Friday, February 5, 2016

Reptile and Amphibian Keeper

Reptile and Amphibian Keeper

Permanent position, full time 38 hours per week. Weekend work required.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is recruiting for the position of Reptile and Amphibian Keeper on the Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates department. We are looking for a driven and enthusiastic, experienced keeper to deliver on all aspects of husbandry for a wide range of reptiles and amphibians.

The successful candidate will have four or more years’ experience working with reptiles and amphibians and a keen and active interest in their conservation. You must also have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of reptile and amphibian management, as well as good awareness of zoo legislation and best practice. You must have demonstrable communication skills both verbal and written; an essential part of the role is being able to converse with diverse audiences and you may be required to present peer reviewed talks at industry conferences. Proficiency with IT, specifically MS Office suite, is also vital.

In addition to the above, applicants should possess either the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or an equivalent zoo biology focused qualification. The successful candidate will be expected to care for all species on the section and supervise junior members of staff.

For further details please contact Michael Bungard, Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates, Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, TQ4 7EU. Telephone: 01803 697500. Email: quoting LVI01. Applications are by covering letter and application form.

Closing date for applications is: Monday 29th February 2016. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 8th March. Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Education Ranger X2

Education Ranger X2
(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year asterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.

We currently have a vacancy for two Education Rangers who will support the team during our Winter season. The contracts are for a minimum of 20 hours per week (additional hours may be available depending on visitor numbers and weather conditions).

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Staff exhibits and facilitate visitor engagement
· Take bookings for Discovery programmes
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Assist with the delivery of pre-booked educational programmes
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· Experience handling small animals

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20, £7.05 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

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Mammal Keeper

Mammal Keeper


Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is 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 now open, 2016 is set to be an exciting year! This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.

We currently have a vacancy for a Temporary Mammal Keeper to join our Rhino team for a period of 12 months. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of mammal species ranging from Black and Greater one horned rhinos as well as Grevy’s zebra and a range of Bovid’s and Deer and Antelope.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with Black or GOH rhinos and a range of ungulate species relevant to the section. They will have experience of implementing environmental enrichment and operant conditioning. Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is also essential for this position.

In addition to the daily care and management of the species on section, a proven track record for delivering the highest standards of exhibitry is a must and the ideal candidate will have outstanding observation skills with an excellent attention to detail.
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence, valid to drive in the UK is a requirement.

Salary is £17,367 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).

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

Application URL :

Closing date for applications is Friday, 12th February 2016.

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Elephant Keeper

Elephant Keeper

Howletts Wild Animal Park works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to protecting rare and endangered animals from extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction programmes.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, is home to the largest breeding herd of African elephants in the UK. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated Elephant 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, a genuine passion for animal welfare and an open minded approach to elephant management.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must be physically fit and be able to work under time constraints. A full valid manual driving licence is essential to the role with experience of driving tractor an advantage. Holding a recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification and basic maintenance skills 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. Occasional security shift duties are also required as part of this role for those living on site.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Sunday 28th February 2016.

To apply, please email a CV along with a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role 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.

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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
February 2016

Job Description
The Primate Care Team is divided into six sections: Chimpanzees, Orang-utans, Gibbons, Capuchins, Woolly monkeys and a varied ‘small monkey’ section. Our primates enjoy large enclosures, varied enrichment and a comprehensive operant conditioning programme. We are looking to recruit experienced, motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individuals to join our dedicated team of Primate Care Staff.

Ideal candidates will possess:
•        At least 2 years relevant experience working with primates
•        Must be physically fit
•        Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team
•        Experience of public speaking
•        Full clean driving licence essential due to location
•        A flexible friendly attitude

A qualification in an animal related discipline
Experience of operant conditioning

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
BH20 6HH

Closing date for applications Friday 26th February 2016

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Assistant Head of Department – Animals

Assistant Head of Department – Animals
Curator of Birds

Full-Time Position
Salary £25,620

A unique position has arisen within the Animal Team at Bristol Zoological Society to provide assistance to the Senior Curator in addition to holding curatorial responsibility for the Bird Team.

The successful candidate’s main responsibility will be to support the Senior Curator in the day-to-day management of the animal department as well as managing the daily operations of the Bird section and animal food stores.

To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate significant experience of delivering high standards of animal care and welfare in a multi species animal collection, together with specialist curatorial responsibilities for a bird collection.

You will have a relevant animal husbandry or biological science qualification and experience of managing a team of people including producing efficient staffing rosters in a 7-day/week working environment.

This is a full time position working 37.5 hours per week as part of the departmental 7 day roster, which will include weekends Bank Holidays and some evenings. 

For further information about this position please see the Job Description at

Closing date for this position is 21st February 2016

Applications should be made by forwarding a C.V and covering letter to Please state ‘Assistant HOD – Animals’ in the subject line of the email.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Qualified Keeper – Primates & Small Mammals Team

Qualified Keeper – Primates  and Small Mammals Team

Join our vibrant organisation!

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Keeper to join our Primates & Small Mammals team on a full time basis. Our Qualified Keepers must have a strong generalist background with zoological experience as they may be required to work on a variety of sections. On this occasion however, an interest and previous experience with Primates would also be an advantage

Qualified Keepers are responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care, including husbandry routines, managerial operations and environmental enrichment, and supporting veterinary intervention as required.

The successful candidate will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use their initiative, display an interest in and commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and must possess strong communication skills

In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

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

Closing Date:  14th February 2016
Interview dates: 19th February 2016

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.

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