Friday, August 18, 2017

Tour Guides

Tour Guides

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to become part-time tour guides at The Living Rainforest, Berkshire. Following training, you will be booked on an hourly basis to guide groups of school children through our glasshouses, introducing them to various rainforest related topics and issues.
The Living Rainforest is a vibrant place which provides learning opportunities and training as well as a friendly, sociable, working atmosphere and flexible hours during term time and school holidays.
Experience working with children or in an educational role is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

Rates of pay: £11.75-£12.75 per tour

Due to our location, all applicants need to be able to drive.

If you are interested please call 01635 202444 ext 201 and ask for Paula or email your CV to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Lecturer HE

Lecturer HE

HE Lecturer - School of Animal Management & Conservation

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

a) To undertake all forms of pedagogic work which may include classroom teaching, tutorial work and associated outreach duties, residential, open and distance learning courses and student placements.
b) To ensure the associated organisational and administrative work, preparation and marking is undertaken.
c) To provide the appropriate student welfare and academic/non academic counselling responsibilities.
d) To undertake an annual teaching workload of contact hours for category ‘A’ duties of 828 maximum to 761 minimum (pro rata for part-time) as detailed in the College workload agreement.
e) To conduct curriculum development work including identification of consumer requirements, planning, development and evaluation of courses and course materials.
f) To ensure the administration and management of subjects/units/modules of education and training, or of significant facets or subdivision of these, is carried out.
g) To support publicity and public relations related to the College is carried out at all times.
h) To participate in appropriate team and committee meetings.
i) To ensure unit/subject/module administration and group tutorial duties, including interviewing, induction and assessment (including satisfactory retention rates, exam results), monitoring student progress, placement and destination, monitoring, review and evaluation is achieved.
j) To participate in internal verification and moderation procedures.
k) To support the College quality assurance and control procedures.
l) To participate in the College staff development review and appraisal process.
m) To support and participate in in-service training and staff development programmes based on assessment of individual and College needs.
n) To participate in College staff development initiatives relating to equal opportunities
and disability issues in line with College policies.
o) To undertake individual or collaborative research and consultancy work agreed by College management to be part of the lecturer’s duties.
p) To ensure subject updating activities including curriculum and professional are undertaken and agreed with the line manager.
q) To observe and have responsibility for the College Health and Safety policies. This includes the duty to take reasonable care to avoid injury to themselves or others by their work activities or omissions, and to co-operate with their Employer in the discharge of its statutory duties.

NB: Lecturers will be required to carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade of post and conditions of service which may be required from time-to-time.

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent or have substantial relevant subject experience.
  • You will be required to obtain a Stage 3 full professional qualification (PGCE in post-16 education or equivalent) within 2-4 years of commencing lecturing duties within the College.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.

Desirable Qualifications:

Working within a HE/FE environment

Closing date for applications is: 31st Aug 2017

Apply for this job:
Higher Education Lecturer FdSc Zoological Management / BSc (Hons) Top-up Zoological Management & Conservation

Post Number: SGS182

Bristol Zoo Campus

Salary Range: £21,570 - £29,715 pro rata per annum

Contact:        Rachel Matthews (

(Salary is dependent on level of qualifications and experience)

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal keeper

Animal keeper

Lotherton Hall Bird Garden

Pay grade: A1
£15,916.60 pa
37 hours per week over 7 days on a rota system

If you have a commitment to a high standard of animal husbandry and an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in animal care – we may have just the job for you as an animal keeper at our popular Lotherton Wildlife World attraction in Leeds, which houses a variety of mammals and exotic birds.  Work is currently ongoing to upgrade and expand the zoo environment.  The current animals and birds in the zoo will soon also include tapirs and penguins.

You will need to work as part of the team on a 7 day rota basis and should have specific knowledge related to the need of mammals,  exotic birds and their specialised requirements.  Experience in working with large mammals is a desirable element.  You will assist with the feeding and movement of the the animals, cleaning, decorating and maintaining the enclosures and ponds, which will involve bending and lifting and keeping accurate records relating to animal welfare.

Closing date for applications is: 30th Aug 2017

Contact:        Peter Quince (

Apply for this job:
If you would like to be considered for this post, please register at the the Leeds city council jobspage .  For the full role description and to apply please click HERE. Please submit a completed application form to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Livestock Assistant

Livestock Assistant

Full-time Position
5 days per week
Working at least one weekend day per week

Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre is an open farm and visitor attraction. We pride ourselves on sustainability and promoting a Green approach to living. We are self-sustaining and Eco with our energy production, water management, sewerage management, and our ‘farm to folk’ philosophy.

We have only been fully operational for just over 2 years and we already have a loyal following of supporters and visitors. We are growing fast and are looking for forward thinking, motivated, creative and hardworking individuals to help us achieve our mission.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Livestock team at a time when our livestock department is developing. We have already expanded our pets corner to include exotic pets, we already have our first owls and 2018 will bring the construction of our new Wildlife zone and owl sanctuary.

It's a fantastic opportunity to gain some valuable career and industry experience.
We are looking for someone with a a great work ethic and passion for nature, animals and farming, who likes working outside and as part of a team.
We ask that the successful candidate has their own transport to and from work, be punctual and flexible with working hours.

Responsible to: Livestock Supervisor & General Manager
  • You will have relevant experience within the animal care industry
  • You will have worked practically with agricultural livestock.
  • Experience with Pet animals including ectotherms and exotic mammals is desirable but not essential.
  • You will Work on the Farm, cleaning and feeding the animals.
  • You will work with the livestock team to provide daily enrichment for the animals.
  • You will be a good public speaker and enjoy engaging with the visitors through delivering animal encounter sessions and talks.
  • Additional tasks as directed by your line Manager.

Please mark any email correspondence FAO: Jay Wood and include a CV with your covering letter. Post open until filled.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £16,500.00 to £17,500.00 /year

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Animal Keeper

Senior Animal Keeper

Position: Senior/Qualified Animal Keeper, Animal Activities (Full-Time / Permanent)
Salary: £26,093 - £29,472 inclusive of London Weighting and Weekend Enhancement (Commensurate on experience)
Location: ZSL London Zoo, NW1 4RY
About Us:
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 exciting opportunity has arisen for an Experienced Trainer/Presenter on the Animal Activities section at ZSL London Zoo. The Animal Activities section is responsible for the delivery of a number of live animal displays as well as the running of the visitor focused Animal Adventure exhibit.

This position will mainly involve supporting the Team Leader and Lead keeper in the daily running and delivery of the educational live animal displays. In addition to this the candidate will be expected to help train a variety of animals for the displays, devise new routines and assist with script writing.


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.
  • Adhere to the highest industry standards of zoo husbandry and welfare.
The successful candidate will:
  • Have extensive presenting experience with live Animal demonstrations.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of training techniques.
  • Have extensive practical experience of training both Birds and Mammals.
  • Have strong attention to detail and the ability to clearly convey instruction.
  • Be 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.
  • Be a positive influence on the section.
  • Work with energy and enthusiasm.
Please note: Flexible working is required for this position which will include working alternate weekends and bank holidays.

To Apply:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 3rd of September 2017

The Zoological Society of London is a registered Charity no: 208728.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, August 14, 2017

Assistant Lead Keeper- Bird House

Assistant Lead Keeper- Bird House

Under general supervision, participates in all aspects of daily animal care and maintenance of particular exhibits.  Assists in oversight of daily operation of keeper staff and may assume some of the responsibilities of the Lead Keeper in his/her absence.  Responsible for meeting quality and quantity standards for assigned area.

Learn more HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant