Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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 along with a covering letter and CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference Bird02 in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded. You will be contacted via email in regards to interviews, but we are unable to give feedback to applications that were not successful in getting to the interview stage.

Closing date for applications:- 4th April 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Director of Animal Training

Director of Animal Training


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Centre Manager, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Centre Manager, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Full-time, permanent position.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small zoo based in rural Cumbria with a strong focus on education and conservation. It is a BIAZA member and is actively involved in a number of endangered species breeding programmes. It houses a wide diversity of species as well as having an onsite café and gift shop.

This role will involve overall responsibility for the day to day running of the institution, managing a small team of dedicated keepers, café staff and volunteers. The applicant will ensure that welfare standards are met for all species, as well as striving to fulfil the aims of The Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated individual who will be a good team leader, able to show initiative and have a positive outlook. The successful applicant will have a hands on animal husbandry role as well as administrative responsibilities including risk assessments, rota preparation and marketing. Experience working in a similar senior zoo management role would be beneficial. Suitable applicants must be well organised and have at least two years previous experience in a zoo setting, working with a range of taxa. The job entails a 40 hour 5-day working week including weekend rotas.

•        An animal science related qualification (DMZAA or degree level)
•        Knowledge of current zoo licensing regulations
•        Knowledge and experience with risk assessments
•        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•        Computer literacy (ZIMS experience desirable)
•        Experience of managing a team including volunteers
•        Ability to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment
•        Physically fit for the demands of the role
•        Full UK driving licence

   If you would like the opportunity to join our team please send your CV and cover letter to by Sunday 8th April 2018.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, March 16, 2018

Deputy Team Leader: Great Apes

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Deputy Team Leader: Great Apes

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
or a refreshed animal collection.

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Team Leader to work with all four species of
Great Apes (gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo).

Key Responsibilities:  

  • A hands-on role, working on the section  
  • Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry  
  • Developing, supervising and training staff  
  • Taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff within the Great Apes section 

Key Skills and Requirements:

  • High performing and enthusiastic  
  • Proven track record of working with Great Apes  
  • Substantial experience of zoological animal management, with at least 8 years’ relevant experience  
  • Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of large mammals  
  • Good team worker with positive outlook  
  • Excellent communication and IT skills  
  • Committed to continued professional development of yourself and others  

An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system.
Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday (including bank holidays).

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to

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

Technician – Animal Management Centre (Exotics)


Technician – Animal Management Centre (Exotics)


Technician – Animal Management Centre (Exotics)
£15,075 - £18,290 (dependent upon qualifications)

The post holder will work under the direction of the Animal Management Centre (AMC) Exotics Head in undertaking the husbandry, management, and development of the teaching collection of exotic mammals (e.g. red panda, black lemur, meerkat, skunk, wallabies, pygmy hedgehogs, gundi, with marmosets planned), as well as providing cover for small companion mammals (e.g. rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, chinchillas, exotic rodents etc.).

Working as part of a small team, the post holder will provide supervision and support to students in practical husbandry sessions, ensuring provision is learner-focused, to achieve exemplary standards in animal care, teaching and the learner experience.

Candidates should be educated to at least Level 2 in a relevant vocational subject, be experienced with a range of exotic and domestic mammals, and possess the practical skills necessary for both husbandry and enclosure maintenance/improvement. A flexible approach to a varied workload, real enthusiasm for the animals you work with and an aptitude for working with young learners are required. Some experience in supervising young people would be advantageous. The post holder will be required to work weekends on a rotational basis.
This post is based at the Sparsholt campus. The AMC is Zoo-Licensed and BIAZA accredited, and holds a significant animal collection with exciting plans for further development.

Within your application form please state which specialism you would be interested in applying for.

Closing Date:            03 April 2018

College Benefits

·       Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)
·       Death Benefit grant of 3 x salary if in the pension scheme
·       Free on-site parking
·       Car Share Scheme
·       Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
·       Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme
·       Flexible Working Policy
·       Holiday entitlement of 22 days (rising to 25 days after 5 years’ service) plus Public and Bank Holidays along with college closure days at Xmas.
·       Ability to Purchase Additional Annual Leave via a salary sacrifice arrangement
·       Access to an employee assistance scheme
·       On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per annum)
·       Gym classes at the Sparsholt campus
·       You Make the Difference Staff nomination scheme
·       Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, flowers, fruit & vegetables, fish, venison and turkey.
·       Access to discounted hair and beauty treatments at the Andover campus
·       Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications
·       Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices

There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider

Application packs are available from:
24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797438

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant