Thursday, August 28, 2014

Head Primate Keeper



Head Primate Keeper

Colchester Zoo
Essex

Colchester Zoo is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable person to join its dynamic workforce in the role of Head of Section. The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years firsthand experience of working with Great Apes. Knowledge of aquarium LSS will be considered an advantage. Further to this the applicant must have a minimum of 5 years working in a supervisory capacity and with proven leadership skills clearly demonstrated.

To be considered for this position you must have good interpersonal skills and be competent at managing a team of four keeping staff. You will be expected to develop this group and lead them by example. Giving support and assistance to each as needed, to ensure that a strong team ethic is achieved leading to optimal working conditions and extremely high standards of animal welfare. This is a hands on position for which you will need to be hard working, physically fit and show great enthusiasm for the role.

The section for which you will be responsible has a diverse range of species; therefore applicants are expected to show a high level of individual ability and knowledge to manage this range of species and exhibits.

The section comprises of the following: Orangutans; Chimpanzees, Spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, turtles, toads and two aquarium exhibits.

You will report directly to the zoological curator. It is expected that you will have been awarded an animal science degree, the DMZAA or equivalent and hold a full UK drivers licence. However, due consideration will be given to the individuals own level of zoological experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter marked for the attention of Clive Barwick, Curator, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL.


Closing date for applications: Friday 12th September 2014









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Primate Care Staff



Primate Care Staff

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Dorset


2014 FULL TIME PERMANENT PRIMATE CARE STAFF
Hiring Organisation
Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World is currently home to over 250 primates of 20 different species. The majority of our primates are rescue animals from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have suffered years of abuse or neglect. On arrival at Monkey World these primates are rehabilitated into appropriate social groupings and provided with an environment which encourages them to express natural behaviours. 

Job Description
The Primate Care Team is divided into six sections: Chimpanzees, Orang-utans, Gibbons, Capuchins, Woolly monkeys and a varied ‘small monkey’ section. Our primates enjoy large enclosures, varied enrichment and a comprehensive operant conditioning programme. We are looking to recruit experienced, motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individuals to join our dedicated team of Primate Care Staff.

Ideal candidates will possess:
• At least 2 years relevant experience working with primates
• Must be physically fit
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team
• Experience of public speaking
• Full clean driving licence essential due to location
• A flexible friendly attitude

Desirable
A qualification in an animal related discipline
Experience of operant conditioning

Salary
Dependant on experience.

Condition of appointment
This position will be subject to a six-month probationary period

Please send covering letter and current CV to :-
Sue Wheatley
HR Manager Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 6HH
Or


Closing Date for Applications 5th September 2014








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Bird Keeper



Bird Keeper

Exmoor Zoo
Devon

Full time (40 hours/5 days per week, 2 days off consecutively). Six month trial period.

The avian collection
A chance to work with potentially the best Ciconiforme collection currently in the UK and extend your experience. Seven species of Gruidae on site and over 100 species in total including raptors, softbill’s and psittacines. Recent first UK breeding of southern bald ibis.

Job description
Bird keeper working with all aspects of aviculture with a practical bias. To include basic avian husbandry and (relevant to experience and appropriate training) hand rearing, incubation, seasonal dietary changes for breeding, capture techniques and any essentially basic skills requisite for the purpose. Record keeping and ZIMS access available.

Requisites of this job position to include:
A driving licence and vehicle (we are rurally located).
Physical fitness and self motivation (we are located on a valley hill side with copious Atlantic rain)
Amenability to teaching and tutoring using the traditional coaching methods.
A passion for birds and empathetic understanding of their needs and requirements.
Previous experience and successful avicultural breeding achievements.

Salary negotiable, depending on experience and commitments.

Please apply by email to the Curator, Mr D Reynolds on info@exmoorzoo.co.uk

Applications for this post will close by the 6th of September 2014.














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Fixed Term Animal Keeper (Maternity Cover)



Fixed Term Animal Keeper (Maternity Cover)

Africa Alive
Norfolk

This position is based on a permanent 40 hour per week contract. This will run from 19th October 2014 for approximately 9 months or later depending on return.

Working to a high standard under the direction of the Head Keeper, you must be prepared to work with all kinds of domestic and exotic species and will also provide support for the rest of the keeping team.

Applicants must be hard-working and conscientious, prepared to work as a team and expect to work weekends and Bank Holidays. A keen interest in zoo animal husbandry is essential. Ideally, candidates should have at least 2 years zoo animal experience. Salary dependent on experience.

A full driving license is essential for this position.

If you would like an opportunity to join our team please send a CV, application form and covering letter explaining why you feel that you are suitable for this post to;
Haylee Parker, Africa Alive! Whites Lane, Kessingland, Suffolk, NR33 7TF.

The closing date for this position is 5th September 2014

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend interview on either the 16th, 18th or 19th September.







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Animal Trainers




Marineland France is currently looking for animal trainers for a full time position in our marine mammal department.

Successful applicants are hard working, dedicated, can work well in a team and show an enthusiastic and positive work attitude.

Essential Responsibilities
- Daily diet preparation
- Above and underwater maintenance of housing facilities
- Water quality testing
- Care, training, husbandry and enrichment of our marine mammals
- Assisting veterinary staff with procedures and animal record keeping
- Interacting with the public and educating guests

Requested Requirements
- All levels of experience working in a zoological facility, preferably in a show environment, using operant conditioning techniques with cetaceans and/ or pinnipeds.
- Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs weight on a daily basis and able to pass a swim test
- Must be European citizen.
- Language: English and/ or French.

Contact information:
Supervisor of animal training

Lindsey Rubincam: L.Rubincam@marineland.fr







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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Qualified Animal Keeper




2 x Qualified Animal Keeper vacancies
 at Banham Zoo

About the role:

The successful candidates will work under the leadership of our Lead Qualified, Assistant Head and Head Keepers, providing the best possible care and management for our diverse collection of animals. Taxa include primates, felids, canids, large hoofstock (including giraffe), small mammals and birds.

Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole and Qualified Animal Keepers are expected to be able to provide cover across a range of species

Key Accountabilities:

Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care.

Effectively handle animals to minimise stress and risk of injury to all involved.

Assist in the supervision and development of staff responsible to the role to address staff learning and development needs and promote a positive working environment.

Ensure a positive impression of yourself and the company is presented to all customers (internal and external) at all times to reflect the quality of the organisation.

Monitor compliance within the department of policies and procedures in relation to administration and health & safety to ensure they are appropriately followed.

Continuously develop yourself through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence.

About you:

You are expected to have worked full time in a zoo environment for at least 4 years. You will possess the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals (ANCMZA) or Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) and have experience working with some of the taxa identified above. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

You will have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and training using operant conditioning methods.

A full driving licence is essential and candidates are expected to be computer literate with a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Word and ZIMS although training in ZIMS can be provided if necessary.

About us:

Based at Banham Zoo you will work an average 40 hour week with every third weekend off, however, working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.
Some additional weekend cover will be required to provide holiday cover.

How to apply:

Send, either by email or post, a covering letter and application form (available from our website, http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk/AboutUs/StaffVacancies.aspx ) to Tracey Moore, Head Keeper, at either tracey.moore@banhamzoo.co.uk or by post, marked for the attention of Tracey at Banham Zoo, The Grove, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE.  Closing date for applications is 14th September 2014.












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Peripatetic Lecturer in Animal Science




Peripatetic Lecturer in Animal Science
£18,523 to £33,231 plus £1,871 LW

Our client is looking to recruit a full time Peripatetic Lecturer in Animal Science. This post will be primarily based at Crystal Palace.

About the College

Capel Manor College in Greater London, is a vocational college delivering courses in Arboriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Saddlery, Floristry and Balloon Artistry, Garden Design and Horticulture.

Key Duties:

•        Delivering and co-ordinating the assessment of a range of subjects related to Animal Science and GCE science subjects to appropriate examination body standards, including both centre- and work-based learning.  Competence in the care and management of a wide range of animal species would be an advantage. 
•        Acting as a Course Manager including minuting of meetings, carrying out tutorials with students, recording results and providing management information.
•        Providing specialist advice relating to animal care activities and developments.
•        Contributing to management of delegated budgets in accordance with College polices and procedures.
•        Supporting curriculum planning, development and support within the School.
•        Researching and the production of course materials.
•        Taking shared responsibility for health and welfare of the College’s animal stock, including contribution to weekend, holiday and emergency cover rotas as required.
•        Liaising with animal care workers, other technicians and internal staff with regard to the provision of practical student activities.

For a comprehensive list of duties, please refer to the College Job Description.

Essential Criteria:

•        HND, degree or similar in a science or animal related discipline.
•        Teaching qualification (support will be given to gain accreditation.)
•        Commitment to and enthusiasm for the teaching and guidance of students at all levels.
•        Effective communication/organisation skills and ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
•        Sound administrative skills.
•        Familiarity with Information Learning Technology applications.
•        To be able to instruct and assess practical skills.

Start date: ASAP
Closing date:  09.09.14

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to Capel Manor College being defined as a ‘specified place’.

Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. The College is a Two Ticks Employer (Positive About Disabled People) and therefore where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

Capel Manor College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

It is anticipated that candidates who progress from the application stage will be asked to attend the College for an interview within three weeks of the closing date. Therefore, if you do not hear from the College within that time you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Capel@r21education.co.uk You will then be sent the full Job Description, Person Specification and College application form, to be completed and returned before the advertised close date. Please note that the College will not accept CV's in place of completed applications.














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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Assistant Head Keeper




Assistant Head Keeper vacancy
at Banham Zoo

About the role:

The successful candidate will assist the Head Keeper in leading and inspiring our existing team of 20 keepers, overseeing the care and management of our diverse collection of animals. Taxa include primates, felids, canids, large hoofstock (including giraffe), small mammals and birds.

Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole. The Assistant Head Keeper is expected to provide cover and assistance to the Head Keeper and other members of the senior ZAM team in managing the department, including providing cover for holidays and other time off. This is a supervisory role and there is a significant amount of administrative work involved.

Main Key Objectives:

Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care

Support the Head Keeper as and when required.

Assist in the supervision, motivation and development of staff responsible to the role to address staff learning and development needs and promote a positive working environment.

Assist in providing firearms cover as and when required.

Assist in promoting and participate in interdepartmental co-operation at operating level.

Continuously develop yourself through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence.

Undertake other tasks as required by your line management.

To be computer literate to an acceptable level to assist in the smooth running of the department.

To be able to carry out or assist in the interview process for staff up to the level of Qualified Keeper Level 1,2 & 3.

Ensure a positive impression of yourself and the company is presented to all customers (internal and external) at all times to reflect the quality of the organisation.

Monitor compliance within the department of policies and procedures in relation to administration and health & safety, to ensure they are appropriately followed by the public and colleagues at all times.

About you:

You are expected to have worked full time in a zoo environment for at least 7 years. You will currently be working in a supervisory position. You will possess the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals (ANCMZA) or Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) and have extensive experience with the majority of the taxa identified above. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and a proven ability to motivate and manage staff reporting to this position.

You will have a thorough understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and training using positive operant conditioning methods.

A full driving licence is essential; candidates should also be in possession of a firearms licence or be in a position to acquire such a licence.

You will be computer literate with an excellent understanding of Microsoft Word and ZIMS. A working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint are desirable.

About us:

Based at Banham Zoo you will work an average 40 hour week with alternate weekends off, however, working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.

Some additional weekend cover will be required to provide holiday cover.

Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and will include other company benefits
To apply:


Send, either by email or post, a covering letter and application form (available from our website, http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk/AboutUs/StaffVacancies.aspx , to Mike Woolham, Animal Manager, at either mike.woolham@banhamzoo.co.uk or Mike Woolham, Zoological Society of East Anglia (Banham Zoo), The Grove, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE.  Closing date for applications is 7th September 2014 with interviews to be held the following week. Please note that we are happy to receive a copy of your CV if available but those applicants that reach interview stage will have to complete an application form.












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Saturday, August 16, 2014

LARGE MAMMAL KEEPER




EXPERIENCED LARGE MAMMAL KEEPER

Ref No - AD/MK/14

Award winning Blackpool Zoo is looking for an experienced Large Mammal Keeper to assist in the daily care and husbandry needs of the large variety of exotic and domestic mammals that it currently maintains, many of which are managed as part of captive breeding programmes including Giraffe, Blesbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Bongo, Amur Tiger, Iberian wolf, Asiatic Elephant, Giant Anteater and Aardvark.

You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. You should possess the Diploma in The Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) or an equivalent and have a minimum of three years Large Mammal keeping experience. Although experience with elephants is not essential, it would be desirable.

We offer a competitive salary of £18,328.00 per annum and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.
Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation may be available with this post, if required.
Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.

The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specialises in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates 74 parks around the world and attracts over 21 million visitors annually.

The closing date for applications is the 20th September 2014.

We will reply to successful candidates within 21Days of closing date.

A job description for the post can be obtained from the Personnel Department.

Please apply, in writing enclosing a full CV and quoting the Reference number of the post, to:


Personnel Department, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8PP








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Friday, August 15, 2014

CURATOR



CURATOR

Bristol Aquarium
Bristol

Curator required for Bristol Aquarium and to provide curatorial support to our UK aquariums 

Bristol Aquarium has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Curator to join its team.  
This is a dual role as the successful candidate will also be responsible for providing Curatorial support to our 6 other UK Aquariums.  
As Bristol Aquarium’s Curator you will take on curatorial responsibility for the day to day running of the aquarium and will manage a team of Aquarists. You will need a hands on approach to ensure the team achieve the highest standard of animal care and husbandry.  

You will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: 
§Maintaining all exhibits within the aquarium setting as well as our Botanical House Gardens 
§Create displays and exhibits that are aesthetically pleasing as well as ensure high levels of welfare for the livestock.  Ensure tanks are suitable for the species held, and that life support and mechanical systems are functioning properly  Monitor and maintain aquarium water quality 
§Understand and comply with Zoo Licence regulations and other statutory regulations  
§Liaise with veterinary consultants to develop fish helath protocols and develop procedures for maintaining health records

About Bristol Aquarium 
In the heart of Bristol located on the Harbourside, our Aquarium hosts our largest display of native species themed around a sunken ship.  Other displays include an amazing underwater walkthrough tunnel which includes exotic species.  Bristol Aquarium also has a large botanical house home to an array of plant species as well as Coral Sea display which is home to a number of species of sharks and rays.   

About the UK Zoological Coordinator Role
As an experienced Curator you will provide curator assistance for all our UK Aquarium attractions as and when needed.  This will require you to travel to the attractions.  Your responsibilities may range from, but not be limited to:

Supporting and advising the Displays Supervisors in developing and motivating their team of aquarists.  
§Assisting the aquariums in meeting Zoo Licence requirements  
§Coordinating the UK Ethical Review Meetings 
§Coordination of emergency action plans  
§Ethical coordination of acquisition of new species 
§Liaison with the Company Vet

About you
You will have high levels of written and spoken English. You will have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences, including to the public, colleagues, Directors of Aspro and to external organisations as representative of the aquarium.  

You will have good time management skills, and be able to priorities tasks, and work with accuracy and attention to detail. 

You will have a flexible approach, with the ability to work without supervision and to respond effectively under pressure.

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

You must have experience of aquarium curatorial work, covering a broad range of species and aquarium systems.  

A degree in Marine Biology is highly desirable, however if you can demonstrate excellent, relevant work experience, then this would not be a requirement. 

A dive qualification is desirable at the level of Dive Master or equivalent.  If you do not have a dive qualification, then you must be willing to undertake the qualification if successful.   

As a management role, you will be expected to work full time which will include regular weekends and bank holidays. 

Aspro Parks is a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe. 
 
Here in the UK Aspro owns and operates Blue Planet Aquarium, Deep Sea World, Bristol Aquarium, 4 Blue Reef Aquariums, Smugglers Adventure and Oakwood Theme Park.  

If interested, please send your CV covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF.  
Or email us at: recruitment@asprouk.com   The Bristol Aquarium is committed to Equal Opportunities:  www.bristolaquarium.co.uk          

Closing Date 27 August 2014.

Interviews will take place at Bristol Aquarium 2nd and 3rd September 2014. 

We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.  

Asproparks is a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid.  Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe.  Here in the UK Aspro owns and operates Blue Planet Aquarium, Deep Sea World, Bristol Aquarium, 4 Blue Reef Aquariums, Smugglers Adventure and Oakwood Theme Park.   

Aspro Parks is an Equal Opportunities Employer   

Want to work for Aspro UK but don’t feel that this position suits your skills or experience?  Then why not ‘Like’ our ASPRO UK FACEBOOK PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/AsproUKRecruitment  
Just click on the ‘WORK FOR US’ tab and then ‘CREATE LIVE JOB ALERTS’.  You will then be notified of any live vacancies across our 9 sites.   

Or why not ‘JOIN OUR TALENT POOL’?  Just upload your CV so that we can contact you with any future vacancies that match your skills and experience.    
  

Work Location: Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TT






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