Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia




Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia


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 Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia to join our team; current project activities in this region include a focus on Indonesian songbirds and collaboration with the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group.  

The Role:
•        Development and co-ordination of various project activities (in the field, but also linking with related zoo-based activities) to meet regional programme strategic objectives and to achieve maximum conservation impact and benefits to the society
•        Facilitation of stakeholder involvement (overseas and within the zoo) to ensure strategic objectives are met, including ensuring effective communication methods are in place
•        Working directly with project partners, ensuring field activities are undertaken to the desired standard and as planned, to meet the zoo's project management standards, and to advise and assist with project logistics and administration as required
•        Effectively monitor and evaluate conservation activities, including project budgets, to inform management decisions and ensure conservation impact and value for money is achieved
•        Disseminate information and assist in the production and presentation of internal and external communications, in various media, to increase conservation awareness of projects and general awareness of Chester Zoo's conservation activities
•        Participate in the delivery, publication and presentation of field research to further biodiversity conservation and knowledge
•        Provide guidance, advice and training, where required, to field conservation staff (UK and overseas) and members of other Chester Zoo departments to assist in their conservation related activities


The successful candidate will have:

•        An MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject
•        An in depth knowledge of the conservation role of zoos
•        In depth and wide ranging knowledge of biodiversity conservation and good understanding of conservation theory
•        Field research skills and extensive experience in developing countries
•        Experience travelling in tropical and developing countries
•        Excellent written and oral communications skills, and public speaking experience
•        Strong proof reading and editing skills
•        An excellent level of computer literacy
•        Experience in publishing and presenting scientific material
•        Strong organisational skills
•        Experience of grant applications

Although based in the UK at Chester Zoo, this position will require frequent overseas travel.

The salary is £26,449.09 per annum based on 35 hours per week.  In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits.
 
To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.


Closing date for applications is 31st January 2017.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes



Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes

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 Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes to join our team; coordinating and expanding our suite of projects in these regions that currently include a focus upon Malagasy amphibians and community-based protected area management and, in Mauritius, a range of projects in partnership with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.   

The Role:
•        Development and co-ordination of various project activities (in the field, but also linking with related zoo-based activities) to meet regional programme strategic objectives and to achieve maximum conservation impact and benefits to the society
•        Facilitation of stakeholder involvement (overseas and within the zoo) to ensure strategic objectives are met, including ensuring effective communication methods are in place
•        Working directly with project partners, ensuring field activities are undertaken to the desired standard and as planned, to meet the zoo's project management standards, and to advise and assist with project logistics and administration as required
•        Effectively monitor and evaluate conservation activities, including project budgets, to inform management decisions and ensure conservation impact and value for money is achieved
•        Disseminate information and assist in the production and presentation of internal and external communications, in various media, to increase conservation awareness of projects and general awareness of Chester Zoo's conservation activities
•        Participate in the delivery, publication and presentation of field research to further biodiversity conservation and knowledge
•        Provide guidance, advice and training, where required, to field conservation staff (UK and overseas) and members of other Chester Zoo departments to assist in their conservation related activities

The successful candidate will have:

•        An MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject
•        An in depth knowledge of the conservation role of zoos
•        In depth and wide ranging knowledge of biodiversity conservation and good understanding of conservation theory
•        Field research skills and extensive experience in developing countries
•        Experience travelling in tropical and developing countries
•        Excellent written and oral communications skills, and public speaking experience
•        Strong proof reading and editing skills
•        An excellent level of computer literacy
•        Experience in publishing and presenting scientific material
•        Strong organisational skills
•        Experience of grant applications
•        Some competence in French language skills is also desirable

Although based in the UK at Chester Zoo, this position will require frequent overseas travel.

The salary is £26,449.09 per annum based on 35 hours per week.  In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits.
 
To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.


Closing date for applications is 31st January 2017.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Seasonal Ranger



Seasonal Ranger

8 x positions – 32.5 hours per week, 22nd March through to 29th October 2017
3 x positions – 27.5 hours per week, 22nd March through to 3rd September 2017

Salary £16,000 pro rata



We require Seasonal Rangers to join Bristol Zoo’s Ranger Team within the Learning Department.

The successful applicants will intensify the guest experience and their engagement with the natural world through an exciting range of learning experiences, story-telling and interaction, creating a 'hands on, interactive wildlife centre'.
The applicants will be staffing the lemur walkthrough, seal and penguin coasts, delivering some of the enclosure talks and engaging with guests around the zoo with a variety of props and biofacts. There are also a number of evening events that the applicants will be expected to work.

Seasonal Rangers are very guest-focussed, enhancing our guests’ experience of the zoo, and helping to meet our charitable conservation and education mission.

Full details including job descriptions, person specifications and an application form are available at www.bristolzoo.org.uk


If you would like to apply, please send a full CV and completed application form to hr@bristolzoo.org.uk Please clearly mark your application “Seasonal Ranger” along with your name to reach us no later than 3pm, 13th February 2017. Interviews will be held on 20th February 2017. Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those who have been shortlisted for interview.




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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Monday, January 16, 2017

LEARNING & DISCOVERY INTERNSHIPS



LEARNING & DISCOVERY INTERNSHIPS

Knowsley Safari
Liverpool


We are delighted to announce that Summer Internships will be available through our Learning and Discovery department in 2017. These positions are ideal for those looking to gain valuable experience in zoo / science education, and are also applicable for trainee teachers looking to broaden their experience and work in and out of classroom setting. Those with an interest in developing their engagement or theatrical skills, or who have an animal or conservation based careers are also encouraged to apply.

Summer Internship: 10 weeks covering the period 26th June to 3rd September 2017
Training will take place week commencing 19th June. You will be expected to attend 3/7 days - this includes weekends. Hours will vary according to the activities you are assigned to but are likely to be on one of following: 10am-2.30pm, 12.30pm-4.30pm or 9am-4pm therefore flexibility may be required. Activities and hours will be assigned on a rota basis to give all interns equal exposure to the different aspects of the department. 

For more information about the internship and details on how to apply please visit: https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/education/internships/

All requests for our internships must be submitted by 6th February 2017.


Interviews will take place Monday 13th February 2017. 




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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Friday, January 13, 2017

Animal Director



Animal Director
(Salary commensurate with experience)

The Howletts Wild Animal Trust operate two animal parks in Kent; Howletts Wild Animal Park and & Port Lympne Reserve. The parks are the two captive breeding centres working in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation to reintroduce threatened species to protected areas of their natural range. The parks are home of one of the world’s most prized wild animal collections which include the largest collection of Western Lowland Gorillas in captivity and one of the major collections of black rhino outside of Africa.  Port Lympne Reserve covers almost 600 acres and is one of the biggest visitor attractions in Kent. It has established itself as one of the country’s top short breaks destinations collecting many awards on the way and offering our visitors the opportunity to experience various animal encounters and experiences in a spectacular setting on the south Kent Coast.  We currently have a vacancy for an Animal Director at Port Lympne Reserve. 

The Role:

Reporting directly to the Managing Director; The key duties of the Animal Director’s role is the direct authority and responsibility for leading a team of animal personnel to ensure the care, feeding, hygiene, and welfare of all the animals and animal areas within the reserve.  Also responsible for managing the education team who provide a range of educational talks and a team of Rangers employed to provide a range of animal experiences and encounters.
Responsible for establishing programmes necessary for proper care of animals in consultation with Animal Manager, veterinary personnel and Section Heads and be responsible for the implementation of these programmes. Encourages and contributes to innovative changes to the company to improve animal welfare, generate revenue and increase outside involvement. Provides a realistic annual budget with approval from the trustees and monitors expenditure to stay within agreed financial limits. To represent the company both nationally and internationally at all levels of communication. 

The Person:

The successful candidate will have knowledge of the intensive management needs of multiple species’ through several years working in operational roles within a zoo / safari park environment. They should have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced today in a modern zoo; specifically around nutrition, husbandry and successful breeding programmes. Strong leadership and people management skills are needed with experience in dealing effectively at the senior level of an organisation, as well as mentoring and coaching junior managers. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to initiate and maintain internal and external relationships with other departments in the organisation.  They will have successful budgetary experience and, most importantly, demonstrate a commitment to conservation. Excellent communication and leadership skills are a must, as is a good level of computer literacy.  A valid UK diving licence is also essential.

This role is 45 hours per week worked five days out of seven, including some weekends and bank holidays. A standard 5-day working week starting 8am-5pm or as necessary to ensure adequate Park cover for the fulfilment of your duties, with the occasional 7-day week for which lieu time will be accrued.
All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

A full detailed job description is available on request. 

Closing date: 10th February 2017

To apply: Please email a full CV along with a covering letter to - personnel@aspinallfoundation.org
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.


Visit our website at www.aspinallfoundation.org for further information.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

Job Opportunity - Orangutan Conservation




Job Opportunity - Orangutan Conservation
  
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is looking for an experienced individual to supervise its specialist orangutan quarantine centre and orangutan reintroduction programme in northern Sumatra.
The position would suit a zookeeper/sanctuary manager/veterinarian wanting to make a genuine impact on orangutan conservation and welfare who is willing and able to start a new life in a new country and culture, as part of a dynamic and diverse team based in Medan, Indonesia.
If you think this exciting and challenging position is for you visit http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/jobs, to obtain Terms of Reference and details on how to apply. Closing date is 28th February 2017.
 
TERMS OF REFERENCE

Position Title: SOCP Quarantine & Reintroduction Supervisor

Experience and Qualifications:
The successful applicant will have a proven background in animal care and management. Ideally, he/she will have several years’ experience as either a zookeeper, sanctuary manager or veterinarian. Experience living or working in a developing country would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite.

Location:
The position will be based out of the SOCP’s main office in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia, but with the majority of time spent at the SOCP Orangutan Quarantine Centre near Medan and the Jantho Reintroduction Centre in Aceh Province, dividing the focus of this time approximately 60/40. Extensive travel will be required between SOCP field activity sites and for meetings throughout Indonesia and elsewhere, as and when required. Time working in the SOCP office in Medan will also be necessary.

Reporting:
The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will report to and take direction from the SOCP Director, but will coordinate closely with all SOCP senior staff.  The position will consult and coordinate especially closely with the SOCP orangutan quarantine and reintroduction on-site managers and the SOCP veterinary team regarding all activities related to management of the two facilities.

Primary goal of the position:
To ensure high standards of animal husbandry and welfare and maintain an efficient and effective working environment at all SOCP facilities dealing with captive and reintroduced orangutans.

Main responsibilities:
The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will communicate with the veterinary team, and management teams of the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction Centre to supervise and assist them to ensure project implementation is on track, that required standards are met, that fundraising opportunities are not missed, and that project staff are efficient in their work and have all that they require to work effectively. The work will include supervising records and databases and communicating and reporting to partners and donors.
The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will be required to spend frequent lengthy periods at the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction Centre and maintain strong communication and coordination with all senior SOCP staff. The work will require considerable flexibility in terms of multitasking and time management.

Summary of tasks – relevant to both the Orangutan Quarantine and Jantho Reintroduction Centres :-

•      Supervising day to day animal management at both locations and maintaining clean, hygienic, and well organized and maintained facilities
•      Work closely with the SOCP veterinary team to optimise the health and welfare of all orangutans in the SOCP’s care
•      Work closely with the SOCP management team to optimise post-release monitoring and welfare of reintroduced orangutans
•      Supervising staff management and working with the on-site management teams to arrange work schedules, routines, goals and daily tasks, and evaluating performance
•      Updating and streamlining all records keeping and database management related to the Quarantine and Jantho Centres
•      Identifying problems as they arise and determining effective solutions
•      Fundraising for the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction programme
•      Communications relevant to both facilities, including reports to donors, correspondence and online media
•      Coordinating and supervising visitors (donors, government personnel, media and film crews, etc.)
•      Assisting the SOCP’s Orangutan Haven development team with the design, promotion, fundraising and implementation of the project (eventually also supervising animal husbandry at this location as well)

More detailed Terms of Reference will be supplied to selected applicants.

Salary and benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


HOW TO APPLY


Please send a letter via email to ian@sumatranorangutan.org explaining why you feel uniquely qualified for this position and why you would like to apply, outlining both your immediate and long-term career aspirations. Include a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of 3 referees (at least two should be employment/education related).  

Closing date is 28th February 2017.





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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant