Tuesday, July 25, 2017

General Manager - Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS)

General Manager - Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS)

Location: Kamo, Whangarei, New Zealand
25 July 2017

General Manager
Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned big cat sanctuary providing haven for 26 big cats: 18 lions, 5 tigers, 2 cheetahs and a leopard.  We have embarked on a major upgrade project that will meet containment standards and allow us to re-open the sanctuary for public tours.  With construction underway to create new enclosures and upgrade existing enclosures and facilities, it is now time to recruit an experienced senior manager to develop a world-class animal operation by ensuring all husbandry and welfare systems are in line with industry best practice.
Reporting to the managing trustee, the General Manager will have a background in managing a similar animal operation and have general business management skills, including organisational planning, executing strategic business objectives, recruitment planning, managing budgets and project management.  They will provide strong and effective leadership by drawing on their extensive experience of managing staff in a similar organisation.

The role’s key accountabilities include: strategic planning, business management; staff management and development, collection planning; best practice animal husbandry and welfare outcomes; containment systems including enclosure design and habitat maintenance; best practice health and safety protocols; and collaboration with various stakeholders including owners, industry partners, international animal welfare bodies, local council and government.

We are interested in candidates with relevant senior management experience who can demonstrate their achievements in a similar facility.  The role requires a strong and effective leader with well-developed communication skills, an understanding of the wider business environment and the ability to adapt to the dynamic nature of the industry and its desired outcomes.

This is a rare opportunity to lead the business in developing a world-class facility at a crucial stage in its development.  A generous remuneration package will be negotiated based on skills and experience.

To apply for this position, please email deb@kamowildlifesanctuary.co.nz with a resume and a covering letter addressing your suitability and most relevant achievements.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Animal Keeper: Great Apes

Senior Animal Keeper: Great Apes

Twycross Zoo is an award winning zoo and visitor attraction based in rural south Leicestershire and is currently delivering on a £55 million Masterplan, which will transform the zoo over the next 20 years. We have already opened two major new habitats since the launch of the Masterplan in March 2015, including Giraffe Savannah and the moated island complex Gibbon Forest; we are also in the process of building our new chimpanzee complex and have further exciting plans for developing the Zoo and growing all areas of our charity.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape: gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.

Key Responsibilities:
· working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
· assisting with the training and development of staff
· training and record keeping
· interacting with zoo visitors

Key Skills & Requirements:
· minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with Great Apes
· enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
· substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
· good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
· commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
· previous experience of supervising and training staff
· zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification

The role is offered on a permanent contract. The role is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly, 31 days paid holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV along with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, July 24, 2017

Experienced Keeper (Primates)

Experienced Keeper (Primates)

Paradise Wildlife Park

The Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) (registered charity no.1108609) currently has a vacancy for an experienced keeper to join our primate team at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne.

Applicants must have experience with the husbandry and management of a variety of primate species. Experience with other species within a zoological collection is also desirable.

PWP’s primate section is responsible for the husbandry of many species, including multiple EEP species. The section includes, Squirrel Monkeys, White Cheek Gibbons, Lar Gibbons, several species of Lemur and Callitrichids, along with mixed exhibits including Two Toed Sloth and Three Banded Armadillo.

This is a hands-on role in a busy animal park with lots of public interaction. As such, the applicant must be highly personable and be able to communicate well with both visitors and staff.

The primate team are responsible for delivering interactive animal experiences such as ‘Feed the Lemurs’, keeper talks and tours. Our keeping team are also actively involved in the mixed taxa shows on the zoo, where keepers are trained in positive reinforcement techniques to allow species to demonstrate natural behaviours in public displays.

The successful applicant will support the Section Leader in the running of the section and will be part of a small team, which will include supervising variable volunteers and interns. The section does not currently have a deputy section leader so progression is accessible in this role.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we move into our peak season and have a continuance of plans for future developments at the park.

Job Details:

Full time: Permanent position.
Reports to: Section Leaders (Senior Keepers), Deputies & Head Keepers.
Hours: Summer 8am-6pm, Winter 8am–5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a flexible rotated basis. Flexibility in working days/hours is essential due to the nature of the job.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines set by the Section Leader and Head Keepers.
  • Assist the Section Leader in managing the section as well as developing and training, interns, volunteers and work experience.
  • Delivering high standards of visitor interaction in the form of keeper talks, animal shows, encounters, experiences, tours and education events.
  • Undertaking animal observations and accurate record keeping.
  • Regularly maintaining and renovating exhibits to a high standard.
  • Other duties to support effective and efficient site maintenance may include: Fire Marshall, First Aider, Company Vehicle Driver (including tractor trailer) (nb - full training will be a given prior to the post holder being required to undertake new tasks)


  • An animal science related qualification; preferably DMZAA or level equivalent.
  • 2 years full-time experience in a zoological collection including experience with a range of primates.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Hard working, conscientious and able to uphold high standards of animal husbandry and welfare at all times.
  • Ready to assist with other areas of the park, including talks, general maintenance and upkeep of public areas.
  • Physically fit for the demands of this role.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • DIY & maintenance skills desirable.
  • Experience of working with CAT1 taxa desirable.

Apply for this job:
If you would like the opportunity to join our proactive and expanding team, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@pwpark.com

Contact:  Jessie Boylan (hr@pwpark.com)

This opening will close once a suitable candidate has been selected so please send applications as soon as possible.

Closing date: 18/08/2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Trainee Animal Keeper

Trainee Animal Keeper

A vacancy has arisen for Trainee Animal Keeper at Africa Alive!

This position is permanent and is based on a 40 hour week.

Working to a high standard under the direction of the Head Keeper, you must be prepared to work with all kinds of domestic and exotic species and will also provide support for the rest of the keeping team.

Applicants must be hard-working, flexible and conscientious. They must be prepared to work as a team, expected to work weekends and Bank Holidays. Some animal experience is desirable and a keen interest in zoo animal husbandry is required. Salary is age dependent.

Accommodation is available with this role.

To apply for this job:
If you would like an opportunity to join our team please visit our website www.africa-alive.co.uk  Download and complete an application form and send it, with a covering letter & CV, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this position to: Louise Knock, Assistant Head Keeper, Africa Alive! Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7TF. Email: louise.knock@africa-alive.co.uk

Closing date is the 1st August 2017

Applications made after this date will not be considered.

Interviews will take place on either week commencing August 1st or 7th 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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.

Email - keepingteam@venturawildlife.co.uk

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