Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Education Ranger



Education Ranger

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection.

We currently have a vacancy for an Education Ranger who will support the team delivering talks and activities to visitors. With an immediate start, this role is offered on a permanent minimum hours contract basis (minimum 12 hours per week). Hours are allocated by mutual agreement and you may be required to work up to 5 days out of 7 dependent upon visitor numbers and weather conditions.

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Engage with visitors in immersive exhibits
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· Experience handling small animals including invertebrates and small mammals.

Rates of pay are £5.88 per hour at ages 16-20 and £7.65 at ages 21 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Closing date 31st January 2018














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


ZOO KEEPER / EDUCATOR



ZOO KEEPER / EDUCATOR

We currently have a position available on our team for a Zoo Keeper / Educator.

Duties will include general animal care, record keeping, habitat maintenance, administration, conservation activities, educational demonstrations, outreach work and general zoo upkeep. This is a full time position and will include weekend and bank holiday work.

While previous animal experience or qualifications are beneficial, they are not a prerequisite as on-site training will be provided. The ideal candidate will need to be hard working and very diligent, courteous and comfortable dealing with the public. Computer proficiency is a must.


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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Education & Conservation Department Manager



Education & Conservation Department Manager
Competitive Salary
 + Performance related bonus and other benefits.

Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.

A unique opportunity has arisen for an Education & Conservation Manager to join our zoo and offers huge scope and potential to lead the education department into the next exciting phase in Blackpool Zoo’s future for the right candidate.

You will be responsible for the overall leadership and effective management of the Education Department, duties of the role include the development and delivery of the public talk’s programmes, presenting talks to schools and bespoke learning groups, keeper courses, curriculum linked lessons, outreach programme, work placement programmes, zoo research, conversation, interpretation as well as sustainability monitoring and implementation.

We are looking for a proactive individual with proven people skills gained from previous management experience. Flexibility and an innovative approach are essential due to the multi-faceted nature of the department.
 You will be responsible for the management of a team of 7 - 15 staff and you will be expected to lead and work as part of a team – the role dictates a very hands on approach. The role will also involve sharing best practice and promoting & growing Blackpool Zoo’s profile and reputation in the field of education and conservation.

The successful candidate should be educated to degree level in an education related subject or similar. They should also have previous experience working in an educational role in an established learning/educational facility. They will need to demonstrate excellent time management and planning skills, possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills and it is essential that they are experienced in the use of all key Microsoft packages.

 An in-depth knowledge of zoos and their operation would be advantageous.

Closing date for applications: - 9th February 2018

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to anita.bubbins@blackpoolzoo.org.uk

We will reply to successful candidates within 14 days of closing date.












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Cover Keeper



Cover Keeper

We are looking for an ambitious individual to join our animal care team. If you want to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing zoos and are excited about the prospect of being part of something new, this position might be for you!

Wingham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with big emphasis on animal husbandry, conservation, education and safety for our animals, staff and visitors. We are looking for a like minded “team player” who would fit in amongst our team. This position will cover our Birds, Mammals, Primates and Carnivores section at Wingham Wildlife Park plus the entirety of our second park, Sandwich Wildlife Park.

The Candidate Will:
  • Be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis as well as leading public talks to large crowds.
  • Have experience working with exotic species in a zoo setting.
  • Be able to work as part of a team and on their own.
  • Have exceptional time keeping skills.
  • Show good practical animal husbandry skills.
  • Have relevant animal husbandry qualifications.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of positive reinforcement training.
  • Have a valid UK driving licence (as there will be some travel between parks).

The Role Involves:
  • Day to day husbandry of animals in our parks.
  • Good observational and note keeping skills when working with the animals at our parks.
  • Giving talks to visitors about some of the species in the parks.
  • Conducting experiences and private tours with visitors.
  • Strict adherence to safe working practices.
  • Maintaining high standards around the parks including emptying bins, weeding and window cleaning.
About Employment with WWP:

This full time position (winter; 40 hours per week, summer; 45 hours per week) requires people to be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, including working on weekends, during school holidays and on bank holidays.

We give statutory holiday entitlement.

This position will pay at the rate of the national minimum wage. On the successful completion of a 6 month probationary period a wage increase will occur.


All applications to be addressed for the attention of Ruth Wilder to info@winghamwildlifepark.co.uk along with a covering letter and CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference Cover01 in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded.

Closing date for applications:- 5th February 2018












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Bird Keeper



Bird Keeper

We are looking for an ambitious individual to join our animal care team. If you want to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing zoos and are excited about the prospect of being part of something new, this position might be for you!

Wingham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with big emphasis on animal husbandry, conservation, education and safety for our animals, staff and visitors. We are looking for a like minded “team player” who would fit in amongst our bird section. This section covers a large variety of species ranging from Humboldt Penguins, Parrots, Birds of Prey, Flamingos & various other bird species.

The Candidate Will:
  • Be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis as well as leading public talks to large crowds.
  • Have experience working with exotic bird species, preferably in a zoo setting.
  • Be able to work as part of a team and on their own.
  • Have exceptional time keeping skills.
  • Show good practical animal husbandry skills.
  • Have relevant animal husbandry qualifications.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of positive reinforcement training.
  • Have a valid UK driving licence or have good access to transport links.

The Role Involves:
  • Day to day husbandry of animals in our park.
  • Good observational and note keeping skills when working with the animals at the park.
  • Giving talks to visitors about some of the species in the park.
  • Strict adherence to safe working practices.
  • Maintaining high standards around the park including emptying bins, weeding and window cleaning.
  • Conducting free flight displays.
About Employment with WWP:

This full time position (winter; 40 hours per week, summer; 45 hours per week) requires people to be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, including working on weekends, during school holidays and on bank holidays.

We give statutory holiday entitlement.

This position will pay at the rate of the national minimum wage. On the successful completion of a 6 month probationary period a wage increase will occur.


All applications to be addressed for the attention of Ruth Wilder to info@winghamwildlifepark.co.uk along with a covering letter and CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference Bird01 in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded.

Closing date for applications:- 5th February 2018












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Bear & Vet Team Director



Bear & Vet Team Director

Animals Asia is seeking a Bear & Vet Team Director for our China Bear Rescue Centre (CBRC), in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The successful applicant will oversee and manage the bear and veterinary team of over 70 staff members who care for some 200 Asiatic Black Bears rescued from the bear bile industry and resident at CBRC and a former farm in Guangxi Province. The Bear & Vet Team Director role is a dynamic position requiring a unique set of skills, hard work, patience and flexibility.

The Bear & Vet Team Director works closely with the Bear Management Team and Veterinary Team to ensure an integrated approach to the care or the bears. He/She works closely with the Bear Management Team to oversee management plans for the bears, training programmes and ensure protocols and procedures are functional and strictly adhered to.

The Bear & Vet Team Director oversees the nutritional care of the bears with input from the bear managers and veterinary surgeons. He/She coordinates bear and vet team staff and equipment for all bear rescues in conjunction with the Project Director and CEO.

The Bear & Vet Team Director oversees the human resources for the bear team, working closely with the Bear Team Supervisors. The Senior Veterinary Surgeon and the Bear Managers report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

He/She is ultimately responsible for the department budgeting, liaising with fundraising/PR teams both in China and internationally, and the organization's Finance Director. The Bear &Vet Team Director works closely with the Projects Department regarding all construction in the sanctuary. He/She is also required to work in conjunction with the sanctuary's General Manager ensure the smooth running of CBRC.

The Bear & Vet Team Director is a key member of the China Bear Strategy programme meeting regularly and providing input to this process.

The Bear & Vet Team Director reports to the CEO.

Please contact hrhkg@animalsasia.org for further details and a full job description.

Requirements
•        A degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
•        At least 5 years work experience in a zoo, rescue centre, rehab centre or similar working environment
•        Experience in a senior management position
•        Strong people management skills to motivate, build capacity and inspire staff
•        Experience in preparing and overseeing budgets
•        Ability to appreciate bigger picture view of the organisation
•        Cultural sensitivity and history of working overseas – Asia desirable, China – preferable.
•        Strong communication skills
•        Ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff
•        A background in charitable work is 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
Basic on-site accommodation                
Relocation assistance                        
Emergency medical insurance
Paid holidays

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV (with your expected salary) and completed Job Application form to: hrhkg@animalsasia.org.
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: 5th February 2018














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant