Friday, December 19, 2014

Aquarium Curator

Aquarium Curator

Skegness Aquarium

Skegness Aquarium Curator

Skegness Aquarium, UK, is looking to recruit a Curator.

The project is currently under construction, and the successful candidate will have the task of working with the design team and owners to help finalise the displays, life support systems and operational aspects of the aquarium to meet the planned opening of Easter 2015. The Aquarium will have 18 tanks, mostly Tropical systems and also 6 insect and amphibian displays.

The successful candidate will;
1. Work with the Employers and Employers representatives and Aquarium Design Team during the later stages of the construction of the project to ensure that the appropriate decisions are made with regard to operational requirements, sourcing, quarantining of livestock, stocking of exhibits and commissioning of the life support systems and other aquarium systems, obtaining the Zoo License and to ensure the aquarium is ready for opening to the public.
2. Once open, take on curatorial responsibility for the day to day running of the aquarium.  The employee will be responsible for performing all tasks incumbent to the role including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain all exhibits of fish and other sea life within the aquarium setting.
  • Ensure tanks are suitable for the species held, and that life support and mechanical systems are functioning properly.
  • Monitor aquarium water quality, and maintain records of procedures and tests carried out.
  • Oversee nutrition, feeding, and food storage and preparation for aquarium stock.

  • Understand and comply with Zoo Licensing legislation.
  • Ethically acquire new specimens to keep the displays and exhibits new and attractive.
  • Plan and execute a safe transportation, delivery, health checking and quarantine process when acquiring new fish.
  • Create displays and exhibits that are aesthetically pleasing as well as ensuring high levels of welfare for the livestock.
  • Plan and carry out research on a regular basis, and keep abreast of current good practice, attending and presenting at conferences, seminars and courses, or undertaking further training as necessary.
  • Maintain stock inventories, and operate livestock breeding programmes where appropriate.
  • Liaise with veterinary consultants to develop fish health protocols, and develop procedures for maintaining health records.

Curator Job Description

  • Take responsibility for the safe storage and use of any veterinary medicinal products held on site, including record keeping.
  • Assist with the recruitment and manage and train a team of aquarists, divers and presenters within the aquarium.
  • Maintain safe working practices and emergency procedures concerning staff diving operations, hazardous specimens, chemicals, veterinary medicines and other employee health and safety issues related to the aquarium.
  • All other duties that may be required to ensure the safe and effective operation of the aquarium.
  • Professional knowledge and understanding

Your experience and knowledge will be sufficient to allow you to work autonomously, and to train and supervise others.

You will have a good understanding of the requirements of the Zoo Licensing regulations, Health and Safety and Diving at Work Regulations.

You will have a commitment to your own learning and professional development, and to that of your team.

An awareness of the responsibilities of health and safety, and personal and public hygiene when working with living species, is crucial.

Leadership Skills

  • You will be an experienced and capable leader, able to supervise a team of aquarists, divers, and presenters (as well as other temporary workers, such as students). You will be expected to:
  • Work effectively with your team, and co-ordinate the work of others.
  • Support and manage change.
  • Secure commitment to agreed clear aims through strategic planning.
  • Delegate tasks and monitor performance.
  • Motivate and inspire your team.
  • Deal sensitively with people, and resolve conflicts.
  • Seek advice and support when necessary.


The Aquarium Curator will be educated to degree level or above, in a relevant animal-related subject, or biological science.
A diving qualification, as well as experience of aquarium dive operations, will be an advantage.


  • Experience of aquarium curation work, covering a broad range of species and aquarium systems.
  • Experience of carefully monitoring animal health and life support systems, and a proven ability to anticipate, recognise and practically resolve problems at an early stage, seeking veterinary advice where necessary.
  • Previous experience working in the visitor attractions industry is an advantage.

This is a permanent position, subject to satisfactory performance during a 1 year probationary period.

For a full Job Description, to ask any questions about the role or to apply please contact:

Katrina Graham
111 Lumley Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire. PE25 3LL

Closing Date: 16th January 2015

Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

General Manager

General Manager

Skegness Aquarium

Skegness Aquarium General Manager

Skegness Aquarium, UK, is looking to recruit a General Manager.

The project is currently under construction, and the successful candidate will have the task of working with the design team and owners to help finalise the displays, life support systems and operational aspects of the aquarium to meet the planned opening of Easter 2015. The Aquarium will have 18 tanks, mostly Tropical systems and also 6 insect and amphibian displays.

About the Role

Would you describe yourself as a dynamic, ambitious and inspirational person?

You will lead the team on a daily basis. You will deliver a memorable guest experience  seeking continual improvement. You will play a key part in the strategic development of the attraction.

About you

An excellent all round communicator, able to build and capitalise on a wide network of contacts externally, while motivating and managing your in-house team.

Have an entrepreneurial outlook you will have the skills to grow existing revenue streams and develop new ones, maximising the profitability of the business.

Manage demanding and changing priorities. Enjoy challenging situations and create a positive and innovative working atmosphere.

It is essential you are passionate about our unique product and what we have to offer our visitors.

For a full Job Description, to ask any questions about the role or to apply please contact:

Katrina Graham
111 Lumley Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire. PE25 3LL

Closing Date: 16th January 2015

Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

Assistant Head Keeper

Assistant Head Keeper

Wildwood Trust

Responsible to: Head Keeper

Position type: Full time, permanent

We are looking for a an experienced Senior animal keeper to join our busy team at Wildwood.

This role will suite a fit, practical person who is highly motivated and can work outdoors during all weathers doing a physically demanding job.

Your primary focus will be the care of wildwood’s unique collection of British wildlife and assisting the Head Keeper in managing our team of keeper staff.

Duties to include:
Managing the Keeper team
Assisting the Head Keeper
Enclosure design
Assisting in the overall management of the Wildwood animal collection
Adminstration duties to ensure Wildwood complies with zoo legislation
Animal aquistion and transfers, imports and exports
Monitoring health issues & liaising with the Wildwood vets
Sourcing  & allocating resources for enclosure projects
Construction of enclosures
General housekeeping

As a visitor centre Wildwood is dedicated to educating our visitors about British wildlife and Wildwood’s conservation work. To support this your duties will include:
Helping to educate the public through talks and demonstrations about our animals
Assisting with our conservation projects
Helping to promote wildlife conservation
Helping to run events at the park
Engaging and assisting visitors around the park

Other duties will be required in line with the job description (see links below to download).

To apply for this role please read and download the full job description, available on our website: Please then send your CV and covering letter detailing why you meet the job specification.

To apply by email please email Wildwood’s park manager, Jon May at

To apply by post, please send your CV and letter to Jon May, Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 7LQ

The closing date for this position is 31st December 2014.



East Sussex

We are currently looking to appoint a zoo keeper who has a minimum of two years relevant experience in animal work  and preferably holds the DMZAA Certificate in Animal Management.
A full driving licence is essential.

For further information and an application form please contact our Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate

Telephone  01323 874110 or email

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Senior Keeper: Large Mammals

Senior Keeper: Large Mammals

Twycross Zoo is currently going through an exciting period of change as the zoo develops and we are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Keeper on our Large Mammals section.  The section manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat, Kirk’s dik dik, Asian elephant and giraffe, which will arrive in 2015.   

Key Responsibilities
•        A hands-on role, working on the section and covering all areas of daily animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping
•        Interacting with visitors to the zoo
•        Assisting with the supervision and training of staff

Key Skills & Requirements
•        A high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management
•        Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper
•        Able to demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
•        A good team worker with a positive outlook
•        Excellent communication skills
•        Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
•        Supervisory experience advantageous
•        An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date for applications:  Friday 2nd January 2015

Experienced Keeper

Experienced Keeper

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Applications are invited for an experienced keeper on the Primate and Small Mammal Section of the Park.

The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in the daily husbandry of the section, and will work in close co-operation with the Section Head and his staff towards the continuous development of the section. They will be expected to undertake all relevant aspects of work in a progressive animal collection. Assisting in the presentation of educational talks is essential.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience with Primate species 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 is desired and a full driving licence is essential for this position.

In return we offer a competitive salary, free accommodation, and a non-contributory pension scheme.

Please send a current CV with a covering letter to:

Jamie Craig
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens,
OX18 4JP

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hoofstock Keeper

Hoofstock Keeper

Position duration: Full Time

Hours: 40+ a week
Salary: Dependent on experience

Vacancy Description:

An exciting opportunity to join one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in the heart of Pembrokeshire. The role will be based predominantly on the hoofstock section of the Zoo, working with a range of species including giraffe and zebra, but will include training and cover on all sectors. Responsibilities include all aspects of animal care, including daily cleaning and feeding regimes, upkeep of animal records and the maintenance of hygiene standards across all Zoo facilities and enclosures.

The successful candidate will need a pro-active approach to team work, and should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, with a positive, can-do attitude. A full driving licence is essential, with qualifications to degree level in Zoology or a related subject also desirable. The successful candidate will have a proven experience, a minimum of 1 year, of working in a Zoo or Safari Park, and within strict standard operating procedures. Welsh speaking and/or use of chainsaw would also be advantageous.

Applicants must be flexible in their working hours and willing to work weekends/Bank Holidays.

Closing Date: 19th December 2014

Applications via CV and Covering Letter to:
Recruitment, Folly Farm Leisure Ltd, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembs. SA68 0XA.

To Apply click HERE