Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Animal Welfare Advisor

Animal Welfare Advisor – Fixed term

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Animal Welfare Advisor to join our Veterinary Team on a fixed term basis, providing maternity leave cover for up to one year. This is a full time post working 40 hours per week.

The successful candidate will continue the development of animal welfare monitoring at Marwell Zoo, use the latest scientific evidence to maintain the highest standards of welfare, as well as providing day-to-day animal nutrition advice. They will also play an integral role in ensuring the efficient transfer of animals between zoological institutions and compliance with relevant legislation. This role also supports the training and development of staff and higher education students, including the supervision of project work carried out at the zoo.

The successful candidate will have a Degree or equivalent in Animal Science or another applicable discipline. A comprehensive knowledge of all taxonomic groups is essential as is experience with nutritional analysis of diets and their formulation.

Applicants must have clear and effective communication skills and be highly organised with the ability to meet numerous demands working to tight deadlines. Applicants must be IT literate with good Word and Excel 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: 8th September 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.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trainee Animal Keeper

Trainee Animal 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 and 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 primate keepers at Port Lympne Reserve. The ideal candidate will have some experience working with animals, preferably primates, in a mainstream zoological collection 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 possess good all round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the primate species around the park. Holding a recognised Animal Management qualification and being comfortable interacting with the public would be an advantage.

Working 3 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours.

 We are home to a collection of around 140 rare and endangered primates, including Javan gibbons, Javan langurs, Guinea baboons, Howlers, Mangabeys, and several species of Lemurs to name a few.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 9th September 2016

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering letter to:

Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, August 19, 2016

Animal Presenter

Animal Presenter

Location:   RZSS, Edinburgh Zoo
Salary:       Competitive

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland – the charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park – are looking for a committed, passionate and conservation-minded individual to join our exceptional staff team.

RZSS aims to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction, a mission that sees us work both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world.  From inspiring the next generation about wildlife in our parks to protecting chimpanzees in the Ugandan rainforest; looking after some of the world’s most endangered species to saving the Scottish wildcat, RZSS is making a huge difference and we need your help to continue to grow.

The role
A vacancy has arisen for an Animal Presenter (or Trainee Animal Presenter) to work within the Living Collections Department. We are welcoming applications from both qualified and non-qualified candidates.  The role will involve all aspects of the presentations section, including shows, keeper experience, talks, panda tours and animal care.  The successful candidate will be required to deliver the Keeper Experience program to a high standard, meeting the needs of the zoo visitors and ensuring high animal welfare.  They will also contribute to the development of the Society in achieving its Mission and Aims.

Who we are looking for
To operate effectively in this role, it is desirable you hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level. Practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is also desirable and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups would be advantageous. You should also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training would be beneficial.
You will be an excellent communicator, with strong presentation skills. You will be comfortable working as part of a team and will build effective relationships across the organisation. Customer service will be key to this role and you must have an excellent understanding of the principals involved and how to interact with the public to ensure a memorable experience.

This is a full time position working 37.5 hours per week.  The successful candidate must be able to work weekends.

The closing date:         Sunday 4 September 2016 

For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.  

OUR MISSION   Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction

Registered charity number: SC004064

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Primate and Reptile Internships (6 Months)

Primate and Reptile Internships (6 Months)

Drayton Manor Zoo
Tamworth, Staffordshire

Drayton Manor Zoo - Primate and Reptile Internships (6 Months)

Are you looking to start your career as a Zoo Keeper, keen to get some experience then we have the ideal opportunities for you! We are have voluntary internships for a period of 6 months (including a one-month probationary period) working within our keeping department. (Full time i.e. a five day working week including weekends).

All internships are purely voluntary and as such it is with regret that we are unable to provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to apply for these positions. To ensure that interns are provided with valuable experience; a training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly and a training record will be provided upon completion of the placement.

We will provide you with full uniform, allocation of theme park tickets, free parking, subsidised lunch provision alongside the opportunity to learn skills that will form the basis of your Zoo Keeping career.

What will I get from the internship?
  • experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department.
  • to apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project.
  • opportunity to reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Tasks/training provided
  • assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision,
  • observations of animals and recording of relevant information.
  • training in basic research methods.
  • visitor interaction e.g. answering visitor questions in a polite and sensitive manner.
  • assisting with student supervision at the direction of the senior keeper.
  • training in animal-management related computer software.
  • training in all aspects of the company’s code of practise.

What do you need to apply?
  • a qualification or enrolment on an animal science related discipline would be desirable.
  • previous animal-related work experience.
  • good communication skills.
  • adaptable to different working environments.
  • able to work in a team and independently.
  • physically fit for the demands of the post.

How do I apply?
Email for an application form.

Closing date for applications 2nd September 2016.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Experienced Animal Keeper

Experienced Animal Keeper

The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park

The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park (AWCP) currently has a vacancy for an experienced animal keeper to join our small, busy team.

An exciting opportunity to help the park to achieve it’s objectives: To achieve excellent husbandry standards, partake in conservation projects relevant to our collection and to provide excellent conservation education.

Keepers are required to be involved in a full range of husbandry duties including general enclosure cleaning, food provisions, husbandry training, and enrichment programmes across all sections of the park. Attention to detail and experience with enclosure furnishing and maintenance would be an advantage. Keepers will also be encouraged to take on other important roles within the park. An interest and/or experience of education, conservation or fundraising would be an advantage as opportunities to expand these areas will be an option for a suitable candidate.
The successful applicant must have previous experience employed within a zoo environment.

The applicant must have excellent communication skills and able to communicate well with visitors and staff. Reception duties and educational talks and tours are also a requirement. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, a good team player but also the ability to work independently.

Position requirements:
• Full time; Permanent position
• Reports to; Senior keeper
• Hours; 37 hrs/wk, 9am-5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a rotated basis. Due to a small staff base, flexibility is required.
Roles and Responsibilities:
• Carrying out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines e.g. food prep, feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision etc.
• Undertake and record animal observations. ZIMS or ARKS experience would be desirable.
• Deliver high standards of visitor interaction in the form of; keeper talks, experiences, tours and education and charity events
• Overseeing work experience, volunteers and interns
• Liaise and assist in general duties and requirements as directed by senior management
• Other duties to support effective and efficient site maintenance may include: First Aider, pruning, gardening, rubbish removal and general cleaning in order to maintain high standards.

Applicant Requirements:
• An animal science related qualification
• 2 years experience in a zoological collection preferable
• Excellent communication skills
• Adaptable for a flexible rota
• Physically fit for the demands of this role
• Driving licence
If you would like the opportunity to join our expanding and proactive team please send your CV and cover letter to

Closing date: 15th September 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Qualified Animal Keeper - Mammals South

Qualified Animal Keeper - Mammals South

ZSL London Zoo

Position: Qualified Animal Keeper – Mammals South (Full-Time / Permanent)
Salary: £25,582 p.a. (Inclusive of London Weighting and Weekend Enhancement)
Location: ZSL London Zoo – NW1

About Us:
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Overview of Role:
ZSL is seeking a Qualified Keeper to work on our Mammals South section at London Zoo. The role will involve assisting keepers in the day to day husbandry of large and diverse Mammals (including lions, tigers, primates such as gorillas and colobus monkeys) within the zoological collection. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within the birds section. Working hours are 37.5 per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment and experience with birds is essential. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team. The successful candidate will also be expected to:
•    Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
•    Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
•    Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas.

The successful candidate will:
•    Proven practical experience of animal management with a range of exotic species.
•    Broad extensive taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections.
•    Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
•    Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
•    Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
•    Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience.
•    Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate leadership and professionalism.

Please note: Flexible working is required for this position which will include working alternate weekends and bank holidays. Applicant must also be presentable, flexible in their approach and totally reliable. 

To Apply:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 28th August 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant