Saturday, November 14, 2009

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex - Stichting AAP

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex - Stichting AAP

At Stichting AAP, we give shape to our ideals in a professional way: improve the well being of abused or turned down exotic monkeys and small to medium mammals from Europe. We do this by taking care of animals that come from illegal trade, circuses, laboratories or private individuals. For most animals we worldwide look for the right replacement address in reserves, zoos or in our own permanent sanctuary in the South of Spain.

On the other hand, AAP works on avoiding well being problems by active influence through policymakers and deciders on this subject, as well as in the Netherlands as in Europe. We take an active role and on a strategic level, in cooperation with professional organizations at home and abroad. AAP is also an international authoritative knowledge centre.

We employ around 70 people and may count on the same number of volunteers. We have our seat on a large and modern location, in the middle of a green area close to Almere. Nowhere else can you see the result of your work so directly: every animal under our care is recovering. You will have a close, professional group of colleagues: from animal carers to fund raisers, we all have the same idealistic ideas.

For the Rescue and Rehabilitaion Group we are looking for a

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex m/f
(38 hours)

The Chimpanzee Complex consists of three departments:

1) A permanent lifetime-care-centre for ex lab chimpanzees that are infected with HIV, SIV and Hepatitis C. These chimpanzees are not sick but potentially infectious and therefore require special care;
2) A chimpanzee quarantine for newly arrived animals from poor conditions all over Europe;
3) A chimpanzee resocialisation unit, temporary intensive care where newly arrived chimpanzees will learn to live in a group again. When the chimpanzees live in stable social groups they will move to other permanent facilities.

Your role
In this challenging and interesting job your are responsible for this unique department. As teamleader you will participate in the daily care of the chimpanzees, including feeding and cleaning cages. However the majority of your time you will be managing and directing the animal care staff (partly english speaking) and dealing with animal care administration. In cooperation with a team of specialists (veterinarian staff and ethologists) and your assistant team leader your are responsible for the well-being of both; chimpanzees and 11 caregivers in your department. Due to the nature and health status of the chimpanzees strict hygiene and safety protocols are in order and must be adhered to at all times.

Your baggage
Feeling for the goals of AAP and for the non-profit sector
* a relevant college degree at MBO+ level as animal care taker or 4 years relevant working experience
* you have minimal one year experience in the field of working with primates, including chimpanzees
* we preference knowlegde of Article 12 (Law concerning Animal Experimantation) * you speak fluently English and Dutch also in writing
* you are an experienced team leader, good in communicating and motivating
* you are a real team player, and strong as a coach for your team
* you are able to work under stress and take initiative to solve problems
* you are capable of working according to strict protocols
* you are organised, critical, flexible and concerned about quality
* you have basic computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel etc.)
* you are physically fit and willing to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays.

Our offer
We offer a job with a lot of responsibilities in an open, international, professional organisation in a natural environment where animals and humans are at the centre. Your commencing salary depending on age and experience, will be in the range of € 2.002 and € 2.200 (gross, based on 40 hours), with a yearly career development possibility. Check our website for further information and our terms of employment and atmosphere:

Learn more or apply directly
For further information, call Elly Koppers, Human Resources Coordinator, tel. +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Send your application letter and CV before 25-11-2009 mentioning number 2009-10-ORTLCC, preferably by email to or by mail to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, the Netherlands, attn. Elly Koppers, Human Resources Coordinator.

The interviews are planned in week 49.

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