Friday, October 31, 2014

Fota Wildlife Park – Warden

Fota Wildlife Park – Warden

An exciting job opportunity has now arisen for a Warden at Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork, Ireland

Job Vacancy at Fota Wildlife Park – Warden
Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on over 31 hectares at Fota Island 10Km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of over 400,000 visitors.

Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education and research have ensured that we are uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity. Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past 4 years upgrading its infrastructure and is currently engaged in a plan to develop an additional 10 hectares which will focus on Asian animals and plants.

An exciting opportunity has now arisen for a Warden

The Warden will be required to work in a team environment supporting the Lead Warden to ensure that day to day animal husbandry is carried out effectively and in a timely manner using the agreed standard operating procedures.

Duties will include the following:
• Carry out day to day animal husbandry duties using agreed standard operating procedures.
• Work effectively within the yard team and with Management and Staff at Fota Wildlife Park
• Be able to deputise for the Lead Warden when required.

To be considered for this post the following Qualifications and Experience are essential
• Be qualified in an appropriate wild animal husbandry, biological or conservation discipline.
• Have a minimum of three years’ work experience in wild animal husbandry in a Zoological  setting
It is also essential that candidates are able to demonstrate the following personal competencies
• Ability to work effectively in a team and take responsibility for a section
• Be able to work effectively and with minimum supervision and within time lines
• Demonstrate strong customer engagement and interpersonal skills

Experience in the following would be an advantage:
• Experience working in a team setting and taking responsibility when required
• Experience working with large felids and hoof stock.

Role Details
• 39 hour week with alternative weekend work as per rota
• Salary package includes pension.

 Completed applications should be completed via the online form below before 5:00pm on Friday November 14th 2014

Please note canvassing in any form will lead to immediate disqualification. Any enquiries regarding this post should be strictly addressed to

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Head Keeper

Head Keeper

Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Job title: Head Keeper
Type:   Full time; permanent position
Reports to: CEO
Hours: Summer 8am-6pm, Winter 8am-5pm includes weekend and bank holiday work

Work pattern: 5 days work, 2 days off; however, flexibility in pattern/hours of work is necessary in this post

Job description prepared: October 2014
Review: November 2015

Position Overview:
The Head Keeper’s role at Wildlife Heritage Foundation will encompass all facets of site activity; including but not limited to animal husbandry, experiences, all events, guest accommodation and any site activity thereafter.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • At all times, working within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animal, staff, and visitor security;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day care and welfare of the animals held at WHF, within the guidance of Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002.   This will include daily security checks, animal husbandry routines/management, environmental enrichment and veterinary interventions;
  • Collecting data and maintaining up-to-date animal records;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and revision of collection plans;
  • Supervision of all members of the husbandry team, including volunteers & students;
  • Awareness of Ethical, Population Management, and Animal welfare policies and issues;
  • Holding shotgun & fire arms licences, (including darting equipment) and ensuring all are properly maintained, cleaned and tested; participating in on-call rota, ensuring 24 hour site cover.  Supporting firearms staff competency, via regular training, practical exercises and the keeping of all necessary records;
  • Forecasting, ordering and managing supplies & equipment for use by Husbandry team, including robust stock control procedures and adherence to budgets;
  • Contribute to education, media and marketing initiatives to help encourage public understanding of animals and conservation; this may include representing WHF at external events;
  • Host overnight lodge experience (approx. times 5.30pm – 10.30pm; dates mutually agreed, based on site & personal requirements);
  • Co-ordinate site activity on a day to day basis; assisting & deputising for the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Contribute to team recruitment processes & selection, staff, volunteers &  students
  • Co-ordinate & lead team meetings and oversee completion of agreed actions
  • Identify development opportunities for self & team, attending formal & informal training as required
  • Other duties as required to support effective and efficient site working

This Job Description provides a general account of duties and responsibilities; which may be subject to variation and change as necessary.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with the zoo industry; 4 of which should  be in a senior role
  • Full, clean driving licence; own transport essential
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

  • Academic qualification in animal care and husbandry, or willingness to undertake
  • Be able to work well alone and as part of a team 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Good presentation skills          
  • Reasonable IT skills; including working knowledge of ZIMS

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, including details of your salary expectations, to Rachel Garrett HR Manager at  

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 December 2014; interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 12 January 2015.

If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Deputy Head Keeper-Birds

Deputy Head Keeper-Birds

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced, highly motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual with a passion for bird training and the ability to produce entertaining and educational displays. This position would ideally suit a dedicated aviculturist wishing to further their career.

The ideal candidate will have:
•          Proven leadership ability          
·        At least 3 years’ relevant experience with a wide range of bird species including psittacines, raptors and softbills
·        Animal Management qualification, beneficial although not essential
·        Practical knowledge and experience of artificial incubation and hand rearing of avian species
·        A good knowledge and understanding of bird training techniques
·        Excellent communication skills and a ‘hands on’ approach to team building and staff development
·        An interest in and the practical capability to improve exhibit design and development
·        A knowledge and understanding of the conservation and education roles of zoos
·        The passion and capability to move the bird collection forwards
·        Be a highly motivated individual with a ‘first in last out’ mentality.
·        This position is full time and will require weekend work.
·        IT literacy an advantage

Applicants without the relevant experience will not be considered.

To apply:

Send CV and covering letter to: HR Manager, Tropical Wings Zoo, Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ or by email to

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre

Recent restructuring of our team has created an exciting new role for the right person. Highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated animal professional is required to work with rescued Asiatic black bears at our Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China.

The position holder will work as part of our Bear & Vet Team responsible for overseeing teams of local bear care staff involved in the daily husbandry and management of the bears housed within the rescue centre. The Bear Manager is the direct report to two Assistant Bear Managers. The position also involves working closely with Bear Team Supervisors and liaising with the resident veterinary team to manage various daily operations. The Bear Manager will report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

Due to Chinese visa requirements, a university degree in a relevant field and proven practical experience of 3 to 5 years are essential for this position. 

  • Co-coordinating various daily operations:
    • Animal care and management;
    • Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs;
    • Ordering animal food and other stock as required;
    • Supervising volunteers;
    • Maintaining bear behavior records & databases.

  • Preparing short reports for social media, supporters, or other recipients as required.
  • Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.
  • Human resources:
    • Staff evaluations;
    • Ensuring morale is maintained within bear care staff;
    • Identifying and addressing HR issues with the Bear & Vet Team Director as they arise.

§  University degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
§  Three to five years work experience in a captive wild animal facility or similar working environment
§  Computer literacy, including Excel
§  Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
§  Fluent in English language
§  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.
§  Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential
 Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

Appointment is paid, 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 and completed Job Application form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

Closing date: 14th November 2014

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 purposes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Animal Keeper: Great Apes

Animal Keeper: Great Apes

This full-time role was previously advertised in July 2014. 

However, the successful candidate was unable to take up the post and we are, therefore, re-advertising. Please note, previous applicants need not re-apply Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), a World Primate Centre - holds a large variety  of primates, including all 4 types of great ape (gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, orang-utan) plus a range of other species. We have impressive breeding records for many of these species and recent changes to husbandry practices have enabled more natural groupings and enclosure modifications. We have more to do!

We are going through an exciting period of change as this zoo develops and so are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward. 

Currently we have a vacancy for an Animal Keeper on the Great Apes section. The section manages all the great ape taxa. This is a key role which will involve working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping; as well as interacting with the zoo visitors and assisting with the training and development of staff.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, high performing individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management. You will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a keeper, preferably at least half of which is with great apes. 

You will also be able to demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species. You must be a good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills and be committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff. An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, would be advantageous. 

The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to

Applications will close when a suitable candidate has been appointed

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Keeper / Aquarist – Underwater World

Birdworld, Farnham
Keeper / Aquarist – Underwater World

We have a vacancy for a Keeper / Aquarist to join our team.
The role will involve all aspects of water and stock management in our small aquarium ensuring high standards of animal welfare and public display.
We have over 30 aquatic displays within the aquarium, ranging from freshwater to marine and including dwarf crocodiles.
We are seeking someone with a proven record working in the aquatic environment, ideally in a public collection.
Our aquarium staff also assist with aquatic systems out in the wider bird park and with other tasks as necessary.
An understanding of water management and the care of a wide range of stock is required. An understanding of basic health and safety in the workplace is expected, some DIY skills and knowledge of the particular regulations affecting the operation of zoos would be beneficial.
The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, willing and knowledgeable, whilst being keen to learn more and having a good team ethic.
Are you interested in joining our Team? What to do now…
  1. Find out more about us
  2. Fill in our online application form and send us an up to date CV
  3. E mail us for more information at

Closing date for applications 31st October 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Overseer – Large Mammals

Overseer – Large Mammals

Bristol Zoological Society
Overseer – Large Mammals
Permanent Position, working 80 hours per fortnight
Salary £20,548 per annum

Bristol Zoological Society has a vacancy for an Overseer on its mammal section at its Bristol Zoo Gardens site in Clifton, Bristol.  This is a hands-on position with the post holder assisting the Assistant Curator - Mammals with daily care of the Zoo’s mammal collection, specifically the large mammals held on section, as well as supervising the staff involved with their care.

The successful applicant must have a minimum of 5 years’ full time experience of large mammals with experience of primates and particularly with great apes as your main focus.   An excellent knowledge of captive breeding protocols within a zoo environment is a requirement for this role and you must have good communication skills to supervise and pass on knowledge to a mixture of staff, volunteers and students who assist in the daily care of the collection.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least GCSE level, including English and a biological science and must hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals – DMZAA (previously known as ANCMZA).  The ability to supervise staff is essential and having knowledge of the conservation and educational roles of zoos is desirable.

The position is permanent working 80 hours per fortnight as part of the departmental 14 day rota, which includes weekends and bank holidays.

A copy of the job description and person specification for this position please visit our web site

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to ‘OM application’ the closing date for applications is Sunday, 9th November 2014.  Recent applicants need not re-apply.

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General Manager at Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary

General Manager Whangarei, New Zealand

Exciting newly created role and senior leadership opportunity 
Privately owned Big Cat Wildlife Sanctuary 
Mandate for growth and transformation

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced senior leader to transform the sanctuary where community and commercial objectives are complimentary.

Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary seeks a hard working and knowledgeable General Manager with wildlife experience. The successful applicant must be able to live on the Sanctuary site. 

To be considered for this fantastic opportunity you will have the following:

Specific Skills & Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge in wildlife management procedures and protocols

  • Understanding of the needs and habits of the different species of big cats in the collection

  • Basic knowledge in veterinary medicine

  • Ability to develop and organize fascinating exhibits

  • Ability to conduct interesting and instructive tours

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Advanced report writing skills

  • Advanced business management skills

  • Management of animal collection and staff members

Job Outputs

  • Provide general management of all KWS activities

  • Prepare, administer and review the KWS budget annually & quarterly

  • Ensure that the KWS complies with MAF Biosecurity Standard 154.03.04

  • Ensure a working relationship with zoological organisations such as ZAA

  • Manage the day-to-day operations, and assure smooth functioning of KWS operations

  • Implementation of policies and procedures as required by the Ministry of Primary   Industry (MPI) and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)


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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition
Post Ref No: S2901
College of Arts and Science
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Salary: £31,343 - £45,954 per annum
Grade: H/I
Campus: Brackenhurst

Additional Information: Fixed Term maternity cover for 14 months
An exciting opportunity for a fixed term Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition has arisen within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at our Brackenhurst campus. The School is located in a 200-hectare estate near the attractive Minster town of Southwell. There is a range of fully equipped laboratories, a companion animal unit, veterinary nursing facility and equestrian centre as well as commercial beef and sheep herds.

The successful candidate will primarily teach on the animal science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Subjects to be covered (both in theory and linked practical sessions) may include but are not limited to: 

· Nutrition of farm and companion animals.
· Basic nutritional biochemistry.
· Research in animal science including experimental design, basic laboratory skills, data analysis and evaluation.

The applicant sought for this post will hold a teaching qualification, be an experienced and highly motivated lecturer, and be well organised and able to work effectively as a member of the academic team. 
You will hold a postgraduate degree level qualification, be able to contribute to research activity within the School and have or be developing international networks.
You will need to be motivated, organised and able to take responsibility.
Additionally you need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively with others.

Closing date: Sunday 2nd November 2014

Interview date: Tuesday 11th November 2014

If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, please contact Heather Elston, Academic Team Leader - Animal and Equine Sciences, on +44 (0)115 848 5264, or via email

To submit an online application for this position please visit
Further application details are available at

If you require documentation in alternative formats (e.g. Braille, large print) please contact us at

Nottingham Trent University is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity and we seek people who share those values.
Please note this role does not meet the UK Visas & Immigration requirements for sponsorship. Nottingham Trent University is unable to apply for sponsorship for any applicant not eligible to work in the UK and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship under the Points Based
Immigration System.

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