Monday, August 17, 2009

Experienced Zoo Keepers - Marwell Wildlife

Experienced Zoo Keepers - Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and the natural world, working in Africa and in Hampshire.

We are currently looking to recruit two keepers to work within the animal collection. One position is working on a mixed species section which includes small primates and birds, the other is on our carnivore section working with a wide range of species.

Previous experience is essential for the carnivore role and advantageous for the mixed species section.

The applicant should possess the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals or related qualification.

Roles and responsibilities include daily animal husbandry, maintaining good health in the animals and keeping daily checks and records.

The chosen applicant is expected to be able to work well as part of a team, be hard-working, self-motivated and able to use their initiative. The applicant must possess good interpersonal skills including talking to members of the public which is an essential part of the role.

A full driving license is advantageous.

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check as a condition of employment.

Closing date: Monday 24th August. Interview dates: 1st and 2nd September 2009.

To apply, please download the application form on our website or contact Rachel Norman, HR Coordinator on 01962 777952. E-mail

Please state on your application form which role you are applying for.

Marwell Wildlife Registered Charity No 275433

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Education Officer / Presenter - Edinburgh Zoo

Education Officer / Presenter
Based @ Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), a charity founded in 1909, owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. The Zoo is the 2nd most popular paying visitor attraction in Scotland, offering an excellent day out to more than 650,000 visitors annually, and has an international reputation for its very active conservation and education programmes. The Highland Wildlife Park is a premier visitor attraction based at Kincraig outside Aviemore and features Scottish and other species, some now extinct in the wild.

The Zoo is modernizing and expanding to meet and exceed the demands of visitors for the best facilities and services, while maintaining its excellent standards of animal welfare and enhancing its conservation and education activities. The Animal, Conservation & Education Department plays a central, dynamic part in this process.

A vacancy has arisen for an Education Presenter working within the Animal, Conservation & Education team. This role is to be part of the team communicating to visitors, especially within the new £6m Budongo Trail chimpanzee exhibit opened in 2008 and our Rainbow Landings lorikeet exhibit.

This role requires good communication skills and ability to relate to different age and ability groups.

The successful candidate will need to work in close collaboration with others and the post requires flexible working – including weekends, and is a full time position, 37.5 hours per week.

The successful candidate will preferably have experience of giving presentations/public speaking, working with diverse age groups and/or working in a visitor attraction, and have a good level of animal / environmental knowledge and excellent customer care.

Salary for this post will be in the region of £13,000 - £14,000 depending on experience.

This post is subject to an enhanced CRB check.

Applications should be received by 5pm on 1st September 2009. Invitation to interview will be by email/phone with interviews on 7th September.

Start date by mutual arrangement, asap. For further information please email
or phone 0131 314 0324.

To apply please send your CV and a completed RZSS application form (available from – "Work at the Zoo"), marked `Education Officer/Presenter' to:
Stephen Woollard,
Education & Interpretation Manager,
Edinburgh Zoo,
134 Corstorphine Road,
EH12 6TS.

Our mission is to inspire and excite our visitors with the wonder of living animals, and so to promote the conservation of threatened species and habitats.
The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC004064

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Senior Presenter - Bristol Zoo

Senior Presenter - Bristol Zoo

Salary range £17,000 - £18,000 per annum

A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Presenter to join Bristol Zoo's Presentations Team within the Learning Department. This post-holder supports and deputises for the Presentations Manager.

The successful applicant will have considerable experience in animal husbandry, animal training and presentations skills, as well as proven leadership ability. The Presentations Section develops and delivers the animal demonstrations and enclosure presentations as well as staffing the walkthrough exhibits, husbanding and training the Section's animals and advising the Animal Department on husbandry training. Experience with seal husbandry would also be a great advantage.

Please read the covering letter, job description and person specification for this role which are available to download from Bristol Zoo's website: http://www.bristolz about/jobs

To apply for this position please return the completed application form, recruitment monitoring form and current CV by 5.00 pm on Sunday, 16th August 2009 to:

Mrs Sarah Eason,
Payroll/HR Assistant,
Bristol Zoo Gardens,
BS8 3HA.

Please clearly mark your envelope "SP Application" .
Email applications will not be accepted.

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Keeper - Taronga Zoo

Keeper - Taronga Zoo

This is an exceptional career opportunity for a committed and motivated individual to join our Australian Fauna Precinct team. This position plays vital part in Australian Fauna conservation through public education about natural habitats, research, breeding and field conservation.

Embracing all aspects of the Life Sciences division, the successful applicant 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.
· Demonstrated customer service ethos.
· Demonstrated 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

It is essential that the successful candidate holds a current driver’s licence and has the ability to work over a 7 day roster.

To obtain an information package, including the position description and application form, please visit our website
or contact Warrick Angus on 02 9978 4733 or

Applications, including an application form and resume should be posted to the HR Officer, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, PO Box 20 Mosman NSW 2088 by Monday 24 August 2009 quoting reference number 2009/3023.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orangutan Keeper position - Woodland Park Zoo

Orangutan Keeper position - Woodland Park Zoo


This is your opportunity to join a dynamic animal management team at Woodland Park Zoo! Applications are now being accepted for Zoo Keeper in the Animal Management Department. There is one full-time position with benefits to be filled at this time. The pay rate is $21.16

The Zoo Keeper is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of animal care operations within specific assigned areas of the zoo. Weekend, evening, and holiday work may also be required.

Bachelor's degree in a Life Sciences field from an accredited four-year college or university; and five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Demonstrated experience working with orangutans is preferred.

Please see complete job announcements for specific positions, and application directions provided on the main “Jobs” page of the Woodland Park Zoo web site:


Application Deadline: August 16, 2009

The Zoo Is A Great Place To Work!
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Animal Conditioning and Training Manager - Australia Zoo

Animal Conditioning and Training Manager - Australia Zoo

Department: Primates

Reports to: Senior Curator – General Manager - Zoo Director

Position Description: In this position, you will have primary responsibility for the procedures and policies of this department. The Head Trainer must have a demonstrated knowledge of operant training/conditioning and incorporate these techniques throughout departmental documents. They will ensure that operational systems are in place for the facilities & services being coordinated and conducted by the Department’s staff.

Your Keeper Staff will be responsible for the care and well being of animals under their care. Zoo Keepers must also be understanding and sensitive to the needs of the animals under their care. They are responsible for the animal exhibit’s, involved with maintenance and landscaping and presenting at daily demonstrations. Zoo Keepers are dedicated to conservation issues and animal welfare.

Animal Trainers and Zoo Keepers at Australia Zoo continually work towards providing improved facilities and care for their animals. They do this with enthusiasm and motivation towards their individual learning and training.

Duties include:
• Direct the formulation of animal resource management strategies, policies and plans of their section.
• Your primary role is to develop and apply training and development programs for staff and animals alike. This includes the conditioning and training of staff and animals to allow walks through the Zoo and the potential for filming opportunities.
• Encourage and develop the use of operant conditioning practices throughout the team.
• Training of staff for current best practice to achieve training and conditioning with cheetah but also other exotic animals. (again with specific display and potential filming aspects considered)
• Allows for the ability of display activities utilizing the most up to date and innovative techniques.
• Revision and reassessment of current systems so as to bring them up to date and to achieve the goals of the company.
• Undertake performance management systems for individual and team performance.
• Oversee and assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the animal enclosures.
• Oversee and assist with the planning, development and construction of animal enclosures.
• Ensure that animal health checks are conducted.
• Ensure that the preparation of food and feeding of animals in accordance with diet requirements feeding schedules and procedures.
• Maintain records of observations and reports on animal behaviour and breeding.
• Ensure that environment and enclosure safety checks are conducted.
• Co-ordinate and maintain hands on care of animals.
• Control and co-ordinate animal enrichment.
• Maintain high standard of customer service and publicity.
• Oversee any public speaking or delivering demonstrations.
• Commit to our privacy and confidentiality policies.
• Work within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure both animal and personal, and visitor security.
• Participate in performance training and development reviews or programs as requested by the company both on and off the job.
• The attainment of tertiary education/qualifications with specific reference to exotic animals and their training is essential.
• Attend meetings as requested by Senior management.
• Other duties as requested by the Head Curator – General Manager - Zoo Director.

We are seeking a motivated and experienced trainer to supervise the Cheetahs/Primates Department with a strong focus on the training and conditioning of animals within the department.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the ability to train other staff in the process of training and conditioning animals and have a strong focus on company goals. They must demonstrate knowledge in the use of operant conditioning and training.

Tertiary education in areas relating to training and conditioning of animals and staff is essential.

The Cheetahs/Primates Department will be developing over the next 5 years to include Great Apes. Therefore, applicants with a strong background working with Great Apes would be preferred.

It is also preferred that the successful applicant have experience in training exotic and domestic animals for film and television.

Weekend availability and own transport essential.

To apply for this job please click HERE

Applications close 12th of August 2009

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