Sunday, May 31, 2009

Veterinary Nurse with Wildlife Experience - Dubai Falcon Hospital

Interesting Opportunity for a Veterinary Nurse with Wildlife Experience - Dubai Falcon Hospital


To join Dubai Falcon Hospital which is internationally recognised for its work with falcons (

The hospital isalso responsible for the provision of medical services to zoological collections and small animals (cats, dogs). The hospital is located in the centre of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.


Experienced veterinary nurse with background in the medical care of wildlife (avian preferred).

A pragmatic and practical view of the issues surrounding hunting and sustainable utilisation of wildlife is necessary.


The position will include a mixture of duties including operating theatre duties, provision of care to hospitalised animals (mainly falcons) and medical support to wildlife collections in consultation with the hospital vets.

Applicant must be keen and self-motivated. Accommodation provided and competitive package provided to the right person.

Contact Tom Bailey, Dubai Falcon Hospital,

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Amersfoort Zoo - Elephant Keeper

Amersfoort Zoo - Elephant Keeper

On very short notice we are looking for:

An ELEPHANT KEEPER who has experience with the “protected contact system”

Amersfoort Zoo is a member of the Dutch Zoo Federation (DZF) and EAZA. It is located
in the centre of the Netherlands and has a diverse collection of around 125 different
species of birds, mammals and reptiles. We also coordinate several EEP/ESB
studbooks. The elephant department takes care of five elephants of which one male and
one pregnant female. They are also responsible for the care of two Indian rhino’s.
Currently we are building a new elephant house containing a 600m2 indoor group area
and several separation stables.

We are looking for:
An experienced, motivated, reliable and enthusiastic elephant keeper to join our
dedicated elephant care staff.

You will:
• prepare and administer the feed
• observe the animals and study their behavior
• clean the animal shelters and look after hygiene
• check the fences/shelters and perform small maintenance tasks
• take part in our elephant training protocol
• answer questions of guests and illustrate animal care with a chat about feed
• Put effort in learning Dutch.

You are:
• fully qualified and have ample experience
• flexible and work well in a team
• also able to work independently
• able to work every other weekend and during holidays.

Do you want to know more about this position?

Direct questions about this position to:
Bas Aalders
Head keeper of Elephants, Rhinoceros and large Hoof stock.

Visit our website for more information about the zoo:

Send you written applications to:

DierenPark Amersfoort
Fiet Verdonck, head of personnel
Postbus 1075
The Netherlands

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Bird Show Keeper - Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Bird Show Keeper - Taronga Conservation Society Australia

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to join the Taronga Conservation Society Australia as a permanent full time Keeper. This position will be based within the Bird Show unit which is responsible for delivering Taronga Zoo’s spectacular free flight bird show.

The successful applicant will have knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• Certificate III in Captive Animal (or equivalent), or the ability to enrol in the course
• Captive husbandry and exhibit design;
• Animal training and conditioning practices;
• Captive care and management of avian species;
• Biology and behaviour of avian species generally and their conservation needs;
• Operant conditioning techniques in both routine and non-routine presentations;
• Customer service ethos;
• Presentation and communication skills;
• Hold a current NSW Class C Drivers Licence & hold or have the ability to gain a Class A&B Firearms Licence.

To obtain further information including a position description, selection criteria and an application form, please visit the jobs page at (positions vacant) or contact Madelon Willemson on (02) 9978 4542, or email

Applications should be sent to HR Officer, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, PO Box 20, Mosman 2088 by Friday 12 June 2009, quoting reference no. 2009/389.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Elephant Keeper Internship - Toledo Zoo Elephant Management Program

Elephant Keeper Internship - Toledo Zoo Elephant Management Program

Toledo Zoo Elephant Management Program
Elephant Keeper Internship
(Fall Term)

The Toledo Zoo and its Elephant Management Program has the ability to offer a unique opportunity to individuals that would like to make captive elephant management a career. The zoo has a structured internship program that encompasses many different opportunities throughout the zoo campus.

A participant in the Elephant Keeper Internship Program would work directly with the zoo’s elephants and staff under the direction of the elephant manager. The intern will assist in the daily cleaning of the elephant facilities, preparing the animal enclosures and elephant enrichment. They would be involved in Free, Protected and Confined Contact handling and training techniques. There will be opportunity to learn general husbandry; including foot, skin and tusk care. They will learn techniques to reduce stress, stereotypical behavior, increase activity and fitness. With the zoo’s commitment to elephant reproduction the intern will learn different facets of artificial and natural reproduction. The present age structure of our elephants will allow exposure to developmental stages of a young bull and mother.

The zoo is in the planning phase for a new bull and cow facilities; the experience gained during the process would expand the knowledge of the intern beyond that of many seasoned elephant keepers. Observing any part of the whole planning and construction process will give the intern a better understanding of the requirements for housing, exhibiting and managing elephants.
The internship will run three to five months. Depending upon dates of participation, housing and possible part-time employment may be available. Send cover letter and resume to email address below; deadline for applicants is July 31, 2009.

Fall term will begin September 2009.

For more information please contact:
Don RedFox
Elephant Manager
Toledo Zoo

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Assistant Aviculturist - International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd

Assistant Aviculturist - International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd

Job title: Assistant Aviculturist

Location: Wales

The workplace: One of the world’s largest facilities producing high quality hunting falcons.

The salary: To be negotiated based on experience

The person: Needs to have a positive interest in the breeding of falcons. Practical skills would be useful. To be reliable and conscientious is essential. We are based on a farm so driving licence also a must.

The job: Our years work is very seasonal. Throughout the year there is food preparation, feeding and monitoring of falcons. The winter months comprise general cleaning and maintenance of aviaries, minor building work and painting. From March onwards Staff are responsible for allocated breeding sections with pairs of falcons. This involves feeding, checking for eggs, monitoring behaviour, checking the well-being of chicks, through to the movement of young falcons to hack pens awaiting shipping to various countries. The breeding season is very busy and requires some part day working at weekends, on a rota basis.

There is some training of falcons to hunt, and assisting with the preparation of falcons being taken to the Festival of Falconry.

We may be able to provide accommodation, based on circumstances.

Please visit our website
for further information and contact Martyn or Diana in the Aviculture department via email:

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Zoo Keeper - Drusillas Park

Zoo Keeper - Drusillas Park

We are currently looking to appoint a full time zoo keeper who has had at least three years experience working with animals and preferably holds the City and Guilds Certificate in Animal Management.

The Drusillas animal collection consists of a wide range of small exotics, including many primate species, and some domestic stock. A full driving licence would be beneficial. Pay will be dependent on experience.

For further details and an application form please contact the Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate on 01323 874110 or email and include your full postal address.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Curator - Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center.
Nassau, Bahamas.

Position: Curator

Ardastra Gardens is a zoological park displaying 50 species totaling 250 specimens from around the world. Ardastra has a number of daily presentations including Lory Feeding and the Flamingo Encounter and caters primarily to the large number of tourists visiting the Bahamas – both stay over and cruise ship guests . Ardastra manages a number of zoo/city bus tours that deal directly with the cruise line industry.

Ardastra Gardens is looking to fill the position of Curator. The Curator will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the animal collection, supervision of staff, assist with the education program, delivery of animal presentations and for the development of the exhibits and grounds.

The position requires an outgoing motivated person with a minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role and the ability to lead the zoo team. An overview of animal management is required so applicants should have at least 5 years animal care experience covering a range of taxa. The position requires excellent communication, multi tasking and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to work in a challenging environment.

Qualified applicants may send their application and resume via email to. by 10 June 2009

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Head Keeper - The BugWorld Experience

Head Keeper - The BugWorld Experience

Brand new collection The BugWorld Experience based in the Albert Dock in Liverpool is looking for a Head Keeper to join the management team. The BugWorld Experience is a purpose built interactive invertebrate attraction opening in July 2009.

The Head Keeper will be responsible for the day to day management and welfare of all livestock within the BugWorld Experience and will report directly to the General Manager. We are looking for a responsible, organised and confident individual, it is essential that they have:

  1. Proven experience working with invertebrates within a zoological collection (ideally a BIAZA member collection).
  2. A proven ability to give engaging and high quality talks and demonstrations to members of the public and other groups.
  3. A positive attitude and a real enthusiasm for this job and for the care of invertebrates.
  4. Computer literate.
Ideally, the individual will also have:
  • An Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals or a degree in a zoological related subject.
  • A full clean driving licenseExperience of working with medically significant and/or dangerous species.
  • Experience with keeping and maintaining animal records, particularly familiarity with ISIS.
  • Recent management experience of staff and a departmental budget.

Please send a C.V. and covering letter to the General Manager, Jenny Dobson by e-mail to .

Closing date for applications is 28th May 2009.

A full job specification and salary details are also available from this email address.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Displays Supervisor -Scottish SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary, Oban

Displays Supervisor -Scottish SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary, Oban

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of Displays Supervisor at the Scottish SEA
LIFE & Marine Sanctuary, Oban

This is a very challenging role as there is not only the husbandry of the native marine
species, but also specialising in the care of resident seals and the rehabilitation & care of
both common and grey seal pups.

The Person

The successful applicant will have proven supervisory skills, excellent fish husbandry
knowledge, with the confidence to not only pursue, but also maximise PR opportunities,
including TV coverage. You will also be involved in dealing with the public and handling
media enquiries, in order to promote the business effectively.

A relevant Degree, or equivalent, is preferable, along with experience in a similar role. The
ability to be creative, to bring new ideas to the development of displays, as well as project
management skills and a lucid approach to problem solving, are all vital elements of this
position. Supervision of the displays team, as well as ongoing ‘team building’ is seen as a
pre-requisite. The ability to be flexible with working hours and a full driving licence is also

The Application

If you would like to discuss the position further, please contact Alex Blackman on 01631

If you wish to apply please write send your CV and covering letter to:

Alex Blackman, Attraction Manager, Scottish SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary, Barcaldine,
Connel, Oban, Argyll PA37 1SE or email

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Operations Manager - Dublin Zoo

Operations Manager - Dublin Zoo

DUBLIN ZOO holds the prestigious position of being one of ‘Ireland’s leading Fee Paying Family Attraction’ having welcomed in excess of 930,000 visitors during 2008.

We are seeking a zoo professional who is highly motivated, a self starter, with extensive experience in animal husbandry and staff management.

You will have a minimum of ten years experience in a medium-sized zoological garden and / or wildlife park five of these years in a supervisory capacity. You must have an understanding and appreciation of Dublin Zoo’s ethics, research, education programs and conservation involvements.

To obtain a full job description please contact Tara Lacey –

Applications should be made in writing to the HR Administrator, Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, or via email to
no later than Friday 3rd July 2009.

Dublin Zoo is an equal opportunities employer.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009




Deadlineto apply: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time

AnnualSalary - $41,600

(Exempt position #H09102)

Job Requirements:
The Research Coordinator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the captive propagation facility on the Big Island of Hawaii and ancillary field sites. Responsibilities include the maintenance of the physicalplant; design and construction of new facilities; hiring, termination and supervision of full-time, part-time, seasonal and volunteer staff; establishing, implementing and monitoring avicultural protocols to includedaily husbandry, propagation, artificial incubation, hand-rearing and veterinary care of passerines; preparation of reports, memos and policy statements; participation in working groups and other conservation partnership activities; administrative duties to include maintaining checkbook and pettycash, insurance processing, ordering supplies and equipment; and all related tasks as needed.

Representative qualifications include Bachelor's degree in biological science or a related field, or equivalent specialized training; experience with captive husbandry and propagation of birds; experience in field research or species recovery programs; communication skills; record-keeping skills; ability to use and maintain research equipment; ability to use word processing, database, spreadsheet, and graphics systems; ability to collect biological samples; ability to show leadership skills and work effectively with others; ability to prepare and make presentations. Ability to assist in the preparation and administration of grants, as well as develop, administer and monitor budgets is desirable.

Apply on-line at

**ZSSDis a smoke-free workplace**

Job Code: H09102

Location: San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research

Shift: Any

Category: Research/CRES

Average Hours (per week): 40

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Friday, May 8, 2009

The Seahorse Trust. Seahorse Tagging Officer.

The Seahorse Trust. Seahorse Tagging Officer.

Since 1994 we have been running the British Seahorse Survey and this has given us great insights into Seahorses around the British Isles, which led in 2008 to us getting them fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act

Seahorses are unique creatures with an enigmatic almost secretive lifestyle which gives problems in trying to understand about their ecology in the field and it is unusual to find a site with large numbers of Seahorse resident in it.

We have been working on such a unique site in Dorset, England for a couple of years now which has given us a background to the site and we are just about to start a tagging project to allow us to understand more about the site and the individual Seahorses and others species on and around it.

We are just about to be granted some funds to support our Seahorse Tagging project at Studland in Dorset. The project is innovative and being done under Natural England License and we require a Tagging Officer for a years contract [this may be extended subject to the officer fund raising for the position]

The Seahorse Tagging Project Officer will be self motivated and unsupervised and will individually tag. GPS mark, photograph and do the morphometric measurements for the Seahorses on the site. This data will be collated by the officer to give a greater understanding of this site and will be fed into the British Seahorse Survey and periodic reports on the Seahorses and the site.

The Officer will also be expected to train and work with dive volunteers that will assist in the tagging project.

A major part of the work of the Officer is in working with the local community and visitors to the area and so will be expected to take part in public talks and community days. They will also be expected to work directly with other organisations to push the project forward and attend and do a presentation to the trustees of the trust periodically.

Skills needed.


Seahorse experience of behaviour and ecology in captivity and in the field

Fund raising experience

Working with volunteers and knowledge of the volunteer sector

Be able to do public speaking to small and large groups.

Car license, own vehicle.

Minimum Dive Master or equivalent.

Experienced in underwater surveying.

Must be able to write in depth reports and media articles

Computer literate.

Must be self motivated.

Desirable requirements
Knowledge of national standards for the voluntary sector

Knowledge of committee structures /systems

Knowledge of local voluntary networks.

Ability to build strong links with voluntary organisations.

Please note this position is also being advertised internally.

For full job details please contact:

Neil Garrick-Maidment
Executive Director.
The Seahorse Trust.

For background information on The Seahorse Trust and the British Seahorse Survey please visit our websites.

Closing date: Friday 22nd May 2009

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Temporary - Assistant Presenters – Chester Zoo

Temporary - Assistant Presenters – Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the premier Zoos in the UK and a major tourist attraction for the region.
Our Assistant Presenters are responsible for improving the visitors’ experience to the Zoo. We have three vacancies to join our Presenter Team. The contracts will run from 13th July to 31st August 2009.

The posts demand lots of public interaction, requiring a confident and outgoing personality. You must have a good knowledge of plants and animals, knowledge of current conservation issues, be empathetic to our mission and be a good team player.

Acting as an information point you will be helping visitors to enjoy their day and be able to answer any questions. Looking after visitors in animal exhibits (including the Twilight Zone) and in our visitor centre, assisting / supervising the Big Cat Chat events (which will include storytelling) and Educational projects. Work is both indoors and outdoors.

Work is 5 days in 7, including bank holidays and every weekend. Hours are 9.30am to 5pm daily, rate of pay is £5.92 per hour.

For an application form ring the recruitment line on 01244 389477 or email Closing date 22nd May 2009.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Taronga Conservation Society - Keepers – Elephant Unit

Taronga Conservation Society - Keepers – Elephant Unit

This is an exceptional career opportunity for committed and experienced Keepers to join our Life Science and Environmental Education division within our Elephant Unit.

Embracing all aspects of the Life Sciences division, these dynamic roles exist during an exciting time for the Elephant Unit due to its redevelopment master plan and its focus on the regional Elephant Conservation Breeding program within the context of both free and protected contact.

The successful applicants will ideally have a demonstrated level of experience working with captive Elephants and will possess:
· Certificate III in Captive Animal (or equivalent), or the ability to enrol in the course;
· Knowledge and experience in captive husbandry and exhibit design;
· Knowledge of animal training and conditioning practices;
· Extensive experience and knowledge regarding the theory of training, the biology of elephants, animal behaviour and operant conditioning;
· Demonstrated experience in elephant husbandry & management;
· Demonstrated customer service ethos;
· Demonstrated presentation and communication skills;
· Hold a current NSW Class C Drivers Licence and hold or have the ability to gain a Class A&B Firearms Licence.

To be successful in this position you are required to complete an application from and address the selection criteria. To obtain and information package, including position description, application form and selection criteria, please visit our website at (positions vacant) or contact Kate McDonald via email

Applications, addressing the selection criteria, should be sent to HR Officer, TCSA, PO Box 20, Mosman 2088 by Monday 18 May 2009 quoting reference. no. 2007/3938.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant - Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant - Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

Position Available (on-going) for New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

This is truly a Sanctuary, a beautiful place for the right person. We would welcome someone with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields, who is a mature team player with respect for others. We need a good, clear communicator (written and spoken English), and coordinator with a minimal personal agenda, who seeks mutual growth for all and is able to make a long term commitment to the primates and the staff.

The position requires a self-starter and hard worker, someone who is humble, compassionate, self-reliant, organized, professional, computer literate, open to learning, capable of problem solving and completing a task. Our Resident Intern would need to be physically fit, with no communicable diseases or criminal record, who has a driver's license and would enjoy a rural lifestyle with simple amenities. A one year commitment is requested. Citizens of foreign countries would need to secure their own visas and permits independently.

Responsibilities of an animal caregiver involve: providing daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to 70+/- monkeys, administering medications, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining the Sanctuary facility. Office assistance would include: administering the volunteer program (scheduling, processing of applications, advertising), data entry (Mac- Filemaker Pro, Excel, Word), correspondence, record-keeping, fund-raising-grant writing and public relations. After the training period, managerial duties would be added and more technical training may be available. The position requires an average of 40 hours per week, including on-call duties.

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization (501(C)(3). Our staff is made up of 15 volunteer caregivers and a support system of veterinary and other professionals. Since the well-being of the monkeys is our primary focus, they are not on exhibit, the facility is not open to the public and they are not subjected to any medical research.

As a result, our organization is not eligible for funding from any governmental agencies nor do we receive funds from admission, as would a public zoo. Therefore, we must rely solely upon donations from compassionate individuals and organizations. Our operating budget is extremely small. Financial independence for living expenses would be required. If you are considering the possibility of seeking grant support on your own, supplementary funds for needs other than housing could be built into your budget.

We provide a fully furnished and equipped 24-foot Yurt or a 16-foot Yurt ( traditional round structures designed specifically for tropical living) and utilities. An organic garden and fruit orchard exist on-site. The Yurt is adjacent to the Sanctuary on a large piece of rainforest property with its own bathroom facilities. You would be trained by experienced members of our staff in all aspects of New World primate care (Callithrix and Cebus). Observational research could be conducted on this colony of marmosets, tamarins and capuchin monkeys in a naturalistic environment.

You may apply for the position by submitting the following: your Letter of Intent in making application, your Resume/CV, three Letters of Reference (from instructors, employers etc.), a copy of your TB clearance and general physical. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Me Ke Aloha No Na Holoholona,
With Love For The Animals,

Lucy L. Wormser
Founder and President
Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
500 A Haloa Road
Hawaii 96708

Sanctuary Phone & Fax: 808. 572.8089
President's Phone & Fax: 808. 572.4567

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Trainee Reptile & Bird KeeperPermanent Full-time - Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo

Trainee Reptile & Bird KeeperPermanent Full-time - Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo

The opportunity:

At Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo, we really do have it all. Our zoo itself houses everything from Gorillas, Tigers and Leopards, right through to Monkeys, Meerkats and Skunks. For you though, the really interesting areas will be our Creepy Caves, home to some amazing reptiles, and our Monkey and Bird Garden, which is where we keep our feathered friends. This role is just as varied as the creatures themselves. As you’d expect, a big part of it will be about the animals’ welfare – you’ll need to make sure they have the right food at the right times, and that their areas are clean and well maintained. You’ll need to look after our guests too, helping them to discover more about the different species through both interaction and educational talks.

Our requirements:

It goes without saying that you’ll need a demonstrable interest in animals. You’re likely to have undertaken some sort of Animal Management course, or you might have a good understanding of natural sciences. However, what’s really important here is that you’re full of enthusiasm and genuinely passionate about bringing the world of reptiles and birds to life. In particular, you should be confident when it comes to interacting with and inspiring guests of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll be working five days out of seven, including many weekends and bank holidays, so flexibility is important, and because this is a trainee position, we’re looking for someone who’s keen to learn and hungry to build a strong knowledge of the birds and reptiles we keep.

The organisation:

Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, the world’s second largest operator of visitor attractions with a portfolio that includes THORPE PARK, Alton Towers Resort, The London Eye and Madame Tussauds. When it comes to all-round family entertainment, Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo is the full package. Not only do we have a theme park complete with thrilling, action-packed rides, we’re also home to a SEA LIFE centre and of course, our fantastic Zoo.

What’s in it for you?
We offer a competitive salary along with a great benefits package, including a pension and a Merlin Magic pass which will give you free admission to all of our attractions. What’s more, by joining an ever-expanding global business, you’ll be sure to receive exceptional development opportunities.

We believe in equality of opportunity and employ people solely on the basis of their abilities.

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