Thursday, June 22, 2017


Temporary (6 months) – 30 hours per week

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 and their engagement with animals and conservation issues and we deliver this through diverse, fun and exciting means.  We also reach 25,000 students each year in our taught sessions, ranging through all the key stages and above.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Learning Assistant to join our team to assist our Education Officers and Zoo Rangers in the delivery of interactive learning experiences for school groups, children’s clubs and visitors.

Our Learning Assistant will deliver our discovery workshops, help run our different children’s clubs and supervise activities and run interactive conservation education activities for our visitors throughout the year. Our Learning Assistant will also assist with visitor engagement at exhibits and enclosures to help promote Chester Zoo’s mission.

The successful candidate will have:

•        A Zoology or Biological Science degree, or equivalent qualification
•        Experience of education work within a zoo, conservation organisation or similar environment
•        Outstanding communication and presentation skills, which will be used for teaching and delivering learning in different formats
•        Excellent attention to detail and the ability to think critically about new programmes
•        A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and other technology for public presentations
•        Excellent time management and planning skills
•        Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work alone and within a team setting
•        Experience working in a public facing role, with demonstrable customer service skills

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Hours of work are 30 hours per week, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered. During busy periods, there will be a requirement to be flexible with regards to hours of work.

The rate of pay for this role is £8.35 per hour and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Learning Assistant role to

Closing date for applications is 7th July 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Animal Keeper – Herpetology Team

Animal Keeper – Herpetology Team

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 an Animal Keeper to join our Herpetology team on a full time basis. Marwell is looking to expand its already varied Herpetological collection due to new projects such as the Tropical House and other exciting future plans. This is a great time to join a forward thinking and progressive team.

Animal 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 have a background in the keeping of Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and Invertebrates species and Aquarist experience would also be advantageous. You will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use your 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, 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:  11th July 2017

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.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, June 19, 2017

Animal Care Manager

Animal Care Manager
Fota Wildife Park
Republic of Ireland

Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 465,000 visitors.

Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education, research and entertainment have ensured that we are uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity. Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past 6 years upgrading its infrastructure and developing 27 acres of additional
land that focuses on Asian animals including Sumatran tiger, Indian rhino and Asiatic lion.

Job Brief – Animal Care Manager
An exciting position has arisen for an Animal Care Manager within Fota Wildlife Park reporting to the Park Director. The objective of the role is to support senior and lead Rangers to carry out day to day animal husbandry in accordance with international best practice. The role will form part of the senior management team and will be responsible for the operational management of animal issues and assist with development and implementation of the expanding Wildlife Park’s strategic needs and goals.


  • To work with the Director to implement strategic plans in the animal area including the development of new animal exhibits within a long-term strategic plan of Fota Wildlife Park.
  • To plan and organise all animal collection and movement in accordance with best practice
  • To manage all responsibilities in the context of robust adherence to and compliance with Health and Safety Policies and Procedures with all animal staff and facilities at the Park
  • To implement and develop, in consultation with Park Director and Senior Rangers, a range of animal training and enrichment activities
  • To effectively lead a team of three senior rangers to ensure that day to day animal husbandry duties, including animal observation, health and welfare and ensure that feeding and  cleaningtasks are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • To liaise with veterinary personnel in relation to animal health and ensure all veterinary recommendations are carried out in an effective manner.
  • To work effectively with other Department Managers especially the Operations Manager to ensure the efficient running and continued development of the wildlife park.
  • To liaise with HR to ensure best practice in recruitment and development of animal care team as well as in the areas of performance management and grievance procedures.
  • To manage the budget for the yearly operation of the Animal Collection and Staff.
  • To ensure that all animal record keeping is effectively maintained and up to date and provide reports to the park director as required
  • To take full responsibility for positive outcomes to welfare audits
  • A 39-hour week applies to the post with a requirement to work one weekend in every five.

To be considered for this post the following qualifications and experience is essential:

  • At least a primary but preferably a master’s degree in Animal Science or equivalent in a related discipline
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience, to include management experience in an Animal Collection Role, in a Zoological Park setting or equivalent.
  • Capacity to represent Fota Wildlife Park at national and international level, at conferences, species meetings, forums and at other collections.
  • Competency in customer engagement and interpersonal skills and ability to engage with the press and media.

The successful candidate will also have sufficient experience to demonstrate:

  • An ability to effectively lead and manage an experienced team of Rangers and maintain a positive culture
  • An ability to communicate in a professional manner including good interpersonal skills
  • An ability to plan and organise work activities effectively to deliver positive outcomes
  • An ability to problem solve and make sound and timely decisions
  • A comprehensive understanding of Health & Safety as it applies in a Zoological Setting
  • Proficiency in the use of IT systems including ZIMS
  • A commitment to Continuing Professional Development for self and staff

Experience in the following would be an advantage:

Experience in and/or a qualification in Health & Safety and Project Management would be an advantage

Attractive Salary to include pension and other benefits such as support relocation assistance where relevant

Closing date for applications is: 28th Jul 2017

Apply for this job:
CV and covering letter to be returned via email only to David Casey

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Volunteer Field Assistant

Volunteer Field Assistant

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity,
Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by Allwetterzoo Münster and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It was one of the first nature conservation centres in Cambodia, located within Phnom Kulen National Park close to Siem Reap and the UNESCO World Heritage of Angkor. The primary goals of the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity are:

1.        To operate as a rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for native Cambodian wildlife maintained and conducted in-line with internationally recognized standards.

2.        Provision of facilities and technical expertise for the conservation breeding of selected threatened species, including reintroduction and restocking programs where appropriate.

3.        To serve as national focal point of environmental awareness and education, to promote and encourage the conservation of biodiversity to local communities, tourists and key stakeholders and decision-makers in the private and public sector.

4.        To initiate and participate in wildlife conservation and research activities in Cambodia, including in situ conservation activities, species recovery efforts, biodiversity inventories and natural resource-use assessment, and to provide information to support management recommendations for protected areas.

The ACCB is currently offering a Volunteer Field Assistant position in the Field Conservation Department. This is a challenging but rewarding position for a highly dedicated and motivated individual with a keen interest in making a contribution towards conservation. The Volunteer Field Assistant will be based at ACCB’s project location in Stung Treng Province, North-Eastern Cambodia.

About ACCB Field Conservation
ACCB’s in situ conservation efforts are at present focused between monitoring and directing species recovery actions for three species of vulture classed as Critically Endangered in IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. In 2004 a national action plan was set-up in Cambodia between government ministries and conservation NGOs to conserve Cambodia’s vulture populations. The partnership is called the Cambodian Vulture Conservation Project (CVCP) of which ACCB has been involved in some capacity nearly since its inception and became an official and active partner circa 2008. Vultures are an important part of the eco-system as they are the most efficient scavengers of large carcasses that exist. As well as being an excellent means of removing carcasses and stopping the spread of disease.

Cambodia has two species of near-endemic ibis, which are also listed as Critically Endangered in the Red List, and holds some of the last or most important populations of large water or grassland birds, including Sarus Crane, Lesser and Greater Adjutant and Bengal Florican. ACCB’s work currently involves monitoring these birds and their habitats. Whilst ACCB is regularly carrying out rescue and release operations of mammals, at present the field conservation programs do not focus on mammals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Volunteer Field Assistant will support the Field Conservation Manager and the Field Conservation Team in all daily tasks. This role includes both, office and field related activities.

-        Take part in in the planning, operation and data collection of field monitoring and surveys for a variety of species, habitats and anthropomorphic threats.

-        Assist in all aspects of vulture feeding site operations, logistics, monitoring and data collection.
-        Vulture nest and colony monitoring surveys and data collection, assisting nest protection activities.

-        Take part in meetings, discussions, workshops and other project-related events.

-        Creation, management and delivery of vulture conservation media and promotion materials.

-        Maintenance of project records and databases.

-        Maintenance of project equipment and facilities.

-        Tour leading and wildlife interpretation for guests at vulture restaurants, or guided centre tours at the conservation centre.

-        BSc / MSc or higher in a biological science.

-        A keen interest in the conservation of avifauna is essential, as currently these are the focus of ACCB’s field programs.

-        Be able to speak and write English at a level consistent with reading and writing scientific reports.

-        Practical experience of wildlife surveying and/or monitoring (Desirable).

-        Some previous experience of working in developing countries and/or in tropical climates (Desirable).

-        The holder of the position must be able to work unsupervised and in a self-motivated manner with English-speaking local Cambodian project staff. Ability to take responsibility within a team is essential.

-        Ability to work efficiently within a team and organisational framework, whilst closely consulting with ACCB’s Animal and Education Department in particular.

-        The role involves a limited amount of financial responsibility. Ability to accurately collect receipts and keep an account of all spending in the required manner and format is essential.

-        Ability to ride small motorbikes off-road is essential, as is a basic understanding of mechanics and vehicle maintenance.

-        A thorough working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, powerpoint presentation, digital media management and basic photo/video editing ability.

-        Proficiency with GoogleEarth software is essential and some knowledge of GIS software is desirable.

-        Ability to correctly use GPS in the field and consequently manage GPS data is essential.

-        The position requires a person who is self-motivated and capable to work independently.

-        The role involves staying in the tropical jungle for extended overnight periods so the candidate should be able to cope with the heat, insects, lack of facilities and simple remote and rural conditions.

-        The role involves provision of carcasses for the vulture restaurant, so the candidate should be comfortable dealing with the carcasses of dead cows, buffaloes or goats.

-        Cultural sensitivity.

The timeframe for this position is from the date of hiring until 31st March 2018. Applicants must be able to commit for the entire duration.

Conditions / remuneration

-        Free accommodation, water, electricity and internet at ACCB’s Field Conservation Office in Stung Treng, North-eastern Cambodia.
-        A stipend of 150 USD/calendar month will be provided.
-        Full-time work, with flexibility as required (e.g. in the field).
-        6 days off per month.
-        ACCB covers the costs for Fieldwork Expenses (food, water, fuel and lodging whilst conducting fieldwork).

ACCB does not cover:

-        General food and living expenses.
-        Vaccinations (recommended).
-        Travel Insurance (required).
-        Any other cost of a personal or medical nature.
-        Transport to and from Cambodia
-        Domestic transport during leisure time.

will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
Starting date: as soon as possible.

Please apply as soon as possible via email including cover letter, CV and the contact details of two references to:

Michael Meyerhoff, ACCB Project Manager

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Herpetology Keeper

Herpetology Keeper

Herpetology Keeper - Full time

Here at All Things Wild Nature Centre we are currently in our next phase of development with exciting times ahead. As the zoo expands, so does the need for new keepers to join our Animal Keeping team.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for the need of a Reptile keeper to work 5 days a week including bank holidays and weekends. The successful applicant will have a keen passion for the natural world and conservation. A good eye for detail and high standards for animal husbandry are a must.

Key Responsibilities

•        Assist the Zoo team with day to day duties of animal husbandry.
•        To ensure the highest standard of animal welfare is being adhered to.
•        To be competent delivering talks and experiences to members of the public. 
•        Handle enquiries from visitors.
•        Assist in overseeing volunteers.
•        Liaise with the Head Keeper to develop the Reptile section.

Key skills and requirements

•        Have a minimum of 2 years working with Reptiles and Amphibians.
•        Previous experience working within a zoological environment is advantageous as the successful applicant may be required to cover other departments when necessary.
•        Must have a can do attitude.
•        Strong verbal communication skills and good customer care skills as she/he will be delivering animal presentations/talks to our visitors.
•        An excellent time keeper.
•        Work well as part of a team.
•        The ability to keep calm in stressful situations.  
•        A full UK driving license is required.

To Apply
Please send your CV and covering letter to Robert Killips, Head Keeper, All Things Wild Nature Centre, Station road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ. Alternatively, you can email

Closing date for applications: Saturday 1st July 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, June 16, 2017

Senior Keeper

Senior Keeper

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

37.5 Hours per week

£18,525 - £19,500 per annum

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is looking for a Senior Keeper to assist with the development and implementation of its Animal Collection Plan. You will be a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Aviculturalist with experience of maintaining animal populations in enclosures and in assisting with design and management of enclosures for the benefit of the animals and for the viewing public. You will have a flexible approach to your role as during the breeding season you will may need to hand rear our new arrivals.

You will be confident in talking to the public, raising awareness in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and by providing information to visitors about the species exhibited and their natural habitats is a key element of this role. You will also ideally have experience of supervising a small team and volunteers as you will be deputising for the Collection Manager on their days off.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. For 70 years we have been pioneers in saving threatened wetland wildlife across the globe and are experts in wetland management and creation. We work with communities living among some of the most vulnerable wetlands in the world, providing leadership and influence to create a sustainable future for our wetlands, their wildlife and the people who depend upon them. We believe that showing people first-hand how extraordinary wetlands are can ignite their passion to help us conserve them, so we provide amazing experiences at our unique UK wetland centres for over one million visitors every year.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

Closing Date: 27th June

Interview Date: 11th & 12th July

Apply for this job:
For more information, and to apply for the role, please visit

Please note we do not accept CV's - please ensure you complete the online application form.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant