Monday, July 16, 2018

Education and Nature Centre Assistant

Education and Nature Centre Assistant
Salary dependent on experience: 
£21,760 - £23,431

Tilgate Nature Centre is looking for two enthusiastic and outgoing individuals to join the team, one role will be permanent and the other is to cover a period of maternity for up to 12 months.

We are looking for individuals who engage with our visitors by giving fun educational talks about our animals, as well as hosting public activities and helping with animal husbandry tasks.

The main role of these individuals will be to interact with our visitors and to tell them all about the wonderful world of animals in both formal classroom sessions, and via public presentations.

Animal husbandry and animal training tasks will also be required. The successful candidates will be passionate about the world of wildlife and sharing it with others. They should have excellent customer service skills and have qualifications in animal care and/or education, with experience of public speaking.

Tilgate Nature Centre is currently undergoing a major re-development, with the latest addition being our Americas Zone, which is home to tapir, capybara and macaws. This position is a unique opportunity to be involved in the development of the zoo.

Both roles are full time and you will be required to work a 37 hour week from Sunday through to Thursday. There will be additional remuneration for weekend working as per the local pay agreement.

Satisfactory clearance of Disclosure and Barring Service will be a condition of employment.

Closing date: 30 July 2018

Interview dates: 6 & 7 July 2018

To apply please click on this link:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, July 13, 2018

Keeper - Birds

Keeper - Birds

Chester Zoo

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 a fantastic opportunity for a Keeper to join one of our Bird Teams on a permanent basis.

The role:

The role will involve the daily care and management of a wide range of bird species including: Passerines, Hornbills, Pheasants, Parrots and Penguins.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal conservation and welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

The successful candidate will have:

·         A Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science degree, HND or equivalent experience

·         Proven experience in the care and exhibition of birds in a  zoological or bird collection

·         Good avicultural knowledge and knowledge of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction techniques

·         An understanding of modern zoos and the conservation challenges zoos face

·         Excellent observation skills, with a high attention to detail

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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. A full driving licence valid in the UK would also be an advantage.

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

The salary for this role is £18,384.92 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

Closing date for applications is: 29th Jul 2018

To apply for this position, please go to and click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper - Birds role.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Primate Keeper

Primate 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 primate section. This section covers a large variety of species ranging from callitrichidae, lemurs, mandrills, macaques & great apes.

The Candidate Will:
•        Be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis as well as leading public talks to large crowds.
•        Have at least 2 years’ experience working with primates (great ape experience is desirable), preferably in a zoo setting.
•        Be able to work as part of a team and on their own.
•        Have exceptional time keeping skills.
•        Show excellent practical animal husbandry skills.
•        Demonstrate skills with positive reinforcement training.
•        Have relevant animal husbandry qualifications.
•        Have a valid UK driving licence or have good access to transport links.

The Role Involves:
•        Day to day husbandry of the animals covered by the primate section.
•        Excellent observational and note keeping skills when working with the animals at the park.
•        Giving talks to visitors about some of the primate species in the park.
•        Strict adherence to safe working practices.
•        Maintaining high standards around the park 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 along with a covering letter and CV. For applications to this particular job please use reference PRIMATE in the email title. Any applications through other channels will be disregarded.

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible. All successful candidates will be contacted via email to arrange interviews.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Deputy Head Keeper – Hoofstock Section

Deputy Head Keeper – Hoofstock Section

(Salary equivalent £18,990.40 - £20,987.20 depending on experience)

Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, in conjunction with the Aspinall Foundation, are a charity based organisation committed to protecting rare and endangered animals from extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction programmes. The parks are home of one of the world’s most prized wild animal collections and are one of the biggest visitor attractions in Kent.
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated Hoofstock keepers at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. The section comprises of various ungulate species including; Malayan and Brazilian Tapir, Eastern Bongo, Visayan Warty Pigs, European Bison, Waterbuck, Water Buffalo and Takin among others. The section is involved in reintroduction initiatives for a number of these species.
 The main duties will involve:
·        Running of the section in the Head keeper’s absence
·        Observing the behavior, health and security of animals and reporting any problems
  • Reviewing diets and ensuring the correct diets are prepared and distributed
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors
  • Assisting with the movement and transport of animals
  • Supporting in the training of less experienced staff and supervision of volunteers and interns
  • Maintaining good and detailed communication at all levels, including veterinary and other animal collections
  • Contributing to the enrichment of the species on the section
  • Assisting the Head Keeper with administration duties as necessary.
  • Representing the parks at seminars and conferences.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience of zoological animal management, in a mainstream zoological collection and an awareness of current conservation issues. Along with a good understanding of Hoofstock species’ biology, natural history, husbandry & welfare the successful candidate will possess excellent all-round animal husbandry skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills combined with a good knowledge of Microsoft office applications. This is a physically demanding position, so candidates must have a good level of physical fitness and a valid driving licence is essential to the role.

This permanent role is 40 hours a week working 5 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays. Normal working times are 8:00am to 5:00pm with 1 hour for lunch. A living out allowance may also be provided if site accommodation is not available.  

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 20 July 2018

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering letter to -
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Zoo Supervisor

Zoo Supervisor

Chessington World of Adventures

We are Chessington World of Adventures Resort and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

Guests visit Chessington World of Adventures for Britain’s wildest day out and the animals they encounter all add to the atmosphere of excitement and discovery. From Tigers to Gorillas and Military Macaws to Marmosets, our Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre boast a huge array of wildlife. Every section is designed to help our Adventurers get up even closer and more personal with the cheeky, the mischievous and the exotic – and in this key role, you’ll be right there at the heart of it, making sure that everything runs smoothly. Supporting the Assistant Zoo Operations Managers in the safe & efficient delivery of the Zoo operation, focusing on animal welfare & husbandry and of course, Adventurer experience!

Heading up our Wild Connection team, this position will be at the forefront of how we present our animals to our guests. But it’s not just about running the various displays meet and greets and wowing our adventurers with amazing facts, we also want you to bring your own ideas for new shows, new animals and new ways we could interact. One of your key objectives will be to lead, motivate and develop the Wild Connections team, ensuring all delivery is of an excellent standard of Safety, Guests Service, Education and Animal Welfare. You will assist and support the Assistant Zoo Operations Managers and other Zoo Supervisors in animal husbandry and staff management. Finally you will develop and implement the most current animal training techniques and procedures with the team and stock.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;

  • Dynamic people leader with drive and passion for focus and development
  • Solid background of Health & Safety knowledge and crucial Zoo Legislation
  • Organised and flexible with the business needs
  • Able to stay focused and in control under pressure
  • Actively evolve with change and business requirements and keep up to date within your field
  • Minimum 5 years of animal husbandry experience working with a variety of animals, flight experience is advantageous.
  • Qualification in animal management or have relevant experience.
  • Experience in training and can show a full understanding of operant conditioning.
This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends and bank holidays.

Alongside a competitive annual up to £19,800 and 28 days holiday (including bank holidays) you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package  including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of LEGO, and much more!

Closing date for applications is: 24th Jul 2018

To apply go to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Section Head – Animal Events

Section Head – Animal Events

 Permanent – Full time – 40 hours per week (annualised).
Due to the internal restructuring of the Animal Department a unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced ‘Animal Events’ Section Head to join our zoo and offers scope and potential to lead the Events team into the next phase in Blackpool Zoos future.
The role dictates that a ‘hands on’ approach will be required and an emphasis on coaching of individuals and team building is essential. You will need to be able to manage and prioritize a diverse workload and have problem solving skills. 

As well as being responsible for your section, you will also be part of the Senior Animal Management team within the zoo. In this role, you will help to develop and move forward the animal department in a new and exciting time within Blackpool Zoo’s history.

You will need to demonstrate a public focused attitude with a clear understanding of the important role within the zoo that our interactive & informative displays have on our visitors, by delivering the Zoos Education & Conservation messages through a well presented display you can help influence in excess of 500,000 visitors per year and contribute to the continued success of our associated in-situ conservation projects linked to these displays.
As well as being skilled in training new behavior’s (various taxa) you will have excellent presentation skills and will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable.

The section currently maintains a large breeding group of Californian Sea Lions and a number of display birds including, Bird of Prey, small & large parrots and several small mammal species. As the lead member of the Events team, you will be responsible for planning and presenting both the sea lion and bird displays and facilitating public meet and greets with a range of animals.

 A minimum of 6 years zoo keeping experience with at least 4 years presenting and animal training experience in a similar environment, plus proven people management skills and the DMZAA course, or equivalent, are essential.

A full driving license is essential.
We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.
Blackpool Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period);
•        28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years.
•        Work place pension
•        Company sick pay (after 1 year service)
•        Branded uniform provided (as required)
•        Relevant internal and external training provided
•        Free entry to our 2 aquariums for staff and immediate family
•        Complimentary tickets
•        Discount in our catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
•        Free staff parking
•        Company life cover
•        Childcare vouchers
Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation will be available with this post, if required.

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

The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specializes in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates over 60 parks around the world and attracts over 20million visitors

The closing date for applications: 5th August 2018

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant