Sunday, November 16, 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.

Due to maternity leave for the Quarantine Department and Primate Department as part of the Cluster Rescue and Rehabilitation, with immediate effect we are looking for

Experienced Caretakers m/f
(24-32 hours per week temporary from 4 till 11 months)

Quarantine Department
As an Experienced Caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of the mammals, including primates and chimpanzees. 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 Department
As an Experienced Caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of the primates. At the Primate Department you will help to socialise various primate species and prepare them for outplacement.

Your role
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. 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 goals of AAP * a 3-year MBO-opleiding dierenverzorging (Animal Care qualification EQF 3) * 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 ability to work under 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 salary ranges between € 1441,- and € 1743,- gross per month (bases on 32 hrs) depending on relevant work experience. The jobs are temporary from 4 till 11 months. We prefer  someone who is available immediately.

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information call Frank Vugts, Team Leader Quarantine Department or Huub Vlemmix, Team Leader Primate Department, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Check our website for further information about AAP:
Send your application letter and CV before 22th of November, mentioning number 2014-13-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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