Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bear Manager

Bear Manager

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre – CHINA

The restructuring of our staff in China has created the need for another Bear Manager to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person and will work alongside our 2 other Bear Managers. A highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated animal professional is required to work with rescued Asiatic black bears, Tibetan brown bears and Tibetan macaques at our Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China.

The position holder will work as part of our Bear & Vet Team and will be responsible for overseeing teams of local bear care staff involved in the daily husbandry and management of the bears within the rescue centre. The position also involves working closely with Bear Team Supervisors and liaising with the resident veterinary team to manage various daily operations. The Bear Manager will report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

Due to Chinese visa requirements, a university degree in a relevant field and proven practical experience of 3 to 5 years are essential for this position. 

  • Co-coordinating various daily operations:
    • Animal care and management;
    • Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs;
    • Ordering animal food and other stock as required;
    • Supervising volunteers;
    • Maintaining bear behavior records & databases.

  • Preparing short reports for social media, supporters, or other recipients as required.
  • Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.
  • Human resources:
    • Staff evaluations;
    • Ensuring morale is maintained within bear care staff;
    • Identifying and addressing HR issues with the Bear & Vet Team Director.

§  University degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
§  Three to five years work experience in a captive wild animal facility or similar working environment
§  Computer literacy, including Excel
§  Willingness to travel and work offsite or between sites as required
§  Strong management skills and the ability to work within a team or independently
§  Fluent in English (verbal & written)
§  A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising of both foreign and local staff.
§  Patience and willingness to work in a different country/culture are essential

Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.
Appointment is paid, full-time, five days a week with (rotational) weekend work.

The following items are included in your full-time contract
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 and your completed Job Application form to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

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: Open application at the discretion of Animals Asia Foundation.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant


The zoo Zurich and its 320 employees are looking for a
starting on April 1, 2020 to succeed the current director who will retire by mid-2020.

Your Mission:
      Business operations: Lead and coordinate the executive team & the information/collaboration with the Board of Directors.
      Strategy: Development of strategies and concepts including financing (investments & operations).
      External communications: Public relations including media work, and supporting financial marketing.
      Scientific work: Encourage and sponsor scientific work at the Zoo and relationship management with academic institutions.
      Animal collection, species survival and conservation: define programs for the Zoo.

Your Profile:
      Graduate in Natural Sciences, preferably with a PhD in Zoology or Veterinary Medicine.
      Passion for humans and animals.
      Enjoys, and has experience in, leading an organisation/team.
      Ideally basic knowledge of business management or at least proven interest and talent for business matters.
      Interest and talent for public, media, sponsor, and donator contacts.
      Fluent in German (written and oral).
      Good level of English and ideally French.

We offer:
Attractive conditions in one of Europe’s best Zoos. You will find a diverse and challenging range of tasks, with a lot of freedom to shape. A motivated and qualified team will support you.

Start of employment: April 1, 2020

Application is open until March 31, 2019; please submit your curriculum vitae to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Experienced Zookeeper

Experienced Zookeeper

Flamingo Land Zoo

Closing date: Wednesday 13th February 2019

Flamingo Land Zoo is looking for an experienced zookeeper to join our team.  Flamingo Land is one of the leading tourist attractions in the UK, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors each year.  The zoo currently has over 130 species across a range of different taxa.  We have an active education department and an award winning conservation project in Tanzania.  The zoo is also a member of BIAZA, EAZA and WAZA. 

The successful candidate will join our existing team of zookeepers and could work with any of our animal sections.  Experience with any of the following taxa would be an advantage; ungulates, primates and carnivores.  All of our zookeepers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities which include research, environmental enrichment and education. 

The successful candidate will ideally have:
  • ·       Experience of working in a zoological collection
  • ·       Passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (or equivalent)
  • ·       A current driving licence (preferred)
  • ·       Experience with any of the above mentioned taxa (you will receive direct training in the husbandry of all species at Flamingo Land)
  • ·       Excellent communication skills       
  • ·       Experience of delivering keeper talks and visitor engagement activities
  • ·       Computer knowledge and experience of ZIMS would be an advantage

Our zookeepers work five days out of seven with 30 days annual leave.  A competitive salary is provided along with a staff reward scheme.
Interviews (including practical sessions) will take place the week after the closing date above.

How to Apply:  Please email a CV and covering letter by 13th February 2019 to:

Victoria Stretch
Assistant to the Zoo Manager
Flamingo Land

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Technician – Birds and Paddocks Section, Animal Management Centre

Technician – Birds and Paddocks Section, Animal Management Centre


£15,075 - £18,290 (dependent upon qualifications)

The post holder will work under the direction of the AMC Head in undertaking the husbandry, management and development of the teaching collections of birds (rare pheasants inc Edward’s, brown-eared and Palawan, cranes, bald ibis, rheas, chough, poultry, waterfowl, turacos, kookaburra, owls, finches, pigeons and parakeets) and paddock animals (donkeys, alpacas, goats, dwarf zebu, wallabies and mara).

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, training and the learner experience.

Candidates should be educated to at least level 2 in a relevant vocational subject and be able to demonstrate significant professional experience working with a range of birds, and at least some experience with hoofstock. A positive and flexible approach to a varied workload, real enthusiasm for the animals you work with, and an affinity for working with young learners are required. Some educational or supervisory experience 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 imminent development.

On-site Accommodation in a shared house may be available.

Closing Date: 11 February 2019     
Interview Date:  19 February 2019

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
·       Free cash point facility
·       Free Library membership
·       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
·       Discounted admission to Marwell Zoo
·       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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Diver (Aquarist)

Fixed term position (12 months) working 40 hours per week (Monday to Sunday as per the pre-arranged roster)

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is owned by the people of Napier and Napier City Council. It attracts 150,000 visitors each year and offers a wide range of experiences from diving displays and keeper talks, to getting up close and personal with sharks and little penguins. Its centrepiece exhibit is the stunning 1.5 million litre Oceanarium with a 50m-long viewing tunnel.

The Aquarium is committed to education, conservation, Māori culture and history, providing experienced educators and offering a variety of programs. Functions and corporate events are regularly hosted at the Aquarium and the on-site cafe and gift shop complete the visitor experience.

Napier City Council is one of Napier's biggest and most desirable employers - we value excellence, integrity, sustainability and outstanding customer and community service. Napier is quickly developing into the best small city in New Zealand, so be a part of it! There's never been a more exciting time to join our team.

We are looking for someone who is as passionate about the Aquarium and its residents as we are. We have a bold vision for an "unforgettable aquarium experience" and you will be a part of making this happen. If you are an experienced Diver with fishkeeping skills, then we want to hear from you!

The team of Divers play a critical role in enhancing the visitor experience, as well as carrying out essential underwater maintenance and assisting with high quality care of animals and exhibits.

To apply for this role you will need to have the following:

§  PADI Rescue Diver certificate (or equivalent)
§  Be medically fit for diving
§  Certificate of Competence for Tourism diving (or be eligible)
§  Only those with the right to live and work in New Zealand may apply for this job (i.e. a permanent New Zealand resident, New Zealand citizen or an Australian citizen).
§  Able to work flexible hours and days in a busy 7-day a week tourism operation.

§  2+ years’ experience in animal care (previous experience working in an accredited zoo or aquarium is preferable)

As a Diver (Aquarist) you will be responsible for:
§  Providing safe supervision of guest divers and swimmers
§  Conducting informative tours around the Aquarium with members of the public
§  Assisting in maintaining the health and welfare of all animals held at the National Aquarium of New Zealand
§  Feeding our residents and maintaining exhibits
§  Diving within our major tanks for the purpose of engaging our visitors, animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance

What is in it for you?
§  Be part of a fun and unique working environment
§  Professional training and development
§  Working with other like-minded, animal loving people

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

Our preferred candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment screening which will include drug testing and, for some roles, health screening. 

Closing Date for Applications is 15th February

To Apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant