Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Experienced Zoo Keeper

Experienced Zoo Keeper

Linton Zoo Conservation Park

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced, highly motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual to join our keeper team.

The applicant must be flexible about their duties within the zoo and should be prepared to be involved in a range of jobs associated with the daily, safe and smooth running of a family owned and managed zoological gardens.

Jobs will include all aspects of animal care; the applicant will be responsible for various animal species and duties will include food preparation, cleaning, maintenance of the enclosures, aviaries and surroundings, hand-rearing where necessary, assisting the vet and administration of basic medicines, wormers etc, record keeping and risk assessments.

Other daily jobs may include cleaning and maintenance of working and visitor facilities to ensure safe and very high standards at all times, involvement with the educational presentations, supervising and training of trainee keepers.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • An Animal Care Qualification,
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team and alone,
  • Endless enthusiasm and an outgoing personality,
  • An interest in learning more about the animals in their care,
  • A good knowledge and understanding of the conservation and education roles of zoos.

Download the application form HERE and return the completed form to:

Linton Zoo Conservation Park
Hadstock Road
CB21 4NT

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation

Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation

Want To Be Part Of Something Extraordinary? Want To Help Winnipeggers And Visitors Connect To Their Natural Surroundings And Inspire Conservation?
Our client, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is seeking a highly qualified Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation to drive the Zoo’s strategic directions and ensure the effective management of animal management and conservation functions of the organization. Guided by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s visionary strategic plan and working collaboratively with a professional, integrated team, you will oversee, establish, implement and maintain standards aligned with accredited zoological practices for all aspects of animal management, veterinary services, conservation and research.

Reporting to the President & CEO, you will establish achievable development goals and targets for the department and effectively allocate and deploy resources to exceed expectations and enhance the customer experience. You will contribute to the design process for future exhibit and lifecycle upgrades and overall master plan development and refurbishment plans. You will ensure the implementation of progressive financial and human resource management processes to sustain a high performance organization. This is a visible, senior-level position with significant responsibility for resources, staff, animals, assets and results.

You will bring to this position a master’s degree in zoology, veterinary medicine, conservation or a related field complemented by a minimum of 10 years senior management experience with responsibility for the full scope of financial, human resources and animal management and conservation operations within an accredited zoological institution. You will bring extensive knowledge of accreditation standards and conservation programs of accrediting bodies as well as how to apply best practices in animal husbandry and conservation. Most importantly, you will have excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills that will support the establishment of positive relationships with other APC team members, donors, accreditation bodies, educational institutions, community groups, colleagues, the media and the general public. Experience leading in a unionized environment would be an asset. For more information about the position, please click HERE for the full position profile.

This is a permanent, full time position located in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada located at 55 Pavilion Crescent (postal code R3P 2N6). This is an English speaking role, however, bilingual in French is considered an asset. It offers a competitive compensation package with a salary in the range of $122,000-$165,000 CAD, health, dental, life insurance, accidental death and disability, health care spending account, long-term disability, group RRSP, an employee assistance plan and 5 weeks of vacation.

If you are interested in pursuing this unique opportunity, please submit your resume by June 26, 2017 to Leslie Dornan, Senior Partner, MNP Consulting at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant



We are currently looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Keeper who has a lifelong passion for all animals.

Main Duties:
• General animal husbandry duties performed to
very high standards.
• Daily encounters requiring good presentation skills.
• The ability to interact with visitors of all ages.

This interesting and demanding job includes working Bank Holidays and other weekend days if we have special events planned.
Educated to degree level would be desirable but previous animal husbandry experience within a zoological or animal collection is essential.

Excellent communication skills are required for this role as you will be engaging and presenting to the general public, children and/or young people.

Please apply to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Temporary Nature Centre Assistant

Temporary Nature Centre Assistant

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£19,571 - £22,925 pro rata

Fixed Term Contract until 31 October 2017

Tilgate Nature Centre is looking for an enthusiastic and passionate individual to join our team for a fixed term contract.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily husbandry of the animals in the Discovery Room and our African Zone, which includes small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. In addition they will be required to carry out routine enclosure and grounds maintenance tasks. They will have relevant practical experience in the husbandry of a wide range of species and have an animal care qualification.

If you think you might be the person we are looking for, please fill in the application form and tell us all about yourself.

This is a temporary position of 30 hours a week, with days of work from Friday to Monday. Bank Holiday and early evening working will be required.

Satisfactory clearance of Disclosure and Barring Service will be a condition of employment.

To learn more click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, May 29, 2017

Senior Animal Displays Keeper

Senior Animal Displays Keeper

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 fly, train and care for a wide range of  species including eagles, owls, kestrels, kites, buzzards, hawks, falcons, macaws, raven, guinea fowl, conures, cockatoo, coati 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.

All applicants must download an application form from our website  and send the completed form with an up to date CV and covering letter for the attention of Miss Sarah Forsyth by email to - or by post to - Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Essex CO3 0SL

Closing date for applications is: 23rd Jun 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Conservation and Research Liaison

Conservation and Research Liaison

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a UK registered charity whose mission is the conservation of birds of prey. From our award-wining visitor attraction and beautiful countryside location we operate a range of conservation and research projects on site, in the UK and overseas.

We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Liaison within the Trust’s Conservation and Research (C & R) Department.

The Conservation & Research Liaison will contribute to the programmes and overall objectives of the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s C & R department. Working as a valued team member, the core component of the position is to establish and maintain an influential role as chief communicator between C & R, other Trust staff and a vast range of partners, external organisations, funders and supporters.

This role is for a competent and confident scientist and communicator. We place great value on flexibility and adaptability. You must be able to work independently as well as within a team. Reliability, integrity and trustworthiness are essential.

There is a high degree of liaison in the role and so your inter-personal skills must be exceptional at all levels. You will be expected to:

  •     Develop and implement a complete communications strategy to promote the activities, outputs, goals and aspirations of the C & R department
  •   Maintain a close working relationship with the Marketing & Communications department
  • -    Conduct, contribute to and/or coordinate projects within the Trust’s Applied Research Programme
  •    Seek external collaborations for research opportunities
  •    Pursue and secure funding through grants and donations to support the work of C & R This will comprise at least 20% of the role’s time

What we are looking for:

You must have graduated successfully with a degree in a biological science or similar discipline. Outstanding communication skills and an exceptional command of written English are essential. You will be able to demonstrate:

  •    A working knowledge of effective communications and/or education strategy
  •    Familiarity with conservation science and/or field conservation experience
  •    Presentation experience in public and professional settings (e.g. peer-reviewed publications)
  •    Exceptional inter-personal skills at all levels
  •    Strong PC skills, including social media and presentation software

Applications must include a letter of application (no more than one page), your CV (four pages maximum) and a short (one - two pages) comment on: (a) the role of science communication; or (b) why red kites matter.

Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be considered. 

The closing date for applications is 28th of June 2017.

Interviews will be held from 24th-27th of July. The successful candidate will be notified before by 14th of September. The start date is week beginning 16th of October. The appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and a DBS (formerly CRB) check. Due to our rural location it is important to have your own transport.

Applications directly to:
Campbell Murn, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant