Monday, December 12, 2016

Experienced bird keeper/trainer

Experienced bird keeper/trainer

Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden has been on a continuous journey of development for the last few years and we have no plans of stopping anytime soon. Our mission is to inspire adults and children to a life-long commitment to our planet and its wildlife and with stage presence, attention to detail, optimism, creativity, knowledge and passion our employees override the expectations of our guests, deliver world-class animal care, public presentations, guest service, educational talks and shows.

Responsibilities & duties
In the role as animal keeper/trainer on our bird team you will be an integral part of the future development of Kolmården Wildlife Park. A big part of your role is to ensure the highest possible welfare standards for our collection of birds.
Additionally you will cross-train and work with our South American collection of mostly mammals.
Duties in this role include daily husbandry of a range of species such as falcons, hornbills and hawks as well as tapirs, Vicunas and Greater Rhea. We aim for optimal welfare for all our animals at all times and as such you will not only be responsible for ensuring exceptional hygiene and appropriate nutrition, but you will also be expected to carry out animal observations, thorough record keeping and daily husbandry training for each individual animal under your care. You will be required to research, develop, deliver and evaluate environmental enrichment that meet species-specific needs. Additional duties include coaching of students and apprentices, supporting our educational, sustainability and research departments and of course planning and executing goal-orientated training of birds using ethical methods for the purpose of shows, guest interactions and education.

Key skills & requirements
The right person for this position has at least 3 years’ experience of working with exotic animals. You must possess a thorough understanding of the science of learning that goes beyond ‘click-and-feed’ and have experience in training birds and mammals using a holistic approach that is based on positive reinforcement.
In addition to the above, we seek a person who has a positive and optimistic attitude. A problem solver who is flexible with a can-do attitude. The right candidate for this post is able to act professionally and has exceptional communication skills which they have a knack for adapting. He or she needs to be good at planning and organizing their day so that they can work effectively. Sound like you? Then lastly we want you to be physically fit and comfortable in front of large audiences.
Showmanship comes easy to you and you must be passionate about teaching our visitors about our animals and inspiring them for a life-long commitment to our planet and its wildlife. Driver’s license is advantageous and fluent in spoken and written English a requirement. You will be required to learn a basic level of Swedish in your first year of employment.
The schedule will include working evenings and weekends. Kolmården Wildlife Park offers a competitive salary (negotiable, depending on experience) and a great benefit package. Read more about Kolmården Wildlife Park on our website:
If you want more information about this position, then please contact Linda Berggren on:
or +46 (0) 10-708 75 73. Any questions about the recruitment process can be directed at Johanna Hedberg: or +46 (0) 10-708 75 15. Selection is ongoing, so please apply today by sending CV and cover letter to We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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