersey attracts a large number of tourists in the main summer season, reservations should be made well in advance at this time of year. Taxis are available from all ports of entry, and a bus service from St Helier, the main town. Durrell is situated in the north-eastern part of the island, i.e. about 5 miles (8 km) north of St Helier and the docks, and about 10 miles north-east of the airport. Bus services to all other parts of the island are linked through St Helier, although there is a limited evening service.

Application process 

We take applications in the autumn for the following June and September placements. We ask interested students to send in a CV and covering. If the application is shortlisted students are then asked to attend a Skype interview. Placements can start from June for a short summer placement, or September for a 10-12 month placement, and will require an agreement with the university.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Vacancy – Five Sisters Zoo

Vacancy – Permanent position

Five Sisters Zoo – Head of ‘The Lost Kingdom’ & ‘The Castle Zoo’

About the role:
Five sisters Zoo was founded in 2005, it is an ever evolving zoological collection with innovative guest experiences and animal habitats.

The Successful candidate will work under the leadership of the Zoo manager, providing the best possible care and management for a diverse collection of animals. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the launch of our new facility that will house a variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and primates with a prime focus on Ecto-therms.

This Brand new facility with some of the largest reptile enclosures found under one roof you are likely to have seen. It will be an immersive interactive guest experience and it will be the
responsibility of the Head of this department to ensure that operations run smoothly at all times.

This is a ‘Hands on role’ requiring the successful candidate to be able to work practically, efficiently and effectively whilst overseeing public interactive areas, staff and volunteers.

As well as managing ‘The Lost Kingdom’ the successful candidate will also manage the smooth daily operations of ‘The Castle Zoo’ which is one of our most loved interactive experiences in the park, consisting of a Medieval theme with nocturnal exhibits, raptors and domestic livestock.

It's important that all visitors have an enjoyable day out and Guest experience is paramount to our overall mission. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out
your daily duties around the park as well as delivering engaging presentations. It's essential therefore that you enjoy and are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House. 

Key Accountabilities:
Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care.
Ensure a positive impression of yourself and the company is presented to all customers (internal and external) at all times to reflect the quality of the organisation.

The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual with at least 3 years experience working within a zoological collection and with proven expertise with Ecto-therms. 
Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and experience with any of the above named species is preferable. 
The successful applicant will have the ability to continuously develop themselves through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence. 
Applicants must hold a qualification in Zoo animal management or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

About you:
You are expected to have completed the DMZAA qualification or have relevant based qualifications. 
The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and animal training using operant conditioning methods, Reptile handling experience is highly beneficial. 

Candidates are expected to be computer literate with a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Word and Animal record keeping systems.

The position is based at Five Sisters Zoo, you will work an average 40 hour week, and working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.

This Position is a Permanent position.
Salary will be circa £17,000
Holiday entitlement is 28 days per year.

Should you feel that you have the attributes for this vacancy, please send your CV and covering letter in writing or email to:

FOA Zoo Management Team
Five Sisters Zoo
West Calder
West Lothian
EH55 8PT


Closing Date: 12.00pm - Friday 17th October 2014

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Applications are invited for the position of

The candidate will be required to perform tasks related to animal care in the Marine Mammals and Birds Department, under the supervision of senior animal care staff. 

Candidates with suitable experience may be offered a higher level than Animal Care Apprentice.

The responsibilities will include:
•        Carry out support duties including: diet preparation, hygiene maintenance, checklists.
•        Support staff in quality animal demonstrations, photograph sessions, and shows.
•        Where required, participate in any activity related to animal well-being and husbandry, such as observations and record keeping.
•        Responsibilities will primarily include the Dolphin areas, but not be limited to include Seals and Birds assistance.

Requirements for the position are:
•        Matric or equivalent.
•        Able to work in a team environment.
•        An interest in marine mammals and birds.
•        Sound communication skills in English, eloquent and able to present for large audiences.
•        Pass a swim test.
•        Physically fit and healthy with a good attitude to physical work.
•        Be a team player.
•        Support and endorse the conservation objectives of SAAMBR.

The following would stand applicants in good stead:
•        Proven dedication and experience in the field of animal care and training.
•        Proven experience in the field of marine mammal care and training.
•        Proven experience in the field of bird care and training.
•        Proven experience in the field of terrestrial mammal care and training.
•        Any relevant education or experience in public speaking.

Submit your Curriculum Vitae including references and letter of motivation by either:
•        E-mail:       
•        Hand Delivery:        The South African Association for Marine Biological Research, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Durban

The closing date for Applications is 5 October 2014

Should you not have heard from us by 24 October 2014, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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Friday, September 26, 2014



The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by Münster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia, located on 25 hectares of land in Phnom Kulen National Park at the trailhead for the historic site of Kbal Spean, about 50 km north of Siem Reap. The goals of the ACCB include the rehabilitation of confiscated, mainly globally threatened wildlife and the conservation breeding of selected species, in combination with environmental education and capacity building for conservation and an expanding in-situ conservation and research programme.

For additional information regarding the project please familiarize yourself further at our website, and on Facebook at

 The ACCB is currently looking for a Head Keeper. This is a challenging but rewarding position for a highly dedicated and motivated individual with a keen interest in making a contribution to conservation. In addition, he/she will have to be prepared to support a variety of other activities at ACCB as required, such as helping in education, maintenance, and administration. The Head Keeper reports to the Curator and oversees the daily tasks of the animal keeping team, currently including one senior animal keeper and six animal keepers. The animal stock at ACCB currently includes approximately 275 individuals from about 40 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Head Keeper attends to daily animal care, providing oversight, training, and leadership for the animal keeping team, while participating in animal husbandry in an active role. The Head Keeper is supervised by the Curator.

•        Under the direction of the Curator, carry out all aspects of animal husbandry and rehabilitation, physical and psychological enrichment, preparation for release, and animal record keeping
•        Provide day-to-day oversight, assignment of daily tasks, training, and leadership of the animal keeping team; oversee and directly participate in preparation of food, feeding of animals, cleaning of enclosures, and other daily tasks
•        Assist in identifying and mitigating hazards within the Animal Department; adhere to and oversee compliance of subordinates with safety guidelines
•        Observe animals to detect signs of illness and inform the Curator and Veterinarian when illness or injury is suspected
•        Perform routine inspection of enclosures for cleanliness and structural defects
•        Perform minor maintenance and repair of animal enclosures when feasible, and otherwise consults with the Curator and Facilities Specialist for repairs
•        Assist the Curator in the development of training plans for animal keepers; participate in the routine development of staff expertise in animal husbandry and training, operant conditioning, and behavioral enrichment
•        Under the direction of the Curator, provide training and operant conditioning to permanent animal collections to enhance animal welfare, enrichment, and safety
•        Make recommendations to the Curator for improvement in all aspects of the animal husbandry and breeding conservation program; assist in developing and implementing animal husbandry and conservation breeding protocols
•        Implement international standards to ensure ACCB’s animal collection receives the best care
•        Under the direction of the Curator, assist carrying out all aspects of artificial incubation and special care for neonates, carry out all aspects of hand-rearing of juveniles/orphans
•        Report grievances received from the animal keeping team immediately to the Curator
•        Conduct animal acquisitions as requested
•        Continually learn and adapt techniques to optimize animal husbandry and breeding success

•        Animal husbandry experience in a zoo or wildlife rescue center
•        Good command of English (spoken and written)
•        Excellent organization and communication skills
•        Flexibility and ability to cope with a sometimes heavy workload and to multi-task in a demanding environment
•        Good practical skills and common sense
•        Computer literacy
•        Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate
•        Ability to live under simple conditions in a poor and rural area in a different culture

 Conditions / remuneration:
•        Free shared accommodation at ACCB, located at Kbal Spean in Phnom Kulen National Park
•        On-site transport and internet access available
•        Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods
•        Salary is dependent on experience

Starting date: as soon as possible

Please apply as soon as possible via email including covering letter, CV and the contact details of two references to:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trainee Elephant Keeper

Trainee Elephant Keeper

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Salary: £15,705 p.a. (inclusive of Weekend Enhancement)
A vacancy for a trainee elephant keeper (3 year fixed term) has arisen at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. This is an exciting opportunity to join our innovative and dynamic elephant team in the management of our breeding herd of Asian elephants.  Primarily free contact the Elephants are given daily walks around our 600 acre site as well as providing public education demonstrations.  ZSL has and continues to contribute to research and AI projects.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to working on the elephant section, be prepared to immerse themselves in the less glamorous aspects of the work and work hard to develop the grounding necessary to progress to elephant keeper. The position is both physically and mentally demanding but the rewards are good for the right candidate. They must also be prepared to take the DMZAA animal management course.

To apply please complete and attach separately the ZSL Application Form and Equality of Opportunity Monitoring form on our website ( and email to 

Closing date for applications is: Friday 10 October 2014

The Zoological Society of London is a registered Charity.  No: 208728

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