Saturday, August 27, 2016




RSCC is a small private facility based in Sandwich in Kent, We are looking for an enthusiastic and self motivated individual to help look after our animal collection. The Ideal candidate would be able to work alone in a quiet environment, have excellent standards of hygiene, cleanliness and records keeping and organisation and have previous experience with small carnivores or felids, or at the very least have a passionate interest in these groups. Some sound knowledge or interest in horticulture would be beneficial as gardening and grounds maintenance are an important aspect of this role.

The role will be physically demanding so any candidate must be physically fit, RSCC is not open to the general public but we hold various functions and open days each year so communication and presentation ability is important.

You would be working with Clouded Leopard, Maned Wolf, Fosa, Ring-Tailed Vontsira, Grandidier’s Vontsira, Fanaloka, Sumatran Banded Civet, Palawan Binturong, Bengal Slow Loris, False Gharial, Great Hornbill and Caribbean Flamingo.

Valid UK or EU drivers license is essential. Accommodation is not included.
Working 5 days per week, from 8am to 6pm (summer) 8am to 5pm (winter) Including bank holidays.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: £15,000 - 19,000 p/a  depending on experience.

Please send CV and covering letter to:   (please do not send my post)

Closing Date: September 8th, 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Bird Trainers

Bird Trainers

Emirates Park Zoo is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Bird Training team. We need experienced trainers that have both trained and presented shows to the paying public. Shows are presented in English and Arabic. Although Arabic speaking is not essential it would be beneficial.

Successful applicants must have at least a years’ experience in public demonstration orientated work.

We are primarily looking for Exotic Bird Trainers/Presenters (Parrots, Toucans, Ibis etc), but we are also accepting CV’s for Bird of Prey Trainers/Presenters.

A good knowledge of birds and their welfare is essential. We are a growing zoo and are looking for people who want to continue learning and growing with the company.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, CV and video of yourself presenting a demonstration to

Closing date: 15th September 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sealion Trainer

Sealion Trainer

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Director of Operations

 Director of Operations

Wildwood Trust
Salary £45,000 to £60,000

About Wildwood Trust
Wildwood Trust is a charity running a unique British animal park and visitor centre, dedicated to rewilding Britain through the restoration of wild habitats and reintroduction of extinct species. Wildwood became a Charity in 2002 and now works solely for wildlife conservation and public education. The animal park is central to our charitable and business objectives, and also supportive of our ambitious objectives to enthuse and educate people and to support conservation and rewilding efforts across the UK. Wildwood (Canterbury) has recently been joined by Wildwood (Escot) thus, management of the animal collection and keeper team spans over the two parks. The post is based at Wildwood Park Herne Common Herne Bay Kent but will be responsible for operations across both sites.

The Post
This exciting new role of Director of Operations will lead the park operations and commercial activity of our charity, dedicated to giving our visitors a great day out. Reporting to the Chief Executive with a remit to develop, exploit and manage all our operations to achieve our strategic goal of developing the parks ability to deliver:
•        An excellent day out for our visitors and members
•        Managing and developing our animal collection and exhibits
•        Managing and developing staff cohesion and efficiency
•        Project management and reporting
•        A safe environment for our staff and visitors
•        Enhanced profitability of our commercial operations

As Director of Operations you will have a proven track record of achievement in delivering customer service, facilities management, health and safety and project management and delivering significant income generation from a variety of streams.
You will be an experienced senior operational professional, ideally with zoo or leisure experience, an accomplished and experienced team leader, combining strategic and business awareness with the ability to influence and collaborate across the whole organisation. You will understand Zoo or leisure best practice in the UK and have delivered steady growth and innovative commercial developments in a customer focused industry.
This role will be part of a small team of Directors under the Chief Executive and it is essential that this post works in close co-operation with that Senior Management Team.

This is a full time post 37.5 hours per week.
For a full job description and personal specification please go to our website
Or call 01227 712111
CV and covering letter should be sent to:
Eileen Bartlett
Office Manager
Wildwood Trust
Herne Common
Herne Bay

Closing date is 7th October 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bird Trainer

Bird Trainer

Company: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Title: Bird Trainer
Address: 10801 Dolphin Lane, Gulfport, MS 39503
Posted: August 2016
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Number of Positions: 2

Description: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (“IMMS”), a private, non-profit organization located in Gulfport, Mississippi, is seeking motivated, dedicated, and experienced individuals to become part of our Animal Care and Training team. The Training team is looking to split the marine mammal and bird departments. Bird trainers will be responsible for all aspects of the daily care and training of different large parrot species and parakeets, providing an enriching environment for the animal and educational experiences for guests.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • ·         Participate in the primary care and training of resident large parrot species and large flock of parakeets
  • ·         Must handle birds and maintain behaviors with all show animals
  • ·         Routine cleaning and maintenance of all bird exhibits
  • ·         Prepare food and feed according to established procedures
  • ·         Maintain all feeding, behavior, training, and medical records
  • ·         Participate in behavioral enrichment
  • ·         Narrate animal presentations and shows over microphone to large audiences
  • ·         Assist veterinarian during routine animal husbandry
  • ·         Report and communicate with Animal Care Supervisor daily
  • ·         Maintain professional working relationships with entire park staff and maintain a professional appearance
  • ·         Be able to work both independently and as a team
  • ·         May plan and direct the work of junior trainers, interns, and/or volunteers
  • ·         Monitor and ensure safe working environments for birds, staff, and guests
  • ·         Public speaking and presentations during outreach events as required
  • ·         May also participate in research studies, educational programs, and stranding response activities with live and dead stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, necropsies, and other activities of the organization as required.

Requested Requirements:

  • ·         Educational requirement includes, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in a science or related field from an accredited university.
  • ·         1 year experience or more in bird training and/or show setting with experience interpreting bird body language
  • ·         Dedicated bird enthusiast not looking to advance to other species
  • ·         Candidates must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • ·         Must be able to understand, communicate, and follow written and oral instructions
  • ·         Must have good public speaking skills over a microphone
  • ·         Candidates should be in good physical condition and capable of lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • ·         Able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays, as scheduled.
  • ·         Ability to spend much of the day outside in the elements including hot and humid weather.
  • ·         Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and training of the applicant.
  • ·         IMMS is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:
To apply, Please include the following documents: Cover letter, Current Resume and Photograph
Send you information, Via E-mail to
Please attach application documents as either a PDF, JPEG, or Microsoft Word document to with “Bird Trainer Position” in the subject line.
Filename for each document should be first name_last name_document type (for example  jane_doe_resume.docx, jane_doe_photograph.jpeg)

Hiring process may take up to 3 weeks, we will be in contact if you are chosen for an interview.

Contact Title: Director of Animal Care
Phone: 228-547-0896
Web Site:

Kelly Pulis
Marine Mammal Training Supervisor
Rescue and Rehab Specialist
Animal Care Volunteer Coordinator
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
10801 Dolphin Lane
Gulfport, MS 39502


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Animal Welfare Advisor

Animal Welfare Advisor – Fixed term

Join our vibrant organisation!

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it. Our success relies on two key things. The impression we create through our 140 acre zoological park, Marwell Zoo, with its wide array of exotic and endangered species and the family of talented people we employ who share our passion and bring our vision to life.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Animal Welfare Advisor to join our Veterinary Team on a fixed term basis, providing maternity leave cover for up to one year. This is a full time post working 40 hours per week.

The successful candidate will continue the development of animal welfare monitoring at Marwell Zoo, use the latest scientific evidence to maintain the highest standards of welfare, as well as providing day-to-day animal nutrition advice. They will also play an integral role in ensuring the efficient transfer of animals between zoological institutions and compliance with relevant legislation. This role also supports the training and development of staff and higher education students, including the supervision of project work carried out at the zoo.

The successful candidate will have a Degree or equivalent in Animal Science or another applicable discipline. A comprehensive knowledge of all taxonomic groups is essential as is experience with nutritional analysis of diets and their formulation.

Applicants must have clear and effective communication skills and be highly organised with the ability to meet numerous demands working to tight deadlines. Applicants must be IT literate with good Word and Excel skills.

In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, for a full candidate brief and our application form. This application form must be completed for you to be considered for this role.

Closing Date: 8th September 2016

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

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.

Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant