Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Caretaker Chimpanzees

Caretaker Chimpanzees 

AAP, Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals

The work and ideal of AAP is to improve, in a professional manner, the welfare of abused or neglected primates and small- to medium-sized exotic mammals from all over Europe. This is achieved by providing shelter to animals from the illegal trade, circuses, animal-testing laboratories or private individuals. For most animals we find suitable homes worldwide in reserves, zoos or in our own permanent shelter in the south of Spain.

AAP is also actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing both Dutch and European policy- and decision-makers in this field and working together with professional groups at home and abroad. Furthermore, AAP is an international authoritative knowledge centre.

We employ about 70 paid staff and more than 100 volunteers. AAP is situated in the middle of a green area near Almere. There are few places where you can see the result of your efforts – each animal taken into our care is rehabilitated. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication and inventiveness form important guidelines.
For the Chimpanzee Complex of our Rescue and Rehabilitation Cluster we are looking for an enthusiastic
Experienced Caretaker Chimpanzees
(32 hours per week)
The Chimpanzee Complex consists of two 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 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 part As an Experienced Caretaker, you are responsible for the daily care for our chimpanzees. In practice your work will largely include cleaning, feeding, observation, behavioural enrichment and assisting in the rehabilitation of the animals. You will be working in a team of experienced caretakers according to fixed procedures and a hands-off protocol. You will be giving directions and guidance to a number of (foreign) volunteers. 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 Feeling for the goals of AAP * An accredited Animal Care qualification (minimum of 3 years) * minimum of 1 year experience in taking care of chimpanzees * 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).
We offer
We are offering you a very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a natural environment. The commencing salary ranges between € 1.515,- and € 1.858,- gross per month (bases on 32 hrs) and depends on relevant work experience. Salary is expected to increase on an annual basis.

Want to know more or apply right away? 
For further information call Pieter Levelink, Chimpanzee Complex Team Leader, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Check our website for further information about AAP:
Send your application letter and CV before 29 July, mentioning number 2013-10-OREDVCCpreferably by e-mail to or by regular mail to Stichting AAP, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, the Netherlands, to the attention of Elly Koppers, Personnel Coordinator.

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

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