Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ventura Wildlife Administration Assistant

Ventura Wildlife Administration Assistant

Location: This position will be based at Ventura Wildlife's Zoological Gardens in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.

Closing Date: Until sufficient applicants have been received.
Contract: Part time/Flexible (additional hours may be required during the busy season)

We are looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and office activities. They will ensure the efficient day-to-day operation of the office, and support the work of management and other staff. The individual will need to be efficient and comfortable being a member of a team.  They will be resourceful and organized. Assuring a steady completion of workload in a timely manner is key to success in this position.

Main Duties:
-        General sale of admission tickets,
-        Day to day operation of Zoo Welcome Centre, including the reconciliation of, and accounting for, all monies received by the Zoo’s day-to-day trading activities,
-        Dealing with day to day email and phone enquiries for all areas of Ventura Wildlife,
-        Dealing with bookings for animal experiences, group visits, educational visits, zoo memberships, animal encounters, etc...
-        Monitoring social media channels for Ventura Wildlife,
-        Assistance in setting up zoo gift shop and operating it on a daily basis,
-        Dealing with customer complaints and feedback,
-        Keeping Zoo Welcome Centre and Explorers Lodge (Education and Events Centre) clean and tidy on a daily basis.

Applicant Requirements:

We are looking for a successful applicant with the following attributes and skills:
-        An active interest in animals, wildlife and conservation,
-        An individual who can work to the highest standards both independently and as part of a small team,
-        Experience of dealing with customers of all ages and abilities,
-        Excellent customer service skills,
-        Confident when interacting with the public,
-        Previous experience of an administration position is required for this role.
-        Knowledge of Microsoft office especially; Word, Excel and PowerPoint,
-        Knowledge of working within the tourism and leisure industry (preferred but not essential),
-        Experience of social media including Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms,

-        High levels of flexibility are required in order to respond to daily problems across a wide range of areas (staff absence, change or cancellation of events, equipment failure, visitor queries and other situations),
-        The applicant must have a flexible approach to working as working days may vary,
-        They must be willing to work flexible hours at times to accommodate special events and activities.

Working Conditions:
-        Occasional early and late working will be required to accommodate deadlines or special events,
-        Weekend working may be required,
-        Working bank holidays and other holiday time is a regular feature of the job,
-        We operate a non-smoking working environment.

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, July 21, 2017



Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

An opportunity has arisen to join us as an Aquarist to work with a massive variety of animals. The list not only includes snakes, lizards, caiman, bugs and turtles but also seals, otters, penguins and a great diversity of fish and invertebrate life. By joining us at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary, you will help to care for the animals, as well as the life support systems that are so vital to their wellbeing. You will also play a vital role in maintaining the exhibits to the highest possible standards and ensuring that they surpass the expectations of our visitors. You will actively engage with visitors and communicate as an expert on matters arising around displays and the creatures or marine environment working with the rest of the displays teams to generate innovative ideas to enhance displays or husbandry.

Hunstanton is also one of the few marine rescue centres caring for seals that are found abandoned or injured from all over the local coastline. The rehabilitation work will form an integral part of the role along with a variety of other conservational activities.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;
• Previous experience working with reptiles and/or fish & aquatic systems.
• A passion for animals and their environment and a logical approach to animal keeping.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, listening and team working skills.

This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends and bank holidays as required.

Alongside a competitive annual salary and 28 days holiday you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of Lego, and much more!

Closing date - 3rd August 2017

To apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant



We are currently looking for a passionate and experienced Head of Section to manage the elephant section, within Woburn Safari Park which welcomes 500,000 visitors each year.

Woburn’s elephant herd consists of 4 adult Asian elephants and our elephant calf, which are managed primarily in free contact. 

As Head of Section, your role will be to manage and develop a passionate and experienced team of elephant keepers, ensuring that safe and efficient animal husbandry is practised at all times. 

You will be responsible for the welfare of your team; our visitors and the animals within your area, monitoring and reviewing animal behaviour, keeping accurate records and ensuring that internal protocols and industry guidelines, such as BIAZA and DEFRA are adhered to. As part of this role you will assist with collection planning within the section.

You will have proven people management experience gained within a Head of Section or Deputy position and will hold an animal management qualification.  Experience of working with elephants in a free contact environment would be an advantage.
You will also be required to hold a full current driving licence. 

The position is full time working 5 days out of 7. As this will include regular weekend and bank holiday working, a flexible approach to days / hours will be required. Salary is dependent on experience.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit the vacancy on our website:

Closing date:          Friday 11th August 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sealion Trainer

Sealion Trainer

Amneville zoo-France is looking for a new sealion trainer.
We are looking for a new trainer to complete our sealion team.

Required profile :
- Minimum 1 year experience with sea lions
- Perfect physical condition.
- Excellent swimmer.
- Punctual.
- Working outdoors in any weather.
- Able to work as a team and ensure excellent communication.
- Able to speak at an audience of 2000 people.
- Able to speak in front of school groups.
- Able to learn French quickly.
- Work weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Position :
- Reception of the public
- Maintaining an excellent quality of life for our group of sea lions.
- Enclosure and pool cleaning.
- Food preparation and quality control.
- Sea lions medical training.
- Sea lions show training.
- Oral show presentation.
- Oral school presentation.
- Keep proper records.

Please send a cv and letter to M. JOURY Pablo at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Guest Service Agent - Jakarta Aquarium

Guest Service Agent - Jakarta Aquarium

Jakarta Aquarium require for Guest Service Agent (Aquarium Rangers) with strong customer service background and fluent English, fresh graduates are welcome to apply. Should you fulfill the criteria then please send your CV:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Conservation training demand assessment – Invitation to tender

Conservation training demand assessment – Invitation to tender

Chester Zoo is looking for a consultant (or team of consultants) to carry out a demand and competitor assessment for conservation training provision locally, nationally and internationally.  Initially we aim to provide training in up to five key areas of our work, building on existing provision but also identifying new offers and products.

We are seeking consultants who are suitably networked in the conservation and animal management sectors to map demand against our core skills, identify competitors, undertake a gap analysis, explore opportunities for apprenticeship training, explore training models and provide recommendations for further development.

The contract will begin in September and run for three months.

For the full invitation to tender please click here, or contact Simon Dowell at Chester Zoo by email 

Tenders to be received by midday 1st September 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant