Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Qualified Keeper

Qualified Keeper – Hoofstock Team, Part Time

Join our vibrant organisation!

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it. Our success relies on two key things. The impression we create through our 140 acre zoological park, Marwell Zoo, with its wide array of exotic and endangered species and the family of talented people we employ who share our passion and bring our vision to life.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Keeper to join our Hoofstock team on a part time basis, working 24 hours per week over 3 days. Our Qualified Keepers must have a strong generalist background with zoological experience as they may be required to work on a variety of sections. On this occasion however, an interest and previous experience with Hoofstock would also be an advantage

Qualified Keepers are responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care, including husbandry routines, managerial operations and environmental enrichment, and supporting veterinary intervention as required.

The successful candidate will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use their initiative, display an interest in and commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and must possess strong communication skills

In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, marwell.org.uk for a full candidate brief and our application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date:  12th July 2016

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a DBS check as a condition of employment.

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.

Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433. marwell.org.uk

Monday, June 27, 2016

Full time senior / head keeper

Full time senior / head keeper

Zoo2U are looking for a confident, passionate and experienced animal keeper to join our small but growing friendly company/team.
The Company
Zoo2U is a family run business based in Crewe, Cheshire, with a heart for outreach into the local community. Our mission is to ‘Interact, Educate and Inspire’ with all those we come into contact with.
Zoo2U has hand-picked a unique collection of exotic animals, which in turn create a varied adaptable team suitable for all occasions. The animals are all friendly and are comfortable interacting with humans, which means that Zoo2U can offer a unique hands-on animal encounter. Zoo2U offers close encounters with exotic animals and tailor their experiences to meet educational school curriculum requirements, while offering kids clubs, children’s parties, fairs and fetes, therapy for special needs and even corporate events!
The Candidate
Using a ‘hands on approach’, you will oversee the day to day running of the animal collection, becoming a role model to staff through demonstrated behaviours. You will ensure best practice and compliance with health and safety regulations. You will always strive to improve zoo management standards. You will have a minimum of 2 years working within the zoo industry, ideally with practical knowledge of reptiles, birds and mammals. You will be expected to give public talks and have some proven people management skills, experience with budget control and record keeping.
You will be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. You will be a good timekeeper and have a keen eye for detail. You will already put animal welfare at the centre of everything you do.
You will be required to be a team player and lead by example with the small (but growing) team, where you will manage all those involved with animal keeping duties. However, you may also find yourself working alone on some days.
You will be required to expand the services offered by Zoo2U, through suggesting new idea's and working closely with the management team to ensure the ideas become a reality.
This position would suit someone who is keen to advance their career, with a progression into a head keeper role.
  • Daily animal husbandry
  • Maintenance of animal enclosures/public areas
  • Management of keeping staff/volunteers/work experience students
  • Procurement
  • Public presentations at a variety of outreach events and therapy sessions
  • Liaising with veterinarians
  • Monitoring animal health and implementing preventative treatment programs
  • Relevant qualification(s)
  • Public speaking skills
  • People management skills
  • Clean driving license
  • Knowledge of manual record keeping
  • Non-smoker
  • Minimum 2 years’ industry experience, ideally with:
    • Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of Reptiles, including lizards, tortoises, non-venomous snakes
    • Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of birds, including parrots, raptors, kingfisher
    • Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of mammals, including hedgehogs, tenrecs, skunks, meerkats
  • Budget control experience
  • Teaching qualifications
  • First aider
  • Current CRB/DBS
  • Falconry experience

Please apply in writing enclosing a full CV to melissa@zoo2u.co.uk
Closing Date
22nd July 2016
Job Type: Full-time
Job Location:
  • Crewe
Required experience:
  • Zoo Keeping: 2 years
Required licence or certification:

  • Driving License

Experienced Animal Keeper

Experienced Animal Keeper
 Five Sisters Zoo
West Lothian
Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary: competitive

We are seeking an experienced Animal Keeper. Applicants must be familiar with working with a broad range of animals, including primates, carnivores, reptiles and birds. The appointed candidate will be responsible for daily animal husbandry and care, within and across all sections of the zoo. 
Candidates must have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals and previous experience of animal records is desirable. The successful applicant will be lively, energetic, and hard working to fit in with this compassionate and dedicated team. Good communication skills and excellent customer service skills are essential in this family-friendly zoo. 
Please send CV and covering letter to brian@fivesisterszoo.co.uk.
Deadline for applications: 08 July 2016.
Learn more about Five Sisters Zoo at: www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk

Chief Executive, RZSS

Chief Executive, RZSS

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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 1.7 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.

We currently have a vacancy for a Mammal Keeper to join our Giraffe team for 16 months to cover maternity leave. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a range of hoof stock, from Giraffes and Okapi to Babirusa and Onager.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate 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.

We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with large mammals. They will have experience of implementing environmental enrichment and operant conditioning. Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is also essential for this position.

In addition to the daily care and management of the species on section, a proven track record for delivering the highest standards of exhibitry is a must and the ideal candidate will have outstanding observation skills with an excellent attention to detail.

The successful candidate will be educated to a minimum of HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have equivalent experience.

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages including ZIMS would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full clean driving licence valid in the UK is also a requirement.

Salary is £17,367 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays). In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits including:

    •    a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with high contribution levels paid by the employer
    •    health care insurance
    •    excellent company sick pay arrangements available after 12 months service
    •    25 paid holidays, in addition to bank holidays pro rata to service
    •    20 free admittance tickets per year for family/friends
    •    staff discount from restaurants and retail shops plus a subsidised staff canteen
    •    free entry to participating zoo’s and collections through BIAZA
    •    access to West Cheshire Credit Union
    •    child care vouchers
    •    free car parking
    •    uniform

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 http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 4th July 2016.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper – Fixed Term- Foot Safari

The Animal Encounters department is currently recruiting for reliable, confident team members to join them through to November 2016.

Working as part of the successful Animal & Welfare team you will be responsible for maintaining a safe environment for both you and the visitors by adhering to associated risk assessments and protocols without exception.

You will be expected to practice high levels of animal husbandry, training and enrichment; as well as ensuring the visitor experience is exceptional.

The successful applicant should demonstrate a passion for animal welfare & conservation, be highly motivated, flexible and committed to Woburn Safari Park’s high standards of husbandry and welfare. Due to the wide variety of species on this large and busy department, candidates must have previous practical experience of working with a range of animals.

As this is a customer facing role, the right candidate will have demonstrable presentation and customer services skills with a passion for education and conservation.

Applicants will need to be flexible as regular weekend working is required to meet the needs of the business.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to work within an “award winning” environment then please apply through our website at: www.woburnsafari.co.uk/careers.

Closing date:        8th July 2016

Previous applicants need not apply.

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Senior Keeper (primates section)

Senior Keeper (primates section)

GaiaZOO is immediately seeking a senior keeper who provides support and guidance to the primates section. The current team exists of 6 keepers.

GaiaZOO is the youngest zoo in the Netherlands and has been developed and constructed according to the most modern vision on animal keeping. A beautiful animal collection, spacious enclosures, an adventurous landscape and a strikingly architecture characterise this zoo of the 21st century. In just over ten years, more than 4.5 million visitors found their way to GaiaZOO. For multiple times, GaiaZOO has been chosen as the best and most beautiful zoo in the Netherlands by independent
bodies, such as ANWB and ZooSite. As no other company a zoo lends itself best for receiving publicity in the most creative way. Conservation and Education is an integral part of the company’s philosophy.

Duties & Responsibilities
· Taking care of primates following the rules and guidelines of the management.
· Providing leadership and support to the staff in their animal care duties:
- giving instructions and setting priorities in consultation with the direct supervisor;
- ensure that staff members perform their duties optimally and effectively;
- see to it that staff members follow regulations related to safety, Arbo, HACCP and
work- and presentation methods.
· Co-ordinate the day to day routine.
· Manage the to the section belonging equipment, materials and stock.
· Report to the lead keeper and provide briefings on any particularities.

· Diploma from an animal care course (MBO+ or equivalent level);
· Leadership skills relevant to animal care and specifically within the zoo environment
· Additional knowledge of and experience with the support and leading of groups of staff;
· Specific knowledge about the primates in the collection is essential.
· Fluent spoken English and a willingness to learn Dutch is essential, preferably also a
willingness to learn German however not essential.

What we can offer you
We can offer you a very inspiring environment within a rapidly growing company. The employment conditions are in accordance with market conformity; GaiaZOO is associated with the Leisure collective agreement.

Are you interested in this position and do you fulfil the criteria?
Send in your CV with a cover letter per e-mail before 3rd of July:

Yvette Hollands / Head of HR