Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Qualified Animal Keeper - Africa


Qualified Animal Keeper - Africa

Overview
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile
An opening has arisen for a Qualified Animal Keeper on our Africa Section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Ideally this person will have experience of working with a variety species particularly with primates, including great apes. The Africa Section comprises a range of mammals including white rhino, reticulated giraffe, and chimpanzees, ring tailed lemurs, lions, cheetahs, Grevy's zebras, hippos and a number of antelope species.  Some experience of working with hoof stock or carnivores would also be advantageous. This position will also assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and other Senior Keepers in all aspects of their work but primarily the care of the animals, ensuring high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within the section.



Working hours are 37.5 per week with summer and winter day length variation, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Observing the behaviour, health and security of animals reporting any problems to the senior staff.
  • Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
  • Ensuring that conditions for animals are suitable and reporting any problems, including defects or repairs required to enclosures, to the senior staff on section and relevant departments required.
  • Assisting with the movement and/or training of animals and/or animal demonstrations
  • Supporting in the training and mentoring of less experienced staff.
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors and media.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings and specialist functions.

Person Specification
  • Have a good level of skill and knowledge with a proven work record with a variety of primates including great apes
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Have an understanding of mammal breeding and good familiarity with external zoo associations such as BIAZA and EAZA.
  • Able to use Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience.
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate leadership and professionalism.
  • Have a full clean driving license is - Essential.


To learn more or apply please click HERE













Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Qualified Animal Keeper - HUB Flying Birds


Qualified Animal Keeper - HUB Flying Birds

Overview
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile
ZSL is seeking an experienced keeper on the HUB region of the animal department, working within the Flying Bird demonstrations.



WZ HUB Flying Birds trainer and presenter Maternity cover for a fixed term contract for 9 months with possible extension to 12months


The main role of the flying bird trainer and presenter Keeper (Maternity Cover) position is to manage the day to day operational duties relating to animal husbandry and visitor interaction within the HUB Section specifically flying bird area. This is directed day to day by the section Team Leader or other key senior animal department staff within the section. The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Train Birds for public displays.
  • Present Bird demonstrations to the zoo visitors.
  • Work as part of a small busy team.

Person Specification
The successful candidate will:



  • Practical experience of bird management and training for displays
  • Proven experience with training techniques of a broad range of raptors, experience with the training of exotic birds would also be beneficial
  • Can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of modern avian training practices and diet management of trained birds
  • Broad knowledge of flying  bird husbandry techniques
  • Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate professionalism and excellent team ethic
  • A full driving license is also required


To apply or learn more please click HERE













Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Qualified Animal Keeper - HUB Sealions



Qualified Animal Keeper - HUB Sealions

Overview
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile
ZSL is seeking an experienced keeper on the HUB region of the animal department, working within the Sealions and farm area.



WZ HUB Sealion trainer and presenter Maternity cover for a fixed term contract for 9 months with possible extension to 12months


The main role of the Sealion trainer and presenter Keeper (Maternity Cover) position is to manage the day to day operational duties relating to animal husbandry and visitor interaction within the HUB Section specifically Sealion and Farm area. This is directed day to day by the section Team Leader or other key senior animal department staff within the section. The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Train Sealions for public displays.
  • Present Sealion demonstrations to the zoo visitors.
  • Cover farm area as required.
  • Work as part of a small busy team.


Person Specification
The successful candidate will:

  • Practical experience of Sealion management and training for displays
  • Proven experience and deep understanding of modern pinniped training techniques
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Sealion husbandry techniques
  • In-depth understanding of water management
  • Confident a presenting to large and varied zoo audiences
  • Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate professionalism and excellent team ethic
  • A full driving license is also required



To learn more or apply please click HERE












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Trainee Animal Keeper



Trainee Animal Keeper

Overview
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile
ZSL is seeking a Trainee Animal Keeper on the HUB region of the animal department, within the Farm and sealions area at Whipsnade Zoo.



The main role of a Trainee Keeper is to manage the day to day operational duties relating to animal husbandry and visitor interaction within the HUB Section specifically within the Farm area. This is directed day to day by the section Team Leader or other key senior animal department staff within the section. The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas to the required standard
  • Be comfortable with interacting with visitors.
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work within a diverse team.
  • Assist on other sections as required.


Person Specification
The successful candidate will:

  • Practical experience of animal management with domestic farm animals, hoof stock and equids
  • Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections
  • Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked
  • Proven practical work experience within this field
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record
  • A full driving license is also required.



To Learn more or apply please click HERE












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Monday, February 19, 2018

General Curator



General Curator

Job Title Zoo: General Curator
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Period: 2 years with possible extension
Proposed start date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: Open until filled

1- BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Rabat Zoo is seeking an experienced, energetic, motivated and hardworking General Curator to lead a team of dedicated keepers and manage the animal collection.

Rabat Zoo opened in 2012 after 5 years of renovation. It is now a major destination providing a diversity of wildlife recreation and leisure activities for the whole family. It is designed as 5 African bio-zones composed of various habitats, displaying over 180 species and some 2000 individuals
Rabat Zoo has a mission of Wildlife Recreation, Education, Research and the Conservation of endangered species.

2- OVERALL JOB PURPOSE:
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and the General manager, the General Curator has responsibility for the husbandry, management and display of the animal collection while leading the animal keeper team (30). The position will be a senior member of the leadership team of Rabat Zoo. The key objectives of the position is to drive innovation and excellence in
animal care and develop a sustainable animal collection that supports the Zoo’s strategic goals.

3- POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Contributes and leads the safety of animals, staff and visitors.
Prepares and follows up the membership of the zoo to PAZAA, EAZA, WAZA and other zoological institutions.
Provides leadership to the keeping staff in the daily management of the
animal collection
Develops and reviews all animal care Standard Operating Procedures
including those related to safety.
Works collaboratively with the Animal Health staff on treatment plans and preventive health programs.
Leads, develops and implements the animal care program evaluation and
general animal wellbeing.
Develops and implements all emergency proceedures required.
Oversees the provision of content for the interpretation of new and existing animal exhibits for short and long term needs.
Prepares and has responsibility for the annual budget for the department to be submitted and approved by the administration.
Represents the department on the Zoo’s senior leadership team. Participates in the Duty Officer rotation, including some weekend duty
Participates in, supports and ensures support of key initiatives from other departments including public relations, marketing efforts and guest
experience enhancement.
Develops improved animal management husbandry protocols including the development and implementation of enrichment and feeding calendars.
Provides staff training on animal management and husbandry to improve
captive animal welfare.
Ensures agreed changes are understood by the staff and can be implemented beyond the scope or the program.
Advises on how modifications to existing buildings/enclosures can be made to improve animal welfare.
Support the Zoo’s senior management and stakeholders in the development of a Master Plan for Rabat Zoo.

4- EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL SET:
Bachelor Degree in biology, veterinary or a related field.
Minimum three years of experience in an EAZA-accredited zoological park or equivalent.
Experience overseeing curatorial or other animal supervisory staff preferred.
Advanced working knowledge of animal welfare, husbandry, handling,
population management and exhibit design.

5- COSTS :
Accommodation provided at the zoo.
Languages : French / English (writing and verbal skills).
Net salary : Based on experience

6. To Apply : Applicants should send their full updated CV and covering letter to : slimani@rabatzoo.ma and cc sslimani@me.com














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Animal Curator


Animal Curator

We’re looking for an inspirational, visionary and highly knowledgeable Curator to join our team here at Dartmoor Zoological Park (DZP).

Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a fantastic collection of animals, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique family day out in the beautiful South Hams of Devon. Our collection includes tigers, lions, lynx, cheetah, bear, wolves, tapir, capybara, zebra, antelope, raccoon, meerkats, monkeys, a fantastic collection of bugs, reptiles and birds and much more.

In this exciting role you will lead our passionate animal team to develop the collection, provide high standards of animal care and incorporate the latest advances in husbandry. Working alongside teams in education and research, you will be involved in opening up the eyes of our visitors and students to conservation and the complexities of the natural world.

If you are interested in this position, please read the attached Job Description (by clicking here), fill in the Application Form in the attached link (here) and email it to clare.lee@dartmoorzoo.co.uk  by Monday 12th March 2018.


Salary will be dependent on experience.












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant