Saturday, August 16, 2014



Ref No - AD/MK/14

Award winning Blackpool Zoo is looking for an experienced Large Mammal Keeper to assist in the daily care and husbandry needs of the large variety of exotic and domestic mammals that it currently maintains, many of which are managed as part of captive breeding programmes including Giraffe, Blesbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Bongo, Amur Tiger, Iberian wolf, Asiatic Elephant, Giant Anteater and Aardvark.

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 Large Mammal keeping experience. Although experience with elephants is not essential, it 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 20th September 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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Friday, August 15, 2014



Bristol Aquarium

Curator required for Bristol Aquarium and to provide curatorial support to our UK aquariums 

Bristol Aquarium has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Curator to join its team.  
This is a dual role as the successful candidate will also be responsible for providing Curatorial support to our 6 other UK Aquariums.  
As Bristol Aquarium’s Curator you will take on curatorial responsibility for the day to day running of the aquarium and will manage a team of Aquarists. You will need a hands on approach to ensure the team achieve the highest standard of animal care and husbandry.  

You will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: 
§Maintaining all exhibits within the aquarium setting as well as our Botanical House Gardens 
§Create displays and exhibits that are aesthetically pleasing as well as ensure high levels of welfare for the livestock.  Ensure tanks are suitable for the species held, and that life support and mechanical systems are functioning properly  Monitor and maintain aquarium water quality 
§Understand and comply with Zoo Licence regulations and other statutory regulations  
§Liaise with veterinary consultants to develop fish helath protocols and develop procedures for maintaining health records

About Bristol Aquarium 
In the heart of Bristol located on the Harbourside, our Aquarium hosts our largest display of native species themed around a sunken ship.  Other displays include an amazing underwater walkthrough tunnel which includes exotic species.  Bristol Aquarium also has a large botanical house home to an array of plant species as well as Coral Sea display which is home to a number of species of sharks and rays.   

About the UK Zoological Coordinator Role
As an experienced Curator you will provide curator assistance for all our UK Aquarium attractions as and when needed.  This will require you to travel to the attractions.  Your responsibilities may range from, but not be limited to:

Supporting and advising the Displays Supervisors in developing and motivating their team of aquarists.  
§Assisting the aquariums in meeting Zoo Licence requirements  
§Coordinating the UK Ethical Review Meetings 
§Coordination of emergency action plans  
§Ethical coordination of acquisition of new species 
§Liaison with the Company Vet

About you
You will have high levels of written and spoken English. You will have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences, including to the public, colleagues, Directors of Aspro and to external organisations as representative of the aquarium.  

You will have good time management skills, and be able to priorities tasks, and work with accuracy and attention to detail. 

You will have a flexible approach, with the ability to work without supervision and to respond effectively under pressure.

Your experience and knowledge will be sufficient to allow you to work autonomously, and to train and supervise others.  

You must have experience of aquarium curatorial work, covering a broad range of species and aquarium systems.  

A degree in Marine Biology is highly desirable, however if you can demonstrate excellent, relevant work experience, then this would not be a requirement. 

A dive qualification is desirable at the level of Dive Master or equivalent.  If you do not have a dive qualification, then you must be willing to undertake the qualification if successful.   

As a management role, you will be expected to work full time which will include regular weekends and bank holidays. 

Aspro Parks is a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe. 
Here in the UK Aspro owns and operates Blue Planet Aquarium, Deep Sea World, Bristol Aquarium, 4 Blue Reef Aquariums, Smugglers Adventure and Oakwood Theme Park.  

If interested, please send your CV covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF.  
Or email us at:   The Bristol Aquarium is committed to Equal Opportunities:          

Closing Date 27 August 2014.

Interviews will take place at Bristol Aquarium 2nd and 3rd September 2014. 

We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.  

Asproparks is a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe.  Here in the UK Aspro owns and operates Blue Planet Aquarium, Deep Sea World, Bristol Aquarium, 4 Blue Reef Aquariums, Smugglers Adventure and Oakwood Theme Park.   

Aspro Parks is an Equal Opportunities Employer   

Want to work for Aspro UK but don’t feel that this position suits your skills or experience?  Then why not ‘Like’ our ASPRO UK FACEBOOK PAGE -  
Just click on the ‘WORK FOR US’ tab and then ‘CREATE LIVE JOB ALERTS’.  You will then be notified of any live vacancies across our 9 sites.   

Or why not ‘JOIN OUR TALENT POOL’?  Just upload your CV so that we can contact you with any future vacancies that match your skills and experience.    

Work Location: Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TT

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Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary 

Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary are looking to recruit a full-time qualified animal keeper to work on one of its most varied rounds.

Full time Animal Keeper Position 42.5 hours per week
Rate of pay: minimum wage

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and hard working, with a minimum of 2 years experience working in a zoological collection. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and experience.

Send your application to

Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd August 2014 

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Animal Keeper (Part-time)

Animal Keeper (Part-time)

Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary 

Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary are looking to recruit a Part-time qualified animal keeper to work on one of its most varied rounds.

Part time Animal Keeper Position 24-34 hours per week

Rate of Pay: minimum wage

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and hard working, with a minimum of 1 years experience working in a zoological collection. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential.

Send your application to

Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd August 2014

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EAZA Academy Manager

EAZA Academy Manager

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links more than 345 zoos, aquariums, national federations and other organisations in 41 countries. In addition to furthering the professional standards of our members with regard to the care and accommodation of the animals kept in their collections, EAZA also facilitates cooperation in our key mission areas of conservation, education and research. More than 140 million
people visit EAZA members each year.

With a large membership encompassing municipal zoos, charitable foundations, family-owned collections and commercial operations, EAZA is probably the most complex and certainly the biggest professional zoo and aquarium association worldwide. The work of the association is carried out on a voluntary basis by the members, through the many committees and working groups that work to agreed strategies and action plans.

The EAZA Executive Office (EEO) is based at Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, with a staff of 14 people, plus two others located off-site. The office is responsible for the day to day running of the association with activities divided across two departments: Communications and Membership and Collection Coordination and Conservation. The EAZA Academy was founded in 2011 and supports the training activities of the association. The EAZA Academy sits within the Communications and Membership department

Job Description

The EAZA Academy Manager is responsible for successful development and delivery of continuous professional development training which caters, primarily, to the institutional
membership of EAZA. Training opportunities and courses will aim to build capacity and increase professional standards across a variety of subject areas including: new techniques in animal management and husbandry, biological and social sciences research, conservation planning, and conservation education.

The successful candidate will also oversee aspects of financial planning and fundraising for the EAZA Academy. S/he has line management responsibility for the EAZA Academy Animal
Welfare Training Officer. The EAZA Academy manager reports to the Communications and Membership Manager of EAZA.

Duties and Responsibilities

EAZA Academy
• Organise and oversee the already established training opportunities offered by the EAZA Academy;
• Develop new training opportunities as appropriate for the EAZA membership;
• Explore potential partnerships with organisations offering related services;
• Deliver strategic actions related to the EAZA Academy in line with the EAZA Strategy and any related actions suggested by EAZA Committees ;
• Liaise with EAZA colleagues in the Executive Office and across the EAZA community to develop content for the courses and course materials;
• Liaise with institutional members in relation to hosting of courses at diverse sites around Europe;
• Oversee financial budgeting and reporting, including post-course evaluation, for the EAZA Academy;
• Generate additional income to the Academy via fundraising;
• Line management of the EAZA Academy Animal Welfare Training Officer;
• Develop marketing materials for the EAZA Academy in conjunction with the Communications and Membership Manager.
• Provide liaison to the EAZA Education and Exhibit Design Committee, to include, but not limited to, organising meetings, preparing documents (e.g. agenda, minutes etc.), assisting with the implementation of the strategic aims of the committee,
assisting with the organisation of the biennial EAZA European Zoo Educators (EZE) Conference;
• Where relevant, assist with preparation related to conferences and other general tasks in the office;
• Contribute to ensure the communication of related information to the membership (e.g. by publication in eNews, Zooquaria, EAZA website, etc.);
• Assist in membership accreditation screenings.

Required Qualifications and Experience

• The successful candidate will be educated to at least degree level or equivalent (Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework). A qualification in the area of education/training management or related areas is preferred but not essential.

• Candidates must have a minimum of five years work experience, preferably in an animal management or education related field;
• Candidates must have a proven track record in project management and working in a multidisciplinary team environment;
• A proven ability in public speaking is essential;
• Experience in training management/administration will be a distinct advantage;
• Experience in fundraising (grants/corporate donations), while not essential, would be preferred;
• Experience with standard office word processing and spreadsheet packages is essential; some experience of updating websites is preferred.

• The ability to work effectively to deadlines and under pressure is paramount;
• Excellent project management skills;
• Fluent written and spoken English is essential. The ability to communicate in another European language is preferred ;
• The ability to think strategically and creatively;
• The ability to initiate new ideas and take the initiative in response to challenges and opportunities;
• Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work across multiple cultures.

The successful candidate must legally be able to work in the Netherlands

Employment Conditions
The position of EAZA Academy Manager is a full-time post working five days a week (38 hours) based at the EAZA Executive Office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The successful candidate will be expected to work weekends and outside normal working hours where required, for example at conferences. There is a holiday allowance of 25 days a year and a company pension is available. An initial one year contract is offered with a probation period
of one month. A permanent contract would follow after a positive appraisal. The salary offered will be in the range of €35,000-€37,000

Interested applicants with the required attributes should send a CV and brief covering letter via email to Myfanwy Griffith at

All applications received will be acknowledged by a return email.

Application deadline: 21 September 2014

Interviews will take place in Amsterdam at a date to be arranged in October 2014 We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deputy Head of Section

Deputy Head of Section (Reserves)

Woburn Safari Park

The Reserves area at Woburn Safari Park comprises of many different species including, Rothschild Giraffe, White Rhino, Antelope and Bongo. Set in the road safari area of the park this department entertains all customers to Woburn via a large drive through area. The Park welcomes in excess of 400,000 visitors per year.

As Deputy Head of Section, you will support and deputise for the Head of Section. Your role will be to assist with the management of a passionate and experienced team of Animal Keepers and Interns, ensuring that safe and efficient animal husbandry is practised at all times. 

You must have a proven track record of managing people and have animal experience preferably within a Zoo/Safari Park environment. Experienced of working with hoofed stock is desirable.  A relevant animal qualification, such as a degree or the animal management diploma, along with a full clean driving licence is essential for this role. In addition, you will hold a current fire arms certificate or be willing to learn.

Woburn Safari Park's animal department is committed to both conservation and welfare, and is fortunate to have the space in which these goals can be best met. Potential staff must share this commitment.

To apply please complete the form below and submit your CV.

For further information see Job Description.

If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

Closing Date: 22nd August 2014

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Animal Keeper

Full Time Animal Keeper

We are seeking to employ a full time animal keeper within our large mammals department.

The large mammals department is a small team of highly passionate individuals working to improve the welfare of elderly female African elephants within our brand new facility. In conjunction with this we manage a successful breeding group of white rhino. Candidates must have experience of working within a zoo or safari park environment and an excellent understanding of animal management within a protected contact setting. An ability to show they can operate as part of a team is essential.

Applicants will be expected to be qualified to HND level in a zoological related science and ideally hold the DMZAA qualification. In order to be successful you must have experience in the daily management and improvement of habitats for high maintenance exotic animals, as well as a proven understanding on dealing with problematic behaviours. Excellent customer service skills and a high understanding of safety within the work place are also necessary.

Salary is negotiable and a full clean driving licence is required. Applications are only requested from those who fit the above criteria.

If you are interested please CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

 or Email your cv to

For more information please call Margaret on 01786 843101.

 Closing date for applications is 1st September 2014.

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