Monday, July 25, 2016

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre

An increase in the number of bears in China has created the need for another Bear Manager to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person. Highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated animal professional is required to work with rescued Asiatic black bears at our Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China.

The position holder will work as part of our Bear & Vet Team responsible for overseeing teams of local bear care staff involved in the daily husbandry and management of the bears housed within the rescue centre. The position also involves working closely with Bear Team Supervisors and liaising with the resident veterinary team to manage various daily operations. The Bear Manager will report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

Due to Chinese visa requirements, a university degree in a relevant field and proven practical experience of 3 to 5 years are essential for this position. 

§        Co-coordinating various daily operations:
o        Animal care and management;
o        Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs;
o        Ordering animal food and other stock as required;
o        Supervising volunteers;
o        Maintaining bear behavior records & databases.

§        Preparing short reports for social media, supporters, or other recipients as required.
§        Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.
§        Human resources:
o        Staff evaluations;
o        Ensuring morale is maintained within bear care staff;
o        Identifying and addressing HR issues with the Bear & Vet Team Director as they arise.

§        University degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
§        Three to five years work experience in a captive wild animal facility or similar working environment
§        Computer literacy, including Excel
§        Willingness to travel and work off site for periods of time as required
§        Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
§        Fluent in English language
§        A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both foreign and local staff.
§        Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential

Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.
Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract
On-site accommodation                
Relocation assistance                        
Emergency medical insurance
Paid holidays

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary and completed Job Application form to:  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purposes.

Closing date: 19th August 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Qualified Veterinary Nurse –Bear Rescue Centre in China

Qualified Veterinary Nurse –Bear Rescue Centre in China

Do you enjoy a challenge, and are you dedicated to animal welfare?  Are you a qualified veterinary nurse or technician and do you have a degree in veterinary nursing or a related field?

This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated individuals pursuing a career in wildlife care and welfare.  The Veterinary Nurse will work as part of a highly skilled veterinary team to ensure the care of predominantly Asiatic black bears (moon bears) and domestic animals at our rescue centre. Appointment is full-time, five days a week plus scheduled weekend work. Out of hours work may be required.

Candidates should be highly motivated with plenty of initiative and should be comfortable with both clinical and non-clinical work.  There is a high degree of autonomy in this position, and while you will work closely with other team members you will have distinct areas of responsibility; whilst reporting to the Senior Vet Nurse.

You will contribute to the constantly evolving field of bear medicine and management and will be expected to have a high degree of clinical skill and a passion for ongoing self-education.

§        Qualified Veterinary Nurse with Veterinary Nursing Degree (Degree level qualification in related field will be considered)
§        3 to 5 years work experience in veterinary practice, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo medicine or a specialist referral centre. (Less experienced candidates with the appropriate personal attributes will be considered)
§        Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential
§        Strong work ethic, good humor and common sense
§        Applicants must have proficient computer skills including competency with word & excel software
§        Ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff
§        Cultural sensitivity and/or history of working abroad would be beneficial
§        Experience in captive wildlife nursing, rehabilitation or animal welfare work would be beneficial 
§        Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years

The following items are included in your full-time contract
§        On-site accommodation                
§        Relocation assistance                        
§        Emergency medical insurance
§        Paid holidays                

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary and completed Job Application form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purpose

Closing date for applications is Friday 19th August 2016 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates

 Paignton Zoo.
Salary:        £32,960
Full time 37.5 hours per week

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is seeking an experienced zoo professional in a curatorial role to oversee the day-to-day running of this interesting and diverse department. 

The successful candidate should have at least 5 years’ experience working in a similar zoo environment at a senior level.  The post holder will have substantial knowledge of husbandry and a proven track record of team management.  Experience in conservation and research relevant to the role is also extremely desirable. 
For a full job description and personal specification, please go to our website:, alternatively please call 01803 697500.

Please send a full CV & covering letter to:         

Mr. Stewart Muir
Director of Living Collections
Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
C/O Newquay Zoo
Trenance Gardens

Closing date:  Monday 15th August 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, July 22, 2016

Animal Registrar

Animal Registrar 

Animal Registrar (Part Time 15 hours – 6 months Fixed Term)
Location:        Edinburgh Zoo
Salary:        Salaried

About Us
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie.  Both parks are premier visitor attractions of Scotland that provide an amazing animal experience as well as an excellent day out!  RZSS has a worldwide reputation for its conservation and education programmes, and the very heart of our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.  We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future.

As well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too.  So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!

The Role
As part of the Living Collections team you will maintain and develop all aspects of animal records within the EZ Living Collections; liaise with and coordinate activities with relevant legal bodies to facilitate animal transfers for Edinburgh Zoo, and assist in developing RZSS’ Animal Collection Plan in support of RZSS’ vision and mission.

About You
To operate effectively in this role, you will demonstrate administrative and data input experience in an office environment and will have good skills with Word, Excel, database and statistical software. A knowledge and understanding of Zoological legislation is essential as is the knowledge based skills to research and question information from a range of sources. Experience in zoo management operations and conservation roles in zoos is desirable and the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or a directly equivalent zoo husbandry qualification would be advantageous. The ideal candidate will have experience of providing first-class customer care and service delivery.

This a 6 month fixed term position where the working hours are 15 hours per week and the post involves occasional weekend and evening work.

Closing date:         Wednesday 10 August 2016

For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.

Registered charity number: SC004064

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant



Permanent – Full Time

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 from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.7 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.

The Role:

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Mammal Team Manager to lead our Rhino Team. The role will involve the daily management of the section along with mentoring, training and developing a large team of staff and interns; building strong working relationships within the team and with other departments. The role will also involve representing the Rhino Team at internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will have:

    •    A minimum of HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have equivalent experience
    •    Proven experience of working within a Zoo environment
    •    Extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on two species of rhinoceros and hoof stock including several deer and antelope species
    •    Animal conservation experience and an understanding of environmental issues
    •    A proactive approach to developing new ideas for improving husbandry
    •    Considerable leadership experience and experience of supervising a team
    •    The ability to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment
    •    A proven understanding of risk assessments and COSHH, to ensure all staff members are fully aware of safety and management procedures
    •    A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages (including an understanding of ZIMS/SPARKS) would be advantageous for this role.

Salary and Benefits:

Hours of work are 40 hour week on a rota basis (Including some weekends and bank holidays. The salary for the role is £30,227.53 per annum. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits including:

    •    a fantastic working environment working with colleagues passionate about the zoo
    •    a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with high contribution levels paid by the employer
    •    healthcare cash plan including dental, optical and physio
    •    excellent company sick pay arrangements available after 12 months service
    •    life cover is valued at 4 times annual salary and covers death in service
    •    Income Protection Insurance protects 50% of your salary due to long term illness or injury
    •    staff pass which provides unlimited free access into the zoo
    •    25 paid holidays and additional bank holidays pro rata to service
    •    20 free admittance tickets per year for family/friends which equates to £480
    •    staff discount from restaurants and retail shops plus a subsidised staff canteen
    •    access to West Cheshire Credit Union
    •    child care vouchers
    •    salary sacrifice cycle scheme
    •    free car parking
    •    uniform

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Team Manager (Rhinos) role by clicking on

Closing date for applications is 24th August 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gorilla Internship

Gorilla Internship (unpaid)

Situated near Canterbury in Kent, Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to conservation and the reintroduction of captive bred species back into their native habitats.

Howletts Wild Animal Park has an exciting placement for an enthusiastic individual wanting to gain valuable zoo animal keeping experience working alongside keepers on the
Gorilla section.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to commit to a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of 12 months, volunteering 5 days per week including weekends. Normal volunteering hours are from 8am to 5pm.

This placement is physically demanding so applicants must be physically fit, self-motivated and have a genuine interest in conservation and zoo animal care. The internship is unpaid and would benefit those who have either already gained or are working towards an animal management or similar qualification. As well as an individual who is established in conservation or animal care and looking for further specialist zoo experience.

A valid manual driving licence is desirable and please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to offer accommodation.

Closing date: Friday 5th August 2016

To Apply: Please email a CV and covering letter outlining why you are the right person for the internship to Jo Stephens -

Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line:

Visit our website at to find out more about us.


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant