Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Zoo Supervisor (Wild Connections)

Zoo Supervisor (Wild Connections)

Chessington World of Adventures

We are Chessington World of Adventures Resort and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are currently recruiting for a Zoo Supervisor for our Wild Connections section. This role will require you to supervise the safe and efficient delivery of the Zoo Operation, working closely with direct reports, focusing on animal welfare, husbandry, training and guests’ experience.  Wild Connections is a diverse and exciting area whose staff specialize in delivery of daily demonstrations, talks, VIP experiences as well as caring for a wide variety of animals such as small mammals, birds, reptiles and marine mammal. 

Reporting into the Zoo Operations Assistant Manager you will manage and promote the compliance of and adherence to all relevant Health & Safety Procedures and Protocols in line with legal and company requirements, including the Zoo Licence and the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (and/or any future succeeding guidance and legislation), all whilst supporting the broader Resort Operation in the delivery of the company’s business objectives.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;
  • Ability to lead a team with drive and passion
  • Solid background of Health & Safety knowledge and crucial Zoo Legislation
  • Able to stay focused and in control under pressure
  • 5 years plus of relevant experience.
  • Marine mammal and bird experience is desired

This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends and bank holidays.

Alongside a competitive annual salary between £19,800-£21,000, and 28 days holiday (including bank holidays) you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package  including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of Lego, and much more!

 Closing date for applications is: 27th Nov 2019

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, November 18, 2019

Display Falconer

Display Falconer

The British Bird of Prey Centre a specialist collection of raptors based at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire. The state-of-the-art centre is dedicated to visitor education and conservation of native species. The ethos of the centre was built around the famous David Attenborough quote “No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced".

We are a high-quality tourist attraction, rated number one on TripAdvisor, offering three unique daily flying displays and multi-award winning private flying experience days.

A positive ‘team player’ attitude is the most important part of this role. We are looking for someone who is ready to join our team and work hard to ensure the centre continues to be the best it can be.

You must have a passion for flying birds of prey, and experience of training a variety of species. You will be competent at swinging a lure for a falcon and have a willingness to handle and fly large eagles. We are a small team so everyone must be willing and able to perform all aspects of raptor management and care, including getting your hands dirty when needed.

The role is worked over 5 days a week (Monday-Sunday), 8:30am – 5pm (4pm in the winter). There is an expectation to participate in training, manning and imprinting birds outside of these hours, where necessary.

This is a customer facing role and includes private flying experience days, displays, conservation talks and educational visits so you must always be articulate and presentable. Ideally you will be comfortable on a microphone, happy to present and entertain groups of all sizes and varying ages. Experience in conservation and breeding is a bonus but not essential.

A full clean driving licence is required.

Salary will be dependent on level of experience. The position is 40 hours per week worked over 5 days. Hours are subject to change over the seasons and applicants will need to be flexible in their approach. This includes working weekends and Bank Holidays. Do not apply if you are a clock watcher, there are occasions that require longer hours at short notice.

Start date for the successful candidate will be 6th January if possible.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you would be the best person to join our team to info@britishbirdofpreycentre.co.uk

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, November 15, 2019



(February to October)
This is an exciting opportunity to join our ‘Amazing African Animals’ (AAA) presentations department at Africa Alive!. This is a temporary full-time vacancy for a Trainee Animal Trainer and Presenter on a fixed term contract running from 1st February to 31st October 2020.

AAA provided in-house animal presentations at Africa Alive! for the first time this year and are looking to grow the Amazing Animals presentations at Africa Alive! for 2020. Working to support the small Animal Training and Presenting team, you will be required to provide the best possible care and management for the diverse collection of animals on the training and presentation department. The successful candidate should be able to conduct presentations to the agreed standard on a daily basis at either collection if required.

This position is based on a temporary full-time contract and will run from 1st February to 31st October 2020.

Please note that no accommodation is offered with this role.

Key accountabilities:
  • Ensure a high level of care for all animals and birds.
  • Deliver quality animal presentations that include our key messages to guests at Africa Alive!, ensuring that they are fun and educational.
  • Collect relevant animal information and report back effectively to your senior/s. Keep up to date, accurate animals records for all stock in your care.
  • Ensure work practices are carried out with the highest consideration for the animals and birds in your care.
  • Provide excellent customer care and ensure customer satisfaction at all times.
  • Ensure and encourage the highest level of safety for public and colleagues at all times, by operating in accordance with the Zoo Health & Safety Policy and Procedures.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate animal training experience relevant to the Amazing African Animal displays and be familiar with positive operant conditioning. In addition to this, and a key requirement for the role, are excellent communication and public presentation skills.

Working under the direction of the Animal Manager you should already have one years’ experience working with and training animals, preferably with some exotic animal training. An animal care related qualification/s would be an advantage, but more important is the desire to interact both formally and informally with our guests at every opportunity, providing an additional educational experience that enhances their visit.

You must be prepared to work with all kinds of domestic and exotic species and you will also provide support for the rest of the training team. Applicants must be hard-working and conscientious, be prepared to work as a team and expect to work weekends, Bank Holidays and occasional evenings. A full driving licence is essential – whilst the role is based at Africa Alive!, candidates may be required to travel to Banham zoo.

If you would like an opportunity to join our team for the summer, please download an application form from our website and send it with a covering letter, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this position to :- Terry Hornsey, Animal Manager, ZSEA Ltd (Africa Alive!), Whites Lane, Kessingland, Suffolk, NR33 7TF or email to terry.hornsey@africa-alive.org

Closing date for applications is 7th December 2019 – applications made after this date will not be considered.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Veterinary Advisor

Veterinary Advisor

Objective: Support the veterinary program in enhancement through prioritized projects to develop clinical, laboratory and management skills and clinical education for the Vietnamese veterinarians at Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

About the Organization:

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park. More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur, Delacour’s Langur, and the Grey-Shanked Douc Langur.

Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures including two fenced semi-wild areas of primary forest, measuring 2 and 5 hectares in size. These enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi-wild conditions. The EPRC currently employs 31 staff both from the local community and abroad.

Work place: Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan, District, Ninh Binh Province

Report to: Director

Working time: 6 months (possibility to extend)

Expected starting date: As soon as possible (rolling application process)

Salary: Minimal. To be discussed.


Identify areas needing improvement in veterinary capacity. Focus attention on improving those areas of weakness.
Improve the quality of veterinary care provided for animals to increase survivability of rehabilitation so we can release more stable animals back into the wild and improve the welfare of our sanctuaried animals
Support capacity building projects with contracted professional volunteers to aid in enhancement of the practice
Educate Vietnamese staff to ensure true understanding of the capacity building initiative in order to evoke sustainable change in the practice
Aid in the fundraising/ grant writing process for these projects to launch

Primary Duties :

  • Lead team in coordinating daily tasks and carrying out the functions of the practice
  • Prioritize welfare of patient over everything else
  • Train and educate Vietnamese veterinarians in improved medical management and patient care
  • Diagnose disease, provide treatments and intensive care as needed
  • Follow protocols and aid in updating them as necessary
  • Be on-call for emergencies at the rescue center
  • Co-manage diet recommendations and work with abroad wildlife nutritionist to provide optimum nutrition
  • Recordkeeping both manually and in ZIMS database for every case
  • Operate and maintain the veterinary clinic along with maintenance and quality controls of all equipment
  • Necropsy all deceased individuals and seek cause of death
  • Aid in team efforts to improve both in-house and send out diagnostics
  • Work to enhance the capacity with the veterinary laboratory at Vietnam University of Agriculture Veterinary Medicine
  • Organize preventative measures to control/ limit disease outbreak in the center
  • Aid in education for captive team when dealing with potential zoonotic diseases and improve biosecurity protocols
  • Aid in Disease Risk Analysis


  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary or veterinary nurse/technician program
  • Licensed or registered to practice
  • Up to date rabies and tetanus vaccines
  • TB test within the last year
  • Experience in a zoo or wildlife rehabilitation facility
  • Teaching experience
  • Must be flexible and patient
  • Must work with cultural sensitivity and respect

How to apply:

Email resume and cover letter to caroline.rowley@eprc.asia and jessica@svw.vn

If you do not have the ability to carry out a major project, but have an idea of how you could support our capacity building, email your idea(s) to jessica@svw.vn & caroline.rowley@eprc.asia

Contact: Director – Caroline Rowley: caroline.rowley@eprc.asia

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Program Director

Program Director

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 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 Program Director for an exciting zoo project in Ethiopia. You will be responsible for developing an education programme for the zoo, focusing on the national curriculum and conservation and leading the guest relations team, to develop zoo guides that educate and create awareness to the zoo’s visitors while still having ensuring an entertaining zoological experience. Your responsibilities will include the development of materials for the zoo and train guides on how to effectively deliver an education message, conservation awareness and guide visitors appropriately.

•        Manage, support and supervise all staff within their section to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.
•        Design, plan and deliver training programs, predominantly related to school children.
•        Develop a learning program to match the national curriculum.
•        Responsible for the program planning - from development to delivery.
•        You will manage the information and education signs within the zoo, ensuring they are correct, up to date and inform maintenance if damaged or need cleaning etc.
•        Develop conservation message and information to enhance peoples understanding and the importance of animal and wildlife conservation along with the Zoo Director.
•        Develop and oversee the ranger guides and the content of information they use to inform and educate the visitors.
•        Develop a range of educational material including props that can be used within the zoo to educate the visitors, including touch tables, presentations, posters, brochures, banners, workbooks, handouts and interactive materials etc.
•        Adapt material for different age groups.
•        Train educators, guides and rangers to effectively educate visitors.
•        Develop animal training programs, animal enrichment programs and continue education of area staff along with the Head Curator.
•        Develop educative animal interaction programs.
•        Work with the zoo director to market and promote the zoo, locally, nationally and internationally. 
•        Coordinate events, VIP interactions and animal handling experiences along with the Head Curator.
•        Other duties as assigned.

•        Competitive salary.
•        Housing stipend.
•        Paid time off.
•        Health insurance.

Position Requirements:
•        5 years + experience with a biology/zoology teaching background with recognized qualifications.
•        Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
•        Experience managing large multicultural teams.
•        Exceptional leadership skills.
•        Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•        Experience managing departmental budgets.
•        Creative problem solver.

Please send a one-page cover letter with your resume to recruitment@zooceanarium.com with the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keeper – Mammals

Animal Keeper – Mammals

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

What will this role of Animal Keeper (Mammals) entail?

As an Animal Keeper, you’ll play a key role in caring for the animals in the Mammals section of Twycross Zoo. Your duties will include but not be limited to;

•        Preparing and distributing food and water to animals
•        Learning about the animals and reporting any animal health concerns to the Section Head
•        Assisting with maintaining enclosures, food preparation and public viewing areas to a high standard of hygiene, cleanliness and exhibition
•        Motivating and encouraging colleagues, assisting with the development of the section’s Keepers and providing guidance to work experience students and apprentices
•        Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner, whilst working closely with the Visitor Experience Team and delivering Animal encounters
•        Willing to be trained as a first aider and to be on call as part of the Zoo's first aid duty rota

What will I need to be considered for this Animal Keeper (Mammals) vacancy?

•        Proven experience of animal keeping, and an understanding of the nutritional requirements of the animals in the section
•        Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•        Qualified or working towards an appropriate qualification, such as the Diploma in the Management of Zoo animals and Aquaria
•        Competent in the advanced use of ZIMS
•        Ability to work effectively without supervision, with a flexible approach to duties and working hours

What will I receive in return?

As an Animal Keeper, you’ll receive a salary of £21,165 per annum, level dependent on experience in addition to great benefits including 31 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays, along with the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets, and free onsite parking.

Contract: Permanent contract, working an average of 5 days out of 7, with full time hours between 8am and 6pm.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

More about us:

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we’ve opened a new
£3.5 million world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success.

As part of our Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer our visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.

At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. We offer a diverse range of roles and are committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

To apply for this position, please head over to http://jobs.twycrosszoo.org, where you will be able to select this role and submit your CV for consideration.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant