Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Volunteer vacancy in the Caribbean - Live-food technician

Volunteer vacancy in the Caribbean - Live-food technician and assistant to
mountain chicken programme, Dominica, West Indies

The Dominican mountain chicken (Leptodactylus fallax) conservation programme co-managed by
the Zoological Society of London and Chester Zoo in collaboration with the
Government of Dominica is seeking a dedicated, energetic and self-motivated
invertebrate/herpetology specialist to spend a period of one year in Dominica,
West Indies.

The main objective will be to assist Dominica Forestry and Wildlife personnel in establishing and developing large-scale invertebrate food cultures
(crickets/cockroaches/snails/worms etc) and invertebrate harvesting techniques
to feed a proposed captive assurance colony of the Critically Endangered frog
Leptodactylus fallax. Husbandry and monitoring of the initial captive frogs may
also become part of the remit depending upon progress with the food source and
readiness to initiate the frog breeding programme.

The successful candidate will have a proven background in invertebrate care and
culturing and/or a demonstrable aptitude for the same. Experience in the
management of amphibians, especially large frogs, would be an advantage but is
not essential.

The position is based in Roseau, capital of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles,
Eastern Caribbean. International air travel and a monthly stipend to cover
living expenses will be provided.

Applications should be received by 26th August 2008. Unfortunately, we are
unable to send individual replies to all who apply, so if you do not hear from
us within two weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application has not been successful.

Please send a letter of application, emphasising relevant experience, and a
recent Curriculum Vitae to:

Andrew A. Cunningham or
Ian Stephen

Head of Wildlife Epidemiology
Assistant Curator, Herpetology
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park
London NW1 4RY


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