Wednesday, December 31, 2014

General Manager

General Manager

Salary:  Competitive
Are you an experienced Operations/General Manager looking to make a real difference to an established but forward-thinking business?

At Tropical Wings Zoo we have an exciting opportunity for a General Manager to drive the commercial and operations aspects of the Zoo.

An innovative and inspirational leader, with excellent attention to detail, you will take full responsibility for all commercial activities, increasing revenues and effectively managing costs.

You will be a hands-on people manager with experience in hospitality, tourism or leisure and a genuine passion for the highest standards of customer service.

Please send job application form (download below), CV and a covering letter to:
HR Manager, Tropical Wings Zoo, Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5QZ or by email



Keeper/Presenter with Special Responsibility for Presentations
You will take responsibility for the day to day care of the animal collection in your section, ensuring all animals maintain excellent physical and psychological health and live in a clean and visually appealing environment. 

You will present daily encounters - always with an emphasis on education and conservation - to ensure that all visitors to the zoo have an outstanding experience.

The Special Responsibility for Presentations will include:
Script writing
Developing the content of animal encounter programmes
Training Keepers in presenting skills
Liaising/assisting with Head Keeper and Education Coordinator on Presentations and Educational requirements

You will have exceptional presentation skills, be able to organise shows and encounters, write accurate, audience appropriate scripts and have experience in animal husbandry.

To apply please visit our website and complete the application form provided.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Flamingo Land Zoo
Closing date: Friday 09th January 2015

Flamingo Land zoological department is looking for a zookeeper to join our team.  Flamingo Land is one of the leading tourist attractions in the UK, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors each year.  The zoo currently has over 130 species across a range of different taxa.  We have an active education department, our own research institute (in collaboration with the University of York) and an award winning conservation project in Tanzania.  The zoo is also a member of BIAZA, EAZA and WAZA.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team working on a variety of different sections within the zoo, including Children’s Planet (small carnivores and reptiles), the bird section, the primate section and carnivores.  There will also be an opportunity to be trained on other animal sections within the zoo.  All of our zoo keepers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities which include research, environmental enrichment and education.  The successful candidate will have experience working in a zoological collection and have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (or equivalent).  Experience with any of the above mentioned species would be an advantage, but you will receive direct training in the husbandry of these species. The successful candidate will be expected to be very personable and able to communicate well with the visitors, including delivering public talks. The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic and a good team player.

Interviews will take place on the week beginning the 12th of January and may include a practical assessment.

Please send a CV and covering letter before 09th January 2015 to:

Ross Snipp
Deputy Executive
Flamingo Land
Kirby Misperton
North Yorkshire
YO17 6UX

Thursday, December 25, 2014

General Manager

General Manager

Blue Planet Aquarium

About the Role

Would you describe yourself as a creative, influential and dynamic person? Are you looking for the opportunity to influence the business at the highest level?
A fantastic opportunity has arisen at our flagship visitor attraction located in North West England at Cheshire Oaks. This role is special in that it combines a general manager position with also being a member of the senior management team of Aspro UK consisting of nine sites located around the UK.
Blue Planet Aquarium is a market leading visitor attraction and this role presents an opportunity to drive a business in an imaginative enterprising way.
Supported by a strong management team you will lead the attraction to a higher level of guest interaction and engagement. You will provide innovative leadership of sales and marketing activities and play an important role in the UK senior management team in the strategic development of the business.
About You

An excellent leader able to motivate and inspire a diverse team of people. Persuasive and happy to network at all levels and in a variety of situations. You must be resourceful and insightful in seeking solutions.
Clear understanding of marketing and ability to develop and implement creative selling techniques.   
Manage demanding and changing priorities, attention to detail and strong financial skills.


Alongside annual salary a benefits package that includes a pension plan, healthcare, 25 days holiday, Annual pass into Aspro Parks worldwide.

About Us

We are part of the ever expanding Aspro Parks Group operating over 60 attractions across Europe. Here in the UK we have 9 sites ranging from aquariums, theme park and caves.

Candidates should apply to Janeen Pickup, Human Resources Manager, C/O Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire CH65 9LF.  E-mail: 

Your application letter should highlight how you would fulfill this key role within the organisation, include your salary expectations, and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements.
Applications must be received by 18 January 2015

Work Location: Blue Planet Aquarium, Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, CH65 9LF

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mammal/Bird Trainer

Experienced Mammal/Bird Trainer

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is looking for an experienced Mammal/Bird Trainer to join our team of trainers/presenters please e-mail your cv to

Sunday, December 21, 2014



Behind every whoop of wonder at THORPE PARK Resort, every squeal of delight at LEGOLAND® Windsor, and every gasp of awe at Madame Tussauds is a team dedicated to making magic. Join us as an Aquarist and you’ll be at the heart of the action.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Aquarist within the Concept & Development Animal Team, based in the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development Department in Weymouth.

This role will play a key part in supporting the development of new exhibit concepts and their role out across the global SEA LIFE group.

This is a salaried, full time position that will involve weekend working and on call commitments.

About you

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who has gained previous in animal husbandry and life support systems either through advanced studies or experience in the relevant field.

You will need to have a keen attention to detail, be innovative, adaptable and able to cope well under pressure with good time management skills.

Good communication and organisational skills are essential as is flexibility and a willingness to travel. You must also be able to relocate to Weymouth and have a full driving license is desirable.

About the benefits

Alongside a competitive salary, you can look forward to a great benefits package which includes 20 days’ holiday and, of course, a Merlin Magic pass which gives you free admission to all of our attractions worldwide. Perhaps the biggest benefits of joining us, however, are the outstanding opportunities for career development.

About us

We’re a place that makes magic. Magic that gives millions of people fun, thrills and memorable experiences. We’re the thinkers, dreamers, doers and achievers whose job it is to create and deliver world-class new attractions, hotels and major investment projects, as well as manage the extensive real estate assets of one of the most exciting companies in the world. Welcome to Merlin Magic Making, the creative heart of Merlin Entertainments plc.

Learn more HERE

Animal Facilities Coordinator

Animal Facilities Coordinator


Behind every whoop of wonder at THORPE PARK Resort, every squeal of delight at LEGOLAND® Windsor, and every gasp of awe at Madame Tussauds is a team dedicated to making magic. Join us as A Displays Curator and you’ll be at the heart of the action.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Animal Facilities Coordinator within the Concept & Development Animal Team, based in the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development Department in Weymouth.
This role will play a key part in the development of new exhibit concepts and the implementation of new projects across the global SEA LIFE group.
This role will be acutely involved from conception to acquisition, implementation and roll out of the new features and exhibits.
This is a salaried, full time position that will involve weekend working and on call commitments.

About you

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who has previous experience working in public aquariums and supervising the displays and displays team.
A high level of expertise in all aspects of animal husbandry and life support systems.
Proven experience and ability to design and implement world class exhibits and displays. 
You will need to have a strong attention to detail, be innovative, adaptable and flexible. You will need to cope well under pressure with excellent time management skills.
An ability to communicate well and develop relationships at all levels.
You must also be able to relocate to Weymouth and be willing to travel.

About the benefits

Alongside a competitive salary, you can look forward to a great benefits package which includes 20 days’ holiday and, of course, a Merlin Magic pass which gives you free admission to all of our attractions worldwide. Perhaps the biggest benefits of joining us, however, are the outstanding opportunities for career development.

Learn more HERE

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mammal keeper

Mammal keeper

Exmoor Zoo
North Devon

Exmoor Zoo has need of a full time experienced mammal keeper to help look after this section. This is an exciting time to jump on board as new species such as wolves, hyena and wolverine are due to come to the collection over the next 12 months.

Key responsibilities:
•        All the animal husbandry associated with a diversity and the range of species which we are known for including; golden cats, gibbons, melanistic leopards, callitrichids, singing dogs, lemurs, cheetah, tapir, reindeer, caracal, red river hogs etc., etc.
•        Interacting and presenting talks and encounters to members of the visiting public

Key skills and requirements
•        Experience of at least 1 year of practical animal husbandry application
•        Educational qualifications to at least NVQ3 Animal Care standard
•        A good ability to communicate and share knowledge
•        An ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the natural history and management of key species.

This is a full time position of 5 eight hour working days with 2 consecutive days off every week. Salary dependent on experience.

Please send your electronic CV and covering letter by email to Danny Reynolds

Closing date for applications will be January the 1st 2015 and interviews will take place by arrangement up to and just beyond this date.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Aquarium Curator

Aquarium Curator

Skegness Aquarium

Skegness Aquarium Curator

Skegness Aquarium, UK, is looking to recruit a Curator.

The project is currently under construction, and the successful candidate will have the task of working with the design team and owners to help finalise the displays, life support systems and operational aspects of the aquarium to meet the planned opening of Easter 2015. The Aquarium will have 18 tanks, mostly Tropical systems and also 6 insect and amphibian displays.

The successful candidate will;
1. Work with the Employers and Employers representatives and Aquarium Design Team during the later stages of the construction of the project to ensure that the appropriate decisions are made with regard to operational requirements, sourcing, quarantining of livestock, stocking of exhibits and commissioning of the life support systems and other aquarium systems, obtaining the Zoo License and to ensure the aquarium is ready for opening to the public.
2. Once open, take on curatorial responsibility for the day to day running of the aquarium.  The employee will be responsible for performing all tasks incumbent to the role including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain all exhibits of fish and other sea life within the aquarium setting.
  • Ensure tanks are suitable for the species held, and that life support and mechanical systems are functioning properly.
  • Monitor aquarium water quality, and maintain records of procedures and tests carried out.
  • Oversee nutrition, feeding, and food storage and preparation for aquarium stock.

  • Understand and comply with Zoo Licensing legislation.
  • Ethically acquire new specimens to keep the displays and exhibits new and attractive.
  • Plan and execute a safe transportation, delivery, health checking and quarantine process when acquiring new fish.
  • Create displays and exhibits that are aesthetically pleasing as well as ensuring high levels of welfare for the livestock.
  • Plan and carry out research on a regular basis, and keep abreast of current good practice, attending and presenting at conferences, seminars and courses, or undertaking further training as necessary.
  • Maintain stock inventories, and operate livestock breeding programmes where appropriate.
  • Liaise with veterinary consultants to develop fish health protocols, and develop procedures for maintaining health records.

Curator Job Description

  • Take responsibility for the safe storage and use of any veterinary medicinal products held on site, including record keeping.
  • Assist with the recruitment and manage and train a team of aquarists, divers and presenters within the aquarium.
  • Maintain safe working practices and emergency procedures concerning staff diving operations, hazardous specimens, chemicals, veterinary medicines and other employee health and safety issues related to the aquarium.
  • All other duties that may be required to ensure the safe and effective operation of the aquarium.
  • Professional knowledge and understanding

Your experience and knowledge will be sufficient to allow you to work autonomously, and to train and supervise others.

You will have a good understanding of the requirements of the Zoo Licensing regulations, Health and Safety and Diving at Work Regulations.

You will have a commitment to your own learning and professional development, and to that of your team.

An awareness of the responsibilities of health and safety, and personal and public hygiene when working with living species, is crucial.

Leadership Skills

  • You will be an experienced and capable leader, able to supervise a team of aquarists, divers, and presenters (as well as other temporary workers, such as students). You will be expected to:
  • Work effectively with your team, and co-ordinate the work of others.
  • Support and manage change.
  • Secure commitment to agreed clear aims through strategic planning.
  • Delegate tasks and monitor performance.
  • Motivate and inspire your team.
  • Deal sensitively with people, and resolve conflicts.
  • Seek advice and support when necessary.


The Aquarium Curator will be educated to degree level or above, in a relevant animal-related subject, or biological science.
A diving qualification, as well as experience of aquarium dive operations, will be an advantage.


  • Experience of aquarium curation work, covering a broad range of species and aquarium systems.
  • Experience of carefully monitoring animal health and life support systems, and a proven ability to anticipate, recognise and practically resolve problems at an early stage, seeking veterinary advice where necessary.
  • Previous experience working in the visitor attractions industry is an advantage.

This is a permanent position, subject to satisfactory performance during a 1 year probationary period.

For a full Job Description, to ask any questions about the role or to apply please contact:

Katrina Graham
111 Lumley Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire. PE25 3LL

Closing Date: 16th January 2015

Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

General Manager

General Manager

Skegness Aquarium

Skegness Aquarium General Manager

Skegness Aquarium, UK, is looking to recruit a General Manager.

The project is currently under construction, and the successful candidate will have the task of working with the design team and owners to help finalise the displays, life support systems and operational aspects of the aquarium to meet the planned opening of Easter 2015. The Aquarium will have 18 tanks, mostly Tropical systems and also 6 insect and amphibian displays.

About the Role

Would you describe yourself as a dynamic, ambitious and inspirational person?

You will lead the team on a daily basis. You will deliver a memorable guest experience  seeking continual improvement. You will play a key part in the strategic development of the attraction.

About you

An excellent all round communicator, able to build and capitalise on a wide network of contacts externally, while motivating and managing your in-house team.

Have an entrepreneurial outlook you will have the skills to grow existing revenue streams and develop new ones, maximising the profitability of the business.

Manage demanding and changing priorities. Enjoy challenging situations and create a positive and innovative working atmosphere.

It is essential you are passionate about our unique product and what we have to offer our visitors.

For a full Job Description, to ask any questions about the role or to apply please contact:

Katrina Graham
111 Lumley Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire. PE25 3LL

Closing Date: 16th January 2015

Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

Assistant Head Keeper

Assistant Head Keeper

Wildwood Trust

Responsible to: Head Keeper

Position type: Full time, permanent

We are looking for a an experienced Senior animal keeper to join our busy team at Wildwood.

This role will suite a fit, practical person who is highly motivated and can work outdoors during all weathers doing a physically demanding job.

Your primary focus will be the care of wildwood’s unique collection of British wildlife and assisting the Head Keeper in managing our team of keeper staff.

Duties to include:
Managing the Keeper team
Assisting the Head Keeper
Enclosure design
Assisting in the overall management of the Wildwood animal collection
Adminstration duties to ensure Wildwood complies with zoo legislation
Animal aquistion and transfers, imports and exports
Monitoring health issues & liaising with the Wildwood vets
Sourcing  & allocating resources for enclosure projects
Construction of enclosures
General housekeeping

As a visitor centre Wildwood is dedicated to educating our visitors about British wildlife and Wildwood’s conservation work. To support this your duties will include:
Helping to educate the public through talks and demonstrations about our animals
Assisting with our conservation projects
Helping to promote wildlife conservation
Helping to run events at the park
Engaging and assisting visitors around the park

Other duties will be required in line with the job description (see links below to download).

To apply for this role please read and download the full job description, available on our website: Please then send your CV and covering letter detailing why you meet the job specification.

To apply by email please email Wildwood’s park manager, Jon May at

To apply by post, please send your CV and letter to Jon May, Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 7LQ

The closing date for this position is 31st December 2014.



East Sussex

We are currently looking to appoint a zoo keeper who has a minimum of two years relevant experience in animal work  and preferably holds the DMZAA Certificate in Animal Management.
A full driving licence is essential.

For further information and an application form please contact our Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate

Telephone  01323 874110 or email

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Senior Keeper: Large Mammals

Senior Keeper: Large Mammals

Twycross Zoo is currently going through an exciting period of change as the zoo develops and we are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Keeper on our Large Mammals section.  The section manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat, Kirk’s dik dik, Asian elephant and giraffe, which will arrive in 2015.   

Key Responsibilities
•        A hands-on role, working on the section and covering all areas of daily animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping
•        Interacting with visitors to the zoo
•        Assisting with the supervision and training of staff

Key Skills & Requirements
•        A high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management
•        Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper
•        Able to demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
•        A good team worker with a positive outlook
•        Excellent communication skills
•        Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
•        Supervisory experience advantageous
•        An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date for applications:  Friday 2nd January 2015

Experienced Keeper

Experienced Keeper

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Applications are invited for an experienced keeper on the Primate and Small Mammal Section of the Park.

The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in the daily husbandry of the section, and will work in close co-operation with the Section Head and his staff towards the continuous development of the section. They will be expected to undertake all relevant aspects of work in a progressive animal collection. Assisting in the presentation of educational talks is essential.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience with Primate species is essential. Applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to lead and work as part of a team. Possession of a relevant animal management qualification is desired and a full driving licence is essential for this position.

In return we offer a competitive salary, free accommodation, and a non-contributory pension scheme.

Please send a current CV with a covering letter to:

Jamie Craig
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens,
OX18 4JP

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hoofstock Keeper

Hoofstock Keeper

Position duration: Full Time

Hours: 40+ a week
Salary: Dependent on experience

Vacancy Description:

An exciting opportunity to join one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in the heart of Pembrokeshire. The role will be based predominantly on the hoofstock section of the Zoo, working with a range of species including giraffe and zebra, but will include training and cover on all sectors. Responsibilities include all aspects of animal care, including daily cleaning and feeding regimes, upkeep of animal records and the maintenance of hygiene standards across all Zoo facilities and enclosures.

The successful candidate will need a pro-active approach to team work, and should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, with a positive, can-do attitude. A full driving licence is essential, with qualifications to degree level in Zoology or a related subject also desirable. The successful candidate will have a proven experience, a minimum of 1 year, of working in a Zoo or Safari Park, and within strict standard operating procedures. Welsh speaking and/or use of chainsaw would also be advantageous.

Applicants must be flexible in their working hours and willing to work weekends/Bank Holidays.

Closing Date: 19th December 2014

Applications via CV and Covering Letter to:
Recruitment, Folly Farm Leisure Ltd, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembs. SA68 0XA.

To Apply click HERE

Monday, December 15, 2014

Technician – Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates

Technician – Animal Management Centre
Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates
£15,075 - £18,290 (dependent upon qualifications)

The post holder will work under the direction of the Animal Management Centre (AMC) Curator in undertaking the management and daily husbandry of the Reptile, Amphibian and Invertebrate collections.
Working with instructors, the post holder will provide practical support, and supervision to students in practical subjects both on an individual and group basis, ensuring provision is learner focused, to achieve exemplary standards in animal welfare, teaching and customer service.
Candidates should be educated to at least level 2 in a relevant vocational subject and be able be able to demonstrate significant professional experience working with a range of reptile and amphibian species preferably in an accredited zoo or similar establishment. A flexible approach to a varied workload with a real enthusiasm for the animals you will be working with along with some teaching or supervisory experience would be advantageous.
This post is based at the Sparsholt campus. The college is a full BIAZA member and holds extensive collections of these taxa with many species of conservation concern.
Closing Date: 4 January 2015

Interview Date: Week commencing 12 January 2015
Application packs are available from:
24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797438

Friday, December 12, 2014



 Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo, and one of the leading zoological collections in Europe, with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.  With the new ‘Islands’ site under construction, due to open in the spring, 2015 is set to be an exciting year! 

We currently have a vacancy for a Team Manager to join our Rhino team. The post will involve the daily management of the section along with mentoring, training and developing the team.
We are looking for someone with extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on two species of rhinoceros and hoof stock including several deer and antelope species.  In addition to having previous experience of working within a zoo environment, applicants will also have animal conservation experience and an understanding of environmental issues.
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must have a proactive approach to developing new ideas for improving husbandry. Building strong working relationships within the team and with other departments, the Team Manager will ensure delivery of an excellent level of animal husbandry and care.
The successful candidate will be educated to a minimum of HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have equivalent experience.  They will have considerable leadership experience, experience of supervising a team and be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment.
A proven understanding of risk assessments and COSHH is essential for this role to ensure all staff members are fully aware of safety and management procedures.
This role will also involve representing the Rhino team at internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas.  Therefore, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.  Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages (including an understanding of ZIMS/SPARKS) would be advantageous for this role and a full clean UK driving licence is also a requirement.
Salary is £30,227 per annum for a 40 hour week (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply: please contact the recruitment line on or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is 31st January, 2015.

Experienced Big Cat Caretaker

                            Experienced Big Cat Caretaker

AAP Primadomus – Rescue centre for Exotic Mammals

The work and goals of AAP are 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 for animals from the illegal trade, circuses or private individuals. For most of the animals we find suitable homes worldwide in reserves, zoos, or in our own permanent shelter.

AAP is also actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing 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.

AAP carries out this work from their 2 locations, one located in Almere (The Netherlands) and one in Villena (Alicante, Spain).  In total, we employ about  90 paid staff and more than 150 volunteers. The Spanish department is AAP Primadomus and is located at the foot of the Sierra de Salinas, one of the most important natural protected environments of Villena. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication and inventiveness form important guidelines of our culture. In  April 2015 AAP Primadomus will start rescuing Big Cats. We are looking for;

Experienced Big Cat Caretaker m/f
(40 hours per week, starting March 2015)

Your role
As an experienced caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of the big cats rescued and housed in our centre. The practical work for a large part will consist of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment, assisting the work of our veterinarian during regular medical checks, animal trainings and assisting in the rehabilitation of the big cats. You will be part of a team of experienced caretakers working according to standard procedures and a hands-off policy. You will direct and guide other less experienced caretakers and number of trainees and (foreign) volunteers, undertake a number of administrative tasks and be flexible enough to work Saturdays or Sundays. The department’s team leader will direct you.

·        Affinity with the ideals and goals of AAP
·        Minimum of 3 years of experience with the husbandry of  big cat
·        Preferably experience with big cat positive reinforcement training
·        Preferably experience with the rehabilitation of big cats and social introductions
·        Capable of writing and implement working instructions and procedures
·        In good physical shape and able to handle  stress
·        Capable of working independently but also as a team player
·        Takes the initiative
·        Prepared to share knowledge and information 
·        Competent in both oral and written English
·        Is adaptable to live in a remote place and a driving licence is acquired.
·        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 is € 1.348 gross per month (x 14 payments).

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information send an email to Olga Bellon,, mobile +34 661 877 595– Team Leader AAP Primadomus 

Send your application letter and CV before 31th December 2014, mentioning number 2014-14-PREDV, preferably by e-mail to, or by mail to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, Attn. Elly Koppers, Personnel Coordinator.

A practical assignment is part of the application process.

Thursday, December 11, 2014



Full Time, permanent (35 hours per week)

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo, providing visitors with a fun-packed day out, but with a serious mission - to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.

To save species from extinction we need dedicated and passionate individuals, and we are recruiting a Conservation Communications Officer to work with like-minded individuals in our Field Programmes Team. You’ll also be working closely with various other zoo teams who contribute to our conservation work and, of course, with our partners overseas.

The job of the Conservation Communications Officer is to spread the word about the huge range of conservation activities the zoo is engaged in, with a particular emphasis on our field work, and generate interest and support for wildlife conservation. This includes working with zoo teams who engage our visitors on-site, who produce our media releases and who manage the Chester Zoo website. Managing the content of the Act For Wildlife website and various associated conservation campaign will also be a large part of the job.

In fact the Conservation Communications Officer will take the lead on the majority of the Field Programme related communications. They will be expected to design, develop and implement effective awareness material, this includes evaluating what we already do, generating awareness, stimulating behaviour change or providing updates to a range of audiences from zoo staff to visitors, the public and peers. This could also include involvement in overseas projects where these communication skills can be put to the test in the field.

The Conservation Communications Officer will need a unique combination of skills – experience and knowledge of biodiversity conservation with experience of producing effective awareness materials to a range of audiences (a minimum of an MSc or equivalent in a conservation or communication related subject with at least one qualification in a biological sciences discipline).

It goes without saying we are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail and creative flair. The Conservation Communications Officer will also need strong skills in the common computer software packages, excellent oral and written communication skills and exceptional organisational abilities.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week, Monday-Friday) based at Chester Zoo, with the possibility of some periods overseas and weekend work.
The salary is £21,015 per annum for a 35 hour week.

To apply for this position please email with your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Conservation Communications Officer role by Wednesday, 7th January 2015.