Thursday, February 19, 2015

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 90 paid staff and more than 200 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 departure abroad and maternity leave the Cluster Rescue and Rehabilitation is, with immediate effect, looking for the Mammal Department (16 hours) and for the Primate Department (24 hours) for

Experienced Caretakers (m/f)
(16-24 hours per week)

Mammal Department (16 hours, 12 months)
As an Experienced Caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of exotic mammals and small primates. At the department you will help to socialize various species of exotic mammals (if desirable) and prepare them for outplacement. You work in a small team of experienced caretakers. You are independent enough to take charge of the department in absence of your team leader.

Primate Department (24 hours, 10 months)
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. You work in a large team of experienced caretakers.

Your role
The practical work consists for a large part of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment and assisting to rehabilitate the animals. Directing and guiding of (foreign) trainees and volunteers is an important part of your job as well as a number of administrative tasks. You will work according to standard procedures and a hands-off policy. The teams are self directing and we therefore expect you to be a good team player as well as being able to work independently. You are
hierarchically managed the team leader of the department.

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 and of exotic mammals on a species level is a plus * good physical condition 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 € 1.101, - and € 1.331, - gross per month (bases on 24 hrs) depending on relevant work experience. The jobs are temporary. We prefer someone who is available from the 1st of April.

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information call Iris van der Eerden, Team Leader Mammal 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 5th of March, using the red application button on our site or by e-mail to, mentioning number 2015-07-OREDV, 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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