Thursday, March 13, 2014

Experienced Caretakers

AAP – Rescue centre for Exotic Mammals

The goal and ideal of AAP is to improve, the welfare of abused or neglected primates and small- to medium-sized exotic mammals from all over Europe in a professional manner. This is achieved by providing shelter to animals victim of illegal trade, circuses, animal-testing laboratories or private individuals. For most animals we will 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 is nowhere else you would directly see the result of your efforts – each animal taken into our care makes a recovery. 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 Quarantine Department and Primate Resocialisation Department as part of the Cluster Rescue and Rehabilitation,  we are looking for  enthusiastic

Experienced Caretakers m/f
(24-32 hours per week)

Quarantine Department
In Quarantine you will work with mostly solitary housed species. Animals in quarantine are to be examined, treated, rehabilitated and prepared to go to a resocialisation department.

Primate Resocialisation Department
At the Primate Resocialisation Department you will help to socialise various primate species and prepare them for outplacement.

Your role
As an Experienced Caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of the mammals, including primates or chimpanzees. The practical work for a large part will consist of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment and assisting to rehabilitate animals. You will work in a team of experienced caretakers operating according to standard procedures and a hands-off policy. Depending on the department you will direct and guide a number of trainees and (foreign) volunteers. You will undertake a number of administrative tasks as a part of your job. You are 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 a 3-year MBO-opleiding dierenverzorging (Animal Care qualification) * a minimum of 1 year of experience working with exotic animals * knowledge of primates on a species level is a plus * good physical shape and immune to stress * prepared to work weekends * capable of working independently as well as a team player * taking the initiative * disciplined to work with protocols * prepared to share knowledge and information * competent in both oral and written English * capable of working with relevant computer software (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 green environment. The commencing salary ranges between € 1441,- and € 1743,- gross per month (bases on 32 hrs) depending on relevant work experience, with annual growth possibilities. The job is temporary till end 2014. 

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information call Frank Vugts, Teamleader Quarantine Department or Huub Vlemmix, Teamleader Primate Resocialisation Department, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Check our website for further information about AAP:
Send your application letter and CV before 29th of March, mentioning number 2014-04-OREDV, preferably by e-mail to, or by mail to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, Attn. Elly Koppers, Personnel Coordinator. Please motivate your choice of department in your application.

A practical assignment is part of the application process.

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