Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Experienced Caretakers - Foundation AAP

Experienced Caretakers
(24 to 32 hours per week)
Foundation AAP
The Netherlands

Your part
As an Experienced Caretaker, you are responsible for the daily care for our mammals, including primates or chimpanzees. In practice your work will largely include cleaning, feeding, observation, behavioural enrichment and assisting in the rehabilitation of the animals. You’ll be working in a team of experienced caretakers according to fixed procedures and a hands-off protocol. Depending on which department you work in, there is a possibility you’ll be giving directions and guidance to a number of (foreign) volunteers/interns. Your job will also include a number of administrative tasks. You’re part of the team, you work well with others and you’re flexible enough to work Saturdays or Sundays. The department’s team leader will give you direction.

Your experience
* 3 relevant years of MBO-Dierenverzorging (Animal Care) or a minimum of 3 years experience with exotics
* experience in taking care of exotics, knowledge of primate species and in particular chimpanzees is a plus
* in good physical shape
* prepared to work during the weekend
* able to work independently, but also possessing the necessary team spirit
* prepared to share knowledge and information
* good oral expressive ability in English
* capable of working with relevant computer programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc).

Our offer
We’re offering you a very challenging job with a lot of personal responsibility in an open, fast growing, professional organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a natural environment. Your commencing salary is € 1655,00 per month gross (based on 40 hrs), with annual growth possibilities.

About AAP
At Foundation AAP we give shape to our ideal in a professional manner: to improve the welfare of abused or neglected exotic apes and small to medium-sized mammals from all over Europe. For one thing we do this by providing shelter for animals from the illegal trade, circuses, animal testing laboratories or simply private owners. For most animals we find suitable new homes in reserves, zoos or in our own permanent shelter in the south of Spain.

AAP also works to prevent welfare issues by actively exercising influence through both Dutch and European policy-makers and decision-makers in this area, and working work with domestic and foreign professional parties on an active and strategic level. Furthermore, AAP is an internationally authoritative knowledge centre.

There are about 70 people on our pay roll and we have an equal number of volunteers, established on a spacious and modern location in the middle of the green area near Almere. Nowhere else would you be able to see the result of your efforts so directly: each animal taken to our grounds and into our care, recuperates. You will be part of a tight, professional group of colleagues: from caretaker to fundraiser, all with the same ideal purpose.

To Apply
For further information call
Constantine Kasule, Chimpanzee Complex team leader, on phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87,
or Carolien Grim, Quarantine team leader, on phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87.
Check our website for further information:

Send your application letter and CV (preferably) by e-mail to or by post to
Stichting AAP,
Kemphaanpad 1,
Postbus 50313,
1305 AH Almere,
Attn. Elly Koppers,
Personnel Coordinator,

before 5 May 2011, mentioning number 2011-09-OREDV.

Carrying out a practical assignment is part of the application procedure.


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