Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wildlife Park Manager

Wildlife Park Manager

Salary up to £33,000 dependent upon experience.

Askham Bryan College is a large, and growing, specialist land-based College, with centres throughout Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Tees Valley.

We are now looking to recruit for a Wildlife Park Manager to join us to manage the commercial performance and quality provision of the Wildlife Park, providing a truly inspirational student and visitor experience.

Leading the day to day collection management, the post holder will ensure the highest standards of animal care and welfare as well as staff, student, visitor and public safety. In addition they will play an active role in planning, developing, implementing and coordinating the animal collection plans and designs ensuring compliance with relevant laws and licencing requirements.

The post holder will also lead on and coordinate conservation efforts and research in cooperation with professional bodies and educational institutions and contribute fully to the promotion, and continued success, of the College in line with the College mission, values and strategic plan.

To be considered for this role, candidates must have demonstrable relevant experience in an animal collection, managing a diverse range of animals, coupled with current knowledge of legislation and statutory requirements of keeping animals and of animal biology, behaviour, nutrition, husbandry routines and techniques for restraining and/or capturing wild animals.

With knowledge and experience of software in administration of animal collections and the ability to keep accurate records, you must have management experience within a commercially focused visitor/attraction operations environment and excellent business acumen with the ability to develop and implement an effective commercial strategy.

Please note that on site accommodation will be provided for the successful candidate.

Closing date:  Friday 9th October

For full detail and to apply please visit our website at

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Bird Keeper - Internship

Bird Keeper  - Internship

Closing date for applications 18th October 2015

Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust family, comprising Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Slapton Ley and two urban nature reserves. Newquay Zoo opened in 1969, has become one of the country's top Zoos, contributing towards ground breaking and innovative conservation programmes. It has also proved itself to be one of the best visitor attractions in the South West.
We currently have a vacancy for a voluntary internship, for a period of 6 months (including a one month probationary period), working with our bird keeping department. Newquay Zoo is open every day and the placements will be full time i.e. a five day working week, possibly including weekends. The main role of the keeping interns will be to attend the husbandry requirements of the bird collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge.

All internships are purely voluntary, and as such, it is with regret that Newquay zoo cannot 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. 

Objectives of the placement
-        To gain 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.
-        To reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Anticipated tasks/training provided
-        Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.
-        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 head keeper.
-        Training in animal-management related computer software.
-        Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practise.

Skills Required
-        A qualification in 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.

To apply for the above position please send a CV and covering letter, indicating which position you are applying for, to Miss Sam Harley.

Newquay Zoo, Trenance gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ

Or alternatively, email

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Thursday, October 1, 2015



At Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, we have a unique opportunity for an Aquarist to join our team of professionals.

The successful applicant will provide and oversee healthy living conditions, proper nutrition and constant care for all marine and freshwater animals. This will also include feeding schedules, daily maintenance of facilities, water analysis and animal observations, while recognizing diseases and administering fish treatments

The successful candidate must also possess the following to be considered:
· Hold a PADI open water Scuba Certification or equivalent
· Hold a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science or related field
· 2 years minimum aquarium experience
· Possess sound computer skills including all Microsoft applications
· Possess knowledge of local and exhibit animals including: identification by common and scientific names, and external fish anatomy
· Has basic understanding of Quarantine protocols, regimes, treatments, animal transport and handling
· Ability to work autonomously and within a team environment
· Enjoy guest interaction with the ability to display a high level of customer service and passion for marine life
· Must be of single status and no dependents

This position requires a dynamic person to join a culture of 80 plus nationalities, where you will be a part of a large team that creates an environment where people strive to do their best. Understanding the company’s vision and demonstrating its core values will be highly regarded.

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Volunteer Placements

Volunteer Placements – one day per week

The Living Rainforest is inviting applications for unpaid, one day per week volunteer placements within the Animal Department. Our volunteer programme has been running successfully for over ten years with many people securing paid employment in the zoo industry as a result if the experience they have gained with us.

The Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the animal collection is contained within two tropical glasshouses and consists of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, toucans and turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

Role and Responsibilities:
·        The primary role of the volunteer will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the animal department. This includes feeding animals, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping and animal health checks.
·        You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different aspects of the department such as veterinary treatment, enclosure design and record keeping.       
·        Where suitable, there may also be opportunities for research projects to be undertaken.

Terms of placement:
·        This is a voluntary work placement for a registered charity, to begin as soon as possible
·        It is preferred that volunteers are able to work from 9am to 5.30pm one regular day a week.

The applicant
·        Preference will be given to applicants with an Animal related qualification or working towards an Animal related qualification, who want to partake in this voluntary work placement in order to seek further industry experience.
·        Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard-working and have a willingness to learn new skills.
·        It is recommended that you have your own form of transport to get to and from The Living Rainforest each day as public transport is infrequent in this area.

To Apply

To apply for a volunteer position, please email, or download an application form from our website:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vet Nurse Volunteer Vietnam

Vet Nurse Volunteer Vietnam

Animals Asia can only accept applications from volunteers trained in either veterinary science / vet nursing or qualified in wild-animal management, as all hands on work with the bears necessitates intensive training.
All veterinary volunteer placements require a commitment of at least three months.
Below is a list of potential duties and tasks for Veterinary Nurse Volunteers at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, Tam Dao, Vietnam (VBRC). The duties which the VN volunteers' specifically undertake during their volunteer stint will depend on their background, experience and skill level.

Basic Veterinary Nurse Volunteer Requirements
  • Recognised veterinary nursing qualification.
  • Experience working in veterinary practice in a veterinary nursing role.
  • Prepare medication for the bears
  • Assist with preparation for bear health checks and surgeries
  • Assist with bear health checks and surgeries
  • Help clear away after bear health checks and surgeries
  • Prepare blood smears and blood for analysis
  • Observe bears waking up from anaesthetics
  • Feed, clean and enrich hospitalised bears
  • Help with small animal work as needed
  • Assist the resident vet nurse with any research tasks as needed
  • Assist the resident vet nurse with database management
  • Assist resident vet nurse with monthly abdomen checks and biannual worming of bears
  • Assist in monthly stock check (if required)
  • Assist with bear data input in digital veterinary records
  • Perform behavioural observations on bears in transport cages, dens and enclosures (if required)
  • Perform any other tasks as directed by the Senior Veterinary Surgeon or resident vet nurse as required.

If you would like to apply for a volunteer vet nurse position, please send your CV and application letter and complete volunteerapplication form to

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Senior Keeper/Presenter

Senior Keeper/Presenter 
with a Special Responsibility for Displays and Presentations

Full Time (42.5 hours per week including one weekend day and working bank holidays)
Salary:  £17,200 – 18,300 per annum dependent on experience

Tropical Wings Zoo is a small but forward-thinking and dynamic organisation with an emphasis on interaction and education.  We are currently looking to recruit an experienced, highly motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual with a lifelong passion for all animals to join our dedicated team of animal care staff in this hands-on role.   The successful applicant will be required to support the Education Coordinator as well as working on a section and supervising the team in your section.

The ideal candidate will have:
•        A minimum of 3 years’ proven experience working in a zoological collection working with a range of taxon;
•        Excellent leadership qualities and a proven track record of leading a team;
•        An animal-related qualification;
•        Be able to organise, promote, train and participate in the highest standard of Presentations and Displays;
•        Enthusiasm and an outgoing and friendly personality;
•        Animal training experience desirable but not essential;
•        A full driving licence preferred

To apply:
Send CV and covering letter by email to Erica Jones at

Closing date: This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.  Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.

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Monday, September 28, 2015



Maternity Cover – 12 months

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.

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Mammal Keeper to join our Twilight Team on a temporary basis. The Mammal Keeper post will involve the daily care and management of a variety of Mammal species including spectacled bears, bats (Rodrigues, Seba’s & Livingstone), giant anteaters and Red pandas to name a few.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and our new Mammal Keeper 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.  The role will also involve promoting the conservation work at Chester Zoo through daily interaction with visitors on site.

The successful candidate will deliver personalised animal experiences to small groups of visitors in both public zoo spaces, behind the scenes and in animal enclosures. These encounters generate revenue for the zoo, and so guests are hosted to the highest standards of customer care and service in accordance with Risk Assessments, Health and Safety regulations and animal welfare.

We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with 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. Excellent observational skills and a good working knowledge of operant conditioning will be essential. They will also have outstanding communication skills when interacting with visitors to deal with their questions, talks and requests for information.

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages are required. They will ideally have proven experience with implementing environmental enrichment and experience of working within strict SWP. A full clean driving licence is also required.

Salary is £17,367.09 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Mammal Keeper role to

Closing date for applications is Sunday 11th October 2015

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