Friday, January 30, 2015

Animal Keeper Training Placements

Animal Keeper Training Placements (unpaid)

Situated near Lympne, Hythe in Kent, Port Lympne Reserve works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to conservation and the reintroduction of captive bred species back into their natural habitats.

We have exciting training placements available for enthusiastic individuals wanting to gain valuable zoo animal keeping experience through working alongside keepers who will provide coaching and mentoring throughout the internship. The successful candidates will benefit from our structured training programme and on-job experience. Our practical training provides significant insight into the functioning of a successful and responsible zoological collection, the aim being to promote your future employability.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to commit to a 6-12 month term and be willing and available to come in from 8am to 5pm, up to or ideally 5 days per week, which may include weekends.

These placements are physically demanding positions so candidates must be physically fit, self motivated and have a genuine interest in conservation and zoo animal care. A valid driving licence is required.

As we are a Registered Charity, funded entirely by visitor fees and donations, we regret we are unable to offer any wages or salary for the placement.  We will provide a full uniform and discount at the parks food outlets for the days that you attend work. No other financial benefits are offered.   Candidates will need to have the ability to financially support themselves for the entire length of the internship. Please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to offer accommodation.

Candidates should already hold a qualification in conservation or animal care and looking for further specialist zoo experience.

To apply: email your CV and covering letter outlining why you are the right person for the placement to -

Closing date: Friday 20th February 2015

To find out more about us and the work of the Aspinall Foundation, please visit our web site:

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