Friday, February 27, 2015

Senior Animal Keeper – Birds






Senior Animal Keeper – Birds

Join our vibrant organization!

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it. Our success relies on two key things. The impression we create through our 140 acre zoological park, Marwell Zoo, with its wide array of exotic and endangered species and the family of talented people we employ who share our passion and bring our vision to life.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Animal Keeper to join our Bird Team. This position would suit a Keeper who has experience working with a variety of bird species including penguins and flamingos.

Roles and responsibilities will include supporting the Team Leader on your allocated section, ensuring high standards of animal husbandry are maintained at all times along with daily checks and record keeping.

Applicants will need to have previous experience of working with birds in a zoological collection, hold 5 GCSE’s or equivalent and a full driving licence valid for the UK. The DMZAA or equivalent qualification is also essential at Senior Keeper level.

The successful candidate will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use their initiative, display interest and commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and must possess strong verbal communication skills, as talking to members of the public is an essential part of the role.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, marwell.org.uk for a full candidate brief and our electronic application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a DBS check as a condition of employment.

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.

Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433. marwell.org.uk



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Carnivore Keeper Internship







Newquay Zoo Internships

Carnivore Keeper Internship

Closing date for applications 31st March 2015
Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust family, comprising Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Slapton Ley and two urban nature reserves. Newquay Zoo opened in 1969, has become one of the country's top Zoos, contributing towards ground breaking and innovative conservation programmes. It has also proved itself to be one of the best visitor attractions in the South West.
We currently have a vacancy for voluntary internships for a period of 6 months (including a one month probationary period) working with our carnivore keeping department. Newquay Zoo is open every day and the placements will be full time i.e. a five day working week including some weekends. The main role of the keeping interns will be to attend the husbandry requirements of the carnivore collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge.

All internships are purely voluntary and as such it is with regret that Newquay zoo cannot provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to apply for these positions. To ensure that interns are provided with valuable experience; a training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly and a training record will be provided upon completion of the placement. 

Objectives of the placement
To gain experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department.
To apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project.
To reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Anticipated tasks/training provided
Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.
Observations of animals and recording of relevant information.
Training in basic research methods.
Visitor interaction e.g. answering visitor questions in a polite and sensitive manner.
Assisting with student supervision at the direction of the head keeper.
Training in animal-management related computer software.
Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practise.

Skills Required
A qualification in an animal science related discipline would be desirable.
Previous animal-related work experience.
Good communication skills.
Adaptable to different working environments.
Able to work in a team and independently.
Physically fit for the demands of the post.


To apply for the above position please send a CV and covering letter, indicating which position you are applying for, to Owen Taylor.

Newquay Zoo, Trenance gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ


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Bird Keeper Internship







Newquay Zoo Internships

Bird Keeper Internship

Closing date for applications 31st March 2015

Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust family, comprising Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Slapton Ley and two urban nature reserves. Newquay Zoo opened in 1969, has become one of the country's top Zoos, contributing towards ground breaking and innovative conservation programmes. It has also proved itself to be one of the best visitor attractions in the South West.
We currently have a vacancy for voluntary internships for a period of 6 months (including a one month probationary period) working with our bird keeping department. Newquay Zoo is open every day and the placements will be full time i.e. a five day working week including some weekends. The main role of the keeping interns will be to attend the husbandry requirements of the bird collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge.

All internships are purely voluntary and as such it is with regret that Newquay zoo cannot provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to apply for these positions. To ensure that interns are provided with valuable experience; a training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly and a training record will be provided upon completion of the placement. 

Objectives of the placement
To gain experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department.
To apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project.
To reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Anticipated tasks/training provided
Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.
Observations of animals and recording of relevant information.
Training in basic research methods.
Visitor interaction e.g. answering visitor questions in a polite and sensitive manner.
Assisting with student supervision at the direction of the head keeper.
Training in animal-management related computer software.
Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practise.

Skills Required
A qualification in an animal science related discipline would be desirable.
Previous animal-related work experience.
Good communication skills.
Adaptable to different working environments.
Able to work in a team and independently.
Physically fit for the demands of the post.


To apply for the above position please send a CV and covering letter, indicating which position you are applying for, to Owen Taylor.

Newquay Zoo, Trenance gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ

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Monday, February 23, 2015

LEAD KEEPER – RHINOS







LEAD KEEPER – RHINOS

 


Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo, and one of the leading zoological collections in Europe, with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.  With the new ‘Islands’ site under construction, due to open in the spring, 2015 is set to be an exciting year! 
We currently have a vacancy for a Lead Keeper to join a busy and diverse section committed to advancing all aspects of zoo-based animal welfare.  This role involves working alongside keepers to undertake daily animal care duties delivering an excellent level of husbandry and welfare, and also includes the supervision of students and volunteers.  The Lead Keeper will ensure that all exhibits are of the highest standard for both animals and visitors alike, and provide outstanding customer care.
We are looking for someone with extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management, with a focus on rhinos and hoof stock, and experience of working in a zoo or safari park.  The successful candidate will also be educated to a minimum of HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have equivalent experience. 
With the ability to develop and implement new ideas for improving husbandry, the Lead Keeper will also demonstrate problem solving skills and be able to build strong working relationships with other departments.  They will have leadership qualities; experience of supervising a team and be able to manage and prioritise a diverse workload within a dynamic environment.  A good understanding of risk assessments is also essential to ensure all staff members are fully aware of safety and management procedures.
This role will involve representing Chester Zoo and the Rhino team for media interviews and internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas. Therefore, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.  Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages (including an understanding of ZIMS/SPARKS) would be advantageous for this role and a full clean UK driving licence is also a requirement.
Salary is £21,866 per annum for a 40 hour week (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Rhino Lead Keeper role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.


Closing date for applications is Friday, 27th February 2015.


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DEPUTY TEAM LEADER: SMALL MONKEYS







DEPUTY TEAM LEADER:
SMALL MONKEYS

Hiring Organisation
Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
Monkey World is currently home to over 250 primates of 20 different species. The majority of our primates are rescue animals from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have suffered years of abuse or neglect. On arrival at Monkey World these primates are rehabilitated into appropriate social groupings and provided with an environment which encourages them to express natural behaviours.

Date Posted
Feb 2015

Job Description
Monkey World is looking for an experienced primate keeper to support the team leader on our Small Monkey section. This section currently cares for over 50 monkeys of 7 different species managed in various group setups. This is a diverse section which cares for monkeys from many different back-grounds. Monkey World works closely with the RSPCA to help primates caught up in the UK pet trade and offers a valuable opportunity to help rehabilitate these animals into a natural environment at Monkey World. The successful candidate will help to oversee all aspects of the section including animal husbandry, diets, operant conditioning, enrichment and health checks. You will also be responsible, in the absence of the team leader, for staff training and monitoring.

Qualifications/Experience
This role requires a primate keeper with at least 2 years callitrichid experience.

Applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be physically fit, self motivated and able to lead and work as part of a team.

Desirable
Experience of working with callitrichid (particularly common marmosets), squirrel monkey, stump-tailed macaque, ring-tailed lemur, saki monkey, patas monkey, cotton-topped tamarin.
Experience of operant conditioning
Full driving licence
Shotgun certificate
Experience of public speaking
Familiarity with rescue and rehabilitation of primates


Salary
Dependant on experience.

Condition of appointment
This position will be subject to a six-month probationary period

Please send covering letter and current CV to :-

Sophie Sparrow
HR Administrator
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 6HH


Closing date for applications Monday 2nd March 2015


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Animal Care and Other Staff




Animal Care and Other Staff

The Peak Wildlife Park is a new wildlife park based on the site of the old Blackbrook Zoo on the edge of the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire UK. We are in the process of completely redeveloping the site as well as the animal habitats and the park's mission and ethos. Our keystone attraction for 2015 will be our immersive penguin habitat which will be unique in its scale and complexity. We will also open with several other new immersive animal habitats representing imperilled wildlife from across the globe.


We are as committed to the experience of our visitors as we are to the welfare of our animals and the contribution we can make together to protect wildlife both here and across the globe; our mission is to take and inspire action to protect wild life and wild places. We are currently looking for staff that share our passion and commitments.


If you want to be part of something unique and special, have a positive attitude, relevant skills or experience and share our vision and passion then you might just find the perfect role at the Peak Wildlife Park.

We are currently recruiting full time and seasonal staff at all levels and in all departments including animal care, guest services (retail and catering) and facilities and grounds maintenance. Please send a resume to hr@peakwildlifepark.co.uk with a covering letter of less than 350 words confirming which department/s you are interested in and why you think we should consider you for a role in the Peak Wildlife Park.

Please visit www.peakwildlifepark.co.uk for further information.


We aim to hold a recruitment day in March and will open in May 2015

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Assistant Head Keeper






Assistant Head Keeper

Wildwood Trust
Kent

Wildwood Trust is looking for an experienced animal keeper for this senior position with responsibility to support the head keeper in managing the Keeper team.
The post holder will be required to support the Head Keeper in co-ordinating the keeper team and giving the highest standards of care to our collection of British animals. The post holder will also be responsible for meeting all zoo legislation, keeping our records up to date and exceeding health and safety requirements.

Hours:
Average of 37.5 hours over 5 days, involving weekend, bank holiday work and evening work during some events.

Duties to include:
  • The smooth running of a busy keeper team.
  • Maintaining Wildwood’s policies, procedures and systems and to ensure that the Wildwood collection is looked after to the highest standard. 
  • Assisting in animal acquisitions, transfers, imports and exports and managing the breeding of animals to maintain the integrity of Wildwood’s collection. 
  • Management of the day to day maintenance of exhibits to meet the high standards expected by our visitors. 
  • Planning and implementing a maintenance schedule for animal exhibits. 
  • Designing and building exhibits to provide the highest standards of animal care and efficiency of operations. 
  • Keeping animal records to meet all zoo legislation. 
  • Providing engaging events and talks for our visitors. 
  • You will be required to look after animals in our captive breeding programme and to liaise and plan the work of the team to carry out our conservation and contract work.


Key skills required for the role:
  • Experience of working with captive animals and their husbandry ideally within a zoo environment at a senior level is essential.
  • Experience of captive breeding and animal care
  • Experience of conservation reintroduction projects
  • Experience of health and safety systems
  • Familiarity with running of a zoological collection
  • Experience in developing and leading teams
  • Administrative experience in relation to zoological records


How to apply:
1) Download and read the full job specification from our website www.wildwoodtrust.org.
2) Please email Jon May, Park Manager, with your CV and covering letter detailing your experience and suitability: jobs@wildwoodtrust.org


Application deadline 9th March 2015

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