Friday, November 16, 2012



Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Cambodia

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by Münster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia, located on 25 ha of land in the Phnom Kulen National Park, ca. 40 km north of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. The goals of the ACCB are the rehabilitation of confiscated, mainly globally threatened wildlife and the conservation breeding of selected species, in combination with environmental education and capacity building of local communities and an expanding in-situ conservation programme.

The ACCB is currently looking to fill the temporary position of Head Keeper. This is a challenging post in a demanding environment suitable for a highly dedicated and motivated individual.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Assist with the daily operation of the centre and the further development of the project.
  2. Carry out all aspects of animal husbandry (assistance with wildlife confiscations, appropriate rehabilitation and release) and building and maintenance work as required.
  3. Organise the daily routine and refine husbandry protocols animal stock of mammals, birds and reptiles in accordance with the centre management.
  4. Training and supervision of Cambodian animal keepers and site support staff.
  5. Assist with education work and field research, and the preparation of project reports, proposals and other administrative tasks as required.


  1. Experience in animal husbandry with a broad spectrum of species, but especially advanced knowledge of large water birds (storks, ibis etc.), ideally in a supervisory role.
  2. Good command of English (spoken and written).
  3. Excellent organisational and communication skills and ability to multi-task.
  4. Good practical skills and computer literacy.
  5. Full clean driving licence.
  6. Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate.
  7. Ability to live under simple conditions in a rural and isolated area.

Conditions / remuneration:

The post is temporary with a minimum of one year (including a probation period of three months) and the possibility to extend the contract.

Travel expenses at the beginning and the end of the contract will be covered. Free shared accommodation at ACCB and a salary to cover living expenses (650 USD) will be provided.

Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods. The contract will be offered on a compensatory volunteer basis, not as permanent staff of Münster Zoo. Therefore, health or social insurance contributions will not be covered.

Expected starting date: 1st April 2013, preferably sooner

Please apply via email including covering letter, CV and the contact details of at least two referees to:

David Ware, Project Manager, Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), Siem Reap, Cambodia. Email:

and copy your application to:

Dr. Martina Raffel, Allwetterzoo Münster, Sentruper Straße 315, D-48161 Münster, Germany. Email:

Please mention Zoo News Digest should you apply for this vacancy

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