Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Animal Technician - Zoo



Animal Technician - Zoo

Animal Management Centre Technician: Zoo
(Full-time, Permanent)

The College is seeking to appoint an Animal Management Centre Technician: Zoo to contribute to the College’s zoo licensed and BIAZA accredited Animal Management Centre.
You will be responsible for the day-to-day care and husbandry of the animals housed on the zoo section of the AMC. The section consists of a zoo courtyard, nocturnal room and native species areas which house a diverse range of birds and mammals. Species under your care include primates, otter, wildcat, raccoon and meerkat amongst others.

The key responsibilities of the role are developing and maintaining high standards of husbandry and animal welfare as well as the direct supervision of students during their practical sessions.

As an AMC technician: Zoo you will be expected to have proven knowledge and experience of working with a range of zoo animal species, experience of working with young people. You should have a forward thinking and progressive approach to animal training and enrichment.

An important element of the role is ensuring that the student experience is both positive and rewarding. To meet this aim it is essential the post holder has a clear commitment to providing high quality support to our learners as well as demonstrating exceptional standards of animal welfare.

For further details and to apply please click HERE








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keepers


Animal Keepers

We have two exciting opportunities for experienced Animal Keepers to join the team at the Highland Wildlife Park.
The role
Perform all duties to ensure the smooth running of the allocated animal section within Living Collections, aiming to optimise the quality of animal welfare and visitor experience in support of RZSS’ vision and mission.
 Some of the things you’ll do:
  • Ensure animal welfare, husbandry and management is of the highest standard, taking into account relevant legislation and best practice animal management.
  • Contribute to the display of the animal collection to ensure suitable for animal’s needs and presentable to the public, e.g. positive visitor engagement and suggest ideas for development to relevant departments, e.g. Property & Estates and Interpretation.
  • Engage with and support visitors, ensuring your message is consistent with team objectives and in line with RZSS’ mission and vision whilst providing first-class customer care and service, e.g. answering visitor queries and undertaking public talks, tours and Keeper for a Day experiences.
  • Collate and record detailed and accurate animal records via daily record sheets in relation to the good management of the animal collection and animal training, and to ensure accurate data (e.g. weights, behaviours, births, deaths and treatments received) can be input to the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).
 What we’re looking for: 
  • You’ll have a Diploma in Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) or equivalent accredited zoo vocational qualification and knowledge and understanding of Zoological legislation and best practice
  • Confident presentations skills, e.g. about animals, their welfare and care
  • First-class customer service, e.g. interpersonal skills and ability to engage with the public
  • Significant practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment
  • A practical understanding of current conservation science, zoo biology and animal welfare ethics.
  • Experience of practically managing a range of exotic animal taxonomic groups
 For further information on what the role involves and essential/desirable criteria – please see the ‘related documents’ section under the site location map.
We offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at https://www.rzss.org.uk/about-rzss/staff-benefits/

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Assistant Curator


Assistant Curator (Animals / Life Sciences)

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

What will this role of Assistant Curator entail?

As the Assistant Curator, you’ll support the Curator in managing the Animal Department in line with agreed strategies, whilst ensuring colleagues have the required resources and support to ensure high standards of animal husbandry and welfare. Your duties will include, although not be limited to:

  • Ensuring the requirements for animal welfare and the presentation of the collections are met
  • Overseeing the capture and restraint of animals
  • Ensuring up to date knowledge and understanding of the animal species within the collection
  • Effectively line managing colleagues, providing motivational drive and support
  • Liaising with key departments within the zoo including Veterinary, Maintenance, Guest Services, Human Resources and others
  • Contributing to the overall management and organisational development of the Zoo

What will I need to be considered for this Assistant Curator vacancy?

  • Proven experience within Zoo animal management, with a working knowledge of all taxa within the animal collection
  • Superb leadership skills, with the ability to effectively motivate colleagues
  • A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose
  • Good IT literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ZIMS (Zoological Information Management Software)
  • A positive and flexible approach to duties and working hours
  • Be willing to be trained as a first aider and provide support as required

What will I receive in return?

As the Assistant Curator, you’ll receive a salary of £28,000 to £30,000 (level dependent on experience), along with fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum (inclusive of bank holidays), enhanced 5% company pension contribution, a staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets, and free onsite parking.

You’ll be employed on a permanent contract, working an average of 40 hours per week, 8am to 5pm, 5 days out of 7.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

More about us:

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.
Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

To apply for this position, please head over to http://jobs.twycrosszoo.org, where you will be able to select this role and submit your CV for consideration.


All applications for this Assistant Curator vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, October 11, 2019

Qualified Veterinary Nurse


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Calling all degree nurses!
Qualified Veterinary Nurse –Bear Rescue Centre in China

Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you dedicated to animal welfare?  Are you a qualified veterinary nurse or technician and do you have a degree in veterinary nursing or a related field?

This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated individuals pursuing a career in wildlife care and welfare.  The Veterinary Nurse will work as part of a highly skilled veterinary team to ensure the care of predominantly Asiatic black bears (moon bears) and domestic animals at our rescue centre. Appointment is full-time, five days a week plus rotational weekend work.

Candidates should be highly motivated with plenty of initiative and should be comfortable with both clinical and non-clinical work. There is a high degree of autonomy in this position and while you will work closely with other team members you will have distinct areas of responsibility; while reporting to the Senior Vet Surgeon.

You will contribute to the constantly evolving field of bear medicine and management and will be expected to have a high degree of clinical skill and a passion for ongoing self-education.

Requirements
  • Qualified Veterinary Nurse with Veterinary Nursing Degree (Degree level qualification in related field will be considered).  A degree level education is a must.
  • 4 years post qualification experience is required for visa application in veterinary practice, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo medicine or a specialist referral centre.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Strong work ethic and initiative.
  • Applicants must have proficient computer skills including competency with Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to live and work closely with a team comprising of both foreign and local staff in isolating environments.
  • Cultural sensitivity and/or history of working abroad would be beneficial.
  • Experience in captive wildlife nursing, rehabilitation or animal welfare work would be beneficial.
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

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 PDF copies of your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary along with a completed Job Application form to: hrhkg@animalsasia.org Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website www.animalsasia.org

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 purpose



Closing date: Open application at the discretion of Animals Asia Foundation








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Student Work Experience Opportunities at Jersey Zoo




Student Work Experience Opportunities at Jersey Zoo (Durrell)

Closing Date: Tuesday 31 December 2019


Durrell is delighted to be able to offer a number of work experience placements, which will give you a unique understanding of working for an international conservation organisation. A placement at Durrell will provide valuable experience to add to your CV showing future employers that you are committed to a career in the conservation sector.

There is the chance to develop your skills across a variety of departments at Durrell, including the mammal, bird, herpetology, lab & veterinary, communications & fundraising, and education departments. There is also the opportunity to complete research projects and dissertations during your placement. To see if you are suitable to apply for a placement, please view the guidelines here and click 'Student Work Experience'.

We will be taking applications from mid-September 2019 for:
- Summer placements (minimum 8 weeks) flexible starting May/June 2020 to September 2020
- Short-term placements (minimum 8 weeks) flexible starting September 2020 to May/June 2021
- Long-term placements (9-12 months) flexible starting September 2020 to August 2021

To apply please send a CV and a letter of application to gale.glendewar@durrell.org. Please indicate in your application whether you are applying for a summer, short-term or long-term placement, and your preferred department(s). Please also indicate if you are required to complete a research project during your placement. Closing date for applications will be 31st December 2019. Interviews (by Skype or phone) will take place in early January, for those that have made it through the selection process. A full uniform and a small bursary are available to all placement students to help with living costs while on placement.

If you would like further information please contact the Student Placement coordinator Gale Glendewar at gale.glendewar@durrell.org or +44 (0)1534 860042.








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

LIVESTOCK MANAGER


 LIVESTOCK MANAGER

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Livestock Manager to join one of the premier day visitor attractions in the UK due to the forthcoming retirement of the current postholder. Located on the edge of the New Forest and welcoming over one million guests annually , Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, is still a private family owned and run company.

Excellent salary and benefit package on offer.

For more details and to apply please visit www.paultonspark.co.uk/jobs


Closing date for applications: 30th October 2019








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant