Sunday, November 22, 2009

Learning manager (maternity cover) - London Wetland Centre

Learning manager (maternity cover)

London Wetland Centre, Barnes

37.5 Hours per week

9 – 12 month fixed-term contract

£27,211 - £28,643 per annum

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK. Our mission is to promote, protect and develop wetlands and their wildlife. WWT operates nine visitor centres in the UK aimed at bringing people closer to wetland wildlife.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our London Wetland Centre for a Learning Manager who has the ability to implement our formal and non-formal Learning for Life programmes. This will involve the management of staff, learning spaces, resources and the department’s budget with responsibility for facilitating evaluative research programmes to assess effectiveness and contribute to the overall development of all WWT’s programmes.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent with experience in a teaching and learning environment. A qualification in First Aid and an interest in nature conservation and environmental issues is desirable.

Appointment to this position is subject to the successful candidate receiving full clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau.

A job description and application pack is available from Alternatively you can email or write to HR Department, WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT

Closing date for applications is 7th December 2009.

First interviews will be held the week commencing 14th December 2009 at the London Wetland Centre.

Saving wetlands for wildlife and people

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Protect the Griffon Vulture in Israel

Protect the Griffon Vulture in Israel

Help us protect the Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) in Israel:

We invite you to participate in our efforts to protect the endangered population of the Griffon Vulture in Israel. In order to sustain and conserve these vulnerable birds.
We conduct nest surveillance at Gamla Nature Reserve, which is located at the center of the Golan Heights in northern Israel.
The area is very calm and remote from the center of the country (and usually from the news...).
In the canyons of this Reserve exists one of the last and largest breeding colonies of Griffon Vultures in Israel.
Volunteers from all over the world participate in this project. They help us watch and document all behaviors (courtship, mating, incubating, hatching, feeding, fledging etc.) and track fledglings and juveniles which are ringed and/or fitted with radio transmitters.

The project starts from the beginning of December 2009 until the end of June 2010. Daily observations are carried out during light hours (a total of 8 hours a day).

Volunteering terms:
Volunteers will work 6 days a week (including weekends) and will have one day off. Special permission is required to take more than two successive days off. Traveling to and from Israel will be on the volunteers' account. We will provide them with accommodation (in the near-by town - Kazrin) and transportation to the reserve.

Desired qualifications:
We prefer volunteers who have some background in birdwatching and/or nature protecting activities, and volunteers who will be able to commit to at least four successive weeks.
The candidate should be able to communicate in basic English, have some basic excel skills, have valid permission (visa) to stay in Israel and should be fully covered with life/health insurance.

Requirements regarding the observations – volunteer should also be
• In good physical condition as the observation spots are reached on foot
• Willing to work under harsh weather conditions – extremely hot in the summer and tremendously cold in the winter
• Patient and willing to sit alone on the cliff for long hours
• Highly motivated, dedicated and responsible

For more information please write or call:
Tel. Gamla Nature Reserve: ++(972)-4-6822282
Fax: ++(972)-4-6822285
E-mail: and / or

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Senior Reproductive Biologist - Taronga Conservation Society - Australia

Senior Reproductive Biologist - Taronga Conservation Society - Australia

The TCSA reproductive program was established in 1994 to perform reproductive research and provide a management resource to both Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, as well as other conservation and animal management organisations.

The successful applicant will possess:

• Degree in Reproductive Sciences, post-graduate training and/or significant experience in comparative (zoo and wildlife) reproductive biology investigation.
• Experience with grant writing and fundraising on individual, corporate, foundation and governmental levels
• Ability to work productively in a team, develop collaborations with a broad range of government agencies and experience in student and staff supervision
• Capable of initiating and managing research projects to be published in peer reviewed journals
• Understanding of broad activities of the zoo industry.
• Demonstrated experience with teaching, lecturing and public speaking.
• Interest and experience in applying reproductive science to conservation of species in the field.
• Understanding and commitment to environmental and occupational health and safety principles.

To obtain further information including a position description, selection criteria and an application form visit or contact Rebecca Spindler on (02) 9978 4608, or email

Applications should be sent to HR Officer, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, PO Box 20, Mosman 2088 or emailed to (Human Resources Recruitment Officer) by Thursday 26 November 2008, quoting reference no. 2009/57.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex - Stichting AAP

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex - Stichting AAP

At Stichting AAP, we give shape to our ideals in a professional way: improve the well being of abused or turned down exotic monkeys and small to medium mammals from Europe. We do this by taking care of animals that come from illegal trade, circuses, laboratories or private individuals. For most animals we worldwide look for the right replacement address in reserves, zoos or in our own permanent sanctuary in the South of Spain.

On the other hand, AAP works on avoiding well being problems by active influence through policymakers and deciders on this subject, as well as in the Netherlands as in Europe. We take an active role and on a strategic level, in cooperation with professional organizations at home and abroad. AAP is also an international authoritative knowledge centre.

We employ around 70 people and may count on the same number of volunteers. We have our seat on a large and modern location, in the middle of a green area close to Almere. Nowhere else can you see the result of your work so directly: every animal under our care is recovering. You will have a close, professional group of colleagues: from animal carers to fund raisers, we all have the same idealistic ideas.

For the Rescue and Rehabilitaion Group we are looking for a

Team Leader Chimpanzee Complex m/f
(38 hours)

The Chimpanzee Complex consists of three departments:

1) A permanent lifetime-care-centre for ex lab chimpanzees that are infected with HIV, SIV and Hepatitis C. These chimpanzees are not sick but potentially infectious and therefore require special care;
2) A chimpanzee quarantine for newly arrived animals from poor conditions all over Europe;
3) A chimpanzee resocialisation unit, temporary intensive care where newly arrived chimpanzees will learn to live in a group again. When the chimpanzees live in stable social groups they will move to other permanent facilities.

Your role
In this challenging and interesting job your are responsible for this unique department. As teamleader you will participate in the daily care of the chimpanzees, including feeding and cleaning cages. However the majority of your time you will be managing and directing the animal care staff (partly english speaking) and dealing with animal care administration. In cooperation with a team of specialists (veterinarian staff and ethologists) and your assistant team leader your are responsible for the well-being of both; chimpanzees and 11 caregivers in your department. Due to the nature and health status of the chimpanzees strict hygiene and safety protocols are in order and must be adhered to at all times.

Your baggage
Feeling for the goals of AAP and for the non-profit sector
* a relevant college degree at MBO+ level as animal care taker or 4 years relevant working experience
* you have minimal one year experience in the field of working with primates, including chimpanzees
* we preference knowlegde of Article 12 (Law concerning Animal Experimantation) * you speak fluently English and Dutch also in writing
* you are an experienced team leader, good in communicating and motivating
* you are a real team player, and strong as a coach for your team
* you are able to work under stress and take initiative to solve problems
* you are capable of working according to strict protocols
* you are organised, critical, flexible and concerned about quality
* you have basic computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel etc.)
* you are physically fit and willing to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays.

Our offer
We offer a job with a lot of responsibilities in an open, international, professional organisation in a natural environment where animals and humans are at the centre. Your commencing salary depending on age and experience, will be in the range of € 2.002 and € 2.200 (gross, based on 40 hours), with a yearly career development possibility. Check our website for further information and our terms of employment and atmosphere:

Learn more or apply directly
For further information, call Elly Koppers, Human Resources Coordinator, tel. +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Send your application letter and CV before 25-11-2009 mentioning number 2009-10-ORTLCC, preferably by email to or by mail to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, the Netherlands, attn. Elly Koppers, Human Resources Coordinator.

The interviews are planned in week 49.

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Avian Case Stud Coordinator - Australia Zoo

Avian Case Stud Coordinator - Australia Zoo

Department: Birds

As an Avian Case Study Coordinator in the Birds Department, you will have the zoological role to primarily assist in the studies of the anatomy, physiology, characteristics and environments of animals in particular birds. You will also be responsible for the care and well being of animals under your attendance and show understanding and sensitivity to the needs of these animals. You will be involved with maintenance and landscaping of the animal exhibits, and presenting at daily demonstrations. Dedication to conservation issues and animal welfare is a key element to this role.

It will be essential to posses relevant Tertiary qualifications and the knowledge and skills to undertake the following:


•investigates the interrelationships between animals and their environment by studying animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and controlled environments
•studies and performs research on birds, gathering data on their growth, nutrition, reproduction, prey and predators
•studies the development and functions of animals
•devises methods for population control, especially of vermin and pest animal species
•prepares or supervises the preparation of reports and scientific papers
•may supervise and coordinate the work of field officers and technicians
•undertake ‘research trips’ as required by Australia Zoo either within Australia and/or internationally as requested by Senior Management

General Birds Keeper:

•Undertake cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures.
•Assist with the planning, development and construction of animal enclosures.
•Conduct animal health checks.
•Prepare food and conduct feeding of animals in accordance with diet requirements feeding schedules and procedures.
•Maintain records of observations and reports on animal behaviour and breeding.
•Conduct environment and enclosure safety checks.
•Undertake hands on care of animals.
•Undertake animal enrichment programs.
•Provide a high standard of customer service.
•Undertake public speaking and/or delivering demonstrations.


•Provide a high standard of customer service.
•Undertake public speaking and/or delivering demonstrations.
•Work within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure both animal and personal, and visitor security.
•Commitment to Australia Zoo’s confidentiality and privacy policies.
•Participate in performance training and development reviews or programs as requested by the company both on and off the job.
•Other duties as requested by the Head Keeper, Curator or Zoo Director.
•Attend meetings as requested by Supervisor.

Weekend availability and own transport essential.

Apply for this job below. Applications close 20th of November 2009

Here is a checklist of information you will need to have ready before you start to complete the employment application form:

•Education history
•Employment history
•Any qualifications you may have eg First Aid
•Any achievements you may like to tell us about
•your availability (what hours can you work)
•A resume in .pdf or .doc format
•Any other info that may support your application

Please allow 20 minutes to complete the application. Click HERE to start application

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Research & Studies Officer - Twycross Zoo

Research & Studies Officer - Twycross Zoo

We currently have a vacancy for a Research & Studies Officer, reporting to the Animal Health & Research Manager. This important role is to support, initiate and drive research at the Zoo, providing a high standard of service to researchers, students and Zoo staff. It involves communicating effectively with internal and external individuals and organisations to implement the Zoo’s research strategy. The job holder will also ensure that the veterinary procedures files are well maintained, liaising with the Animal Records Registrar. The role requires someone who has both research and veterinary knowledge and experience.

Full Job Profile for Research & Studies Officer

Key Responsibilities:

• Facilitate student and other external research as per the Zoo Research Strategy
• Initiate research in areas of priority for the zoo and on occasion act as supervisor for such projects
• Support research and conference presentations by zoo staff and support keepers on Animal Management courses and other zoo-funded training, acting as zoo tutor for the Sparsholt animal management course • Manage the database of research projects
• Liaise with the Animal Records Registrar to ensure medical files of documents relating to veterinary procedures are maintained
• Have responsibility for keeping the Zoo’s research web pages up to date
• Respond to enquiries about research, manage the research application process, support researchers during the course of their research on site, liaising with supervisors, negotiating with section heads, zoo sections and management as necessary.
• Ensure that project reports are received and disseminated. Prepare reports on project outcomes in order to inform standard operating protocols
• Maintain a database of zoo publications and posters
• Provide reports as requested on zoo research activity
• Facilitate links with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, supporting research staff in zoo related projects, initiating priority projects and encouraging support from students
• Support the development of Wildpro and the integration of the Wildlife Information Network into the Zoo as a new department
• Support the WildTech project
• Establish relationships with researchers in other local, national and international research establishments in fields of interest to the zoo
• Represent the zoo on external committees as appropriate
• Represent research interests on in-house bodies as appropriate, such as training, enclosure design, enrichment committees

Key Skills and Requirements:

• Demonstrates research experience
• Essential has veterinary knowledge and experience
• Able to cope cheerfully with a variety of work and be flexible in their approach
• Able to work as part of a team and build networks to support research
• Has good communication skills, effective at all levels and in all appropriate environments
• Good presentation skills
• Will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check, which must be clear
• IT literate and confident with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Has an interest in the Zoo’s work and purpose

Hours of Work:
Normal hours are 0900 to 1800 (1700 in winter, when clocks change) Monday to Friday

How to Apply
You must follow the application instructions fully and accurately to be shortlisted for interview. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV with a covering letter to

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Large Mammal Keeper

Large Mammal Keeper - Blair Drummond Safari Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is situated midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh just 4 miles outside Stirling. We are now seeking to employ a full time animal keeper to work within our Large Mammals Department which includes Elephants, Rhino, Giraffe and Zebra.

The successful applicant should be qualified in a zoological science field to HND level or above. Animal husbandry experience, in particular hoof stock is preferred but not essential.

The successful applicant will be working within a small dedicated team who all share a common goal of improving animal welfare and public awareness of endangered species within a captive habitat. The role will involve numerous different and challenging tasks ranging from daily husbandry to animal training and public talks.

Salary is negotiable

If you are interested in the above position please apply on line via our website and send your c.v. to For more information please telephone Margaret Davidson on 01786 843101.

Closing date for applications is 11th January 2010.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Senior Keeper - Wildwood Trust

Senior Keeper - Wildwood Trust

Job Title: Senior Keeper
Function: Looking after the Wildwood animal collection and conservation projects.
Responsible to: Head Keeper
Salary: £12,790 to £15,272 (+ 9% pension & other benefits)
Wildwood Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation of British Wildlife and running the unique Wildwood Discovery Park.

This role will suit a fit, practical person who can work outdoors during all weathers doing a physically demanding job.
3 years as a zoo keeper would be a notable advantage but all applicants will be considered.

• Care for our collection of British native & once native wildlife
• Build and maintain our natural woodland animal enclosures
• Help educate the public through talks and demonstrations about our animals
• help our conservation projects to promote wildlife conservation

Recruitment Pack

The closing date is 7th December 2009.
Interviews will be held by arrangement within 2 weeks of that date.

Peter Smith
Chief Executive
Wildwood Trust

Tel: 01227 712111

Monday, November 9, 2009

MYCAT Programme Officer

Vacancy: MYCAT Programme Officer

Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT)

An opportunity to be a part of Malaysia's tiger conservation efforts

Based: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Application deadline: 21 November 2009

MYCAT is looking for a motivated individual to join the MYCAT Secretariat's Office.

1. Malaysian citizen

2. Interest in wildlife conservation

3. Good interpersonal communication skills

4. Degree holder

5. Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, etc)

6. Proficiency in English and one other language

7. Team player, creative, responsible and organized

8. Previous experience (including volunteer and internship experience) in conservation is an advantage

1. Outreach and awareness

2. To assist in coordinating roadshow events

3. To assist in coordinating school outreach programmes

4. To assist in coordinating Year of the Tiger events, including International Tiger Day

5. To assist in recruiting and training volunteers

2. Communications

a. To maintain the MYCAT website, e-group and Facebook page

b. To assist in maintaining communication with MYCAT partners and other stakeholders

c. To assist with media communications

d. To assist with corporate donor liaison

e. To assist in producing publications

3. General administrative support

A To handle the sale of merchandise

B To assist in handling daily office operations

C To maintain a database on donors, media and volunteers

Full-time contractual position for 1 January 2010 - 31 December 2010 with possibility of renewal

Interested in joining the team?

Send your current CV and cover letter to the MYCAT Secretariat's Office at

The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is the joint programme of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society - Malaysia Programme and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia for joint implementation of the National Tiger Action Plan for Malaysia. The Plan is the national tiger conservation strategy for Malaysia. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Highly motivated, visionary and capable

Fota Wildlife Park with annual visitor numbers in the region of 350,000 is located on 97 acres of parkland at Fota Island, close to Cork city.

The park is currently engaged in a major development programme which will see an exciting enlargement of exhibits aimed at enhancing visitor experience while promoting conservation, research and education.

Fota is seeking to recruit a new Director to lead and manage the park in achieving its core objectives, delivering on the development programme and promoting the vision of Fota Wildlife Park. The new Director will assume leadership of the park at a critical juncture in its development.

The ideal candidate is an experienced professional who strongly empathizes with and understands the natural world and the need to conserve it. They will have the ability and knowledge to manage the living collection as well as the business and financial expertise required to effectively manage the day to day operation and development of the park.

The successful candidate will hold a qualification and have outstanding experience in appropriate disciplines such as Biological Science and Business Administration. They will possess excellent interpersonal, people management and business development skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to motivate and lead the Fota team.

This appointment will provide a professional with proven experience in zoo or wildlife park management the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the achievements and values of the park.

Salary and other terms and conditions will be discussed with suitable candidates.

For further details or to apply for this position please contact David Casey by email or by post in strictest confidence stating how you meet the above requirements and attaching a CV.

Fota Wildlife Park is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date for receipt of applications is: 20th November 2009

MSS Recruitment,
The Courtyard,
Hill Street,
Dublin 1

Ph: 01 8870692 – info@mssrecruitmentdublin.ie

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Maintenance - The Monkey Sanctuary

Maintenance - The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary is recruiting for an addition to its full-time, on-site Maintenance Team. The Sanctuary requires a person with general building and maintenance skills to join an innovative and busy team.

The Monkey Sanctuary is a registered charity, which is organized and run in the spirit of a co-operative. The Sanctuary cares for monkeys and promotes animal welfare, conservation and sustainable living.

All profits are used for the well-being of the monkeys and other conservation projects.

The Sanctuary is open to the public every summer from Easter until the end of September and during the autumn half-term.

Hours: 37 hours per week arranged by Rota with two days off per week.
Salary: Minimum wage

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter.
The Monkey Sanctuary,
Nr Looe,
PL13 1NZ.

Tel: 01503 262 532

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