Monday, September 24, 2012

Social officer (maternity cover), Wildlife Wood Project

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
West and North Africa conservation programme
Social officer (maternity cover), Wildlife Wood Project, Cameroon
September 2012

A position is available, starting as soon as possible, as the social officer for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s Wildlife Wood Project in Cameroon. The Wildlife Wood Project engages the timber industry, Cameroonian government and local communities in sustainable wildlife conservation in the timber production forests of the Congo Basin. The project provides support to build stakeholder capacity for wildlife conservation, develop and implement monitoring and management tools on the ground and engage at the policy level to help create an environment supportive of the project’s long term vision.

The successful candidate will focus on three main areas: S/he will be responsible for leading on all project community engagement activities, including the successful development and implementation of joint antipoaching efforts between local communities and other stakeholders. They will also be responsible for
developing and implementing a long term strategy for engaging with stakeholders at the local and national level to change behaviour in favour of conservation through a social marketing programme. This will be done in close partnership with the London based discovery and learning team. The post holder will also lead on designing and implementing appropriate socio-economic studies to guide project activities and monitor and evaluate outcomes.

This is a 9 month position with the potential for extension. The post will be based in Yaoundé with regular trips to remote field sites in East Cameroon. Some travel within Central Africa may be required.

The post holder should have at least 2 years experience working with rural communities ideally in Africa, experience applying participatory techniques and a postgraduate qualification in social science, education or demonstrated research skills in these fields. Experience in CEPA, social marketing, conservation, community development and/or tropical forestry would be an advantage. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills in both spoken and written French and English.

A base salary of £23,701-£27,743 p.a., plus benefits including, annual return flight from Europe to Cameroon, visa, and insurance under ZSL’s group travel insurance policy will be provided. The position is to start as soon as possible.

Application procedure
Applicants should send their CV (2 page maximum) and a covering letter in English, detailing relevant experience and skills and stating why they want the position, by email to We regret that we will only be able to contact applicants who have been selected for interview.
Click HERE for Job Description

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Research Internship, CIRCLE

Research Internship, CIRCLE


Deadline for applications 10thOctober 2012 – Interviews to be held in mid-October


Title: Research Intern (Education Science).


Time period: 11 month (1stNovember 2012 – 30thSept 2013; dates flexible).


Pay: Voluntary (accommodation provided; £10 per week food voucher; subsidised food available in staff canteen; part-time vacancies in the on-site catering/retail outlets will be available during summer months; £10 per week food voucher; subsidised food available in staff canteen).


Working hours: Flexible. To be determined in agreement with CIRCLE staff upon arrival.


Qualifications needed: B.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. conservation, zoology, psychology, education, environmental science). New graduates or sandwich year students are encouraged.


Experience needed: None. However, proven willingness to gain experience beyond the standard university education is strongly recommended. The position would suit someone seeking to gain practical research experience and training for a career in education, conservation or zoo management.


Personal attributes: Hard working. Enthusiastic. Excellent inter-personal skills.


About CIRCLE: The Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning is a collaborative initiative between the University of York (a Russell Group University and top 5 for Environmental Science in the UK) and the UK’s most visited zoo, Flamingo Land (Malton, North Yorkshire). The aim of CIRCLE is to carry out ground-breaking research that will contribute to the conservation of wild animals and places, and to disseminate the information in a manner that is accessible, interesting and fun.


About Flamingo Land: The zoo at Flamingo Land is part of a global network of zoos and aquariums working together to manage the captive population of threatened animals, to educate visitors on biodiversity conservation and to raise funds for conservation causes. Included among the 130 animal species at Flamingo Land are several animals on the European Endangered Species Program. The park is unique among UK zoos as the site is shared with a large theme park and holiday village. The diversity of attractions includes a record-breaking roller-coaster, acrobats from Tanzania, educational zoo trails and a wide variety of shows, cafes, bars and restaurants. With 1.3 million visitors in 2011, it is currently the UK’s fourth most visited tourist attraction (of those with an entrance fee), and the UK’s most visited zoo.


Job Description: The intern will be responsible for carrying out a research project on the effectiveness of education at Flamingo Land. The internship will begin with literature review and methodological planning under the guidance of experts in conservation biology and education from the University of York and Flamingo Land. The intern will also work closely with three interns already working on other aspects of zoo research. Education research is a growing field among zoological collections, and is important for understanding the best form of teaching practice for conveying environmental and conservation messages.

Research opportunities may therefore include interpretation of zoo signage, effectiveness of different animal exhibits for holding visitor attention, evaluation of teaching methods, and visitor surveys to determine the level of learning. Development of a scientific paper will be strongly encouraged and the intern will receive guidance in this. The intern will also make a final presentation on their work to zoo staff and at a relevant conference. There will also be an opportunity to attend lectures and practical classes in quantitative and qualitative methods. The intern will also be expected to assist with teaching primary school children and to help with other public engagement activities.


Submission requirements: cv, covering letter, full contact details for two referees (at least one from an institution of higher learning), copy of degree certificate (or most recent exam result transcript).


Postal applications: Dr. Andrew Marshall, Environment Department, University of York, YO10 5DD.


E-mail enquiries/applications:


Telephone enquiries: 07725 010100


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Senior Elephant Keeper
Based at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire

There is a vacancy for an experienced elephant keeper to join the dynamic and innovative team at a senior level at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. This position will provide the post-holder with the opportunity to develop their skills further and to take on the responsibility of managing Whipsnade’s herd on a daily basis.

A staff of 8 currently cares for a breeding herd of Asian elephants comprising one breeding bull, 5 cows and 3 calves, the youngest being born in 2012. The bull is managed in protected contact but the females and calves are managed in free contact which allows all of the elephants other than the adult male to be walked around the 600 acre zoo site with the keepers ever day. An important part of the programme is to present a demonstration for the visitors during the summer.

Plans are currently underway to build a new open indoor facility in 2014 to accommodate the growing herd and to provide an improved area for the cows and young. This will add to an already comprehensive facility with over 20 acres of grass paddocks, a bull paddock, an all weather sand-yard complex and indoor stables for the cows and young and the breeding bull.

The successful candidate will join an extremely active and committed team that works intensively with the elephants through the day under a well planned programme of husbandry, training, research and veterinary care ranging from daily washing, foot care, taking blood samples and weighing to artificial insemination and ultra-sound scanning.

We are looking for a keeper and manager who must be able to demonstrate the highest standards in the daily care of elephants; is highly motivated and committed to developing their skills further as part of a dynamic team. Applicants should be ambitious and able to assist with the on-going development of the elephant programme at Whipsnade.

This is an excellent opportunity to join ZSL and contribute to our work in wildlife conservation through our zoos and to be involved in one of the best elephant programmes available.

Please apply in writing, with a full curriculum vitae, by e-mailing or letter to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Human Resources Department, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England LU6 2LF

Closing date for applications is: 8 October 2012

If you do not have the experience necessary for this position but would like to be kept informed of future vacancies on the elephant section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo I would be very pleased to hear from you. Please do contact me and register your interest.


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Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

We are seeking two Senior Veterinary Surgeons for our bear rescue centres in Chengdu, China (CBRC) and Tam Dao, Vietnam (VBRC). The positions will involve overall responsibility for the provision of extensive veterinary care to bears rescued from the bear bile industry, and to other resident animals and local domestic animals at each centre.

The Senior Veterinary Surgeon at each centre will report to the centre’s Bear and Vet Team Director, but will ultimately be responsible for all veterinary clinical decision making, and will supervise and manage a team comprising 2-3 qualified veterinary nurses and, in the case of CBRC, a Resident Veterinary Surgeon. He/She will be responsible for veterinary department budgeting and reporting, and may be required to travel within Asia and participate in outreach and training projects, and work with local veterinarians.

Please contact our HR colleague on for further details and a full job description for each position. 


§         At least 5 years work experience in a large mixed veterinary practice, zoological facility, specialist referral centre, or similar working environment.

§         Experience in a management or supervisory role.

§         Excellent clinical and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem-solving medicine and self-directed learning and plenty of initiative and flexibility.

§         A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff.

§         Cultural sensitivity and a history of working abroad, plus a background in captive wildlife management or charitable veterinary work are beneficial.

§         Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

Appointment is full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract

On-site accommodation                       

Relocation assistance                           

Emergency medical insurance

Paid holidays

How to apply

Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary and completed JobApplication form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

Closing date for applications is 26th October 2012.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purpose.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012







20 hours per week

Salary range - £14,045 - £15,346 PA, pro-rata for part time hours


Applications are invited for the position of part-time Animal Keeper at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The working period is 20 hours a week (based on a fortnightly working roster) including some weekend and Bank Holiday working.


Applicants should be educated to at least GCSE level and to include English and a biological science. Having the DMZAA qualification (or equivalent) will be an advantage.


The successful applicant will be based in the Aquarium and must have a broad practical knowledge of working with fish and aquatic invertebrates, preferably in a public aquarium situation. The ability to work independently, as well as within a team, will be an advantage.


To apply for this position please send a covering letter and full C.V. to: Mrs Sarah Eason, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA by 12.00 pm 5th October 2012.  E-mail, please clearly mark your application ‘FK application’.


Interviews will be held week commencing 8th October, 2012.  


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dive Officer - Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium seeks a Dive Officer


This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated Dive professional to join our Zoological Team as Dive Officer at Blue Planet Aquarium.  


Responsible for the Dive operation at Blue Planet Aquarium - delivering budgeted dive revenue through pro-active selling and delivery of our famous Aquatheatre dive shows plus all other diving related activity at the attraction.


You will need to be organised and proactive with a real passion for Diving.  Previous experience of working in a Dive site environment is essential and ideally you will also have proven diver training experience in a customer focused dive operation.


Ideal candidates should also be able to demonstrate awareness of current health and safety Dive legislation along with the ability to use their initiative, self motivation and be an excellent communicator. The on-going training and organisation of the Dive team is a key aspect of this role.


Other responsibilities include completing and regularly reviewing Dive risk assessments and assisting the Curator to ensure a well maintained main Caribbean Reef Tank exhibit. 


The post holder will be required to work full time including regular weekends and bank holidays. 


To apply - please send your up-to-date CV with a covering letter, outlining your salary expectation to the Group HR Manager, Deep Sea Leisure PLC, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9LF



We do recognise the time and effort it takes to apply for a position but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.



Blue Planet Aquarium is an Equal Opportunities Employer


Closing date:  30th September 2012


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Friday, September 14, 2012

Animal Welfare Technician – Full Time

Moulton is one of the UK's leading specialist Colleges providing education and training in the natural, built and recreational environments, from pre-entry to Postgraduate degree level. Moulton has experienced unprecedented growth and development over the last decade and is now one of the largest specialist colleges in the UK, with around 5500 student FTEs, 800 staff and a turnover in excess of £28.5 million p.a. With high levels of learner achievement and significant and continuous investment in resources, the College enjoys superb facilities within a rural environment.

The College judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' in all areas; holds the Investor in People, Career Mark, Matrix and Basic Skills Agency awards, is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Construction, holds LSIS Beacon Status, is a recognised Investor in Diversity and was ranked highly in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work in the Public Sector List for 2012.

Animal Welfare Technician – Full Time

Salary: £16,618.00 - £19,273.00 per annum

The continued growth in students wishing to study animal welfare, veterinary nursing and related courses means there has never been a more exciting opportunity to join Moulton College.

We invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to work within our purpose built facilities at our sites in Daventry, Higham Ferrers, Silverstone our Main Site in Moulton. The role may require travel between our sites as required.

Duties will include all routine tasks required for maintaining the health, care and welfare of a range of companion animals. In addition you will undertake animal husbandry, environmental enrichment activities, updating and maintaining records and preparing stock and equipment for use in practical classes. Shift patterns operate between 6am – 8pm and weekend working is a requirement of this post.

For further details and an application pack, please contact:

Human Resources
Moulton College,
West Street,
NN3 7RR.

Telephone; (01604) 491131 Fax; (01604) 645273 Email;

Closing date for applications: 20 September, 2012

Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to contact shortlisted candidates after the closing date. Should you require any specific feedback please do not hesitate to contact the HR Team.


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Qualified Animal Keeper

Qualified Animal Keeper

Colchester Zoo is currently looking to recruit a qualified animal keeper to primarily work on its Tiger Section.

This post provides the opportunity to work with Amur Tigers, a breeding pair of Pygmy hippo, Timber Wolves, Patas Monkeys, a number of different Vulture species, Owls and Philippine Spotted Deer. The successful applicant will be part of a small team entrusted with the care of the above animals and will be required to work with dangerous species in a safe and secure manner, input ideas for the continual progression and development of animal husbandry and enclosure design and carry out talks and presentations to the public as well as maintain high standards of animal care and breeding management.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and hard working, with at least 2 years experience working in a zoological collection. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and experience with any of the above named species is preferable. Applicants must hold a qualification in the Zoo animal management certificate or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

This is a full-time and permanent position and will require a start date as soon as is possible.

Please apply online, or send your CV and covering letter to Human Resources, Colchester Zoo Ltd., Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL clearly marked ANIMAL KEEPER

The closing date for applications for this position is 5th October 2012


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Senior Bird Displays Keeper

Senior Bird Displays Keeper

Colchester Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced keeper to join their Bird Displays Team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with and train an exciting collection of birds and be part of continually developing and improving the daily displays.

The post requires the successful applicant to fly, train and care for a wide range of bird species including Eagles, Owls, Kestrels, Kites, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Hornbills, Macaws, Raven, Marabou stork and Guinea Fowl. They will be expected to take part in the daily educational bird presentations and will have the responsibility of being principle trainer for a number of birds. The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of animal behaviour and previous experience training and working a variety of species. The ability to take part in public presentations and flying bird displays is essential as well as exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent skills in communication. Previous experience working with the above mentioned species is preferable but candidates with previous training experience with other animals will be considered.

Applicants must hold a qualification in the Zoo animal management certificate or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Human Resources, Colchester Zoo Ltd., Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL marked clearly BIRD DISPLAYS

The closing date for applications for this position is 21st September 2012


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Team Leader – Primates & Small Mammals

Team Leader – Primates & Small Mammals

Marwell Wildlife is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources. Our 140 acre zoological park in the heart of Hampshire is home to over 170 exotic and charismatic species in beautiful landscaped surroundings.

An opportunity has arisen to join our Animal department as a Team Leader of the Primates & Small Mammals section.

The role is responsible for coordinating & supervising daily operations of their team, under the direction of the Collection Manager.

The successful candidate must have an extensive knowledge and wide-ranging experience of exotic animal management, with specialist taxonomic knowledge & experience in the above field.

Excellent communication, organisational and people management skills are essential.

Candidates must hold a minimum Level 3 ANC / DMZAA or equivalent qualification in animal management or biological sciences.

Please visit our website,  for full details and our electronic application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date: 21st September 2013

Interviews: Week Commencing 1st October 2012

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check as a condition of employment.

Registered charity number 275433.


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Circa £60,000 p.a.

Based in Regent’s Park, London

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional organization representing the zoo and aquarium community in Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1966 (as the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland), it is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity. Today, 100 zoos and aquariums are members of BIAZA, which is their coordinating and representative voice.

BIAZA is now looking for an outstanding individual to lead the Association in delivering its vision to continue to be a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world.

The CEO is responsible for the following areas: Development of the Association and Membership Services; Strategy and Lobbying; BIAZA Administration. The CEO is responsible to the Council of BIAZA, and on a day to day basis reports to the Chairman of BIAZA.

The successful candidate will:

  • be degree educated, preferably with a higher degree in a biological or managerial subject

  • have significant experience within zoos, or a similar institution, at a senior level

  • be a skilled facilitator, effective networker and be an experienced manager

  • have proven skills in strategic thinking and strategic implementation.

We offer the opportunity for national and international travel and a good benefits scheme.

Please visit our website,  for further information about our work. Please visit  for a job description and the terms & conditions for the role.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to  with contact details of three referees (we may contact referees before interview).

Closing date for applications: Friday 12th October 2012

Charity number: 6789783


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Join the Zoological Team at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay


The aquarium is part of Deep Sea Leisure plc which has 6 other aquarium visitor attractions in the group. Our displays include our 250,000 litre shark tank; as well as a diverse collection of marine and freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates.

You will be responsible for the husbandry of all displays and maintenance of life support systems. A proven track record in fish and coral husbandry is desirable. A proven ability to design, construct and maintain aquaria is a must and familiarity with PVC pipework, basic joinery and maintenance of life support equipment including pumps is a must. Other responsibilities will include providing veterinary care, display development and breeding programmes as directed.

It's important that all visitors have an enjoyable day out and this is where you play a part. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out your daily duties around the aquarium as well as delivering engaging presentations. It's essential therefore that you enjoy and are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House.

This is a full time position and often includes working weekends and bank holidays. The successful applicant will be expected to help cover alarm callout cover on a rota basis and therefore will need to live or relocate within a 20 minute drive time of the Aquarium.

If interested, please send your CV and covering letter outlining your salary expectations to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF. Or email

Your application letter should highlight why you would be able to fulfill this key role within the organisation and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements. Please include your salary expectations. Closing date: 20th September 2012

Blue Reef Aquarium is committed to Equal Opportunities:

We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Experienced Rhino Keeper

Experienced Rhino Keeper

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, situated in the south of Kent near Folkestone, holds the largest collection of black rhino outside of Africa. We have had excellent breeding success and are a very active part of the EEP reintroduction plan. So far eight rhino have returned to Africa accompanied by their keepers to help acclimatise them.

 We have an opportunity for an experienced, hardworking and dedicated keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic, likeminded keepers on our rhino section, which also includes the park’s giraffe.

This is a very physical role and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake all duties on the section from food preparation and cleaning, to enclosure design, building and maintenance. Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for hosting talks and displays to the public.

Experience working with rhinos and/or giraffe preferred but previous experience of exotic large mammal husbandry is essential. A full valid driving licence is needed and experience in driving tractors and Land Rovers is desirable. We are looking for an individual who is hardworking, passionate and committed, with knowledge of current conservation issues and willing to convey this to the public. You will also need a flexible approach to working hours and be able to demonstrate a safe and confident approach to the species on the section. Short listed candidates may be asked to spend a trial day on the section.   

Ideally you will have obtained an animal management qualification or equivalent but if not you must be willing to work towards obtaining a relevant qualification.

Working 40 hours a week, 5 days out of seven, 8.00am to 5.00pm

Wages according to experience as fits existing pay scale.

To apply: Please send a full CV and covering letter to:
Sharon Bell,
The Human Resources Department,
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park,
Port Lympne,
Nr Hythe
CT21 4PD.

Closing Date: 18th September 2012.


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