Monday, October 30, 2017

Marine Mammal Intern

Marine Mammal Intern

Job Summary: This is a paid internship. Interns are responsible for the general care and maintenance of all marine mammals in assigned areas. Areas may include Dolphin Harbor, Sea Lion/Walrus Stadium, and Toyota Stadium.

** 3 month position with possible extension up to 9 months upon evaluation and staff needs. Due to this, applicants with flexible availability is preferred. Six Flags will be hiring 2 positions to begin in March and 2 additional positions to begin in May. **

Primary Responsibilities:

Retrieval of food from freezer and delivery to animal areas.
Diet preparation and record keeping.
Maintaining cleanliness of all assigned animal areas.
Maintaining cleanliness of offices and locker rooms.
Learning show scripts and performing show parts as assigned.
Assisting with educational programs and guest relations.
Assisting with animal care, feeding, and training sessions as assigned.
Other duties as requested.

Application Deadline: November 12, 2017

To Learn more and apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant



Closing date: 4pm, Monday 13 November 2017
Salary: £29,323 - £31,601 per annum with weekend enhancement where appropriate

Department: City and Neighbourhood Services

Section: Parks Development

There is currently one permanent, full-time post. Other full-time, part-time, temporary and permanent posts may be filled from a reserve list.

For more details on how to apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Cover Keeper

Cover Keeper

Lake District Wildlife Park

We are currently seeking a zoo professional for the position of Cover Keeper working with a wide range of species including Primates, reptiles, carnivore and ungulates.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and passionate about wildlife, with the skills required to communicate this passion and knowledge directly to our visitors through presentations and keeper experiences.

They should be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of modern zoo practices in animal husbandry, diets and environmental enrichment, as well as an understanding and knowledge of conservation and health and safety practices.

The successful candidate should have experience of working with animals in a keeper role in a zoo/ wildlife park and hold a DMZAA or similar qualification.

This is a fulltime position working a 40hr week including weekend and bank holidays.

Closing date for applications is: 25th Nov 2017

To apply for this position please email, providing a covering letter and C.V

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Living Rainforest Internship

Living Rainforest Internship

The Living Rainforest is inviting applications for an unpaid voluntary work placement with the Animal Department. Our internship programme has been running successfully for over three years and we are now offering the vacancy to external candidates.
The Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the animal collection is contained within three tropical glasshouses and consists of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, dasyproctidae, turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

Role and Responsibilities:
·        The primary role of the intern will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the animal department. This includes feeding animals, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping and animal health checks.
·        MCAN00465_0000[1]As an intern, you will also help with the daily supervision of existing volunteers and participate in the training of new volunteers and work experience students.
·        You will also receive training and be expected to participate in keeper talks and keeper experience days which run through holidays and at weekends. 
·        You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different aspects of the department such as veterinary treatment, enclosure design and record keeping.       
·        Where suitable, there may also be opportunities for research projects to be undertaken.

Terms of placement:
·        This is a six - twelve month voluntary work placement for a registered charity, from December 2017.
·        It is preferred that interns are able to work from 9am to 5.30pm five days a week on a rota basis. This will include some weekends and bank holidays as necessary. 

The applicant
·        Preference will be given to applicants with an Animal related qualification or working towards an Animal related qualification, who want to partake in this voluntary work placement in order to seek further industry experience.
·        Some experience within the zoo industry or with exotics would be desirable but not essential.
·        Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard-working and have a willingness to learn new skills.
·        We recommended that you have your own form of transport to get to and from The Living Rainforest each day as public transport is infrequent in this area.
·        Please note that there is no accommodation available with this position, but some assistance can be given towards moderate travel expenses.

To Apply
The vacancy will remain open until November 17th 2017 unless filled sooner. Interviews will be held as soon as possible after applications are received, on a first come first served basis. To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter, including a contact telephone number to Paula Rhoads, Human Resources:
Post: The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


The job holder is responsible for the daily care of all the animals within the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Key Accountabilities:

Animal Care:
  • Provides assistance to the Lead Aquarist Assists the Curator, Assistant Curator, Senior Supervisor, and Supervisors in maintaining animal care in the highest level of quality.
  • Follows established written standards and protocols for all exhibits to ensure the highest standards for water quality, operational efficiency, cleanliness and animal health where sustain.
  • Performs daily routine of cleaning, maintenance, feeding and other husbandry activities.
  • Ensures that all aquarium exhibits and Life Support System areas are checked.


  • Provides feedback to superiors on improvements to animal care, Life Support System, exhibits and activities/protocols.
  • Provides report on the issues and gives assistance on the implementation of actions to rectify any faulty equipment.
  • Identifies and reports to the supervisor on problems related to animal health or water quality.
  • Provides assistance in developing action plan on proper manner of handling animal care and treatment.
  • Maintains all curatorial areas so they are safe and clean.
  • Assists the Supervisor in maintaining an inventory of supplies, equipment and animal food items.
  • Provides assistance in ongoing aquarium research projects, both internally and externally.
  • Undertakes diving for maintenance, feeds, etc.
  • Ensures adherence to company diving safety protocols and procedures.
  • Maintains documentation and databases for diving, livestock (animal health and behaviour, acquisitions and mortalities), water quality, etc, where asked.
  • Completes assigned tasks within given deadlines.

Customer Services:

Delivers extraordinary customer service to all aquarium guests and other customers and ensures high level of customer service

Adherence to Policies and Procedures:

Behaves in line with the code of conduct and adheres to the applicable company policy & procedures

Job Context:

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:


Higher School degree in Biology, preferably Marine Biology or Oceanography
Open Water SCUBA certification from a recognized training agency.


Minimum 3-4 years of experience in related field
Experience in maintaining an aquarium.


Good computer skills preferable.
Current Dubai driver’s license preferable.
Basic English Language skills required.
Communicate clearly and precisely (written & oral).

To apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Primate Care Staff x 3

Primate Care Staff x3

Location - Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset
Salary – Competitive

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, we strive to provide them company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish chimps.  Today, his wife, Dr Alison Cronin and the primate care staff continue to rescue and rehabilitate primates from all over the world.

The Role
The successful candidate will train on at least one of our six primate sections: orang-utans, chimpanzees, gibbons, capuchins, woolly monkeys and ‘small monkeys’. They will be involved in the day to day care of the primates including cleaning, diet preparation, health monitoring, enrichment, and operant conditioning. They will also be involved in record keeping and interacting with visitors in both formal and informal contexts.

Job Description
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in an animal care role – ideally this will include working with primates (Any applications with less than this experience will not be shortlisted.
  • Enthusiastic, high performing and motivated.
  • Good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills at all levels.
  • Commitment to continued professional development
  • Up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice.
  • Have a sound basis of practical knowledge and skill regarding a high level of animal care including dietary knowledge and husbandry.
  • Strong observation skills
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Full clean driving licence essential due to location
Condition of appointment
This position will be subject to a six-month probationary period


  • A relevant animal-related qualification
  • Proven success or knowledge of operant conditioning.

The role is full time and includes weekend duties as part of the current rolling roster system. Salary is paid monthly, we provide uniform and 28 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays). Staff accommodation dependant on availability.
Please send covering letter and current CV to: -

Or alternatively post to;-

Elisa Atkins, HR Manager
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
BH20 6HH

Closing Date 31st October 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant