Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peripatetic Resource Technicians/and Practical Instructors (Animal Care)



Peripatetic Resource Technicians/and Practical Instructors 
(Animal Care)
2 x Maternity Cover Positions
£17,990 to £22,659 plus £1,737.50 LW

Our client is looking to recruit 2 x Resource Technicians/and Practical Instructors (Animal Care) – both are maternity cover posts. The vacancies are peripatetic between centres at Enfield, Crystal Palace and Gunnersbury Park.

The post holders will be responsible for providing day-to-day care for a wide range of animals kept by the College and supporting and resourcing the teaching of animal care including maintaining practical facilities.
About the College

Capel Manor College in Greater London, is a vocational college delivering courses in Arboriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Saddlery, Floristry and Balloon Artistry, Garden Design and Horticulture.

Key Duties:

•        The day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks.
•        Supervising and allocating tasks for college students carrying out practical duties in animal areas.
•        Assisting academic staff within the School with the supervision of students and providing technical assistance and advice as required.
•        Completing records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Supervisor/Line Manager as appropriate.
•        Ordering feed, bedding and other consumables as required in consultation with Line Manager. Storage, security and stock control of such consumables.
•        Ensuring high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in all animal areas and associated storage and service areas.
•        Ensuring the correct disposal of all waste from the animal areas.

For a comprehensive list of duties, please refer to the College Job Description.

Essential Criteria:

•        Experience of caring for a range of rodents, reptiles, birds and farm-stock on a day-to-day basis.
•        Level 3 qualification or higher in an animal care discipline e.g. City & Guilds or BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma. Willingness to work towards a DTTLS Teaching qualification.
•        Good interpersonal/ communication skills.
•        Knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas.
•        Awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit.
•        To follow rotas and working routines carefully and conscientiously.
•        To keep accurate records (manual or computerised).
•        To work effectively unsupervised as well as part of a team.
•        Strong commitment to the care and welfare of the College’s animals.

Start date: ASAP
Closing date:  06.10.14

These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to Capel Manor College being defined as a ‘specified place’.

Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. The College is a Two Ticks Employer (Positive About Disabled People) and therefore where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

Capel Manor College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

It is anticipated that candidates who progress from the application stage will be asked to attend the College for an interview within three weeks of the closing date. Therefore, if you do not hear from the College within that time you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Capel@r21education.co.uk You will then be sent the full Job Description, Person Specification and College application form, to be completed and returned before the advertised close date. Please note that the College will not accept CV's in place of completed applications. 












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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Primate Keeper




MAMMAL KEEPER
Primate Team


Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.
The zoo is currently expanding with the exciting new ‘Islands’ site opening in spring 2015.  This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.  As a result of this growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for two Mammal Keepers to join our primate team.
The post will involve the daily care and management of a variety of primate species ranging from Macaques, Spider monkeys and Mandrills, to smaller species such as Lemurs, Marmosets and Tamarins.  
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.  
We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with primates and other relevant mammal species and experience of working in a zoo or safari park.  The successful candidate will be educated to HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have the equivalent experience. 
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages is required for this role in order to maintain accurate records.  Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices, working at heights and working in and next to deep water moats is also essential.
Experience of dealing with the public, media and public speaking would be advantageous and the ideal candidate would also have experience of implementing environmental enrichment and operant conditioning.  Practical knowledge of using power tools would be useful for this role and a full UK driving licence is also desirable.
Salary is £16,984 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply: please contact the recruitment line on recruitment@chesterzoo.org or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30th September 2014.









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Carnivore Keeper




MAMMAL KEEPER
Carnivore Team


Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is also one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.
The zoo is currently expanding with the exciting new ‘Islands’ site opening in spring 2015.  This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.  As a result of this growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Mammal Keeper to join our carnivore team.
This post will involve the daily care and management of a variety of carnivore species including Asian Lions, Sumatran Tigers, African painted dogs, Malayan sun bears and Cheetahs to name a few.  Training will also be provided on several other mammal sections to cover any shortcomings in staffing levels.
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with carnivores and other relevant mammal species and experience of working in a zoo or safari park.  The successful candidate will be educated to HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have the equivalent experience.  The Carnivore Mammal Keeper will need to have experience of operant conditioning, and an understanding of implementing environmental enrichment would be advantageous.  Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is vital for this role.
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages is desirable for this role in order to maintain accurate records.  A full clean UK driving licence is also required.
Salary is £16,984 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply: please contact the recruitment line on recruitment@chesterzoo.org or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30th September 2014.










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BIRD KEEPER



BIRD KEEPER

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.
The zoo is currently expanding with the exciting new ‘Islands’ site opening in spring 2015.  This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.  As a result of this growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Bird Keeper to join our large and varied bird section.
The post will involve the daily care and management of a wide range of bird species including: Passerines, Hornbills, Pigeons, Cassowary and Parrots as well as providing the chance to assist with cover keeping on other sections within the bird teams.
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
We are looking for someone with good Avicultural knowledge and expert knowledge of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction.  Experience of hand-rearing Passerines, and other small Softbills, and a good knowledge and understanding of bird training techniques is vital for this role.  Experience in the care and exhibition of birds and proven experience of working in a zoo or bird collection is also essential. 
The successful candidate will be educated to HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have the equivalent experience.  They will have outstanding observation skills, with a high attention to detail and proven experience in delivering the highest standards of husbandry and exhibitry.  Having previously worked effectively as a member of a team, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate excellent communication skills.
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records.  A full clean UK driving licence is also desirable.
Salary is £16,984 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply: please contact the recruitment line on recruitment@chesterzoo.org or 01244 389477.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30th September 2014.










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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Full-time Keeper




Full-time Keeper

A position has become available for a full-time keeper to start as soon as possible, working 6 days per week (45 hours), including weekends and bank holidays.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated individual to join our small, friendly team. The section has an interesting selection of animals including common reptiles, primates and xenarthra, amongst others, with the possibility of covering other sections when required. This position involves tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and enclosure maintenance.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring the highest standard of care for your charges, and must be capable of working well within a team, as well as alone and unsupervised. You must be educated to at least GCSE level in English and Maths, and an animal based qualification is desirable.

Due to the physical nature of the job, applicants will need to be physically fit and healthy, and be fully prepared to work outside in all weathers.

A full driving license is essential due to our rural location.

Please send an up to date CV and covering letter by email to Andrew Swales. office@HamertonZooPark.com

CLOSING DATE: 28th September 2014


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early and will only be contacting those who we wish to interview.











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Friday, September 12, 2014

EXPERIENCED BIRD KEEPER




EXPERIENCED BIRD KEEPER
Ref No - AD/BK/14

Award winning Blackpool Zoo is looking for an experienced Bird Keeper to assist in the daily care and husbandry needs of the large variety of exotic birds, reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates that it currently maintains, many of which are managed as part of captive breeding programmes. The section currently maintains over 90 species of birds ranging from Cuban Flamingo, Magellanic penguin, Eastern White Pelican, Kea, African spoonbill, Scaly-sided merganser, Northern helmeted curassow, Von der Deckens hornbill and numerous other ESB/EEPs. A number of small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates including Red Panda, Dwarf Mongoose, Asian Short-clawed Otter, Rhinoceros iguana, Jamaican boa and Yacare Caiman are also maintained on this section.

You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. You should possess the Diploma in The Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) or an equivalent and have a minimum of three years Bird keeping experience. Experience with incubation and bird hand-rearing techniques is not essential but
would be desirable.

We offer a competitive salary of £18,328.00 per annum and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.
Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation may be available with this post, if required.

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.
The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specialises in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates 74 parks around the world and attracts over 21 million visitors annually.

The closing date for applications is the 12th October 2014.

We will reply to successful candidates within 21Days of closing date.

A job description for the post can be obtained from the Personnel Department.

Please apply, in writing enclosing a full CV and quoting the Reference number of the post, to:

Personnel Department, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8PP









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Permanent Aquarist / Senior Keeper









Permanent Aquarist / Senior Keeper

West Midland Safari Park
Worcestershire

Reporting to: Displays Manager
Hours: Up to 37.5 hours
Work pattern: 5 days per week including weekends, evenings and bank holidays
Duration: Permanent

Description:
The successful candidate will work under the leadership of our Displays Manager, providing the best possible care and management for our diverse collection of animals.

The main responsibility for this role will be working within our displays department but will also be required to carry out marine mammal duties and the presentation of shows and talks.

Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole and Animal Keepers may also be required to provide cover across a range of departments.

It's important that all visitors have an enjoyable day out and guest experience is paramount to our mission. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out your daily duties around the aquarium. It is essential therefore that you are
just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House.

Ideally, you will have completed the DMZAA qualification (or equivalent) or relevant degree along with, proven experience. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and animal training using operant conditioning methods.
We do have sites at 2 other locations in the UK, so travel may be required to these sites. Therefore, a full, valid driving license is desirable to the role.

To apply for this position applicants are to visit www.seaquarium.co.uk and follow the on screen instructions. 

Please attach a CV to your application.


Closing date: Monday 15th September 2014








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