Thursday, June 30, 2016

Deputy Team Leader : Large Mammals




Deputy Team Leader : 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 Deputy Team Leader to work on our Large Mammals section. This area 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:
· A hands-on role, working on the section
· Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry
· Developing, supervising and training staff
· Taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff within the Great Apes section

Key Skills & Requirements:
· High performing and enthusiastic
· Proven track record of zoo animal management
· Substantial experience of zoological animal management, with at least 8 years’ relevant experience
· Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of large mammals
· Good team worker with positive outlook
· Excellent communication and IT skills
· Committed to continued professional development of yourself and others
· An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

The role is on a permanent contract and is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) , including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly with and 31 days paid holiday per annum (pro-rata). Uniform is also provided 

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.

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Deputy Team Leader : Great Apes



Deputy Team Leader : Great Apes
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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 Deputy Team Leader to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape: gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.

Key Responsibilities:
· A hands-on role, working on the section
· Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry
· Developing, supervising and training staff
· Taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff within the Great Apes section

Key Skills & Requirements:
· High performing and enthusiastic
· Proven track record of working with Great Apes
· Substantial experience of zoological animal management, with at least 8 years’ relevant experience
· Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of large mammals
· Good team worker with positive outlook
· Excellent communication and IT skills
· Committed to continued professional development of yourself and others
· An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

The role is on a permanent contract and is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) , including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly with and 31 days paid holiday per annum (pro-rata). Uniform is also provided

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.

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Senior Animal Keeper : Great Apes



Senior Animal Keeper : Great Apes
(Temporary – likely to last 9 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 a vacancy for an Animal Keeper to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape: gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.

Key Responsibilities
· A hands-on role, working on the section and covering all areas of daily animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping
· Interacting with visitors to the zoo
· Assisting with the supervision and training of staff

Key Skills & Requirements
· A high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in zoo animal
management
· Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper
· Able to demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and
management of key species
· A good team worker with a positive outlook
· Excellent communication skills
· Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
· Supervisory experience advantageous
· An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

The role is temporary expected to last 9 months to cover maternity leave. The role is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly with and 31 days paid holiday per annum (pro-rata). Uniform is also provided

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.

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Seasonal Animal Keeper




Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
Seasonal Animal Keeper
North Devon


Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is an award winning visitor attraction set amidst a beautiful natural valley in North Devon. We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to our diverse and interesting collection of animals. We have a fantastic team of enthusiastic and hardworking staff who are constantly striving to offer a fun and educational day out to our visitors.


We are seeking a seasonal animal keeper to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for looking after a range of animals including tropical birds, birds of prey, small omnivores and livestock. They will also assist in our daily “Animal Antics” show and support other sections around the zoo when required and appropriate.
Candidates should have an animal related qualification and previous zoo experience is desirable. The successful applicant will be hard working, a good team player who is also confident working under their own initiative. They will also have excellent public speaking skills and be confident delivering educational talks to visitors. Good communication skills and an excellent customer service ethic is vital. Being situated in a valley, applicants should be physically fit.  A full clean UK driving licence is advantageous due to our location.

This position is 40 hour/week including weekends, bank holidays and some evenings lasting until November.

To apply for this position please send a current CV and covering letter to headkeeper@wildlifedinosaurpark.co.uk


Application closes 13th July


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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Deputy Section Leader (Birds)






Deputy Section Leader (Birds)
Paradise Wildlife Park currently has a vacancy for an experienced keeper to join our team as a Deputy Section Leader on our Bird section.

Applicants must have experience with the husbandry and management of a wide variety of species due to our current and expanding section. This includes psittacines, raptors and a breeding colony of African penguins, amongst others.
Our bird section is primarily focused on training and shows therefore experience in these areas is more important to this particular role than incubation and rearing techniques.
The bird section is responsible for 2 free flight bird shows daily (1 in winter), along with flying birds in the animal park’s mixed taxa shows. Experience in presenting shows and delivering keeper talks is essential, as is experience of training and maintaining birds in free flight shows using positive reinforcement.
The successful applicant will be happy to follow protocols set by the Section Leader and Senior Keeper team, and enjoy working as part of a team. The Deputy Section Leader will support the Section Leader in managing our small team, including variable volunteers and interns.
This is a hands on role on a busy section with lots of public interaction, therefore the applicant must be very personable and able to communicate well with visitors and staff.
This is an exciting time to join our bird team as we move into our peak season and have plans for future section development.
Job Details:
  • Full time; Permanent position
  • Reports to; Section Leaders & Head keepers
  • Hours; Summer 8am-6pm, Winter 8am – 5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a flexible rotated basis. Flexibility in working hours is essential due to the nature of the job.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Carrying out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines set by the Section Leader and Head Keepers.
  • Deliver high standards of visitor interaction in the form of; keeper talks, animal shows, encounters, experiences, tours and education events
  • Overseeing and developing junior keepers, interns, volunteers and work experience
  • Liaise and assist in general duties and requirements as directed by senior management
  • Undertake and record animal observations
    • 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
  • Minimum 2 years full-time experience in a zoological collection
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Hard working, conscientious and uphold high standards of animal husbandry and welfare
  • Ready to assist with other areas of the park, including talks, general maintenance and upkeep of public areas
  • Adaptable for a flexible rota
  • Physically fit for the demands of this role
  • Free flight bird and presentation experience
  • 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

This opening will close once a suitable candidate has been selected so please send applications as soon as possible.


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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Qualified Keeper



Qualified Keeper – Hoofstock Team, Part Time

Join our vibrant organisation!

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it. Our success relies on two key things. The impression we create through our 140 acre zoological park, Marwell Zoo, with its wide array of exotic and endangered species and the family of talented people we employ who share our passion and bring our vision to life.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Keeper to join our Hoofstock team on a part time basis, working 24 hours per week over 3 days. Our Qualified Keepers must have a strong generalist background with zoological experience as they may be required to work on a variety of sections. On this occasion however, an interest and previous experience with Hoofstock would also be an advantage

Qualified Keepers are responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care, including husbandry routines, managerial operations and environmental enrichment, and supporting veterinary intervention as required.

The successful candidate will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use their initiative, display an interest in and commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and must possess strong communication skills

In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, marwell.org.uk for a full candidate brief and our application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date:  12th July 2016

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a DBS check as a condition of employment.

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.


Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433. marwell.org.uk

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant