Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Senior Veterinarian



Senior Veterinarian

At Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation
30.01.2017

General Information:
Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is located in Al Shahaniya, State of Qatar. It is a breeding centre for highly endangered animals and not opened to the public. Currently it houses about 2.000 animals of 87 different species, some of them are very rare or endangered like blue macaws, black cockatoos, and birds-of-paradise, Gerenuk, Red-fronted, Speke’s Gazelles, Sand cats and Cheetahs. An international team of veterinarians, curators, biologists and keepers (around 50 staff) runs the animal portion of the preservation. 


Job Description for the position as a Senior Veterinarian:
-        Veterinary work in all fields of exotic animal, avian, zoo and wildlife medicine
-        Perform necropsies of different animal species
-        Laboratory work: hematology, microbiology, parasitology, cytology
-        Responsible for maintenance and organization of the animal hospital and laboratory
-        Stock, management and ordering of medicines, equipment and consumables.
-        Develop and implement preventative health programs
-        Local and international correspondence with experts and scientists
-        Veterinary department staff management, inclusive work- and holiday schedules
-        Training and education of veterinary staff
-        Encourage and participate in scientific work and projects, as well as supervise research projects
-        Organize and supervise internships in the veterinary department
-        Plan and carry out animal moves in coordination with the respective animal departments
-        Organize the shipment of international veterinary samples
-        Arrange import and export permits for animals, medicines and samples in coordination with the government veterinary department
-        Create Monthly reports and statistics
-        Deliver at least one scientific presentation each year at an international conference.

Applicants for the position must fulfil the following requirements:
-        Hold a veterinary degree in Veterinary Medicine of an accredited university.
-        At least 3 years’ experience in zoological medicine.
-        A scientific background with relevant post graduate degree would help
-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both oral and written), including scientific English
-        Good computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
-        Ability to work independently and within a motivated team
-        Flexibility and good organizational skills
-        Valid driving license
-        Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
-        Patient and sensitive to the animal’s needs
-        Flexibility and good organizational skills


Working conditions:
Accommodation is free at the preservation with a single furnished bedroom flat, also electricity and water. 30 days holiday per year, with no additional options for regular leave abroad. One paid flight-ticket to “home-airport” each year. Working hours are flexible depending on the season. We will offer a two year contract with an initial probationary period. Salary and contract will be discussed after more applicant details are known.
Please submit your CV and your answers to the above questions. This position needs to be filled with a skilled person due to the veterinary medicine requirements.

Cromwell Purchase
Director                        


Email to: cpurchase@alwabra.com and office@alwabra.com with cover letter and references.

P.O. Box 44069, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 44718708  Fax: +974 44718707




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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Friday, January 27, 2017

LEAD KEEPER – RHINOS


LEAD KEEPER – RHINOS

Permanent - Full Time

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting vacancy for a Lead Keeper to join our busy and diverse Rhino section.

The role:

As a Lead Keeper you will supervise students and volunteers, working alongside Keepers to undertake the daily animal care duties, focusing on husbandry and welfare.  You will ensure that all exhibits are of an excellent standard for both animals and visitors alike, and provide outstanding customer care.
The role will also involve representing Chester Zoo and the Rhino team for media interviews and internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will:

•        Have a HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Have extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on hoof stock
•        Be open-minded to developing and implementing new ideas for improving husbandry and building strong working relationships with other departments to ensure high standards are met
•        Be able to clearly demonstrate leadership qualities, being an enthusiastic and motivated team player
•        Be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment and have good problem solving skills
•        Have a good understanding of risk assessments to ensure all staff are fully aware of safety and management procedures
•        Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
•        Have a full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic Microsoft Office software, including an understanding of ZIMS, would be advantageous for this role.

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

Salary is £21,866.96 per annum for a 40 hour week and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo.


To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Lead Keeper role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.


Closing date for applications is Friday 17th February 2017.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team - Part Time



Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team

Permanent –1 x Part Time (24 hours)

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our Twilight team on a part time basis. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the largest ex situ breeding groups of Rodrigues fruit bats, as well as many other exciting species on the section from Sengi to Capybara.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
The role will involve delivering personalised animal experiences to small groups of visitors in both public zoo spaces, behind the scenes and in animal enclosures. These encounters generate revenue for the zoo, and so guests are hosted to the highest standards of customer care and service in accordance with risk assessments, Health and Safety regulations and animal welfare.
The successful candidate will have:
•        A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Proven experience in the care and management of a wide variety of mammal species, as well as the highest standards of exhibtry
•        Outstanding observational skills with an excellent attention to detail
•        Experience implementing environmental enrichment and working within strict Safe Working Practices
•        Experience of implementing guest experiences to a very high standard
•        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 24 hours per week worked 6 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £10,420.25 per annum based on 24 hours per week and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo.

To apply for this position, please attach your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Keeper role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers


Closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2017.







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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team


Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team

Permanent – Full Time (40 hours)

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our Twilight team on a full time basis. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the largest ex situ breeding groups of Rodrigues fruit bats, as well as many other exciting species on the section from Sengi to Capybara.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
The role will involve delivering personalised animal experiences to small groups of visitors in both public zoo spaces, behind the scenes and in animal enclosures. These encounters generate revenue for the zoo, and so guests are hosted to the highest standards of customer care and service in accordance with risk assessments, Health and Safety regulations and animal welfare.
The successful candidate will have:
•        A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Proven experience in the care and management of a wide variety of mammal species, as well as the highest standards of exhibtry
•        Outstanding observational skills with an excellent attention to detail
•        Experience implementing environmental enrichment and working within strict Safe Working Practices
•        Experience of implementing guest experiences to a very high standard
•        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £17,367.09 per annum based on 40 hours per week and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo.

To apply for this position, please attach your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Keeper role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers


Closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2017.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Senior Bird Keeper



Senior Bird Keeper

Full time position
 Working 80 hours per fortnight
Salary £19,320 per annum


Bristol Zoo Gardens is recruiting for the position of Senior Keeper on the Bird Section. The Senior Keeper’s primary responsibility is to show leadership within the Bird team in its daily operations and captive breeding efforts, in support of the Team Leader and Curator. The Senior Keeper is responsible for taking the lead on all aspects of daily husbandry, management of resources, as well as enclosure maintenance and improvement. The Senior Keeper also makes significant contributions to the training of keepers, volunteers and students, as well as providing support to ensure high levels of proficiency and work performance throughout the team. Whenever necessary, the Senior Keeper deputises for the Team Leader in their absence.

This is a full-time position working 80 hours per fortnight as part of the departmental 14 day rota which will include weekends and bank holidays.

The successful applicant will already be an experienced and enthusiastic bird keeper with a proven record of expertise in all elements of aviculture and captive propagation. The position would suit a zoo professional who is looking for extra responsibilities and looking to develop their experience in leadership.

The salary is £19,320 per annum for Senior Keepers, based on them having appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. DMZAA or Bachelors degree).

If you would like to apply, please send a full CV and covering letter to hr@bristolzoo.org.uk, to reach us no later than 3pm on Monday 13th February, 2017. Please mark your application ‘Senior Bird Keeper’.


Interviews will be held during the week commencing 27th February, 2017. Due to the expected number of applications, we will only be contacting those who have been shortlisted for interview. 




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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Team Leader of Animal Presentations


Team Leader of Animal Presentations


Full time 80 hours per fortnight
Salary £22,888 per annum

A vacancy has arisen for an accomplished bird trainer with proficient supervisory skills to join Bristol Zoo Garden’s Animal Department as Team Leader in the Presentations section. The Team Leader’s primary responsibility is to lead the Presentations team in the development and delivery of a programme of presentations to guests, including large-scale shows and guest experiences. Similarly, the Team Leader is responsible for the daily operations of the section, including husbandry, animal health, training regimes, management of resources, as well as enclosure maintenance. The Team Leader is the supervisor of personnel in the Presentations team and is responsible for compiling rotas, undertaking staff training, appraisals, coordinating volunteers and students, and other tasks relating to managing work performance. Additionally, the Team Leader will collaborate with other sections in the development of programmes for husbandry-related training throughout the organisation.

This is a full time position working on average 80 hours per fortnight as part of the section rota, which will include weekends and bank holidays.  Full details, including job descriptions and person specifications, are available at www.bristolzoo.org.uk
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a proven record of expertise in animal training, particularly with birds, as well as breadth of knowledge in all elements of captive animal husbandry. Previous experience in a coordinating/supervisory position within a captive animal collection is essential. Since a key element of this position is delivering engaging shows to large numbers of guests, applicants must be confident and proficient at presenting. 

The salary is £22,888 per annum for Team Leaders, based on them having appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. DMZAA or Bachelors degree).


If you would like to apply, please send a full CV and covering letter to reach us no later than 3pm on Monday 13th February, 2017. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20th February, 2017. Due to the expected number of applications, we will only be contacting those who have been shortlisted for interview.  



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant