Sunday, July 20, 2008

Experienced Chimpanzee Caretakers

Stichting AAP - Experienced Chimpanzee Caretakers

At Stichting AAP we strive to make a dream come true in a professional way, namely: the shelter for abused or discarded exotic primates and small to medium-sized mammals from the whole of Europe.

The animals we shelter originate from the illegal animal trade, circuses, animal laboratories, or from private citizens. We try to improve the situation for most of the animals or look for a suitable re-homing address in zoos and in a variety of projects worldwide. If that does not succeed, then we have a permanent sanctuary in the south of Spain.

In addition, AAP actively exerts its influence on the relevant policy and decision-makers in both the Netherlands and Europe. We are now increasingly working together with other professional organisations in this regard. AAP is also an internationally respected centre of expertise.

AAP has around 70 paid employees and the same number of volunteers. The sanctuary is set in a spacious and modern location in the middle of the countryside around Almere.

Nowhere else can you see the direct results of your work so immediately: each animal that we take under our wing recovers and improves. You will find yourself in a tightly-knit group with very diverse colleagues. From animal carers to fundraisers: all working to achieve the same goal.

To lead the departments we are looking for several…

Experienced Chimpanzee Caretakers

32- 38 hours
Your role
As a skilled animal keeper you are responsible for the daily care of the primates or/and mammals.

In actual practice, your job will mainly consist of cleaning, feeding, observing and giving behaviour enrichment.

In the quarantine you will do this mostly by yourself and independently.

Because of the (unknown) medical status of the animals we are working according to a strict hygiene protocol and a hands off protocol.

Also it is a possibility that some administrative task can be part of your job.

You are able to work in a team and you have a flexible attitude to work weekend- and holiday days.

Your background

Commitment to and understanding of AAP's idealistic policy

* a relevant college degree and 3 years animal caretaking or minimal 3 years experience in working with primates / apes

* you are according working with strict procedures

* you are physically fit and willing to work weekends

*you can work independently, but you also have team spirit and are willing to share knowledge and information

* you have knowledge of the English language on MBO level, spoken and written

* you have basic computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

Our offer
A salary depends on age and experience and will be in the range of Euro 1.578,20 and maximum Euro 1.972,75 (before tax and based on a 40 hours workweek).

We offer a challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, rapidly growing, professional organization in a natural environment where animals and humans are at the centre.

For more information or immediate application?

For more information, please call Constantine Kasule for further details (tel. +31(0)36 5238787)

Please send your application and CV before 10-08-2008 mentioning reference number: 2008-07-OREDVCC preferably by e-mail to or mail to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, The Netherlands, Elly Koppers, coordinator personnel department.

Due to lengthy procedures for non-Europeans to get work permits, we encourage only Europeans to apply

The application procedure includes the completion of a practice-based task.

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