Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Zoo Attendant



Zoo Attendant

As a Zoo Attendant you will provide care, maintenance, enrichment and training for over 350 animals from different climates and habitats. You will work in extreme weather conditions with a team of over 20 attendants. This is an exciting opportunity for an adaptable, motivated self-starter who can problem-solve and works well on a team when, speaking frankly, it can be a real zoo around here!

  • Clean animal enclosures and related feed dishes and utensils
  • Prepare animal diets and distribute feed and water to animal stock
  • Observe animals for signs of illness/injury and provide special care to orphaned/injured animals
  • Train animals and conduct training demonstrations
  • Present informative interpretive talks and tours to visitors, maintaining a high level of customer service
  • Perform security checks and patrols of zoo grounds and buildings
  • Maintain a variety of animal related records Undertake minor repairs and provide site facility maintenance
  • Drive a City vehicle on-site to perform job duties and within the City to pick up supplies as needed

Job Requirements:

  • Completed High School Diploma
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge and experience in biological sciences pertaining to the understanding and care of zoo animals, including habitat, diet, health, training, reproduction, evolution, and adaptation to environment and/or history
  • Experience with caring for exotic or zoo animals
  • Demonstrated skills in animal husbandry and associated knowledge of dietary, veterinary, and specific behavioural requirements of a wide range of animals
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and to maintain required record keeping
  • Ability to interact with the public in a courteous and helpful manner, with a customer service mindset
  • Ability to multitask and work independently and on a team
  • Sufficient strength and stamina to perform heavy manual labour tasks including lifting 25 kg bags of food daily and assisting others with heavier weights
  • Ability and willingness to work in all outdoor weather
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver's licence (or provincial equivalent). Obtaining and maintaining a City Driver's permit is a requirement of this position
  • Hire is dependent on a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check satisfactory to the City of Edmonton

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS 31st August


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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Lead/Senior Keeper


Lead/Senior Keeper

Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 24 big cats – 17 lions, 4 tigers, 2 cheetahs and a leopard.  It is our mission to give them the brightest future possible by improving their facilities and offering world class care.  The sanctuary is currently in the process of building new exhibits and renovating existing enclosures.  We have spent considerable effort and time reviewing procedures and protocols to establish an industry best-practice approach.  This will ultimately lead to re-opening the sanctuary to the public.
We are looking for a new Lead/Senior Keeper to take on this exciting and evolving role.  This position requires a versatile and hands on individual, who can lead a small team with positivity and support.

The ideal person will have the following skills and attributes:-
•        Responsible, mature, team player
•        High level of physical fitness
•        Excellent communication skills
•        At least 5 years’ experience in zoo animal husbandry environment
•        A qualification in captive animal management, or the like, would be seen as an advantage
•        Experience or qualification as a vet nurse would be seen as an advantage
•        Full driver's licence
•        Hold, or ability to obtain, firearms licence preferred

Duties will include:-
•        Providing daily care and welfare to our collection of carnivores
•        Good practical skills ie maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits - fence repairs, electrics, etc
•        Animal observation, record keeping, dietary requirements, plan and implement behavioural enrichment programs with the team
•        Developing and presenting fun, informative sessions to public on and off site.
•        Training and supervision of junior and new staff

If this sounds like you, call us for an information/application pack phone 09 435 0110.  Or email office@kamowildlifesanctuary.co.nz


Applications will close at 5pm on 31 August, 2018







Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Director of Living Collections (DLC)



Director of Living Collections (DLC)

 The National Zoological Society of Wales is a registered charity (no. 514108) that owns and runs the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales in Colwyn Bay, UK. This is a medium-sized progressive zoo which opened in 1963 and is situated in North Wales in one of the UK’s most beautiful places to live and work. The Zoo embraces modern conservation thinking and strives for high standards in all departments. It is a member of BIAZA, EAZA, WAZA and Species360.

In this its 55th year, the Zoo is undergoing major changes at the top of its management structure, which it hopes to complete by the end of 2018, and is now recruiting a new DLC to take full directorial responsibility for the animal and plant collection, conservation, education and research co-ordination.

The DLC will need to be a highly motivated team player and will work alongside the Director of Operations and Administration and the Director of Estates in a three-person Board of Directors answering to the Chief Executive Officer and the charity’s Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate for this post is likely to have:

  • Good standard of education at least to science degree level.
  • Experience at a senior level in the management of living collections, including husbandry and conservation breeding programmes, with around 15 years or more experience in zoos.
  • Commitment to the development of the Zoo as an exemplar of animal welfare, conservation, education and research best practice.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and manage staff.
  • Strong awareness of budgeting and good financial practice.
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills.
  • Engaging personality with good communication skills. Ability to talk to media and represent NZSW in gatherings of zoo and conservation colleagues and peers.
  • A good working knowledge of UK zoo regulatory legislation, the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and other legislation as applicable to zoos.


Also:

This post does not require fluency in Welsh but the post-holder must be prepared to show empathy for the Welsh language and the important part it plays in the life of Wales.
This post will require the DLC to live on-site (an on-site 3 bedroom bungalow will be offered as part of the salary package).
Salary will be dependent on qualifications, skills, experience and references and will be indicated with the offer of an interview to short-listed candidates.

For further details, a full job description and application form please email info@welshmountainzoo.org or telephone 01492 532938 ext.3 (Office Hours 09.00 – 17.00).


Closing date for applications will be 17.00 on Friday 28th September 2018. A short list of candidates will be drawn up and offered an interview date between 22nd and 25th October 2018.








Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Education and Research Officer



Education and Research Officer

Permanent Full Time 40 Hrs per week
Salary £16,287

Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.

An opportunity has arisen for an Education and Research Officer to join our education team as the department expands into the next exciting phase of Blackpool Zoo’s development.

The individual should be passionate about research and conservation and driven to develop Blackpool Zoo’s research department. Promoting & growing Blackpool Zoo’s profile and reputation in the field of research and conservation.

Duties of the role include being responsible for the departments research programme alongside supervising a team of Student Research Assistants. The role also involves the development and delivery of the public talk’s programmes, presenting lessons to schools, hosting practical learning programmes, keeper courses, and animal experiences.

We are looking for a proactive individual with proven people skills gained from previous research experience. Flexibility and an innovative approach are essential due to the multi-faceted nature of the department.

The successful candidate should be educated to degree level. They should also have previous experience of animal research. They will need to demonstrate excellent time management and planning skills, possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills and it is essential that they are experienced in the use of all key Microsoft packages.

Closing date for applications: - 4th September 2018

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to anita.bubbins@blackpoolzoo.org.uk











Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Senior Education Officer



Senior Education Officer


Competitive Salary
 + Performance related bonus and other benefits.

Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.

A unique opportunity has arisen for a Senior Education Officer to join our zoo and offers huge scope and potential to support the education department into the next exciting phase in Blackpool Zoo’s future for the right candidate.

Duties of the role include the development and delivery of the animal experiences and talk’s programmes, presenting talks to schools and bespoke learning groups, keeper courses, curriculum linked lessons, outreach programme, work placement programmes, zoo research, conversation, interpretation as well as sustainability monitoring and implementation.

We are looking for a proactive individual with proven people skills. Flexibility and an innovative approach are essential due to the multi-faceted nature of the department.

You will be expected to lead and work as part of a team. The role will also involve sharing best practice and promoting & growing Blackpool Zoo’s profile and reputation in the field of education and conservation.

The successful candidate should be educated to degree level. They should also have previous experience working in an educational role in an established learning/educational facility. They will need to demonstrate excellent time management and planning skills, possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills and it is essential that they are experienced in the use of all key Microsoft packages.

 An in-depth knowledge of zoos and their operation would be advantageous.

Closing date for applications: - 4th September 2018

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.


Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to anita.bubbins@blackpoolzoo.org.uk












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Animal Care Specialist



Animal Care Specialist

zoOceanarium Group specializes in developing and operating world class aquariums, zoos and nature-based science centers. We provide services from concept design to managing daily operations and everything in between. With over 100 full time employees from all over the globe, zoOceanarium Group consists of animal care specialists, animal trainers, veterinarians, design specialists, project managers and operational staff.

zoOceanarium Group is continuing to expand their team and looking to recruit a talented Animal Care Specialist for an exciting new facility in the United Arab Emirates. As an Animal Care Specialist, you will be responsible for the wellbeing of a diverse collection of plants & animals within a large tropical rainforest bio-dome. A varied and unique role, you will be working with a variety of species, as well as a multicultural team. To be successful in the role, you will work as part of the animal care team to complete daily husbandry as well as other animal care related tasks. Experience working with birds, small mammals and invertebrates is essential. Aquarium experience and scuba certification will be an added advantage.

Duties:
• Animal husbandry
• Prepare and maintain animal exhibits
• Complete and maintain daily husbandry reports
• Conducting public animal presentations that inspire guests
• Other duties as required

Benefits:
• Competitive salary with housing stipend
• 26 days of vacation plus 10 to 14 public holidays per year
• One round trip flight to your home country every year, after the completion of 2 years
• Company covers all work permits, residence visas & health insurance
• Fantastic opportunity for career growth

Position Requirements:
• Extensive experience working with birds, small mammals & invertebrates essential
• Aquarium experience and scuba certification will be a plus
• Experience developing and training in an aquarium or zoo environment using positive reinforcement methods
• Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
• Good organizational and communication skills
• Willing to work shifts (early mornings and late nights)

Please send a one-page cover letter with your resume to recruitment@zooceanarium.com








Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant