Friday, August 28, 2015

Animal Supplies Assistant

Animal Supplies Assistant

Job Description : Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation, research and education. With the new ‘Islands’ site now open, 2015 is set to be an exciting year! This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals and plants of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.

We currently have a vacancy for the interesting and varied role of Animal Supplies Assistant. The Animal Supplies Department provides a key service in supporting our world class animal collection. The duties are varied in this post and include liaising with animal keeping staff, collecting and receiving supplies, delivering these daily to the animal departments, management of animal waste, use of tractor based equipment such as front loaders, trailers, skip loaders and grass mowers, working in our insect breeding colony and assisting with animal quarantine duties.  The harvesting, collection and distribution of browse (high reaching vegetation used as animal feed) is also a daily task.

The successful candidate will have a full driving licence and one which allows them to tow a trailer heavier than 750kg (licence category E). They will be experienced and competent in tractor use and experienced, competent and certificated in chainsaw use. Experience with forklift trucks would be useful.  Numeracy, literacy and attention to detail will be essential for accurate record keeping along with practical problem solving skills, experience of working in a team and good communication skills. Experience in the areas of agriculture, arboriculture and food handling would be desirable.

Salary is £17,367.09 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis, 5 days in 7 including 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 Animal Supplies Assistant role.

JobRef : NEZ-0386-ASA


Closing date for applications is Friday, 11th September 2015.

American Zoo: A Sociological Safari

Field Programme Coordinator, SE Asia

Field Programme Coordinator, SE Asia

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo, providing visitors with a fun-packed day out, but with a serious mission - to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.

To save species from extinction we need dedicated and passionate individuals. We are recruiting a Field Programme Coordinator to work with like-minded individuals in our Field Programmes Team. You’ll also be working closely with various other zoo teams who contribute to our conservation work and, of course, with our partners overseas.

SE Asia is a globally recognised biodiversity hotspot, and a major focal region for Chester Zoo conservation activities – both in the zoo through major exhibits such as Islands and breeding programmes for various threatened SE Asian species, and also in the field through a range of projects working with various partners in Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Field Programme Coordinator will manage and develop existing projects and partnerships whilst also developing new initiatives in this region. A proportion of the Field Programme Coordinator post will also be dedicated to supporting the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group. Through this exciting opportunity the post holder will act as a catalyst for collaborative field activities, helping develop and implement the Action Indonesia Initiatives – a one plan approach for Babirusa, Banteng and Anoa.

The Field Programme Coordinator will need to be someone who understands biodiversity conservation – not only the theory, but also practical experience of how to transfer theory into action to deliver results. We are looking for someone with a minimum of an MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject and experience of managing conservation projects. The Field Programme Coordinator will coordinate research to meet conservation aims and will need experience in conducting field research, publishing and presenting scientific material.

Superb communication skills will be vital; the Field Programme Coordinator will need to be an excellent communicator, able to work in different cultures and negotiate effective partnerships to achieve project objectives. We also need to tell the world what we are doing, bring in funding and making the most of the varied expertise we have in the zoo – so you’ll be working closely with many different zoo teams; as well as a wide variety of external partners including the IUCN, EAZA, AZA, Indonesian Zoo Association and local NGOs.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week, Monday-Friday) based at Chester Zoo, but with significant periods spent in the field. The salary is £26,449 per annum for a 35 hour week.

Should you require any further information regarding the role, please contact Scott Wilson, Head of Field Programmes, in the first instance at

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Field Programme Coordinator role.

JobRef : NEZ-0382-FPCSEA

Closing date is 16th September 2015.

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Colchester Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced keeper to join their Animal Displays Team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with and train an exciting collection of birds and mammals and be part of continually developing and improving the daily displays.

The post requires the successful applicant to fly, train and care for a wide range of  species including Eagles, Owls, Kestrels, Kites, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Hornbills, Macaws, Raven, Guinea Fowl, Conures, Cockatoo, Coati and Skunks. They will be expected to take part in the daily educational animal presentations and will have the responsibility of being principle trainer for a number of animals. The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of animal behaviour and previous experience training and working a variety of species. The ability to take part in public presentations is essential as well as exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent skills in communication. Previous experience working with the above mentioned species is preferable however those candidates’s with any experience training animals will be considered.

Applicants must hold a qualification in the Zoo animal management certificate or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 18th September and all applications should be addressed to the Curator.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Animal Keeper Internships

Animal Keeper Internships (unpaid)
Primate or Carnivore Section

Situated near Canterbury in Kent, Howletts Wild Animal Park works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to conservation and the reintroduction of captive bred species back into their natural habitats.

We have 2 exciting placements available for enthusiastic individuals wanting to gain valuable zoo animal keeping experience through working alongside keepers who will provide coaching and mentoring throughout the internship. The successful candidates will benefit from being involved in our ground breaking reintroduction projects. There is one placement available for the Primate Section and one for the Carnivore Section, not a combination of the two.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to commit to a 6-12 month term and be willing and available to come in from 8am to 5pm, 5 days per week which will include weekends.

These placements are physically demanding positions so candidates must be physically fit, self motivated and have a genuine interest in conservation and zoo animal care. A valid driving licence is required.

As we are a Registered Charity, funded entirely by visitor fees and donations, we regret we are unable to offer any wages or salary for the placement.  We will provide a full uniform and discount at the parks food outlets for the days that you attend work. No other financial benefits are offered.   Candidates will need to have the ability to financially support themselves for the entire length of the internship. Please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to offer accommodation. However, we do offer comprehensive practical training which provides significant insight into the functioning of a successful and responsible zoological collection, the aim being to promote your future employability.

Candidates should already hold a qualification in conservation or animal care and looking for further specialist zoo experience.


To apply: email your CV and covering letter outlining why you are the right person for the internship to

Please make sure you put the position you are applying for in the subject line either:

Closing date: Friday 11th September 2015

To find out more about us and the work of the Aspinall Foundation, please visit our web site:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Education Rangers

Education Rangers
(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed
animal collection starting with Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest in 2015.

We currently have two vacancies for Education Rangers who will support the team during our Autumn season. These contracts are for a minimum of 20 hours per week (additional hours may
be available depending on visitor numbers and weather conditions).

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Staff exhibits and facilitate visitor engagement
· Take bookings for Discovery programmes
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Assist with the delivery of pre-booked educational programmes
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· Experience handling small animals

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20 and £6.50 at age 21 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for one of these positions, please send your CV with a covering letter to

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

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Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper
Maternity cover, full- time position
 Working 80 hours per fortnight
Salary £17,510 per annum

Bristol Zoological Society is recruiting for the position of Animal Keeper on our Mammal Section at the Bristol Zoo Gardens site in Clifton, Bristol.  This is to cover a period of maternity leave which is likely to last until June 2016 and is a full-time position working 80 hours per fortnight as part of the departmental 14 day rota which will include weekends and bank holidays.

The successful applicant will be an experienced mammal keeper and must have at least two years’ full time experience of working with a variety of zoo mammal species, preferably including small nocturnal animals. Applicants should be educated to at least GCSE level to include English and a biological science.  Holding the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals – DMZAA (previously known as ANCMZA) would also be an advantage. 

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to  Please clearly mark your application ‘Animal Keeper application’. The closing date for this position is 3pm on 3rd September 2015. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Deputy Head of Section –Animal encounters

Deputy Head of Section –Animal encounters
full time permanent

The Department of Animal Welfare & Conservation is currently recruiting for an organised, dedicated, reliable, confident team member to join the animal encounters section. This position is offered on a permanent full time basis.

The animal encounters section encompasses a diverse range of species found in the “foot safari” area of Woburn Safari Park; including raptors, psittacines, small mammals, birds, marine mammals, primates, hoof stock, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

As Deputy Head of section you will directly line-manage all non permanent members of staff including seasonals, interns and volunteers.  The successful candidate will be expected to assist the Head of Section and supervise in their absence.

The successful applicant will need to be:
  • Able to manage and motivate a large, diverse animal keeping team
  • A highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of behavioural welfare and previous experience training and working with a variety of species.
  • Able to take part in public presentations as well as demonstrating exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant should demonstrate:
  • Considerable supervisory or staff management experience in a similar environment
  • A passion for Animal Welfare & Conservation; be highly motivated, flexible and committed to Woburn Safari Park’s high standards of husbandry and welfare.
  • Previous practical experience of working with a range of species (Previous experience with the species we hold is preferable however those candidates’ with comparable experience will be considered.)
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • An excellent understanding of health and safety in a zoological setting
  • An organised approach to managing animal records, reporting systems and proposals to improve the section in line with our brand values

The zoo animal management qualification (DMZAA) is desirable but not essential for this position, however; the successful candidate would be expected to work towards achieving this qualification. A full, valid driving licence is essential for this role
For further information and details on how to apply, please visit our website
Closing date: 11th September 2015

Please be advised that if you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date to consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

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