Thursday, December 12, 2019

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Utah’s Hogle Zoo


Performs daily care of exotic and/or domestic animals, cleaning and maintaining guest areas, service areas, holding areas and exhibit areas. Maintains extensive animal records relating to health, diet, behavior and overall welfare. Supports Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s conservation efforts. Hourly position.


This position reports directly to the assigned Curator.


1. Effectively monitor health, behavior and overall welfare of assigned resident animals and communicate changes to the area lead, curator and/or veterinary staff. Oversee and administer medications as prescribed.

2. Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of assigned resident animals including training, enrichment, research, and education.

3. Maintain extensive animal records.

4. Clean and maintain holding and exhibit areas consistent with established professional standards.

5. Coordinate area schedule of husbandry and building maintenance tasks. 

6. Develop, revise and update area protocols and check lists in a timely manner.

7. Insure compliance with USDA regulations.

8. Develop and coordinate animal enrichment, training and related schedules. 

9. Ensure inspection of exhibits and surrounding areas – follow up on written requests for needed repairs, upgrades or attention.

10. Actively support and implement area policies,
procedures, and protocols to ensure the highest standards of care for the assigned resident animals and the safety of staff and guests.

11. Maintains knowledge and competency in current professional animal practices.

12. Positively promote and foster a work environment that improves department function and productivity.

13. Oversee activities of assigned area Animal Care interns and volunteers.

14. Must be dependable and willing to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays.

15. Demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of jobs and flexibility in working in a variety of areas. 

16. Train fellow keepers, volunteers and interns.

17. Knowledge and responsibility for hand tools, vehicles, and equipment. 

18. Make minor repairs to exhibits and enrichment devices. 

19. Assist with tours and educate guests, donors, and staff.

20. Commitment to the zoo’s mission. 

21. Ability and willingness to work over-time as needed. 

22. Performs other duties as assigned.

23. Maintains strict confidentiality. 

24. Willingness to participate in conservation field research.


 Education and Experience 

GED or High School Diploma is required and a minimum of 2 years of paid experience in animal care. Associates or Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position:

Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of:

  • Computer operations and technical software applications.
  • Microsoft Office Suite.

Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of:

  • Mathematical concepts and logic.
  • Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations.

Required animal care skills include working knowledge of:

  • Complete behavioral management training and utilize operant conditioning and enrichment techniques within first 90 days. 
  • Animals’ natural behavior and husbandry practices.
  • Animal welfare standards and UHZ’s methods of assessment. 
  • USDA regulations.
  • Ongoing participation in behavioral husbandry (enrichment and training) concept, technique and application.
  • AZA standards.

Must possess excellent communications skills:

  • Interpersonal conflict resolution method. 
  • Editing and proofreading. 
  • Effectively promote organization and services offered. 
  • Interpersonal communication. 
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution method. 
  • Editing and proofreading.
  • Effectively promote organization and services offered.
  • Interact with courtesy and respect to staff, volunteers, and guests. 

Must have the ability to:

  • Be an effective team player.
  • Maintain current certification in the use of a fire extinguisher. 
  • Knowledge and the ability to use bear spray.
  • Accept constructive feedback.
  • Learn new tasks.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Apply critical thinking techniques. Analyze and solve problems. 
  • Prioritize work. 
  • Ability to manage time effectively and minimize the use of overtime.
  • Perform within deadlines.
  • Ability to stay focused despite interruptions.
  • Deal with stress caused by deadlines.
  • Work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Memory for details. 

The incumbent must always demonstrate judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Hogle Zoo.

Work Environment

Incumbent performs in an outdoor environment, exposure to the seasonal elements, dust, and allergens for prolonged periods of time. Tasks require a variety of
physical activities, which generally involve muscular strain. Eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions. Must be able to listen and respond to a handheld radio. Ability to stoop, bend, twist, turn, climb, jump, run when necessary, and move quickly to avoid dangerous situations. Must be able to walk on wet and uneven surfaces. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted and 75 lbs. with assistance. Must be able to push and pull up to 50 lbs. A valid driver’s license is required. Provide a negative TB test prior to hire date and maintain TB testing through course of employment. 


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Executive Director

Executive Director

Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums - Aquariums et Zoos Accrédités du Canada (CAZA/AZAC)


Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums - Aquariums et Zoos Accrédités du Canada (CAZA/AZAC) is seeking an experienced association and public affairs executive to lead its organization as Executive Director.


Founded in 1975, CAZA/AZAC is a charitable organization that represents the nation’s leading zoological parks and aquariums. CAZA/AZAC regulates the only pan-Canadian standards for zoos and aquariums, covering animal welfare, public safety, conservation and science, ethical practices, and public engagement. For more information on the organization, its vision and mission, please visit the website


The Executive Director will promote national recognition of CAZA/AZAC and its members as trusted leaders in contributing to the sustainability of the natural world, whose standards exemplify international best practice in the care of animals and promoting conservation action.


▪        Guides the strategic direction of the organization, consistent with the vision established by the board of directors.

▪        Establishes and leads an integrated approach to government and community relations, advancing awareness of CAZA/AZAC’s vision, presence, engagement and impact locally, provincially and nationally.

▪        Promotes collaborations among members that enhance the organization’s regional and national presence and influence public policy.

▪        Monitors emerging issues and provides timely strategic information and advice regarding government priorities, public policy, legislation, regulations, accountability requirements, issues, and industry trends, challenges and opportunities.

▪        Fosters strategic working relationships with other industry associations, key agencies and academia to advance CAZA/AZAC objectives.

▪        Acts as principal spokesperson for the organization with media and other stakeholders.

▪        Oversees the operations, planning and budget for CAZA/AZAC, including the coaching and supervision of a small team of professionals.



▪        Five to seven years of progressive association management experience or a blend of association and other relevant management experience.

▪        Significant experience and proven track record in government relations, advocacy communications, and public affairs.

▪        Significant experience working with member-based organizations, as well as volunteer boards and committees.

▪        Proven track record in issue management and media relations, including in a spokesperson role.

▪        Demonstrated leadership in building and sustaining successful relationships and collaborations with external partners.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

▪        Knowledge and understanding of leadership and management principles as applied to non-profit governance models.

▪        Knowledge and understanding of the working of governments (all levels) as well as public sector decision-making.

▪        Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills.

▪        Industry knowledge or experience would be an asset.

▪        Bilingualism (spoken and written) is considered an asset.


Please send a copy of your resume with a completed self-assessment (see below) to

Submissions must be received at the above e-mail address no later than end of business day Friday, January 3rd, 2020.

Candidate Self-Assessment -- CAZA/AZAC Executive Director

This self-assessment form is intended to offer you the opportunity to capture, in your own words, the experiences, competencies and values that help to support your candidacy. Please provide supporting statements, highlighting your experience and achievements. Feel free to use as much space as you require.

Section A: Please provide relevant/comparable experiences as they relate to this role.

Section B: Please provide answers to the questions as they relate to your candidacy.

SECTION A - Executive Director Mandates

1. Advocacy and government relations

2. Establishing a visible presence and national profile

3. Governance and Board Relations

4. Member engagement and mobilization

5. Strategic and administrative leadership

SECTION B – About Your Candidacy

1. What is your motivation for pursuing this opportunity?

2. What are your salary/compensation expectations?

3. If successful, when would you be able to start in this new position

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Looking for a new and exciting challenge in the new year?

Almond Valley is one of West Lothian's favourite family attractions and the farm is one of its most popular features. Mill farm is home to a range of farm livestock and smaller animals. Throughout the summer we offer a daily programme of “animal encounters” when visitors are introduced to the animals, and can learn a little about them.

We’re now entering an exciting period of time with lots of development on the farm, so we are recruiting for an animal keeper that will contribute and help to continue to raise the bar in animal welfare standards and to also help maximise the quality of our visitor’s day out. This will include most aspects of the care of livestock and the operation of the farm, involving the usual range of feeding, mucking-out, cleaning and other husbandry duties along with basic site maintenance works and public talks/demonstrations.

Candidates must have appropriate experience of working with farm livestock or hoof-stock, (as well as the smaller domestic animals), and possess the necessary insight and training to work safely and effectively in an animal attraction. Experience of operating farm machinery would be desirable. This is an active, manual role that requires appropriate physical fitness.

Much of the work takes place in the public eye, so a warm personality and a welcoming manner is essential when interacting with visitors, along with prioritising jobs and allowing the public to enjoy their day out. It is also necessary to have the knowledge and confidence to address large audiences that assemble for many of the demonstrations and events.

This is a full time position, initially on a 1 year contract, normally working 9-5 five days in seven, which will include weekend working. We might consider offering roles on a part time basis. Wage rates meet national living wage.


Experience with farm animals

Experience in public speaking

Experience in working at a public/tourist attraction

Animal related qualification

Full driving license

1 years experience in working with animals in a tourist attraction (or open to the public)

Appropriate physical fitness

If you would like to join our passionate and friendly animal team at this exciting time, please apply now by sending a full CV, plus a covering note outlining the particularly qualities that would make you an excellent candidate for the post.


Closing date: 31 December 2019

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Full time, Permanent, Paid

Perfect for those just starting out in the zoo industry; Manor Wildlife Park is looking for highly motivated applicants who are willing to learn on the job and have either been awarded, or are working towards a professional zoological qualification. The successful applicant will be part of a small team, working with a range of exotic species whilst helping to deliver the highest levels of animal husbandry.

The role of Animal Keeper is a varied one, and the successful candidate will get the chance to work with a number of species, from large carnivores to hoof-stock, small mammals and birds. Your roles and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, all elements of animal husbandry, enclosure maintenance, animal training and delivering talks and VIP experiences.

The ideal applicant should have

•        Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•        An ability to work to your own initiative

•        Working towards the DMZAA or equivalent qualification

•        At least 1 year of paid or voluntary experience working within the animal sector

•        Experience in visitor engagement and public speaking

•        A full UK driving license (Desirable)

•        Firearms license (Desirable)

This is an entry level position, with full training being given to the successful candidate.

The position is available for an immediate start, with successful applicants required to perform a trial day as part of the interview process.

Interested in this position? Then please send in your CV and covering letter by email to:

The closing date for this position is the 24th January 2020

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bird Staff

Bird Staff

Muncaster Hawk and Owl Centre

Muncaster Hawk and Owl Centre is looking to recruit experienced Bird Staff to join our dedicated & loyal team.

A passion for birds & their conservation is a must as well as enthusiasm & a love of working outdoors.

Experience flying a variety of raptors in public displays and engaging with visitors is required. Experience flying falcons & eagles as well as delivering entertaining and educational commentaries is desired, although not essential and further training can be given if necessary.

Staff accommodation is available.

Competitive salary will be discussed at interview dependent on experience.

 Please email covering letter and CV to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keeper - Elephants

Animal Keeper - Elephants

Located in the picturesque village of Woburn, Bedfordshire; Woburn Safari Park is home to some of the world’s most magnificent and endangered animals.  Today it forms part of the Bedford Estates, which also includes Woburn Abbey, Woburn Golf Club and The Woburn Hotel.

Woburn Safari Park is currently looking to recruit an Animal Keeper to join the Elephant team.

Woburn’s Elephant Herd consists of 4 Adult Asian elephants and our juvenile, which are managed primarily in free contact.

Duties will include daily husbandry and management of the elephants including training, washing and exercising.  The successful applicant will be required to work as part of a close knit team and will be able to demonstrate the good communication skills required for regular elephant presentations and special experiences.

The ideal candidate would be required to have the following:
- Experience working with elephants in a zoo environment or similar for a minimum of 6 months (essential).
- Experience working in a free contact environment with elephants (desirable).
- Demonstrable ability to behavioural train category 1 animals (desirable).
- Work well within a team and be able to supervise and develop work experience students.
- Flexible approach to work and working hours.
- Current full driving licence.

The position is full time working 5 days out of 7.  As this will include regular weekend working, a flexible approach to days / hours is required.
For further information, and details on how to apply, please visit our website:

Closing date: Sunday 5th January 2020

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant