Monday, March 27, 2017


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keeper/Zoo host

Animal Keeper/Zoo host
Full time

Here at All Things Wild Nature Centre we are currently in our next phase of development with exciting times ahead. As the zoo expands, so does the need for new keepers to join our zoo keeper team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the need of a full-time animal keeper/host to work 5 days a week including bank holidays and weekends. The successful applicant will have a keen passion for the natural world and conservation. A good eye for detail and high standards for animal husbandry are a must.

Key Responsibilities
•        Engage with visitors by delivering exceptional public talks and demonstrations.
•        To undertake keeper experience days to a high standard.
•        To ensure the highest standard of animal welfare is being adhered to.
•        To be competent with handling small domestics and reptiles.
•        Handle enquiries from visitors.

Key skills and requirements

•        Previous experience working in a zoological facility is advantageous but not required as a comprehensive induction programme will be offered.
•        The DMZAA animal course is advantageous but not necessary.
•        Must have a can do attitude.
•        Strong verbal communication skills and good customer care skills as she/he will be delivering animal presentations/talks to our visitors.
•        An excellent time keeper.
•        Work well as part of a team.
•        A full UK driving license is advantageous.

To Apply
Please send your CV and covering letter to Robert Killips, Head Keeper, All Things Wild Nature Centre, Station road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ. Alternatively you can email

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, March 24, 2017

Keeper – Rhinos

Keeper – Rhinos
Permanent – Full Time

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join our Rhino section.  For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of mammal species ranging from Black and Greater one horned rhinos as well as Grevy’s zebra and a range of Bovid’s and Deer and Antelope.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 

The successful candidate will have:
•        A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Proven experience in the care and management of a variety of large mammal species in a zoo or safari park setting, as well as the highest standards of exhibitry
•        Outstanding observational skills with excellent attention to detail
•        Experience of operant conditioning and implementing environmental enrichment
•        Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices
•        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £17,367.09 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper role to

Closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Keeper

Senior Keeper 

Dartmoor Zoo are looking to take on a Senior Keeper within the Animal Department, who will be an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual.

Their duties will be to assist the Animal Management Team in the running of the Animal Department to ensure the welfare and husbandry of the animals. You will be accountable to the Head Keeper and Curator, and will assist in overseeing a team of Keepers, Trainee Keepers, placement students and volunteers. You will be a good team worker, able to motivate others, as well as show initiative and have a positive outlook. You will be responsible for control of food stocks and other supplies, and share record keeping (including use of ZIMS) and co-ordination of the internship and volunteer programme for the department. You will be working out in the zoo most the time and office based for ~1hr+ a day.

Dartmoor Zoo is home to a large collection of carnivores and a growing number of hoofstock, small mammal and bird species. As Senior Keeper you will work regularly on all rounds and play an integral role in training and enrichment, in addition to maintaining animal enclosures. On occasion you will take charge in the event that a Senior Manager is unavailable. You will be required to communicate with outside agencies, such as the Vet, and be prepared to assist in veterinary, or any other procedures, when necessary.

The successful candidate will have:
· A minimum of six years employed experience within a zoo environment
· Passed the DMZAA or equivalent course
· Experience of working with large category 1 mammals
· Excellent communication skills
· An up-to-date knowledge of current practices in animal husbandry and welfare
· The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
· Good IT skills with a knowledge of record keeping, and be able to use, or willing to learn, ZIMS
· A basic understanding of D.I.Y.
· The ability to handle and manage animals during certain procedures
· A full U.K driving licence due to location
· A willingness to represent DZP at conferences when required

You will be required to work Bank Holidays, weekends and other specified days if the zoo is hosting special events. Some evening work may be required too. Two fixed days off per week. Salary dependent on experience. Previous applicants need not apply.

Please complete the application form and e-mail to or Miss Hannah Webb, Head Keeper, Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell, Plymouth. PL7 5DG by Friday 7th April.

Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted, and interviews will take place soon after

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Primate Keeper

Primate Keeper

The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity that is actively involved with several projects incorporating a diverse range of conservation activities both at their Kent based Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve and overseas projects in the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated primate keepers at Port Lympne Reserve. The ideal candidate will have some experience working with animals, preferably primates, in a mainstream zoological collection and an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must be physically fit. A full valid driving licence is essential to the role. Ideally you will possess good all round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the primate species around the park. Holding a recognised Animal Management qualification and being comfortable interacting with the public would be an advantage.

Working 5 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours.

 We are home to a collection of around 140 rare and endangered primates, including Javan gibbons, Javan langurs, Guinea baboons, Howlers, Mangabeys, and several species of Lemurs to name a few.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 7th April 2017.

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering letter to -

Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

Visit our website at for further information.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Education Ranger

Education Ranger
(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Gibbon Forest in 2016.
We currently have a vacancy for an Education Ranger who will support the team during our winter season. With an immediate start, this role is offered on a temporary, zero hours contract basis.
Hours are allocated by mutual agreement and you may be required to work up to 5 days out of 7 dependent upon visitor numbers and weather conditions.

Key Responsibilities
· Deliver presentations and activities
· Engage with visitors in immersive exhibits
· Handle enquiries from visitors
· Produce high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements
· Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
· An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
· A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
· Experience handling small animals

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20, £7.05 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Closing date 6th April 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant