Monday, September 28, 2020

Cover Keeper

 


Cover Keeper

 

Salary National Minimum Wage to £19,000 per annum DOE

plus a living out allowance of £2,600 p.a. if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

 

Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury, Kent is recruiting for a cover keeper to help all animal sections in the park. The successful applicant will work with a range of animals as staffing levels dictate including carnivores, elephants, gorillas, primates and hoofstock.

 

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must have a good level of physical fitness, prepared to work in all weathers and have a genuine interest in conservation and wildlife. Duties will include heavy lifting and strenuous cleaning, as well as enclosure maintenance, browse cutting, grass strimming and butchery. It will include the operation of vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks (training will be given).  

 

The position requires an enthusiastic person with experience of working with large mammals. Tractor experience and an animal related qualification would be advantageous. A full manual driving licence is essential.

 

This is a full-time permanent contract working 40 hours per week, generally 8am to 5pm, including weekends and bank holidays. Applicants must have a genuinely flexible approach to their work rota. All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

 

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 October 2020

 

To Apply: Please email your C.V. and covering letter to - personnel@aspinallfoundation.org

 

Please visit our website: http://www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.

 





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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Trainee Primate Keeper

 


Trainee Primate Keeper

 

Salary is national minimum/living wage.

plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per annum (pro rata), if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

 

Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes. This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Pied tamarins to Gelada baboons and contribute to in-situ conservation programmes. Our continued involvement in Java means that there is a possibility to become involved in the reintroduction of Javan gibbons and langurs in Java.

 

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of primate keepers. They must possess good animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the primate species in the park. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks and record keeping. We are looking for a keeper who will be proud of our contribution to conservation and keen to tell visitors about it. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities. Candidates must have a good level of physical fitness as this role is physically demanding, and a full valid driving license is essential to the role. It would be advantageous to possess a varied skillset including general maintenance, and a recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification.

 

Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for talks and encounters with the public. We provide extensive staff training and will offer the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities.

 

This is a full-time, permanent role working 40 hours per week, generally 8am to 5pm, including weekends and bank holidays.

 

The Person

We are looking for an individual who is hard working and will be a good communicator within the team. Will contribute ideas and be keen to learn from experienced team members. You will need to be confident around all types of primates with a hands-on approach to the restraint and handling of animals where necessary.

A flexible approach to working hours is essential in any animal job.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK

 

Closing Date: Friday 16 October 2020

 

To Apply: Please email your C.V. and covering letter to –

personnel@aspinallfoundation.org

 

Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.





photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Carnivore Keeper

 


Carnivore Keeper

 

Salary is national minimum/living wage to £8.82 per hour DOE

plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per annum (pro rata), if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

 

Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.

 

This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to in-situ conservation programmes. Recently we released the first UK cheetah back to the wild.

 

The Role

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, livestock dispatch and butchery, basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks, and record keeping. The company is committed to staff training, you will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards plans for the section.

The position is full time, working 40 hours per week, five days a week and will include weekends and bank holidays.

 

The Person

We are looking for someone with experience gained in a similar mainstream zoological collection. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare, a sound knowledge of health and safety practices. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone.  Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this which the company will support. The role is physically demanding and will involve heavy lifting, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties.

 

A valid full UK driving licence is essential.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK

 

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 October 2020

 

To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to – personnel@aspinallfoundation.org

 

Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.





photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Elephant Keeper

 


Elephant Keeper

 

Salary is national minimum/living wage to £19,000 per annum DOE

plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per annum (pro rata), if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

 

Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, is home to the largest breeding herd of elephants in the UK. Through our conservation organisation, The Aspinall Foundation, we manage two National Parks protecting numerous forest elephants in West Africa.

 

We are recruiting for a keeper, who will assist the Section Manager with the smooth running of the section which currently houses 6:8 African elephants managed in protected contact. The herd includes three calves. We have elephant moves coming up in the next year and so elephant training experience would be advantageous. Previous experience of working with bull elephants also an advantage.

 

The Role

  Applicants should preferably have:

·       A minimum of a years’ experience with large exotic species, preferably elephants

·       An understanding of Protected Contact elephant management

·       A genuinely flexible attitude to work

·       Broad knowledge of elephant conservation, behaviour and welfare

·       A full manual driving licence

·       The right to work in the UK

 

This is a physically demanding job. Duties will include heavy lifting and strenuous cleaning, as well as enclosure maintenance, browse cutting, grass strimming and operation of vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks.

 

The Person

You will be a team player with good communication skills. Ideally, you will have gained the DMZAA (or an equivalent qualification) or be prepared to undertake this which the company will support; or have substantial practical experience.  We provide extensive staff training and will offer the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities.

 

The is a permanent, full-time position working 40 hours per week, generally 8am to 5pm, 5 days a week including weekends and bank holidays.

 

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 October 2020

 

To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to - personnel@aspinallfoundation.org





photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Experienced Primate Keeper

 


Experienced Primate Keeper

 

Salary up to £19,074.00 per annum DOE

plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per annum (pro rata), if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

 

Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a team of enthusiastic keepers on our primate section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes. This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Pied tamarins to Gelada baboons and contribute to in-situ conservation programmes. Our continued involvement in Java means that there is a possibility to become involved in the reintroduction of Javan gibbons and langurs in Java.

 

The Role

 

This role as an experienced keeper is to be an active member of the primate team to help advance techniques and to be able to oversee the section when senior keepers are unavailable. It is a physical role and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake all duties on the section from general husbandry including cleaning and feeding as well as enclosure maintenance and record keeping. You must have experience in animal keeping gained in a mainstream zoological collection or equivalent environment working with primates. A full valid driving licence is essential.

 

Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for talks and encounters with the public. We provide extensive staff training and will offer the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities.

 

The Person

 

We are looking for an individual who has experience with primates and experience with managing a team. You will be a good communicator with the ability to impart knowledge to the section. You will need to be confident around all types of primates with a hands-on approach to the restraint and handling of animals where necessary. Knowledge of health and safety essential. A working knowledge of basic Office software will be an advantage, as well as an understanding of ZIMS. 

 

The position is full time, working 40 hours over a five day week and will include weekends and bank holidays. A flexible approach to working hours is essential in any animal job.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK

 

Closing Date: Friday 16 October 2020

 

To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to –

personnel@aspinallfoundation.org

 

Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.




photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Experienced (senior) Bird keeper

 


Experienced (senior) Bird keeper


Exmoor Zoological Park

Exmoor Zoo is looking to take on an experienced bird Keeper. The individual will need to be reliable, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and physically fit. Considerable experience working as an aviculturist is essential as well as a driving licence due to the remoteness of the zoo.

The duties will be to work in the bird management team and help in the running of their department to ensure high standards of welfare and husbandry for the birds. You will need to be a good team worker, be able to motivate colleagues, show initiative, have a positive outlook, and take responsibility for all the welfare of the birds under your care. You will also play an integral role in training and enrichment of the birds, as well as maintenance of their enclosures.

Requirements of the position;

Ideally, you would require a minimum of eighteen months full time employment in a recognised Zoo environment as an aviculturist or the equivalent from the private sector. It will also be expected that you have some experience with avian hand rearing and the species kept with our collection (parrots, softbills, ibis, etc.)..

·      You should be prepared to gain or ideally have passed the DMZAA or equivalent.

·      Hold a full U.K. driving licence, and have your own vehicle due to location.

·      You will be required to work Bank Holidays and weekends.

·      You will have two fixed days off per week.

Wages will be c £19,000 - £21,000 P/A depending on suitability and experience.

Please register your interest by sending an email with an enclosed cover letter and your current C.V. to Danny Reynolds, Animal collection Manager, info@exmoorzoo.co.uk by mid-day on Friday October 2nd .





photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant