Monday, March 30, 2015

Animal Keeper: Primates

G1 Animal Keeper: Primates

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway.  The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest in 2015 and plans for ape developments also going ahead. 

Following an internal promotion, we have a vacancy for a Grade 1 keeper to work on our Primates section, which manages all our small primate species including callitrichids, cebids, guenons and lemurs. 

Key Responsibilities:
·       working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
·       training and record keeping
·       interacting with zoo visitors
·       assisting with the training and development of staff
Key Skills & Requirements:
·       enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
·       minimum of 3 years’ experience as a keeper, preferably with primates
·       substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
·       good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
·       committment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
·        Zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification

The role is permanent, full-time (15 days out of 21) and includes weekend duties on a rota system.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.

Please apply on-line by sending 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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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Collection Manager/Head Keeper

Collection Manager/Head Keeper (full time)

Tropical Wings Zoo is an established visitor attraction with an emphasis on Conservation and Education.  We pride ourselves on being highly engaging and interactive.  Our guest experiences are well received with high praise for our beautiful Tropical House and diverse animal collection.  2015 is already bringing positive change within our small Zoo with new developments and big plans for the future.  New employees joining our team will become fundamental and integral to our goals and aspirations.
Tropical Wings Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to lead and inspire our existing team of zoo keepers, work experience placements and volunteers whilst actively overseeing the care and management of our diverse collection of animals and all aspects of modern zoo management.  You will be an active overseer and will be expected to ensure ‘best practice’ is applied to all aspects of our visitor experience, animal and visitor facilities.  You will be responsible for the implementation of our conservation and research strategies and outputs and of course maintaining our zoo to BIAZA and EAZA criteria and standards. 
The ideal candidate will have:
·        A minimum of 5 years’ proven experience within a zoological collection and working with a diverse range of taxa
·        You will have been established and have proven success within a managerial position for a minimum of 3 years
·        Proven experience with ZIMS,  computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft packages with the ability to be technologically driven
·        DMZAA qualification or equivalent
·        Excellent communication skills
·        Managerial training or qualifications that reflect a unique management style and proven history maintaining an efficient and effective team
·        A unique outlook on zoological management and ‘out of the box’ innovative mindset
·        A full clean driving licence
To apply:
Send completed application form, CV and covering letter by email to

Closing date: 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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Visitor Services Supervisor – Deep Sea World

Visitor Services Supervisor – Deep Sea World
Permanent position  
Salary  - £14,000 per annum

About Deep Sea World
Deep Sea World is looking to recruit for a Visitor Services Supervisor to join its team for the 2015 season.  

Deep Sea World is a popular aquarium located in the village of North Queensferry, in Fife, Scotland. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark.

About the Role
Reporting to the Curator & Visitor Services Manager, you will play a key part in the leadership of this attraction.   You will be leading an established team to provide the very best in guest service.  Leading from the front, this highly visible role will involve working with colleagues across the attraction to set the standard to deliver and maintain the highest quality guest journey possible.  This role needs a strong people manager to ensure the team are motivated and pro-active in dealing with any guest enquiries and feedback. There will also be an opportunity to deliver memorable experiences for our key events such as Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas

About You
You are genuinely a people person and enjoy the company of others. You have a positive attitude and able to sustain a contagious enthusiasm. You have great listening skills and able to find out what our customers enjoy.  A previous supervisory role in the leisure and tourism industry is desirable; the successful candidate should also have the ability to develop themselves and their team within this role.

You will have excellent communication and organisational skills, excel in all areas of customer service, enjoy challenging situations and able to create a positive and innovative working atmosphere. 

You will ideally have experience of working to budgets, and preparing rota’s across multi sites. 

The job involves working variable hours to include weekends, bank holidays, evenings and school holiday periods.

About Aspro Parks
Deep Sea World is part of Aspro Parks, a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe, 10 of which are located in the UK. 

If interested, please send your CV & covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF.  Or email us at: .   Your application letter should highlight why you would be able to fulfil this key role within the organisation and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements.

We are committed to Equal Opportunities.   
Closing Date: 12th April 2015 Interview Dates: 20th/21st April 2015
We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 
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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
March 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.

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.

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

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 10th April 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Animal Trainer

Animal Trainer

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated experienced trainer, who can join our team immediately. The ideal candidate will have experience in animal training for shows 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. Working 5 days a week, including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours. Fluent Spanish is requested
CVs must be send to

Closing date 29 of march as we need this person right away.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Scholarship Hummingbirds

Scholarship Hummingbirds
Istituzione Scientifica Centro Colibrì - London

The Scientific institution of the Italian Republic "Centro per la salvaguardia dei Colibri" is offering a Scholarship, inclusive round trip, house in Italy and financial aid to students who want an opportunity to specialize in Animal-keeping with Hummingbirds (Colibri) and other exotic birds. You will be involved in vital research associated with reproduction and breeding, feeding and artificial hand-feeding. The Institution originates from the city of Trieste in the park of Miramare Castle and has recently transferred to a business centre named Città Fiera, close to the city of Udine.

Offer conditions:
1. A paid round trip to Italy (from a country of the European Community).

2. Study Visa for people who are in the European Community but have a nationality of countries outside the European Community.

3. A house near Udine in Northern Italy, shared with colleagues. It is also likely you will have to share a bedroom. All charges for the house are paid for by the Institution. The journey from the house to the Institution is 5km, you can go by bus but most students prefer to cycle. Each month, an extra €12.50 is given to cover the cost of transport. So, it is the students decision which type of transport they decide to use (All staff speak English).

4. Registration fee and program of study including quarterly rates.

5. On completion of the one year Scholarship, you will be awarded with the title of "Assistant Animalkeeper" specializing in the maintenance and breeding of Hummingbirds.

6. The Scholarship offers €400 per month (A total of €4800, divided into €300 each month and €1200 at the end of the one year Scholarship)(The first €300 will be given on arrival in Italy).

7. Health insurance and all obligations of law are funded by the Institution. The only thing that is not included is food.

1. Seriousness and responsibility. An Animal-keeper is responsible for the lives of the animals in their care. Reliability, availability and time commitment is an essential and necessary skill. Hummingbirds require specialist care and so vigilance is very important.

2. Age: up to 26 years maximum.

3. The study program lasts for at least 12 months, working 6 days a week and 20 days of paid vacation during the year.

4. Available immediately. The candidate should ideally be able to arrive in Italy between 1st & 8th April 2015.

No particular experience is required, however, it is important to indicate the qualifications, experience and work you have undertaken. Other things to include are languages and also your personal hobbies, as well as your personal characteristics (such as attitude, character, strengths and weaknesses) and a photograph of yourself.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Carnivore Keeper

Carnivore 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 & 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 carnivore 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.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 10th April 2015.

To apply, please email a CV along with a covering letter to Joanna 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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