Monday, May 29, 2017



The goal and ideal of AAP is to improve the welfare of abused or neglected primates and small- to medium-sized exotic mammals from all over Europe in a professional manner. This is achieved by providing shelter to animals’ victim of illegal trade, circuses, animal-testing laboratories or private individuals. For most animals we will find suitable homes worldwide in reserves, zoos or in our own permanent shelter in the south of Spain.

AAP is also actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing both Dutch and European policy- and decision-makers in this field and working together with professional groups at home and abroad. Furthermore, AAP is an international authoritative knowledge centre.

We employ about 90 paid staff and more than 200 volunteers. AAP is situated in the middle of a green area near Almere. There is nowhere else you would directly see the result of your efforts – each animal taken into our care makes a recovery. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication and inventiveness form important guidelines.

For the Primate department we are looking for an enthusiastic


Your role

You are carrying out tasks regarding the daily care of the primates.
The practical work consists for a large part of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment and assisting to rehabilitate the animals. You will monitor food and water intake and the general behaviour of the animals and communicate to the experienced caretaker. Easy maintenance work according to agreements and instructions and administrative tasks are part of your work. You will work according to standard (safety) procedures, protocols and a hands-off policy. The team is self directing and we therefore expect you to be a good team player as well as being able to work independently. You are hierarchically managed by the team leader of the department. You work in a large team of experienced caretakers.


Affinity with the goals of AAP * minimum MBO level 3 (Animal Care qualification NLQF3 / EQF 3) * experience in working with exotic animals and knowledge of primates is a plus * good physical condition and ability to work under stress * prepared to work weekends and Public Holidays * capable of working independently as well as a team player * taking initiative * disciplined to work with protocols * prepared to share knowledge and information * competent in both spoken  and written English * capable of working with relevant computer software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).

We offer

We are offering you an opportunity to develop yourself in the field of animal care. It is a very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a green environment. The salary ranges between € 1.495,- and € 1.807,- gross per month (based on 32 hrs) depending on relevant work experience.

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information call Huub Vlemmix, Team Leader Primate Department, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. 

Send your application letter and CV before the 5th of June by e-mail to, mentioning number 2017-07-RRACPR, attn. Elly Koppers, Team manager HR.

A practical assignment is part of the application process.

Closing date for applications 05/06/2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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