Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Head Keeper




Head Keeper
The National Zoological Society of Wales is a registered charity (no. 514108) that owns and runs the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales in Colwyn Bay, UK. This is a medium-sized progressive zoo which opened in 1963 and is situated in North Wales in one of the UK’s most beautiful places to live and work. The Zoo embraces modern conservation thinking and strives for high standards in all departments. It is a member of BIAZA, EAZA, WAZA and Species360.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales is looking for a Head Animal Keeper who will answer to the Animal Collection Manager and the Director of Living Collections and have supervisory responsibility over all animal keepers.

The successful candidate must:
  • have a minimum of 10 years zoo animal experience covering a varied range of taxa.
  • be qualified to at least DMZAA level or equivalent
  • have experience of training and managing staff
  • have excellent references
Preferred but not essential characteristics include:
  • a natural science degree
  • good working knowledge of ZIMS
  • animal training and presentation experience
The successful candidate will be required to live on site (a rent-free one-room cottage is available).
For further details, a full job description and application form please email info@welshmountainzoo.org or telephone 01492 532938 ext.3 (Office Hours 09.00 – 17.00).
The closing date for applications will be 17.00 on Monday 11th February 2019. A short list of candidates will be drawn up and offered an interview date between 18th and 23rd February 2019.








Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


BIRD SECTION VOLUNTARY WORKER



BIRD SECTION
VOLUNTARY WORKER 

(TRAINING PLACEMENT) from 1st March 2019

We currently have an opportunity for a Voluntary Worker for a period of 6 months (including a one-month evaluation period and the opportunity, when 5 months into your placement, to extend to a maximum of one year) within our Bird section.

Our Voluntary Worker training placement program has resulted in a high percentage of participants finding employment within the zoological sector and it is our aim, along with your support, to provide you with the experience necessary to go on to be considered for a position within the zoo industry.

As such, our Voluntary Worker roles are for those looking for valuable experience within the zoo industry. A training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly with you throughout your training placement and you will take away a completed training record and certificate on the successful end of your placement.

This is a physically demanding role so commitment and a level of physical fitness is a must. It’s a very rewarding role and will allow you to volunteer alongside keepers, aiding them in their daily duties and helping care for the animals.

Mission Statement
Living Coasts is an education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage and inspiring in people a respect for animals, plants and the environment.

Aim of voluntary worker role:
The main aim of the placement will be to attend to the husbandry requirements of the animal collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge. Voluntary Workers focus on one of our animal sections and this role specifically relates to the Bird section.

The objective of the voluntary worker role is to:
Gain experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department; Apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project; Reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Tasks:
The role covers all the areas within the Bird section and you will be asked to volunteer wherever the Senior Keeper requires you to: Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.; Opportunities to observe and take part in animal handling, rearing and training. 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, alongside a member of staff, at the direction of the senior keeper; Training in animal-management related computer software; Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practice.

Time:
Living Coasts is open every day and Voluntary Workers are full time i.e. a five-day volunteering week, including some weekends. This will be discussed as part of your Informal Discussion, which you will be invited to attend if shortlisted from your Interest Form / CV / covering letter. Informal Discussions will be carried out in person and not via telephone, Skype, etc. as this allows you to see where you will be volunteering and the area you would be potentially living (if necessary for you to move) whilst carrying out your placement.

Place of duty:
Bird section enclosures / areas.

Department manager:
Senior Keeper

Skills required:
Previous animal-related work experience or volunteering (desirable but not essential); Good communication skills; Adaptable to different environments; Able to volunteer in a team and independently; Physically fit for the demands of the post; Must be reliable; Able to follow strict instructions.

Materials required:
A polo shirt, sweatshirt, combat trousers, fleece, waterproof coat and steel-toe capped wellies or boots are provided for a small deposit (£20) as part of your induction.
 
Any health and safety requirements:
Keepers will talk you through all relevant health and safety requirements and risk assessments for the duties that you will be carrying out. You will need to ensure that your tetanus injection is valid and will be kept up-to-date throughout your placement.

Please note
All Voluntary Workers for this role must be aged 18 years or over
All Voluntary Workers are purely voluntary, and as such, Living Coasts does not provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to register their interest in or take on these positions with us.
If you are successful in becoming a Voluntary Worker with us, two references will be taken up before you are able to start and, for identification purposes, you will be required to bring your passport and your National Insurance card (or number NI printed on a document) with you to your induction meeting.

To register your interest for this
Bird Section Voluntary Worker role
Please complete the Interest Form at https://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/volunteer-register stating Voluntary Worker: Birds in the role choice and then email a CV and covering letter to volunteering@livingcoasts.org.uk by Thursday 31st January 2019


If you have picked up a paper version of our Volunteer Interest Form, please send your completed form to Living Coasts Volunteers’ Co-ordinator, c/o Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU, along with your CV and covering letter.











Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


AQUARIUM SECTION VOLUNTARY WORKER



AQUARIUM SECTION
VOLUNTARY WORKER 

(TRAINING PLACEMENT) from 1st March 2019

We currently have an opportunity for a Voluntary Worker for a period of 6 months (including a one-month evaluation period and the opportunity, when 5 months into your placement, to extend to a maximum of one year) within our Aquarium section.

Our Voluntary Worker training placement program has resulted in a high percentage of participants finding employment within the zoological sector and it is our aim, along with your support, to provide you with the experience necessary to go on to be considered for a position within the zoo industry.

As such, our Voluntary Worker roles are for those looking for valuable experience within the zoo industry. A training agreement will be completed and reviewed regularly with you throughout your training placement and you will take away a completed training record and certificate on the successful end of your placement.

This is a physically demanding role so commitment and a level of physical fitness is a must. It’s a very rewarding role and will allow you to volunteer alongside keepers, aiding them in their daily duties and helping care for the animals.

Mission Statement
Living Coasts is an education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage and inspiring in people a respect for animals, plants and the environment.

Aim of voluntary worker role:
The main aim of the placement will be to attend to the husbandry requirements of the animal collection as directed by the Senior Keeper in charge. Voluntary Workers focus on one of our animal sections and this role specifically relates to the Aquarium section.

The objective of the voluntary worker role is to:
Gain experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department; Apply own personal skills and take ownership of a series of tasks and/or a research project; Reflect on training and experience throughout the placement.

Tasks:
The role covers all the areas within the Aquarium section and you will be asked to volunteer wherever the Senior Keeper requires you to: Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. feeding, cleaning, enrichment provision, enclosure modification etc.; Opportunities to observe and take part in animal handling, rearing and training. 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, alongside a member of staff, at the direction of the senior keeper; Training in animal-management related computer software; Training in all aspects of the company’s code of practice.

Time:
Living Coasts is open every day and Voluntary Workers are full time i.e. a five-day volunteering week, including some weekends. This will be discussed as part of your Informal Discussion, which you will be invited to attend if shortlisted from your Interest Form / CV / covering letter. Informal Discussions will be carried out in person and not via telephone, Skype, etc. as this allows you to see where you will be volunteering and the area you would be potentially living (if necessary for you to move) whilst carrying out your placement.

Place of duty:
Aquarium section enclosures / areas.

Department manager:
Senior Keeper

Skills required:
Previous animal-related work experience or volunteering (desirable but not essential); Good communication skills; Adaptable to different environments; Able to volunteer in a team and independently; Physically fit for the demands of the post; Must be reliable; Able to follow strict instructions.

Materials required:
A polo shirt, sweatshirt, combat trousers, fleece, waterproof coat and steel-toe capped wellies or boots are provided for a small deposit (£20) as part of your induction.
 
Any health and safety requirements:
Keepers will talk you through all relevant health and safety requirements and risk assessments for the duties that you will be carrying out. You will need to ensure that your tetanus injection is valid and will be kept up-to-date throughout your placement.

Please note
All Voluntary Workers for this role must be aged 18 years or over
All Voluntary Workers are purely voluntary, and as such, Living Coasts does not provide any financial support or expenses to those wishing to register their interest in or take on these positions with us.
If you are successful in becoming a Voluntary Worker with us, two references will be taken up before you are able to start and, for identification purposes, you will be required to bring your passport and your National Insurance card (or number NI printed on a document) with you to your induction meeting.

To register your interest for this
Aquarium Section Voluntary Worker role
Please complete the Interest Form at https://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/volunteer-register stating Voluntary Worker: Aquarium in the role choice and then email a CV and covering letter to volunteering@livingcoasts.org.uk by Thursday 31st January 2019


If you have picked up a paper version of our Volunteer Interest Form, please send your completed form to Living Coasts Volunteers’ Co-ordinator, c/o Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU, along with your CV and covering letter.











Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


SEASONAL ZOO RANGER



SEASONAL ZOO RANGER

3 x Temporary Posts - 35 hours 

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

Our award winning Discovery and Learning Team is central to our visitors’ experience at the zoo. The team engage our visitors with our plant & animal collection and our worldwide conservation work through a range of diverse, fun and exciting educational experiences. 

We are on the search for Seasonal Zoo Rangers to join our team to deliver fun, engaging, educational activities with the general public around the zoo.

This is a varied role which includes interacting with visitors of all ages including children, families and other audiences. This includes one-to-one engagement, group educational activities and exhibit supervision. Our audiences can range from 1 to 500 visitors or more and there is lots of public interaction, requiring adaptability and a confident and outgoing personality.

The successful candidate will have:
·       A good knowledge of the natural world and conservation
·       The ability to deliver high quality public engagement opportunities, communicating science and conservation in a playful and enthusiastic manner
·       The adaptability to be able to tailor delivery to a variety of audiences
·       A dynamic and creative mind
·       Enthusiasm for conservation, education and public engagement
·       Excellent customer service skills
·       The ability to work on their own as well as a part of a busy team
·       Good organisational and time management skills

Experience of working in the zoo education field as well as knowledge of Chester Zoo’s animal collection and conservation work would be an advantage.

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are currently advertising for three Seasonal Zoo Ranger roles as follows:

·       1 x Seasonal Zoo Ranger March 2019 – 1st September 2019
·       2 x Seasonal Zoo Ranger April 2019 – 1st September 2019

Please state clearly in your application which of these roles you would like to be considered for. 

The working hours for these posts are 35 hours per week, 10 days in 14. This will include weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered, and may include evening work. Working hours are flexible around zoo opening hours and extra events.

The rate of pay is £9.10 per hour and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo.

To apply for this position, please go to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers and click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Seasonal Zoo Ranger role.

Closing date for applications is 27th January 2019













Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Wildlife Veterinarian




Vacancy for Wildlife Veterinarian


The Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife is the first and only non-profit wildlife conservation and all-inclusive species rescue centre which is registered in Laos.
As a registered foundation in Laos, we work to conserve Laos’ biodiversity by continuing to work with the Lao government authorities, community projects and education, along with our sanctuary, rescue, rehabilitation, release and conservation initiatives.
The LCTW is currently at an exciting stage of development. Here, the candidate will be involved with the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of confiscated and donated animals from the illegal wildlife trade. We provide the highest standard of life-long sanctuary for those who are not suited for release and we aid in transitioning the old Lao Zoo into a world-class non-profit centre for the conservation of wildlife.
Our site is now a beacon and focal point of conservation efforts in Lao PDR.

We house around 500 animals, mostly native to South-east Asia of varying taxa, these include Large Mammals such as Bears, Elephant and Leopard, a variety of Primates, Ungulates, Reptiles, Birds and Small Mammals including wild Canine and Feline species.
The LCTW is committed to conservation on national, regional and global scales, we are working alongside other wildlife organisations and the Lao government to aid in biodiversity conservation efforts.
Our education programmes utilise our unique placement in Laos to provide access to knowledge for Lao people on how they can help to conserve Laos’ incredible biodiversity. 

For more information about our project, visit https://lctwildlife.org

As Wildlife Veterinarian, you will be working with one other Veterinarian and reporting to and working with the Directors, to oversee the overall health and welfare of all the animals under LCTW’s care.
The team consists of two full-time Veterinarians, one of whom will be the successful applicant, with volunteer and student Veterinarians and Vet Nurses supporting the team.
You and our existing Veterinarian will be responsible for the management of our onsite Wildlife Hospital. This includes the upkeep of equipment, supplies and stock checks of all medical sundries and help to develop and expand the facilities of our Wildlife Hospital, for the future. You will be encouraged to play an active role in the development of the Wildlife Hospital and animal care, this can include fundraising and grant applications, for example.
When required, you will join our 24/7 Rescue Team on confiscation and rescue missions with the Lao government, provide emergency care to rescued wildlife and be involved in the rearing of orphaned infants from the illegal wildlife trade, whenever necessary.

Essential
·       A degree in Veterinary Science/Medicine
·       Fluency in English - both written and spoken
·       Previous working experience in animal medicine
·       Previous experience of performing a variety of surgical procedures
·       Must be comfortable living and working in a rural setting
·       Full driving license from your native country, ideally manual transmission
·       Able to commit to at least 1 year within this role, upon completion of probationary period
·       Ability to make empirical decisions/diagnoses if all desirable equipment is not available

Desirable
·       Previous experience of working in a Wildlife Hospital and/or rehabilitation centre
·       Experience with and knowledge of South-east Asian Wildlife
·       Firearms licence in your native country
·       Experience with immobilising equipment, such as dart guns and blowpipes
·       Some Lao and/or Thai language skills
·       An understanding of fundraising within the non-profit wildlife sector
·       Previous experience of using ZIMS or a similar online records system (SPARKS, ARKS, MedARKS)

Onsite accommodation in the form of one private room, with 2 cooked meals per day and breakfast supplies will be provided with the role. This role offers one day off per week, a competitive regional salary with paid holiday days, plus all national holidays. The LCTW will provide the successful candidate with all visa and travel expenses during a three-month probationary period, with a 1 year rolling business visa provided upon completion of this. Candidates are expected to commit to the duration of their working visa, this can be renewed for each additional year of service.

Our base centre is located in Ban Keun, around a one-hour drive north of Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. We are fairly rural however, our local town has various amenities such as pharmacies, markets, shops, ATMs, a local resort and pool to spend time on days off and regular, affordable public transport options to Vientiane City.


Does this sound like your dream job? If you would like to help us conserve and rescue wildlife in Laos, please send CV along with a covering letter to info@lctwildlife.org












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant