Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mammal Keeper, Elephants Team


Mammal Keeper, Elephants Team

Job Description : Chester Zoo, which is home to more than 20,000 animals and over 500 different species, is a registered charity with a mission to conserve the living world. Following the opening of its new Islands development, the zoo welcomed 1,694,115 visitors in 2015, the highest ever in its 85 year history.

We currently have a vacancy for a Mammal Keeper to join our Elephant team. For the right candidate, this post offers a great opportunity to work with a fantastic family centred breeding herd of Asian Elephants.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

We are looking for someone with experience of working with large mammals. They will have experience of implementing environmental enrichment and operant conditioning. Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is also essential for this position.

In addition to the daily care and management of the species on section, a proven track record for delivering the highest standards of exhibitry is a must and the ideal candidate will have outstanding observation skills with an excellent attention to detail.

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence valid in the UK is also a requirement.

Salary is £17,367 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Mammal Keeper role.




Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 12th April 2016.



ANIMAL KEEPER VACANCY



ANIMAL KEEPER VACANCY


A vacancy has arisen for an Animal Keeper at Banham Zoo.

About the role:
The successful candidate will work under the leadership of our Qualified, 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.

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 helping to maintain the level of consistency of staff responsible to this role whilst promoting 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
•        Must comply, at all times, with department 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 been in paid, full time employment in a zoo environment for at least two years.  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.
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:
Banham Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia and this is where you will be based.  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 may be required to provide holiday cover.  No accommodation is offered with this role.


If you would like an opportunity to join our team please visit our website www.banhamzoo.co.uk   Download and complete an application form and send it, with a covering letter, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this position to:- Sarah Jermy, Head Keeper,  Banham Zoo, The Grove, Banham Norfolk NR16 2HE or email sarah.jermy@zsea.org 

Closing date is the 15th April 2016, applications made after this date will not be considered.  

Previous applicants need not apply.




Sunday, March 27, 2016

Senior Animal Keeper



Senior Animal Keeper

Colchester Zoo
Essex

Colchester Zoo are looking to recruit a full-time senior animal keeper to work on one of its busiest and most demanding sections comprising of three of the Zoo’s walkthrough enclosures and animal handling and feeding areas.

This post provides the opportunity to work with Rainbow Lorikeets, Aldabra, Burmese, Sulcata and Spur-thighed tortoises, Wallabies, Darwin’s Rhea, Corn snakes and Royal Pythons, Pygmy Hedgehogs and a range of domestic species in a high visitor concentrated section. The successful applicant will be part of a large team entrusted with the care of the above animals and will be required to carry out daily interactions and experiences with our guests, input ideas for the continual progression and development of animal husbandry and enclosure design as well as maintain high standards of enclosure presentation, animal care and breeding management.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and hard working, with a minimum of 4 years’ experience working in a zoological collection and a keen interest in Visitor engagement. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and some experience of supervising staff would be preferable.

Applicants should have the Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals and Aquaria or an equivalent qualification and have a full valid driving licence.

This is a permanent position with a start date as soon as is possible and Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter to The Curator, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL


The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 15th April 2016




Thursday, March 24, 2016

Education Rangers




Education Rangers
(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.

We currently have vacancies for two Education Rangers who will support the team during our Summer season. Two different contracts are available:

1. Based on full-time hours averaging 38 hours per week, working 5 days out of 7 including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays
2. Based on a minimum of 20 hours per week including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays (additional hours may be available depending on visitor numbers and weather conditions).

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Staff exhibits and facilitate visitor engagement
· Take bookings for Discovery programmes
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Assist with the delivery of pre-booked educational programmes
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
· Experience handling small animals

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20, £7.05 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Primate Keeper Internship




Primate Keeper Internship (unpaid)
(Please note this is the small primates and not for the gorilla section)


Situated near Canterbury in Kent, Howletts Wild Animal Park 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 2 exciting placements available on our Primate Section for enthusiastic individuals wanting to gain valuable zoo animal keeping experience through working alongside keepers who will provide coaching and mentoring throughout the internship.

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, 5 days per week which will 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. However, we do offer comprehensive practical training which provides significant insight into the functioning of a successful and responsible zoological collection, the aim being to promote your future employability.

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

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

Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line: PRIMATE INTERN


Closing date: Sunday 3rd April 2016




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






Monday, March 21, 2016

DEPUTY TEAM LEADER: SMALL MONKEYS




DEPUTY TEAM LEADER: 
SMALL MONKEYS

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.

Date Posted
March 2016

Job Description
Monkey World is looking for an experienced primate keeper to support the team leader on our Small Monkey section. This section currently cares for over 50 monkeys of 7 different species managed in various group setups. This is a diverse section which cares for monkeys from many different back-grounds. Monkey World works closely with the RSPCA to help primates caught up in the UK pet trade and offers a valuable opportunity to help rehabilitate these animals into a natural environment at Monkey World. The successful candidate will help to oversee all aspects of the section including animal husbandry, diets, operant conditioning, enrichment and health checks. You will also be responsible, in the absence of the team leader, for staff training and monitoring.

Qualifications/Experience
This role requires a primate keeper with 4 years primate experience - including a minimum of 2 years callitrichid experience.

Applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be physically fit, self motivated and able to lead and work as part of a team.

Desirable
Experience of working with callitrichid (particularly common marmosets), squirrel monkey, stump-tailed macaque, ring-tailed lemur, saki monkey, patas monkey, cotton-topped tamarin.
Experience of operant conditioning
Full driving licence
Shotgun certificate
Experience of public speaking
Familiarity with rescue and rehabilitation of primates


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 :-

Sophie Sparrow
HR Administrator
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 6HH

e-mail:- hradmin@monkeyworld.org


Closing date for applications: Monday 4th April 2016






Deputy Team Leader: Gibbons




Deputy Team Leader: Gibbons

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.

Date Posted
March 2016

Job Description
Monkey World is looking for an experienced primate keeper to support the team leader on our gibbon section. Monkey World is home to the largest collection of golden-cheeked gibbons outside Southeast Asia as well as Mueller’s, lar, agile and siamang gibbons. The section consists of two family groups of golden-cheeked gibbons and numerous pairs and individuals all rescued from the illegal pet trade or re-homed from zoos.

Monkey World has a sister sanctuary in Southern Vietnam, Dao Tien. There will also be opportunities for collaboration with this insitu conservation project as well as the possibility of travel and educational grants.

The successful candidate will help to oversee all aspects of the section including animal husbandry, diets, operant conditioning, enrichment and health checks. You will also be responsible, in the absence of the team leader, for staff training and monitoring.

Qualifications/Experience
This role requires a primate keeper with at least 4 year’s experience – including at least 2 years gibbon experience.

Applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be physically fit, self motivated and able to lead and work as part of a team.

Desirable
Full driving licence
Shotgun certificate
Experience of public speaking
Experience of operant conditioning
Familiarity with rescue and rehabilitation of primates



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 :-

Sophie Sparrow
HR Administrator
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 6HH


Closing date for applications: Monday 4th April 2016




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals



Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Large Mammals section which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat, Kirk’s dik dik, Asian elephant and giraffe.

Key Responsibilities:
  • · working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
  • · assisting with the training and development of staff
  • · training and record keeping
  • · interacting with zoo visitors


Key Skills & Requirements:
  • · minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with hoofstock and carnivores
  • · enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
  • · substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
  • · good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
  • · commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • · previous experience of supervising and training staff
  • · zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification


The role is permanent full time and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays).

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to: recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.






Tropical Section Keeper



Tropical Section Keeper
Permanent
Full Time (working 42.5 hours over 5 days a week including one weekend day and a requirement to work bank holidays)
Salary:  Negotiable dependent on experience

Tropical Wings Zoo is a small but forward-thinking and dynamic organisation with an emphasis on interaction and education.  We are seeking a dynamic, confident and bubbly individual to join our team of Keeper/Presenters in our renowned Tropical House and its satellite enclosures. You should have a proven interest in entomology, aquatics and horticulture and a particular passion for invertebrates. 
As a keen presenter you will engage visitors about our animals, conservation and the natural world, presenting information in a lively and interesting way to audiences and interacting with visitors during encounters as well as undertaking the daily animal husbandry for the resident animals in the Tropical House and the satellite enclosures.
In order to be successful in this fantastic position you will have:
-        Experience of delivering presentations in a similar capacity
-        Excellent communication skills and be highly innovative, enthusiastic and motivated
-        Substantial experience of animal husbandry
-        Fantastic customer service skills
-        The willingness and ability to learn a vast amount of information about our animals
-        An animal related qualification is required
-        Adaptable to different working environments
To apply:
Send CV and covering letter by email to humanresources@tropicalwings.co.uk
Closing date: This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.  Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.
Applications in writing please to:

Erica Jones







Head of Operations


Head of Operations
Permanent
Full Time (working 45 hours over 5 days a week including one weekend day and a requirement to work bank holidays)
Salary:  circa £32,000 per annum

Tropical Wings Zoo is a small but forward-thinking and dynamic organisation with an emphasis on interaction and education. 
You will have responsibility for driving income and effectively managing costs across the zoo to ensure a focus on profit from commercial activities. This role is accountable for achieving the income and profit budgets for a number of key revenue streams across commercial operations for the zoo including admission income, donations, catering, retail, experiences.  Whilst maintaining a clear focus on a sustainable commercial offer, you’ll also possess vision, energy and creativity to deliver a first class experience to our increasing audiences that ensures visitor satisfaction and long term loyalty.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
-Responsibility for 5 direct reports, approximately 25 permanent retail, admissions, zoo keeping and catering staff as well as a large intake of seasonal staff.
-Effective and efficient implementation of the annual commercial business plan for the Zoo.
-Ownership of the commercial visitor journey for the Zoo and implementation of commercial growth and development plans and the achievement of measurable success metrics
-Strong collaboration with all areas of the Zoo to ensure the success of the business.
-Responsibility for all Health and Safety within the Zoo.


Person Specification:
-Strong operational management of commercial business activities within tourism or leisure and retail sectors.
-Strong commercial literacy and use of management information reporting and business case creation
-An inspirational leader and a confident professional manner and well developed interpersonal skills.
-Ability to work well in cross-functional teams and at a senior level as representative of commercial function.
-Accomplished business acumen and be able to discuss commercial performance verbally.
-Positive and professional attitude with ability to tailor communications appropriate to different audiences.
-This is a broad role which requires strong time management and prioritisation skills in order to be effective.
-Standards and quality driven management style
-Results orientated and motivated to achieve measurable results
-Sound knowledge of Hygiene, Health and Safety
-Motivated by a passion for quality and great service delivery
-Interpersonal, administrative and organisational skills
-A 'Can-do', enthusiastic attitude
-Financial and commercial acumen
-Computer literate
-Ability to deal with both internal and external customers

To apply:
Send CV and covering letter by email to humanresources@tropicalwings.co.uk
Closing date: This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.  Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.

Applications in writing please to:

Erica Jones






Experienced Bird Keeper




Experienced Bird Keeper


Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Applications are invited for an experienced keeper on the Bird Section of the Park.

The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in the daily husbandry of the section, and will work in close co-operation with the Section Head and his staff towards the continuous development of the section. They will be expected to undertake all relevant aspects of work in a progressive animal collection. Assisting in the presentation of educational talks is essential.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience with Bird species is essential. Applicants will need to demonstrate good communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to lead and work as part of a team. Possession of a relevant animal management qualification is desired and a full driving licence is essential for this position.

In return we offer a competitive salary, free accommodation, and a non-contributory pension scheme.

Please send a current CV with a covering letter to:

Jamie Craig
Curator,
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens,
Burford,
Oxon
OX18 4JP



Closing date 31st March 2016



Monday, March 14, 2016

Section Leader (Primates) (Senior Keeper)




Section Leader (Primates) (Senior Keeper)


Paradise Wildlife Park currently has a vacancy for a senior keeper to join our animal park team running our Primate Section.

The Primate section is responsible for the husbandry of many species, including multiple EEP species. The section includes; Red Ruffed Lemur; Black and White Ruffed Lemur; Black Lemur; Ring-tailed Lemur; Cotton Topped Tamarin; Golden Lion Tamarin; Golden Headed Lion Tamarin; Emperor Tamarin; Silvery Marmoset; Pygmy Marmoset; Geoffroys Marmoset; Squirrel Monkeys; White Cheek Gibbon; Lar Gibbon, along with Two Toed Sloth and Three Banded Armadillo in a mixed exhibit.

The successful applicant will have an active primate keeper role and will be responsible for the day to day running of the section, husbandry, diets, welfare of the animals and supervision of staff.  This position entails keeper talks/presentations and experiences with park visitors. The applicant will be responsible for delivering and training staff on the delivery of interactive animal experiences such as ‘Feed the Lemurs’.
Paradise Wildlife Park has a small team of primate keepers, cover keepers, interns & volunteers that you will be tasked with supervising, co-ordinating, training and working alongside. Therefore, the applicant must be very personable and able to communicate well with staff and visitors. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and a good team player.

The successful applicant must have minimum five years of experience working within a zoo environment and experience working with primates is a must.

Job Details:
•        Full time; Permanent position
•        Reports to; Head keeper & Senior management
•        Hours; Summer 8am-6pm, Winter 8am – 5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a flexible rotated basis. Flexibility is necessary in this post
•        Part of a cohesive senior keeper team

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
•        Carry out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines
•        Ensure an up-to-date knowledge of relevant best practice, and statutory regulations, including  Health and Safety
•        Undertake and record animal observations
•        Deliver high standards of visitor interaction in the form of; keeper talks, encounters, experiences, tours and education events
•        Overseeing and training of primate keepers, cover keepers, interns and volunteers
•        Attend and contribution to regular senior keeper meetings
•        Regular communication with head keepers regarding section
•        Liaise and assist in general duties and requirements as directed by senior management
•        Other duties to support effective and efficient site maintenance may include: Fire Marshall, First Aider, Company vehicle driver, including tractor trailer, Litter picking/rubbish removal/sweeping and general cleaning in order to maintain high standards (nb - full training will be a given prior to the post holder being required to undertake new tasks)

Requirements:
•        An animal science related qualification; preferably DMZAA or level equivalent
•        5 years full-time experience in a zoological collection
•        Minimum 2 years primate experience
•        Excellent communication skills
•        Excellent people management skills
•        Adaptable for a flexible rota
•        Physically fit for the demands of this role
•        Full UK driving licence

If you would like the opportunity to join our team please send your CV and cover letter to headkeeper@pwpark.com


Closing Date: Friday 8th April 2016


Team Leader (Discovery)






Team Leader (Discovery)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.
Along with the masterplan for the collection, we are also developing our Education department and now have two vacancies for Team Leader in this area. Both roles will have responsibility for our learning programmes with one role responsible for our formal learning and one role responsible for informal learning.

The key purpose of both these roles is to improve knowledge of conservation and welfare by delivering a high standard of varied educational activities to all ages.

Formal Learning Key Responsibilities Include:
· Lead on development of formal education programmes for schools, community groups and other sectors
· Expand current programme to increase income for the department
· Preparation of sessions for groups from pre-school to undergraduate
· Responsible for management of Education Officers
· Lead on care of animals under the supervision of the Education team
· Produce educational marketing and promotional material

Informal Learning Key Responsibilities Include:
· Lead on development of informal education programmes through presentations, events and activities
· Maximise income opportunities through an efficient management of the booking process
· Preparation of presentations and activities suitable for all ages and understanding
· Responsible for management of Education Rangers and Discovery Volunteers
· Produce interpretation for new and existing exhibits
· Lead on development of nature reserve to increase native species

Key Skills & Requirements:
The successful applicant will have a degree (or equivalent level qualification) in a Zoo-related subject and, ideally, will hold a teaching qualification or have significant teaching experience. Excellent presentation skills are essential along with an outgoing and confident personality and supervisory experience.
Experience in handling small animals (mammals and exotics) would be preferred. These roles will work closely together and successful candidates will be required to support each other’s area.

This is a full time position, 5 days out of 7, including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Salary is paid monthly and we provide 31 days holiday per annum.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to: recruitment@twycrosszoo.org


Closing Date: Monday 21st March 2016


Monday, March 7, 2016

Animateur Spectacle Otaries (H/F)



Animateur Spectacle Otaries (H/F)


La société Walibi Sud-Ouest recherche un animateur(trice) pour son spectacle otaries. Votre mission est de participer à la mise à place et à la réalisation du spectacle otaries au sein de notre Parc d’attraction.
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Pour ce faire, vous serez chargé du dressage, de l’alimentation des otaries mais aussi du nettoyage de l’espace de travail.
Polyvalent, vous devez assurer diverses autres missions.

Le poste nécessite de l’expérience vis-à-vis du contact avec des animaux, de préférence des otaries, le sens du travail en équipe et le sens de l’observation.
Vous portez l’uniforme de l’entreprise.
CDD Saisonnier à temps plein d’Avril à octobre 2016.
Vous devez être disponible les week-ends et les jours fériés

Si vous êtes interesser, evoyer votre CV et lettre de Motivation a

WALIBI SUD OUEST
CHATEAU DE CAUDOIN – CS 10022
47310 ROQUEFORT
FRANCE

Ou par email à : jobs@parcagen.fr






Seasonal Sea lion trainer position





Seasonal Sea lion trainer position

The society Walibi Sud-Ouest currently has a full-time (35h/week) vacancy for a seasonal sea lion trainer from April 2016 – October 2016.

Your mission will be : Show performing, husbandry, maintenance of installations etc.
You should have a minimum of 1 year experience in animal training, be highly motivated, responsible, be available to work week-ends and bank holidays and be able to work in a Team. 

If you are interested, please send your resume and motivation letter to :
WALIBI SUD OUEST
CHATEAU DE CAUDOIN - CS 10022
47310 ROQUEFORT
FRANCE



Or an e-mail to : jobs@parcagen.fr





Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sea Lion Trainer Internship




Sea Lion Trainer Internship

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, North Devon, UK

Internship opportunity within sea lion department (unpaid)

We are offering an exciting internship for individuals interested in gaining hands on experience in the husbandry and training of marine mammals. This internship will involve the successful applicant/s working closely with our group of California sea lion, African penguins and where appropriate the opportunity to observe and become involved with park wide training programs.

This internship would be a perfect opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career as a marine mammal trainer or for university students looking to complete their work based learning placements.

Responsibilities will include: Daily sea lion and penguin husbandry, assisting with public-sea lion interaction sessions, public speaking, show presentation, pool maintenance, charity fundraising, and assisting with training sessions.

Requirements: The successful candidate/s should possess a positive attitude, good communication and organisational skills, the ability to work well under own initiative and also within a team, they should also have an interest in marine mammals. Candidate must be willing to do public talks and have the confidence to speak over a microphone to large crowds. A basic understanding of operant conditioning would be an advantage but not required.

Candidates must commit to a 40 hour working week for 3-6 month period. This may include weekend and bank holidays.

Combe Martin Wildlife Park is located along the beautiful North Devon coastline, unfortunately accommodation cannot be provided with this placement but budget accommodation is plentiful as is seasonal employment.

If interested please send a cover letter and CV to:


Alternatively you can mail a copy to:

Sea lion department
CMWDP Ltd
Higher Leigh Manor
Combe Martin
EX34 0NG