Friday, March 11, 2011

Zoo Inspector Vacancies

Help to keep high standards in English Zoos

The Government is committed to maintaining the highest standards in English zoos, and raising standards wherever possible. Here is your chance to help. We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals to act as Zoo Inspectors. .

Zoo Inspectors are appointed by the Government under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. They are responsible (as part of a team), and are paid for their time, for inspecting zoos and making recommendations to local authorities on the granting of licences. The Act provides for inspectors to consider and advise on the well-being of the animals, and the health and safety of the visiting public and those living nearby.

The Secretary of State’s list of inspectors comprises two parts:

Part 1, veterinary surgeons and practitioners;

Part 2, persons who can advise on the keeping and welfare of animals, the implementation of conservation measures, and the management of zoos generally.

Skills and qualifications required:

All candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to the highest standards in zoos and have considerable and ongoing practical experience.

Those applying for consideration for Part 1 must also be a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (or community rights-entitled veterinary surgeons currently on the list of Visiting European Veterinary Surgeons maintained by the RCVS), and demonstrate appropriate experience in the zoo/wild/exotic animal field and evidence of continued professional development in zoo and exotic animal issues.

Part 2 candidates will be expected to demonstrate considerable experience in the management of zoos in the European Union at a senior level (preferably curator or above).

We are particularly interested to supplement both Part 1 and Part 2 with those who have specialist knowledge of aquaria and birds of prey.

Contact for further information:

If you are interested in applying for a post as a zoo inspector please send a CV and covering letter to the following address (please feel free to contact the same should you have any queries):

Tom Adams,
The Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service,
Animal Health,
Zone 1/17,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay,
BS1 6EB.

Tel: 0117 372 8209.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th April 2011


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