Friday, November 27, 2015

Team Leader - Sea Lion Presenter and Trainer

Team Leader - Sea Lion Presenter and Trainer

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is situated in Scotland midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh just 4 miles from Stirling.

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Sea Lion Presenter/Trainer. This is a full time permanent position and the successful applicant will be required to present Sea Lion displays to visitors during our open season.
Our presentations aim to be interactive, educational and fun and combine a strong conservation message with humour and high energy behaviours. The candidate must be hard-working, motivated and dynamic.

Role and Requirements

The successful applicant will:

•    Oversee the day to day running of the department and manage a small team of staff.
•    Maintain the health and welfare of our Californian Sea Lions, including diets and all husbandry requirements.
•    Maintain the ongoing development of new training and presentation programmes.
•    Have excellent communication and presentation skills, a positive “can do” attitude and work towards the longer-term goals of the safari park.

To apply for this position you must hold the DMZAA qualification or equivalent and hold a full clean driving licence.   

Salary is negotiable according to experience. We offer a good pension scheme and holiday entitlement.

Please complete the on line application form on our website and send your cv with a short covering letter to
Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 11th December 2015.

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Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo is currently looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to work within our animal department. You will perform general animal husbandry duties to a very high standard with a wide range of animals including big cats, small mammals, hoof stock and birds. You will play an integral role in training, enrichment and maintenance of the animals and their enclosures.

Three years animal husbandry experience.
An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DMZAA.
Be able to assist in veterinary duties.
Hold a full UK driving licence due to location.
Have excellent communication skills.
A good team worker with a positive outlook.
Have reasonable IT skills and a knowledge of record keeping.
Two fixed days off per week.
You will be required to work bank holidays and other specified days for special events.
Work some evenings if required.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to

Closing date for applications: Friday 04th December 2015

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Experienced Primate Keeper

Experienced Primate Keeper

The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity that is actively involved with several projects incorporating a diverse range of conservation activities both at their Kent based Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve and overseas projects in the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated primate keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park. The ideal candidate will have experience in a mainstream zoological collection (preferably in a similar position) and an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must be physically fit. A full valid driving licence is essential to the role. Ideally you will posses experience of good all round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the primate species around the park. Holding a recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification and being comfortable interacting with the public would be an advantage.

Working 5 days a week, including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours. Single person accommodation may be available.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, works to support a number of overseas conservation projects including the Java Primate Project in Indonesia. We are home to a collection of around 170 rare and endangered primates, including Javan gibbons, Dusky langurs, Sulawesi macaques, Pied tamarins and Gelada baboons to name a few.

We have recently built a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Java where rare Indonesian primates can be confiscated and taken care of; with a view to either returning them back to the wild or providing them with a better quality of life. Ultimately, captive bred animals may also relocate to the centre, providing offspring that could boost the wild population when reintroduction conditions are right.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 18th December 2015.

To apply, please email a CV along with a covering letter to Jo Stephens: 

Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Apprentice Zoo Keeper - Animal Care Apprenticeship

Apprentice Zoo Keeper Animal Care Apprenticeship

Drusillas Zoo Park is widely regarded to be one of the best small zoos in the Country. Working alongside our experienced animal keepers you will learn how to provide the highest standards of care and husbandry.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Science Director

Science Director

Job Description : Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe, with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conserving biodiversity worldwide through breeding programmes, field conservation, education and research. We extended the zoo this summer with an innovative, immersive experience - Islands anticipating a busy couple of years where we can build on this success.

We currently have an exciting opportunity on offer with a vacancy for a Science Director who will join our Executive Team. The broad objectives of this post are to contribute to the overall organisational strategy by developing and implementing departmental strategy for the Science, Education and Field Programme Directorate.  This translates into:-

    •    Visitor Engagement: providing engaging and educational experiences for >1.5 million visitors a year. (including >30,000 student visits)
    •    Applied Conservation Science: responsible for coordinating scientific activity in the zoo, peer reviewed publications
    •    Field Programmes: Oversee aspects of field programmes and develop synergies with ‘in zoo’ conservation with the Collections Director.
    •    Facilities & Exhibits: Design, delivery and upkeep of interpretative elements to all exhibits (animal / plant and other), formal teaching facilities and library, laboratory
    •    Staffing Accountability: 5 direct reports and circa 40 permanent positions + 40 FTE training positions + circa 150 volunteers
    •    Budgetary accountability: circa £2.75m/year

The major responsibilities of your 5 direct reports are as follows;-

    •    Head of Applied Science: Develop and coordinate zoo-focused applied conservation scientific activities across Chester Zoo to mitigate the loss in biodiversity and aid in the well-being of the Living Collection and their wild counterparts. Ensure Chester Zoo is recognized by its staff, its peers and the public as global leaders in zoo-focused applied conservation science and provide opportunities to develop the future leaders in strategically determined fields of applied conservation science. To work with field programmes to ensure alignment of the zoo and field-focused applied conservation science activities.
    •    Head of Conservation Science: To direct the Zoo’s field conservation strategy and scientific portfolio and support the Director General in ensuring the success of the Zoo in line with the organisation’s mission, vision and values. Contribute to and develop the overall organisational strategy, ensuring implementation throughout the Zoo and disseminating within the Field Programmes Division.
    •    Head of Field Programmes: To develop and manage field conservation programmes and communications in line with the Zoo’s vision and mission and to achieve the Zoo’s strategic objectives and maximise conservation impact.
    •    Head of Discovery & Learning: To develop a conservation education strategy for the zoo, in line with the zoo’s wider strategic development and mission, that inspires people (visitors, staff, partners and the wider community) to take action in support of the natural world. To support others in the delivery of this strategy and provide leadership to the Discovery and Learning Division staff.
    •    PA: administrative support to the Directorate (rather than specifically the Director) includes response to public enquiries, booking and minute meetings, national and international travel, and administrative tasks involving collection plan, risk assessment and safe working procedures.

We are therefore looking for someone with extensive knowledge and expertise in:-

    •    Scientific method, project design and scientific writing. Knowledge of wide range of biological sciences.
    •    Field conservation: Managing field projects in a variety of countries, habitats and cultural backgrounds, Conservation impact measurement, basics of population management, conservation techniques.
    •    Education: Principles of formal and informal (public) education / engagement and influence.
    •    Zoo management: Staff training, site management, budget management, Legislation and licencing.
    •    Communication: media, public, scientific community, zoo peers, training, advocacy.
    •    Business practices, Staff training and management: leading teams, budgeting, planning & prioritising, basics of marketing and PR.
    •    Hold a Ph.D in one or more of the following disciplines: Field Conservation/ zoology / conservation psychology or related disciplines.

In conjunction with the other Directors you will be developing the organisation’s strategy and master plan and directing its implementation.  You will also participate in the governance of the organisation ensuring success, credibility and sustainability for the future.

If you would like to receive a full job description for this role or have any specific questions please

Otherwise please apply, providing a full CV and covering letter.

A competitive salary and benefits package are on offer.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 30th November 2015.

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Wildlife Connections Project Officer

Wildlife Connections Project Officer

Job Description : Chester Zoo has 1.43 million zoo visitors a year. It is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation, research and education.

We are seeking to recruit a Wildlife Connections Project Officer on a temporary 23 month contract basis within our award winning Discovery & Learning Division. The successful candidate will be highly motivated to work within a dynamic community conservation setting engaging on a regional programme encompassing social science and biodiversity conservation.

Wildlife Connections is Chester Zoo’s new wildlife campaign that aims to create a regional network of skilled people and habitats to enable declining native species to thrive. The Wildlife Connections Project Officer role will enable Chester Zoo to fully deliver this new campaign in 2016 and 2017. They undertake the administration of the project, maintain relationships with community partners, develop and deliver training for community group leaders and create resources for use by those community partners and other project participants. They will also support the wider development of the project campaign, including researching and writing content for the microsite, setting up meetings and co-ordinating events with partners and at the zoo (in collaboration with others on the project team). The role will ensure the project delivers maximum value for money/effort, serving the strategic objectives of the organisation. The role requires the post holder to work extensively across different departments and with external colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have:

    •    Experience coordinating and administering community programmes and projects, preferably within a zoo, aquarium or other environmental education or conservation focused organisation.
    •    Appropriate knowledge of conservation and the key issues threatening the natural world today, particularly with a focus on UK native species. This is likely to be demonstrated by a relevant degree and/or extensive experience within a conservation organisation or similar environment
    •    Relevant experience leading training and/or delivering workshops to adult audiences from a wide variety of backgrounds.
    •    Experience developing high quality resources for learning, both paper based and digitally.
    •    Exceptional communication and presentation skills, demonstrated through a wide range of experience presenting to different audiences, teaching and delivering learning in different formats (workshops, presentations, talks, tours etc.)
    •    Experience working collaboratively with a wide range of community partners, including stakeholder engagement.
    •    Experience of using learning programmes to bring about social change, ideally encouraging sustainable behaviours.

Additional qualities required are:

    •    Attention to detail and proof reading skills are essential.
    •    Skills in the use of Microsoft Office and use of digital technologies for public engagement. Film editing and ability to manipulate and edit images would be an advantage.
    •    Excellent time management and planning skills. Ability to coordinate multiple project activities, meeting deadlines and ensuring appropriate quality control.
    •    Excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills. Ability to work effectively under own initiative and as part of a team, to work under pressure with positive attitude, and also to enthuse and engage others.

You will be required to work 35 hours per week within a 5 in 7 roster system which will include weekends and Bank Holidays. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the project. Salary is £19,133 per annum.

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for this role.

Closing date for applications is 22nd November 2015.

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Experienced Exotic Veterinarian

Experienced Exotic Veterinarian

Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital in Hong Kong is a well established 24 hour hospital that prides itself on providing the highest standard of care and compassion for all our exotic and small animal patients.
We are looking for an experienced exotic veterinarian to work in a new exclusively exotic hospital we are opening on Hong Kong Island. It will be equipped with all the specialist equipment necessary to provide a high level of care for exotics and will have wards dedicated for different exotic species.

The position would ideally suit a veterinarian with at least 4 years experience with exotics and have ideally completed a post-graduate qualification. We have an ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal) specialist on staff available to mentor veterinarians pursuing further studies in exotics.

Compassion, a good sense of humor and great interpersonal skills are a must.

Our emphasis is on a 'team approach' to high quality medicine and surgery.
The position involves working 5 days per week. Benefits include one month annual and one week CPD leave per year. CPD is actively encouraged and an allowance is provided. Salary is production related with a guaranteed base.

Applicants must have graduated from a University classified under Schedule 1 or 2, of 'Qualifications recognized for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Hong Kong' of the Hong Kong Veterinary Surgeons Board.
For further information on our main Hospital please see

If you are interested in the above position please send your CV and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position to

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