Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care

Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care

Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education 
(GRACE) Center, Inc.

GRACE, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks a highly motivated and team oriented individual to act as the on-site manager for animal programs at its facility in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. GRACE is the only place in the world that
provides sanctuary for orphaned Grauer’s gorillas with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating and reintroducing them back into the wild. Fourteen gorillas live at GRACE in a single social group; several monkeys are also in residence. GRACE is located in a very
remote, mountainous region near the Tayna Nature Reserve; expatriates are uncommon in the area.

Position Description: 

The Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care will be responsible for supervising the implementation of standard operating procedures for all animal care at GRACE in coordination with the GRACE Veterinary and Animal Care & Welfare Advisory Groups and GRACE Directors. 
The Manager’s duties will include working with a team of
Congolese on a daily basis to care for resident animals and monitor and document animal health. The Manager will be responsible for carrying out monthly parasite screenings and any needed medical interventions. He/she will also organize annual
health exams in coordination with veterinary advisors. 

For this position, we are looking for someone who is a team player with demonstrated skills and experience--preferably in a field setting--with procedures including parasitology screenings, darting and anesthesia recovery, necropsies, emergency medicine, and processing and interpreting blood work. The Manager will work closely with and train Congolese staff, so teaching experience is highly desirable. 

The Manager may also have some administrative duties,
and there may be opportunities to work with the local community on veterinary outreach projects.


The ideal candidate will have:
• A degree in veterinary science (veterinarian or veterinary technician) with excellent clinical skills and experience managing captive animal care and welfare
• 5 or more years experience working with primates, preferably gorillas in a zoo or sanctuary setting
• Fluency in or advanced knowledge of French and/or Kiswahili; fluency in English 
• Proven ability to live in remote locations with very basic living conditions
• Proven communication and leadership skills
• Enthusiasm for teaching and working with others, particularly with people from different cultures


Salary commensurate with experience; support will also include all travel and living expenses

Term of Appointment:

The position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal based on performance evaluation

Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2015


Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references by email to 

Please write “Animal & Vet Manager Application” in the subject line. 

The position is ready to be filled as soon as possible, but start date is negotiable.

Contact Information:
Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg
GRACE Executive Director
P.O. Box 334
Cumberland Center, ME 04021


Email Address:

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015



Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF), a Registered UK Charity, seeks a General Business Manager to lead its Ugandan not-for-profit operational arm, Uganda Conservation (U) Ltd (UCU). The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda with a minimum term commitment of 3 years (subject to satisfactory performance) sought.

UCF has earned its reputation as a practical, action-based organisation, and seeks to ensure it maximises funds reaching field project actions and minimises administration and non-value adding activities. UCF works to better protect Uganda's National Parks and their unique biodiversity for the benefit of wildlife, local communities, the global community and future generations. UCF works closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to identify specific needs for step changes, designing targeted projects, identifying funding gaps and raising funds to address these needs. Its work is highly valued by its main beneficiaries – local communities and UWA.

UCU has a small team of three employees, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which in turn report back to the volunteer Board of Trustees of UCF in the UK. The Boards comprise a mix of people from the private and public sectors, and from key relevant disciplines. The Ugandan nationals' team currently comprises a Project Manager, Finance and Administration Officer and a Marketing Officer.

With the current global spotlight and increasing government interest in the Illegal Wildlife Trade around the world, we are stepping up to the challenge in Uganda.

UCU's Goal &Primary Objectives

UCU's goal is to 'secure wildlife populations in Uganda through habitat management and community development'. It achieves this by:

  • Recovering and reconnecting neglected Protected Areas in Uganda;
  • Supporting the recovery of wildlife populations, especially mega-herbivores;
  • Mitigating human - wildlife conflict;
  • Improving livelihoods of communities close to Protected Areas; and
  • Advocacy and building an international and national community of supporters of wildlife conservation in Uganda.

General Description

UCF Trustees / UCU Directors are looking for an experienced manager who can demonstrate strong leadership, with an established record of achievement in growing a sustainable commercial business or not-for- profit organisation, and a keen interest to get actively involved, or re-involved in conservation in Uganda.

The GM will lead UCU's transition from a Founder-led organisation that depends heavily on voluntary time for fund raising and management, to a self-sustaining and managed institution, with the Trustees and Directors playing an advisory and regulatory role.

Working together with Directors, Trustees and staff, the GM will lead the development of new programmes, support the development and management of existing programmes with their respective project leads, strengthen governance, and supervise and develop the staff team.

Through strategic fund-raising, the GM will help UCU to triple UCF's current revenue base to about $500,000 per annum and unrestricted funding to over $120,000 per annum over the next 3 years. The GM will have the opportunity to develop our experienced team working in the field of wildlife conservation and regional development, and further counter the upsurge in poaching and improve livelihoods of communities, in particular by addressing human-wildlife conflict.

Salary and benefits are dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant, with a market-competitive package awaiting the right individual.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to the organisation;
  • Assist the review and updating of UCU Strategy, working with the Trustees and Directors to develop annual and medium term business plans;
  • Management of project and organisation finances including on-going upgrade of UCU's financial management systems;
  • Ensure the organisation is legally and fiscally compliant and that management systems and policies are in place and used, for smooth running of the office;
  • Day to day staff management including development, training, appraisals and continuity;
  • Programme and resource planning with project leads and stakeholders to guide project work throughout the year effectively and according to capacity;
  • Prepare annual core operational budgets, monitoring and reporting variations;
  • Design, fund and manage new projects with new funding partners;
  • Implement unrestricted funding, new and existing project fund-raising plan in conjunction with stakeholders and project directors;
  • Manage grant funded project cycle, proposal development, project budgets, identify donors and prepare funding applications, work contracts, management of resources, completion of projects to time and budget; donor reporting requirements;
  • Information management between staff, Board of Directors and Trustees, including ensuring Trustees and Directors are provided with accurate and timely information to support their work;
  • Plan and implement fundraising to ensure sustainable long term coverage of core running costs for the continuity and solvency of the organisation;
  • Oversee the team in their preparation of an Annual Report summarising progress on short and long-term plans and oversee a timely annual audit;
  • Ensure communication and marketing is of high quality and effectively targeted, and lead domestic revenue raising initiatives;
  • Liaise with key stakeholders (e.g. Uganda Wildlife Authority and donors) to maintain strong working links at senior levels whilst respecting existing relationships;
  • Identify opportunities for organisational development, including private and public sector partnerships and generation of domestic revenue; and
  • Support the representation of the organisation and its public relations.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications:


  • At least 5 years' experience in a senior management role;
  • Educated to at least graduate level;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop, mentor and manage a team of staff to deliver organisation goals;
  • Ability to build effective and motivated working relationships and strategic partnerships both internally and externally;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Be self-motivated, impact driven, practical, tolerant and flexible to seek innovative, creative and balanced solutions;
  • Strong skills in financial management, planning and budgetary control;
  • Ability and initiative to create and develop fund-raising opportunities;
  • Experienced in proposal development, monitoring, reporting and evaluation; and
  • Proficiency with office computer equipment, Office software, Quickbooks, internet and social media.


  • Experience of working in East Africa with multi-cultural teams;
  • A strong interest in, or experience of, wildlife conservation;
  • Non-profit/charitable organisation experience including fund-raising; and
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks accounting.

To apply:

This position has been advertised in New Vision and The Daily Monitor in Uganda.

Applicants should submit a sealed letter of application in their own handwriting and in less than 300 words with a hard copy of an up-to-date C.V., including telephone and email contacts, to be handed in to the UCU offices at Plot 24 Henlon Close, Luthuli Avenue, Bugolobi, Kampala, Uganda by close of business on Friday 6th February 2015. This should be marked "For the attention of the Board of Directors", clearly stating "Application for the post of UCU General Manager" on the outside.

Applicants who have not heard back from us by 22nd February should consider their applications unsuccessful. Any canvassing in the interim may result in an application being disregarded.

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Seasonal Education Officers

Seasonal Education Officers
(Salary £13,520pa pro rata)

Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, in conjunction with the Aspinall Foundation, are a charity based organisation committed to protecting rare and endangered animals from extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction programmes.

Currently we are seeking 2 self-motivated, enthusiastic and confident people to help undertake our educational commitments. These full-time temporary positions, are 40 hours a week including all weekends and public holidays from March-September 2015. One post will be based at Howletts and one at Port Lympne.

Duties of the role include presenting scheduled educational talks to our visitors, writing and presenting educational talks to school and bespoke groups, to man the education centre, to provide guided tours with small groups, to run our Junior Ranger and Keeper Academy sessions on weekends and to create relevant education activities linked to our themed events.

A good knowledge of exotic wildlife and global animal conservation issues is a prerequisite. An ability to communicate this knowledge to both the general public and more informed audiences is essential.The ideal candidate will have previous experience of teaching or working in an educator’s role, as experience in presenting talks to the public is needed. You will be working alongside a full time permanent Education Officer and helping to supervise a small team of volunteers.

We are looking for proactive, organised self-motivated people with good proven people skills who is a confident and accomplished public speaker. At interview this must be demonstrated through a prepared talk. One role will be based at Howletts and one at Port Lympne but the successful candidates may be required to work at either park as required. Therefore, your own transport is required.

Closing date: Friday 6th February 2015, 12noon.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

To apply: email a CV along with a covering email to
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.

Visit our website at for further information.

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Monday, January 26, 2015



Knowsley Safari

Our mission: To connect communities with the natural world for the benefit of future generations

We are pleased to announce that a number of summer internships will be available through the Learning and Discovery department in 2015. These positions are ideal for those looking to gain valuable experience in zoo / science education, and are also applicable for trainee teachers looking to broaden their experience and work in and out of classroom setting. Those with an interest in an animal or conservation based careers are also encouraged to apply.

Internships will be for 10 weeks: 22nd June – 31st August 2015.

You will be expected to attend 4/7 days - this includes weekends. Hours of attendance will vary according to the activities you are assigned to which are likely to be one of three shifts - 10-2.30pm, 12-4.30pm or 9-4pm therefore flexibility is required.

Successful applicants will experience a broad range of education activities and build their competencies. Supported at all times by members of the permanent Learning and Discovery team you will build skills and knowledge valuable to future employers in the education, science, zoological or conservation sector.

For more information and how to apply please visit:

All requests for our internships must be submitted by 
27th February 2015.

Interviews will take place Friday 20th March 2015. 

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Veterinary Nurse Volunteers

Veterinary Nurse Volunteers

Animals Asia is currently looking for qualified veterinary nurse volunteers at their China Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China for the upcoming year. Placements are available from March 2015.

All veterinary volunteer placements require a commitment of at least three months.

Basic Veterinary Nurse Volunteer Requirements

•        Recognised veterinary nursing qualification.
•        Experience working in veterinary practice in a veterinary nursing role.

Main Duties

•        Make medicated shakes for bears.
•        Assist with the preparation for bear health-checks and surgeries.
•        Assist with bear health-checks and surgeries.
•        Help clear away after bear health-checks and surgeries.
•        Observe and monitor bears waking up from anaesthetics.
•        Feed, clean and enrich hospitalised bears in transport cages.
•        Assist the Resident VN with monthly abdomen checks and worming of bears as required.
•        Help with small animal work as needed.
•        Walk resident dogs daily.
•        Assist with weekly and monthly cleaning duties.

If you would like to apply for a volunteer vet nurse position, please send your CV and application letter to

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trainee Cover Keeper

Trainee Cover Keeper

We are looking for an ambitious individual to join our animal care team. If you want to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing zoos and are excited about the prospect of being part of something new, this position might be for you!

Wingham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with big emphasis on animal husbandry, conservation, education and safety for our animals, staff and visitors. We are looking for a like minded “team player” who would fit in amongst all bird and mammal sections. These sections includes a variety of species ranging from meerkats, warty pigs and marmosets through to tigers, tapirs and penguins.

The Candidate Will:

  • Be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis as well as leading public talks to large crowds.
  • Have some experience working with exotic species.
  • Be comfortable working with carnivore feed preparation.
  • Have relevant animal husbandry qualifications.
  • Have a valid UK driving licence or have good access to transport links.

The Role Involves:

  • Day to day husbandry of animals in our park.
  • Giving talks to visitors about some of the species in the park.
  • Strict adherence to safe working practices.
  • Maintaining high standards around the park including emptying bins, weeding and window cleaning.

About Employment with WWP:
This full time position requires people to be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, including working on weekends, during school holidays and on bank holidays.

We give statutory holiday entitlement.

This trainee position will pay at the rate of the national minimum wage.

All applications to be address for the attention of Markus Wilder to along with a covering letter and CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference COV001 in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Animal Technician (Marine Mammals)

Animal Technician (Marine Mammals)


Animal Technician – Marine Mammals

The Oklahoma City Zoo is seeking a highly team oriented individual to join our marine mammal team. The Oklahoma City region enjoys a robust economy, a low cost of living, is centered among a biologically rich area, and hosts a variety of academic and educational institutions.

The successful candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a fast paced environment that propels an innovative and educational pinniped program facilitating the zoo’s mission. Responsibilities will include implementing all husbandry, operant conditioning, enrichment, and exhibit cleaning protocols and participating in veterinary procedures, formal and informal guest interactions, and educational talks.

The Noble Aquatic Center is a facility consisting of over 400,000 gallons dedicated to 0.1 Pacific harbor seal plus a diverse group of 3.2 California sea lions, of which, one male is geriatric and visually impaired while the remaining are in an active breeding group. The Noble Aquatic Center also incorporates a 1,800 seat marine mammal stadium and a diverse collection of more than 120 species of fish and aquatic invertebrate species in both freshwater and saltwater.

Candidates must have a minimum experience equivalent to one year full time animal care/animal husbandry including public animal demonstrations, demonstrated knowledge and experience using operant conditioning and training techniques, basic knowledge of life support components, and marine mammal water quality parameters. Candidates must be SCUBA certified or willing to become certified within 6 months of hire. High school diploma is required with preference given to a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. This is a full-time position and selected candidate must have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle operator's license and pass a Driver's History check to operate Zoo vehicles. Must successfully complete a pre-employment background check, a physical examination, and a drug test and have the ability to pass annual TB tests. The salary is $12.29/hr minimum to $14.75/hr mid-range with excellent benefits.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by January 27, 2015 (4:30 PM if faxed or hand-delivered) to: Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or FAX to: 405-425-0207 or email

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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