Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Experienced Keeper of Primates, Small Mammals and Birds



Experienced Keeper of Primates, Small Mammals and Birds

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Applications are invited for an Experienced Keeper on the Primate, Small Mammal and Bird Section of the Park.



The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in daily husbandry and will work in close co-operation with the Section Head and the team to ensure the continuous development of the section. They will be expected to undertake research projects, nutritional studies, enrichment and all relevant aspects of work in a progressive animal collection. Experience with artificial incubation and rearing systems is essential. Participating in the presentation of educational talks is required.

A minimum of 3 years experience with a wide variety of exotic species in a zoological environment is essential, applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to lead and work as part of a team. Possession of a relevant animal management qualification, and a full driving licence are required for this position.

In return, we offer a competitive package including accommodation, and a non-contributory pension scheme.

Closing date: 1st June 2019

Please send a current CV together with a covering letter to:

Jamie Craig
Curator,
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens,
Burford,
Oxon
 OX18 4JP








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Zoo Supervisor (Carnivore & Primates)



Zoo Supervisor (Carnivore & Primates)

Chessington World of Adventures


We are Chessington World of Adventures Resort and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are currently recruiting for a Zoo Supervisor for our Carnivore & Primates section. This role will require you to supervise the safe and efficient delivery of the Zoo Operation, working closely with direct reports, focusing on animal welfare, husbandry, training and guests’ experience.

Reporting into the Zoo Operations Assistant Manager you will manage and promote the compliance of and adherence to all relevant Health & Safety Procedures and Protocols in line with legal and company requirements, including the Zoo Licence and the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (and/or any future succeeding guidance and legislation), all whilst supporting the broader Resort Operation in the delivery of the company’s business objectives.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;
  • Ability to lead a team with drive and passion
  • Solid background of Health & Safety knowledge and crucial Zoo Legislation
  • Able to stay focused and in control under pressure
  • 5 years plus of relevant experience.


This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends and bank holidays.

Alongside a competitive annual salary between £19,800-£22,000, and 28 days holiday (including bank holidays) you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package  including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of Lego, and much more!


Closing date for applications is: 28th May 2019


To apply for this position please submit an application here- https://merlin.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/3103?c=merlin









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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Deputy Team Leader (Mammals)




Deputy Team Leader (Mammals) – Fixed term contract


Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we have opened a £3.5 million new world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success. As part of our Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.

What will this role of Deputy Team Leader (Mammals) entail?


As a Deputy Team Leader, you’ll take a hands-on approach working within our mammals section, which includes the large and domestic hoofstock, carnivores and small mammals, (for example: Giraffe, Rhino, Big Cats, Meerkats Otters, Domestic goats etc).

You will lead a medium sized team and supervise all areas of daily animal operations, with duties to include although not be limited to:

·       Managing all areas of animal husbandry
·       Reviewing diets and ensuring the correct diets are prepared and distributed
·       Leading and supervising introductions of new animals into social groups
·       Liaising with the on-site veterinary team to ensure optimal health of all animals
·       Checking and ensuring enclosure structure security, reporting any concerns immediately In addition to the above, you will also:
·       Manage and supervise a team of up to 12 keepers alongside other Deputy Team Leaders on a daily basis
·       Assist the Team Leader with the training and development of keepers, including conducting 121’s, performance reviews and suggest performance improvements
·       Ensuring safe working practices and protocols are adhered to
·       Participate in on-site research projects (mostly behavioural, cognitive and welfare studies)
·       Supervise and encourage work experience students and apprentices
·       Engage with visitors and answer enquiries

What will I need to be considered for this Deputy Team Leader (Mammals) vacancy?


·       At least 8 years’ experience as a Zoo Keeper
·       Proven experience of Category 1 animal management, ideally with large mammals
·       Demonstrable working knowledge of the natural history and management of large mammals
·       An animal related qualification, i.e. BSc, ANCMZA or DZMAA
·       Proven leadership experience with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
·       Adaptable to change
·       Good IT literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Office

What will I receive in return?


As a Deputy Team Leader, you’ll receive a salary of £21,500 (pro rata), along with fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), a staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off, discounts in our retail and food outlets and free onsite parking.


Contract: Fixed term contract for 12 months, working 43 hours per week on a set 3-week rota. You’ll work 5 days out of 7 between the hours of 8am to 6pm during the summer and 8am to 5pm during the winter months.

More about us:


You’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

With our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, and remain at the heart of conservation.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

All applications for this Deputy Team Leader (Mammals) vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.



To apply for this position, please head over to http://jobs.twycrosszoo.org, where you will be able to select this role and submit your CV for consideration.







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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Lead Mammal and Penguin Keeper




Lead Mammal and Penguin Keeper

SEA LIFE Birmingham

About the role

You’ll support the Displays Supervisor and Curator to help deliver consistently high standards of animal husbandry and welfare. Duties include all aspects of Penguin and mammal husbandry, including holding areas and exhibits, animal moves and transports, diet preparation, medical treatments, record keeping and public presentations. You will ensure that the highest standards are met and complete records and documentation as required in line with legislative regulations.

Additional duties include planning and executing goal-orientated animal training using advanced concepts in positive reinforcement training for the purpose of day to day husbandry, veterinary care and education.

This role is permanent and includes working a regular, fair share of weekends and also bank holidays as required as well as providing emergency call out cover on a roster basis.

About you

It goes without saying that you’ll have passion for and a good understanding of Penguin and mammal keeping, with first-rate skills in animal training (operant conditioning) and enrichment. Alongside this, you’ll need a basic understanding of the fundamentals of water chemistry as applied to an aquarium environment and an ability to quickly identify and resolve any environmental issues.

Ideally you’ll have a degree level qualification in zoology, and experience of leading a team in a public zoo or aquarium environment would be a real advantage as would demonstrable experience of animal husbandry, a practical ability to create ‘wow’ displays with a working knowledge of the correct use of, theming, lighting and water movement to deliver this. A love for conservation and the wild environment is essential.

As you’ll be engaging with our customers you’ll need to have great communication skills. A confident presenter and conversationalist with the ability to alter your style to appropriately meet the differing needs of each group, in particular, to share your specialist knowledge with children in ways which delight their inquisitive minds and capture their imaginations.

Please note, whilst Merlin Entertainments is an equal opportunities employer, the successful applicant will need to be physically fit due to the nature and demands of the role.


For Full Details and to apply please click HERE





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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Trainee Animal Keeper (Primates) - Fixed Term




Trainee Animal Keeper (Primates) - Fixed Term

Twycross Zoo

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we’ve opened a new £3.5 million world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success. Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, we care for a wide variety of monkeys and apes, and we are the only zoo in the UK to accommodate all four Great Apes.

What will this role of Trainee Animal Keeper entail?

As a Trainee Animal Keeper, you’ll benefit from regular supervision following structured training at the outset, caring for the animals in the Primates section of Twycross Zoo. You’ll assist in ensuring that animal keeping is carried out to required standards, with duties to include although not be limited to;

·         Preparing and distributing food and water to animals, in quantities and manner as guided by Senior Keepers

·         Learning about the animals and reporting any animal health concerns to the Senior Keepers

·         Assisting with maintaining enclosures, food preparation and public viewing areas to a high standard of hygiene, cleanliness and exhibition

Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner
What will I need to be considered for this Trainee Animal Keeper vacancy?

·         Some experience caring for domestic and / or exotic animals, ideally with prior experience in a zoo, and / or working with primates

·         Achieved or willing to work towards an appropriate animal related qualification

·         Ability to demonstrate a responsible and enthusiastic approach to the work

·         A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·         A flexible approach to duties and working hours

·         Full UK Driving Licence would be beneficial but not essential

What will I receive in return?

 As a Trainee Animal Keeper, you’ll receive a salary of £18,715 pro rata, along with fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), a staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off, discounts in our retail and food outlets and free onsite parking.

Contract: Fixed term contract for 5 months, working 43 hours per week on a set 3-week rota. You’ll work 5 days out of 7 between the hours of 8am to 6pm.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

 Closing date for applications is: 7th Jun 2019

All applications for this Trainee Animal Keeper vacancy are to be submitted online via this link:











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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Displays Supervisor





Displays Supervisor

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth


We are SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

Right now we’re on the lookout for a Displays Supervisor  in Norfolk’s premier attraction to ensure we deliver amazing, immersive, safe experiences for our guests each and every day. At SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth, a positive team spirit, entrepreneurial flare and hard work go hand in hand to make the Merlin magic happen!

About the role

In this role you will take responsibility for ensuring the continual development and innovation within the displays areas. Working with the Curator you will lead and motivate the team of Aquarists to undertake the vital day to day tasks involved in caring for over a thousand amazing creatures, as well as managing and supporting the team to achieve their own potential.

You’ll be responsible for the maintenance plans of the life support systems along with the cleanliness and presentation of our displays, always striving for world class! You will ensure suitable diets and feed plans are in place for our creatures, as well as continuing to develop our excellent animal welfare across the collection.

In addition to this, you’ll be given the opportunity to support in new exciting exhibit developments with a proactive focus on the correct care and attention to the quarantine and transportation process and implementation of policies and procedures that maximise the management of animal husbandry and innovation throughout the attraction.

This is a full time permanent role, working 5 days from 7 and as weekends and holiday periods are our busiest time this will include doing your fair share of weekends and bank holidays on a roster basis.

About you

You’ll be a dynamic, confident and a self-motivated individual; who will be an integral part of the team aiming for a centre of excellence in marine management, conservation and education.

It goes without saying that you will have a robust knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry; and have the ability to communicate to all employees and customers, as well as delivering a highly immersive experience to all our visitors.

Using your experience gained through working in a similar environment, you will have the ability to engage the team to make innovative operational changes which evolve and continually improve our working practices. You’ll have a good understanding of zoo licensing process and requirements having been through a zoo licence in a previous role, some project management experience would be an advantage and ideally you’ll be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

About the benefits

Alongside an annual salary circa £21,500, you’ll also enjoy holiday entitlement that increases with service length (starting with 28 days, inclusive of bank holidays, and rising to 33 days). You can also look forward to a great benefits package including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic Pass (giving free admission to all of Merlin’s attractions) an Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of LEGO, and much more!

Perhaps the biggest benefits of joining us however, are the amazing opportunities to advance your career. Merlin is a large, global, expanding business, with no end of curatorial roles, so for an ambitious and talented individual looking to go much further with their career, we can provide the opportunities and the support to help you realise your potential.

About us

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is a living, breathing, interactive habitat that's all about immersing visitors in the experience. Come face to face with Ntombi and Masozi, our African dwarf crocodiles, these sleek and sinister sisters can grow up to 5ft long! Our amazing tropical ocean display and tunnel holds 250,000 litres of natural seawater where you can see our largest inhabitants as they roam around the lost city of Atlantis themed display. By sharing the wonder and beauty of our oceans we help visitors experience the ocean’s hidden marvels, and our expert staff are dedicated to, and passionate about conservation.











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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant