Friday, August 17, 2018

Resident Veterinary Surgeon

Resident Veterinary Surgeon

Exciting new opportunity for a Resident Veterinary Surgeon

Join a dedicated team in the rehabilitation and ongoing care of over 170 rescued Asiatic black and Malayan sun bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.

We are seeking a veterinary surgeon to join the Bear and Vet Team, located at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre (VBRC), Tam Dao National Park, approximately 90 minutes from the capital Hanoi. VBRC is the only sanctuary in Vietnam accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). 

The resident veterinary position involves shared responsibility for providing extensive veterinary care to the bears while working closely with our veterinary nurses and bear management team.  The position also involves outreach activities with local communities, capacity building with local wildlife rescue centers and zoos, and working alongside and providing on-the-job training for a Vietnamese veterinary intern. The vet and nurse team also provide care for the companion animals of staff and local communities, including vaccines, desexing, and general veterinary care, comprising approximately 30% of the week.

The resident veterinary surgeon will report to the senior veterinary surgeon. 

Please contact our HR department at for further details and a full job description for this position.

For more information about Animals Asia please visit our website


§        At least 3 years work experience in a small or mixed veterinary practice, zoological facility, specialist referral centre, or similar working environment.
§        Must satisfy Hong Kong Veterinary Surgeons Board registration requirements. Please refer to the requirements in Schedule 1 here:
§        Excellent clinical and organizational skills, attention to detail, an aptitude for problem-solving medicine and self-directed learning, and plenty of initiative and flexibility.
§        Excellent communication skills and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff.
§        Cultural sensitivity and a history of working abroad, plus a background in captive wildlife management or charitable veterinary work are beneficial.
§        Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract
On-site accommodation                
Relocation assistance                        
Emergency medical insurance
Paid holidays

How to apply

Applications should be emailed, with your name included in the email header, and include a cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary, and completed Job Application form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purposes.

Closing date: Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis with the vacancy closing once filled.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lead Aquarist

Lead Aquarist

We are Sea Life Great Yarmouth and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are pleased to offer the exciting role of Senior Aquarist at Sea Life Great Yarmouth – a full time, salaried position on a 12 Month fixed term basis.

By joining us at the Sea Life Great Yarmouth as a Senior Aquarist you will be working with the Displays Supervisor and Curator in leading the team of Aquarists. 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.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • • Do you understand the importance of delivering exceptional customer service, and have experience of successfully motivating others to do so?
  • • Do you like working in a fast paced environment?
  • • Do you have a good understanding of animal husbandry, and animal behaviour? 

  • Do you have a working knowledge of Life Support Systems as employed in public aquarium systems?

If you answered yes to these questions then you could be in with a chance of joining our management team, and enjoy some of our great benefits including a Merlin Magic pass, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of LEGO, and much more!

This role includes working a regular, fair share of weekends and also bank holidays as required.

We offer flexible opportunities, in a totally unique environment. We know this is a great place to work.

About Merlin Entertainments plc.
Merlin Entertainments plc. is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 15 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.29,000 employees (peak season).

Visit for more information.

Closing Date 19-Aug-18, 2:59:00 AM

To apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Technical Instructor, Animal Management

Technical Instructor, Animal Management

We are looking to recruit a new self-motivated Technical Instructor to work with our Animal Management team, providing support and technical assistance to the teaching staff at our Hadlow campus.  You will be required to give practical demonstrations and technical instruction in varying aspects of animal care to our students.  The successful candidate will work as part of a small team responsible for the care of the College animals and help to develop the collection under guidance from the Animal Unit Manager.

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for this role, along with substantial relevant practical experience in a range of animal care activities. Some experience in aquatics and small mammals would also be an advantage. As well as being a genuine team worker and ideally with teaching and demonstrating experience, candidates will need to show proof of a minimum Level 2 qualification or equivalent in English and maths. Qualifications A1/A2 (D32/D33) would also be an advantage.

You will be required to work early mornings and weekends. You will also be expected to work on Bank Holidays on a rota basis.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide proof of their right to work in the UK. A prohibition check will be carried where applicable.

As well as a contributory pension scheme, health cash plan, salary sacrifice scheme and free car parking, this post also attracts 25 days’ holiday per annum, (pro rata), excluding bank holidays.

The job description and application form can be downloaded from our website, Alternatively, you can request an application pack by emailing or telephoning 01732 853977.

The closing date for receipt of all completed application forms is 29th August 2018.

When applying for this role, please reference this job board as your application source when asked.

Due to the volume of applications we receive it is impossible to inform all applicants if they have been short listed:  therefore if you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date you can assume that you have not been successful.

For more information please contact in the first instance or call 01732 853977 if you would like to discuss this further.

Closing date: 29 Aug 2018

Hadlow College is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Go HERE for Job Description and Application

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, August 14, 2018



Endangered Species Rehab in Nigeria & Cameroon

Qualified personnel needed at the following facilities to serve as project supervisors and technical advisors:

Drill Rehabilitation & Breeding Center – Cross River State, Nigeria.
Founded in 1991, the DRBC

maintains over 70% of the world's captive drill population (285 drills) in natural-sized reproductive groups of wild born founders and captive bred offspring. The project also maintains 28 non-breeding chimpanzees. Project emphasis is on conservation and technical aspects of group formation, breeding and preparation for future release back to the wild. Most animals live at a field site and are kept in multi-hectare, electrified enclosures of natural habitat. An urban facility serves as quarantine & project HQ. The project is actively involved in an in situ conservation program at the field site, and working with government, communities and other NGOs to promote endangered species protection nationally.

Limbe Wildlife Center – Limbe, Cameroon.
Founded in 1994, LWC is a recovery & rehab facility for endemic wildlife at a refurbished government zoo in a coastal resort town. LWC maintains 16 gorillas, 50 chimpanzees, 54 drills, plus mandrills, baboons, mangabeys, guenons and misc. antelopes and reptiles. Project emphasis is conservation education and continued development of the facility.

Staffing needs:

Expatriate staff work as technical advisors in support of national staff and may variously be responsible for animal husbandry, daily operations, facility and equipment maintenance and improvement, construction projects, administration, veterinary care, and possibly community and government liaison activities. Short-term volunteers may be accepted on a paying basis.

Work is voluntary. In Nigeria, in-country expenses, housing and meals are provided. In Cameroon housing may be provided and limited funds for groceries, etc. Stipends may be available for highly qualified people. Minimum time commitment is one year, subsidized assistance may not be available to volunteers for lesser periods of time.

The following types of skills and experience are valuable:

  • Animal husbandry, veterinary and/or medical experience
  • Practical & mechanical skills (construction, automotive, electrical, etc.)
  • Appropriate educational background
  • Developing country experience
  • Administration, management, fund-raising, public relations and good writing skills
  • Conservation or development work, particularly in Africa

These positions are very demanding, requiring determination and genuine commitment to African wildlife conservation. Life here is rarely easy. Positions may be suitable for a couple with a balance of the above skills who are willing to work independently. Applicants must be at least 25 years old, be willing to shoulder tremendous responsibility and take direction while having the ability to make decisions independently as needed. Commitment to team work is essential. Daily routines include long hours of often mundane work.

Click HERE to learn more

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sunday, August 12, 2018



We are looking to add a dedicated animal keeper to join our team, on a varied hour, fixed full-time contract (5 days), working with a variety of taxa.
It's an exciting time here as we continue with our expansion plans and see new, exciting species added to the collection.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and passionate about wildlife, with the skills required to communicate this to our visitors.
You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of modern zoo practices relating to husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and veterinary care as well as understanding the importance of research and conservation activities.
There are also heavy focuses on site maintenance and horticulture.
The successful candidate should have previous experience working with animals in a similar role in a zoological collection and hold a relevant qualification in animal management.
The position also includes educational work, providing tours to school groups and assisting with outreach activities.
Delivering talks, feeds and animal experiences are also an important part of the position.
The position will cover working on all sections on a scheduled basis. These being primates, carnivores, birds, small mammals and reptiles.
Experience with primates & small carnivores is preferable but not essential as in-house training will be provided.

This is full time contract, on a flexi rota system which includes working regular weekends and bank holidays as well as being on call for out of hour's emergencies and working sometimes early or late to meet business needs.
Normal hours are seasonal - Main season (8am-5pm), Winter season (8am-5pm) – Currently. These may be subject to change.
We use a system called BrightHR to notify of monthly rotas in advance and training will be given upon induction.

•        Relevant qualification.
•        Previous experience working within a zoological collection.
•        Motivated and enthusiastic individual who can work alone and as part of a team.
•        Good verbal and written communication skills.
•        People management experience preferable.
•        Good organizational and time management skills.
•        Excellent hygiene standards.
•        Computer literate.
•        Wide knowledge of biology, ecology and captive requirements of taxa relevant to the collection
•        Flexible approach to work and ability to work under pressure
•        Full clean driving license is preferable but not essential.
Good understanding of health and safety within the work place are also essential.

Please register your interest at for an application form.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, August 10, 2018

Animal Researcher - (Maternity Cover)

Animal Researcher - (Maternity Cover)

Woburn Safari Park is home to some of the world’s most magnificent and endangered animals. The park consists of a Foot Safari, Road Safari, Retail, Catering, VIP Experiences and Woburn Go Ape and is enjoyed by over 500,000 visitors per year looking for a fun day out.  It is also home to The Safari Lodge, a unique events venue.

We have a unique opportunity for an experienced animal researcher join our team, on a part time, fixed term basis covering a period of maternity leave.

As an Animal Researcher at Woburn Safari Park, you will work closely with the animal sections to conduct research and undertake projects as required.  You will be responsible for collating, analysing, summarising and recording data to produce accurate and meaningful reports.

You will be an effective communicator, possess strong analytical and report writing skills and have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft office packages, including Word and Excel.  You will have good time management skills and be comfortable multi-tasking.

Previous experience of conducting animal focussed research is essential for this position. An understanding of DEFRA / ZEC endorsed monitoring tools would be beneficial.

28 hours per week over 4 days, fixed term up to 12 months.

 A full clean driving licence is required.

Learn more by clicking HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant