Friday, March 3, 2017



Animals Asia is recruiting an experienced animal manager to be based in Vietnam and to work in partnership with the Elephant Conservation Centre and Hanoi Zoo to provide animal management advice and staff training to optimize the welfare of animals at both facilities.

Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC)
The ECC is a government-supported organization tasked with preventing the extinction of the Asian elephant in Vietnam and providing care for the captive population (currently used within tourism).

The animal manager will be expected to:
  • provide support to the ECC elephant carers and veterinary staff
  • deliver training in the care of captive elephants to meet their needs
  • help to identify the needs of each elephant upon arrival
  • implement management plans and safe working practices
  • provide advice on management and operational protocols, to ensure a high standard of welfare for the elephants and safety for staff and visitors
  • provide advice and support to ensure that the welfare of the individual animals is the highest priority within the centre's reproductive programme
  • At times this role may contribute to the wider programme of management that includes the protection activities of the wild population.

Hanoi Zoo
Hanoi zoo is situated in the heart of the city. It has limited space but is home to approximately 800 animals including tigers, lions, gibbons, macaques, hippos, a variety of bird species and Asian elephants.

The animal manager will be expected to:
  • work with the animal carers, veterinary staff and international advisers
  • deliver training in the care of captive animals
  • provide advice on management and operational protocols
  • identify effective use of the enrichment funds received from third party foundation
  • develop and oversee necessary staff training and ensure enrichment schedules are implemented
  • manage other volunteer staff that work at the zoo from time to time

Download the full Job Description including key duties and responsibilities at ECC and Hanoi Zoo.

Key Skills:
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in animal management within a captive facility (preferably with elephants in Protected Contact)
  • Self motivated and independent with ability to work under difficult conditions
  • Strong organizational skills in both operational and administrative areas
  • Good communication skills with a calm and approachable manner
  • Experience in training staff in animal care (preferably with elephants in Protected Contact)
  • Willingness to learn Vietnamese (a translator will also be provided)
  • Physically fit for the required tasks including daily manual handling
  • Knowledge and experience of establishing, maintaining and ensuring compliance with standardized operating procedures
  • Knowledge and experience in risk assessment within a zoological setting (preferably with elephants in Protected Contact)
  • Experience in leading a team

This is a unique opportunity to work in Vietnam and significantly contribute to a programme that aims to be a leading tool in saving Vietnam’s elephant population for future generations, and developing high standards of care for captive wild animals formerly used within the tourism industry.

The position will be based in Buon Ma Thout (Central Highlands of Vietnam) with frequent travel to Hanoi. Some overseas travel will be required.
This is a 12-month post (initially), extension of this post is funding dependent

Additional information:
The animal manager must support the guiding principles of Animals Asia and the Vietnam Elephant Initiative.
Download the full Job Description including detailed guiding principles of Animals Asia and Vietnam Elephant Initiative.
For further details and/or to send an application letter and CV please email David Neale at

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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