Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gorilla Internship

Gorilla Internship

We have an exciting placement available on our Gorilla section for an enthusiastic individual wanting to gain valuable animal keeping experience through working alongside our keepers who will provide coaching and mentoring throughout the internship.

Howletts is home to one of the world’s largest captive population of west-lowland Gorilla.  The candidates should be able to demonstrate what previous education and experience would make them suitable for the role. A commitment of a 6-12 months would be required. The hours would be from 8am to 5pm, 5 days per week which may include weekends.

These placements are physically demanding, so candidates must be physically fit, self motivated and have a genuine interest in conservation and animal husbandry.

Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve work in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to conservation and the reintroduction of captive bred species back into their natural habitats.

As we are a Registered Charity, funded entirely by visitor fees and donations, we regret we are unable to offer any wages or salary for the placement. We will provide a discount at the parks food outlets for the days that you attend work. No other financial benefits are offered. Please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to offer accommodation. However, we do offer comprehensive practical training which provides significant insight into the functioning of a successful and responsible zoological collection, the aim being to promote your future employability.


To apply: email your CV and covering letter outlining why you are the right person for the internship to

Closing date: July 14th 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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