Saturday, July 20, 2019

Senior Zoo Keeper




Senior Zoo Keeper

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

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Zoo Keeper for our Wild Connections team. This section cares for a variety of species, including: Humboldt Penguins, Greater Flamingos, Southern Ground Hornbills, California Sea Lions, Capybaras, Meerkats, as well as various Reptile/Invertebrate species. We deliver daily animal presentations, educational programs and guest experiences all throughout the year. In this role you would be expected to plan the days, making sure all husbandry standards are kept at the highest level as well as ensuring time management within the team, so good organisational skills and strong people management experience are a must.

In this role you will work alongside another Senior Keeper and lead a team of up to 10 permanent members of staff and 2 seasonal, and report directly into the Wild Connections Supervisor. This role will require you to work closely with the Supervisor and assist with the efficient delivery of the Zoo Operation, focusing on animal welfare, husbandry, training and guests’ experience.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;
  • Experience of managing a team would be beneficial or perhaps you are already an experienced Zoo Keeper ready to develop your skills and grow into a bigger role.
  • Excellent communication skills, drive and passion are all essential in delivering a wild and adventurous experience at the Chessington Resort.
  • Able to stay focused and in control under pressure.
  • 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in Positive Reinforcement training is advantageous.
  • A good understanding and experience in working with either: birds, reptiles/invertebrates or marine mammals.


This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week and will include weekends, bank holidays and some shift work.


For more details and to apply please click HERE











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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

EXPERIENCED ELEPHANT KEEPER




EXPERIENCED ELEPHANT KEEPER (ANIMAL DEPARTMENT)

BLACKPOOL ZOO

Ref No EK/AD/19

With its new multi-million-pound elephant facility ‘Project Elephant Basecamp’ opened in 2018 award winning Blackpool Zoo is currently looking to fill a keeper position within its Elephant Section.

The successful candidate will be working in a protected contact keeping system and will be assisting in all aspects of the section’s work, including the delivery of the zoos current Elephant care program to our existing 5 female Asian Elephants. The successful applicant will be required to work as part of a close-knit team and will be able to demonstrate good communication skills both written and oral, you will be expected to engage with visitors including the delivery of keeper talks.
You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. You should possess the Diploma in The Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) or an equivalent and have a minimum of three years’ in a recognised zoological institution and have previous notable experience of working with elephants.  A full manual driving licence is essential and previous experience of driving Tractors/Multipurpose vehicles would be advantageous.

We off a Salary of £18,695.00 per annum as well as a range of other benefits plus the opportunity to further your career within the zoological Industry.
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, which is still ongoing.

The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specialises in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates over 60 parks around the world and attracts over 21 million visitors annually.

The closing date for applications is the 10th August 2019.

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. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion. 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 anita.bubbins@blackpoolzoo.org.uk









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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, July 19, 2019

Animal Keeper


Animal Keeper
Based on the Carnivore Section

Salary £17,992.00 to £19,344.00 per annum DOE
plus a living out allowance or, possibly, on-site accommodation

Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes. This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to in-situ conservation programmes. One of the team has recently helped care for confiscated cheetah and lion cubs in Somaliland.

The Role

This is a physical role and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake all duties on the section from butchering carcasses to enclosure maintenance as well as general husbandry tasks and record keeping. You must have significant experience in animal keeping gained in a mainstream zoological collection or equivalent environment, to include working with carnivores. A full valid driving licence is essential.

Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for talks and encounters with the public. The company encourages succession planning and therefore, looking to the future, supervisory experience would be advantageous in this role. We provide extensive staff training and will offer the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities.

The Person

We are looking for an individual who is hardworking, passionate and committed with knowledge of current conservation issues. You will be a good communicator with experience in presenting talks to the public. You will need a hands-on approach to the restraint and handling of animals and the ability to run the section for short periods in the absence of the section manager. You will be a team player who is also confident to work alone.  Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this which the company will support. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties.

The position is full time, working 40 hours over a five day week and will include weekends and bank holidays. A flexible approach to working hours is essential in any animal job.
All applicants must have right to work in the UK

Closing Date: Friday 2 August 2019

To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to – personnel@aspinallfoundation.org
or post to Human Resources, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Aldington Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD.


Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.









photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Primate Keeper


Primate Keeper
Salary commensurate with experience,
plus a living out allowance, or possibly, on-site accommodation

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 enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated Primate keepers at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. The section comprises of various species including; Javan Gibbons, De Brazza Monkeys, Drills, Guinea Baboons, Howler Monkeys, Colobus, Mangabeys, lemurs among others.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years previous experience working with similar species, in a mainstream zoological collection and an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare.

The main duties of this role will include:
  • Observing the behaviour, health and security of animals and reporting any problems to the Head of Section
  • Preparation of diets and carrying out the feeding procedures
  • Contributing to the enrichment of the species on the section
  • Maintaining enclosures to a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness. Assisting with the general repair and improvement of enclosures.
  • Giving talks, Primate encounters and answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner.
  • Assisting with the development of Trainee Keepers and providing guidance to Interns and volunteers.

You will need to be familiar with health and safety documentation including risk assessments and safe systems of work, have a broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species and excellent observations skills. This is a physically demanding position, so candidates must have a good level of physical fitness and a full valid driving licence is essential to the role.

Holding a recognised Animal Management qualification and being comfortable interacting with the public would be an advantage.

This role is 40 hours per week working 5 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours. All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 2 August 2019

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering email to - personnel@aspinallfoundation.org
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.

Visit our website at www.aspinallfoundation.org for further information.












photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Apprentice Animal Keeper, Predators (Full-Time / Permanent)



Apprentice Animal Keeper, Predators 
(Full-Time / Permanent)


Overview

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

Role Profile

A new and exciting Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship within our new Predator section at Whipsnade Zoo, working with various small predators including European Lynx, Wolverine, Meerkats, Asian small clawed otters and Northern cheetah.

The Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship steered by ZSL has been created in collaboration with the Institute for Apprenticeships, BIAZA and over 25 top UK Zoos. This Apprenticeship will drive the Zoo Keeping profession in the further development of animal experts.

The Apprentice will typically spend 24 months on-programme (before the gateway and end point assessment) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.  All apprentices will spend a minimum of 12 months on-programme.  On completion of the Apprenticeship the individual can remain at ZSL as a permanent Zookeeper or Aquarist.

TO LEARN MORE AND TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK HERE








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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Qualified Animal Keeper, Predators (Full-Time / Permanent)



Qualified Animal Keeper, Predators 
(Full-Time / Permanent)



Overview

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

Role Profile

ZSL is seeking a qualified keeper to work on the new Predator section at Whipsnade Zoo. The role will involve the day to day husbandry of mammals including African lions, Amur tigers, African hunting dogs, Brown bears, Sloth bear, Northern cheetah as well as a range of smaller carnivore species. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment and experience with high security animals is fundamental. This position will also assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and other Senior Keepers in all aspects of their work but primarily the care of the animals, ensuring high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry.

TO APPLY AND FOR FULLER DETAILS PLEASE CLICK HERE









photo 
Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant