Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Senior Animal Keeper – Carnivores



Senior Animal Keeper – Carnivores

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.

A full time opportunity has arisen to join our Animal Management Team as a Senior Animal Keeper on our Carnivores section.
We’re looking for candidates with a good understanding of carnivore species’ biology, natural history, husbandry & welfare. We have exciting plans for our collection and exhibits, offering great opportunities for creative project and team work with a focus on animal behavior, nutrition and enrichment. This post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with our extensive carnivore collection including species such as Amur tigers, Amur leopards, snow leopards, otters and mongoose.    

The successful candidate will have specialist taxonomic knowledge and experience in carnivore species with a minimum Level 3 (ANC / DMZAA) or equivalent qualification in animal management or biological sciences. 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.

Accommodation may be available on a short term basis to the successful candidate. Please note this would incur a rental cost. Due to the need to drive park vehicles, candidates must also hold a full driving license valid for the UK.

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: Sunday 15th October 2017

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



Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Monday, September 18, 2017

Animal Displays Keeper



Animal Displays Keeper

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced keeper to join their Animal Displays Team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with and train an exciting collection of birds and mammals and be part of continually developing and improving the daily displays.

The post requires the successful applicant to present, train and care for a wide range of  species including Eagles, Owls, Kestrels, Kites, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Macaws, Ravens, Guinea Fowl, Conures, Cockatoo, Serval, Civet, Coatis and Skunks. They will be expected to take part in the daily educational animal presentations and will have the responsibility of being principle trainer for a number of animals. The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of animal behaviour and previous experience training and working a variety of species. The ability to take part in public presentations is essential as well as exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent skills in communication. Previous experience working with the above mentioned species is preferable however those candidates’s with any experience training animals will be considered.

Applicants must hold the DMZAA qualification or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

Closing date for applications is: 13th Oct

Please send your completed application form, CV and covering letter for the attention of Miss Sarah Forsyth by email – vacancies@colchesterzoo.org or by post to – Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Essex CO3 0SL





Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Sanctuary Manager



Sanctuary Manager

Sanctuary Manager (1 year)

Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary


Hiring Organization:
Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Date Posted:
2017-09-17

Position Description:
Would you like to help develop and serve as the Sanctuary Manager for the first-ever monkey and small wildlife sanctuary in Liberia? If so, this is an amazing opportunity! We are seeking a volunteer Sanctuary Manager for a small new sanctuary in Liberia - the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is a place where wild animals come in, that are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trade. At this moment, many different animals are staying here: pangolins, potto, civets, duikers, parrots, monkeys, crocodiles, turtles,… Our main goal is to release as many animals back into the forest as possible.

The Sanctuary Manager will be responsible for:
Animal care:
Managing and carrying out day-to-day operations of the sanctuary. This includes general animal husbandry, introduction of animals, record keeping, food preparation, monitoring of animals, physical and emotional well-being, furnishing existing enclosures and introducing and monitoring enrichment.
Cleaning, maintaining, repairing and improving enclosures, equipment, and sanctuary grounds, and assisting with construction projects.
Carry out basic medical procedures and first aid if necessary

Logistic:
Work closely with the sanctuary partners (FDA, SCNL, CI,…): attend meetings, write reports,…
Coordinate confiscations and releases

Marketing:
Photography, fundraising, creating a website, and other tasks as may be needed and assigned.
Assist with on- and off-line fundraising efforts, outreach and advocacy in Liberia and internationally.

Administration:
Being in charge of the sanctuary budget, take care of the accountancy, write monthly reports,…

Management:
Provide guided educational tours of the sanctuary to visitors of all ages and develop educational materials and activities.
Direct and oversee volunteers and/or local staff.

Qualifications/Experience:
- Previous related sanctuary experience or desire and willingness to pursue a steep learning curve both prior to arrival in-country and once in the position.
- Degree in zoology, biology, animal care or veterinary science.
- Computer skills required (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet)
- Experience living in a developing country, preferably Africa is a plus.
- Healthy, mature, patient, autonomous, social, outgoing, self-starter, supervisor, even-tempered, work well with others, willing to learn, and able to tolerate periods of isolation living on-site at the sanctuary.
- We prefer non-smokers.

Salary/funding:
This is a voluntary position, so there is no salary, apart from US$200 a month for expenses. However, accommodation will be provided for the volunteer. The volunteer is responsible for any additional non-work expenses incurred while traveling in Liberia. The volunteer is required to have basic health care coverage and must acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Liberia (yellow fever, rabies, tetanus and hepatitis). Advice about what items are necessary for life at the Libassa Wildlife Center will be provided to the successful applicant.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Round-trip airfare, meals, and accommodation will be provided at Libassa Ecolodge (www.libassa.com). The sanctuary is located at Libassa Ecolodge.
If you stay for a 3 month period, ¼ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed; if you stay for 6 months, ½ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed, after one year, the entire flight ticket will be reimbursed.

Term of Appointment:
Negotiable, but ideally November 1st, 2017, with possibility of extension. Liberia is a safe and friendly country to live in and was declared Ebola-free by the WHO.
You will receive training on the job for 1 month by the current sanctuary manager.

Application Deadline:
Position will remain open until filled. Earlier applications will receive priority.

Comments:
To apply please email the following materials to julievanassche@hotmail.com
(1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work ; 
(2) a CV or resume detailing relevant experience; 
(3) a summary of college/university courses taken and the grades received (to be followed by an official transcript; and 
(4) contact information (phone and email) for three references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as two people who have worked closely with you or who have closely supervised your work.

The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for Volunteer Sanctuary Manager."
Contact Information:
Julie Vanassche (+231)88 111 8211

Website:
E-mail Address:



Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Friday, September 15, 2017

Senior animal keeper - elephants



Senior animal keeper - elephants

WZ Senior animal keeper - elephants (full-time / permanent)

Salary: £25,841 (Inclusive of Weekend Enhancement)

  
Role Profile:

An exciting opportunity has arisen at ZSL and we are looking to recruit a senior animal keeper on the elephant section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The role will be supporting the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, with the day to day operational running of the department and running the department in their absence. The successful candidate will manage staff, supervise volunteers and will work closely with all members of staff to ensure best animal care and practice is adhered to, helping to achieve ZSL’s strategic aims. The successful candidate will have prior experience of working with Elephants in a zoological environment.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observing and recording the behaviour, health and security of the animals.
  • Working closely with the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in a progressive elephant management section, ensuring best practice throughout.
  • A willingness to learn and promote new skills and techniques in elephant care.
  • Mentoring, training, enthusing junior members of a team and problem solving on the job.
  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene, equipment care and house-keeping as routine part of daily duties
  • Ensuring that health, safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times as instructed. Ensuring that personal safety is a priority.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings, specialist functions and animal encounters.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a high level of ability working with elephants in different elephant management programs.
  • Have an ability to adapt and evolve Elephant management as required.
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Support agreed management decisions and support communicating this to staff.
  • Apply appropriate judgement when discussing confidential or commercially sensitive information.
  • Be able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel, Word and internet based programmes.
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate to colleagues of all levels regardless of their position.
  • A full manual driving license is also required.


Please note: This is a full-time, permanent position based at Whipsnade Zoo. Flexible working is required for this position which will include working 2 in 3 weekends, bank holidays and providing assistance out of hours if required.

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking HERE.

If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org




Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Team Leader – Birds



Team Leader – Birds

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 opportunity has arisen to join our Animal Management Team as a Team Leader of the Bird section.

We have exciting plans for our collection and exhibits, offering great opportunities for creative project and team work. This role is responsible for coordinating & supervising daily operations of the team, ensuring that all aspects of animal care are carried out to a high standard. This will include husbandry routines, animal nutrition, training, enrichment and assisting with veterinary intervention as required.

The successful candidate must have an extensive knowledge of avian species and species’ biology and wide-ranging experience of the management of birds. They must also have excellent communication, organisational and people management skills.

Candidates must hold a minimum Level 3 ANC/DMZAA or equivalent qualification in animal management or biological sciences. 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.

Accommodation may be available on a short term basis to the successful candidate. Please note this would incur a rental cost. Due to the need to drive park vehicles, candidates must also hold a full driving license valid for the UK.

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: 9th October 2017

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



Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Senior Keeper



Senior Keeper

All Things Wild is a thriving and successful nature centre and family attraction based in the edge of the Cotswolds, situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and easily accessible from a number of major cities. The business has grown rapidly since its inception in 2012.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the need of a Senior Keeper who in-conjunction with the management can develop and extend the animal collection.
The keepers work 5 days a week including bank holidays and weekends. The successful applicant must have a flexible and enthusiastic approach to work with a passion for the natural world and conservation. A good eye for detail and high standards for animal husbandry are a must.

Key Responsibilities
· To liaise with the directors regarding up and coming projects.
· To ensure the highest standard of animal welfare is being adhered to.
· To be competent delivering talks and experiences to members of the public.
· Handle enquiries from visitors.
· To ensure the day to day running of the zoo goes smoothly.
· Working effectively alongside a small team of keepers and volunteers.
· To ensure records and other relevant documents are kept up to date.
· To liaise with the vet to continue the professional development of All Things Wild.

Key skills and requirements
· Have a minimum of 3 years working within a zoological environment.
· Must have a can-do attitude.
· Strong verbal communication skills and good customer care skills as she/he will be delivering animal presentations/talks to our visitors.
· An excellent time keeper.
· Work well as part of a team.
· The ability to keep calm in stressful situations.
· A full UK driving license is required.

To Apply
Please send your CV and covering letter to Rebecca Harris, Director. All Things Wild Nature Centre, Station road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ or you can email your application to careers5@all things wild.co.uk


Closing date for applications: 25th September 2017



Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant