Friday, February 20, 2009

Senior bear keeper - Tam Dao (Vietnam) and Chengdu (China)

Senior bear keeper - Tam Dao (Vietnam) and Chengdu (China)

Highly motivated and experienced animal professionals are required to work with rescued Asiatic Black Bears at our Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, in Tam Dao, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, or possibly at our China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

This position is responsible for overseeing teams of local bear keeping staff with the daily care and management of the bears housed in numerous Sanctuaries within the rescue centres.

Senior Bear Keepers report directly to centre Senior Bear Manager. It will also involve working alongside and liaising with the Senior Vet and the resident Vet team and our Animal Conditioning Consultant to manage various daily operations.

Both formal qualifications and proven practical experience are essential for this position.


Co-coordinating various daily operations:

staff training

animal care and management

enrichment programs

food ordering system

Participating in training programs and behavioral studies as needed

Qualifications and experience:

Formal qualification in zoology, biology, conservation or animal behaviour/care
Three to five years work experience in a zoo or similar working environment
Excellent communication, organisational and practical skills
Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential

Appointment is full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.
Applicants must be able to commit for a minimum of one (1) year – two (2) year contracts are also offered.

The following items are included in your full-time contract:

On-site accommodation

Subsidised meals

Relocation Assistance

Medical Insurance

For more information please visit our Vet Centre on:

To apply please forward cover letter (stating position you are applying for) and completed Job Application form with expected salary to:

For full details please go to

Please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews Digest should you apply for this post

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