Monday, January 22, 2018

Breeding Assistant


Breeding Assistant

We have a vacancy for a Breeding Assistant at our falcon breeding farm, the position is full time including shared accommodation.

The duties will include  food preparation, observing breeding pairs, feeding pairs and imprints and generally helping with the day to day running of the farm.

Driving licence not essential but would help with our rural location

We produce and wild hack approx 200 falcons a year which are mostly shipped to our falconry customers in the Gulf.

Please send CV to Ian Garland at iangarlandfalcons@me.com



www.raptorpropagationfarm.com


www.iangarlandfalconry.com









Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Senior Keeper (Mammals)


Senior Keeper (Mammals)

 Paignton Zoo

From £20,472

Full-time – 38.75 hours per week includes working a rota of 2 out of 3 weekends.

Permanent

Paignton Zoo, one of the largest in the UK and a registered scientific and education charity, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced keeper to join our Mammal team. You will be responsible for the hands-on day-to-day husbandry of a large and diverse collection of mammals, with a focus on primates.

You will have at least 4 years’ experience working with mammals and 2 years’ with primates as well as having completed the DMZAA course or equivalent qualification.

Previous supervisory experience would be beneficial.  You will be a self-motivated team player with experience of training new keepers.  Good communication and ICT skills would be an advantage.

You will have a broad knowledge of husbandry practices and an understanding of Zoo license regulations. Experience with great apes would be an advantage.
A full driving license is essential. 

Paignton Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period):
•        28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years.
•        Defined contribution pension scheme
•        Company sick pay
•        Branded uniform provided (as required)
•        Relevant internal and external training provided
•        Free entry to our 3 zoos for staff and immediate family
•        Complimentary tickets
•        Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
•        Free staff parking
•        Child care vouchers

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date.  We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Further details on applying can be found on our website www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 23rd February 2018
Interview date: TBC















Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Senior Keepers (2 positions)



Senior Keepers (2 positions)

Al Bustan Zoological Centre

Deadline for applications: 25 February 2018

General Information:

Al Bustan Zoological Centre (ABZC) is a privately owned zoo in the Sharjah emirates in the United Arab Emirates with an extensive animal collection.

 Job Description:
The General Senior keepers is responsible for supporting the Curator of birds & Reptiles,  Mammals and the Veterinarian team in all aspects of management of the animal collection on ABZC, including:

•        Supervision of Keepers’ daily routine and food preparation.
•        Animal welfare and husbandry.
•        Management of reproductive activity as per the collection plan that may include artificial incubation and hand-rearing.
•        Supervision of the daily distribution of medications and routine disease monitoring, as well as assistance in veterinary treatments.
•        Record-keeping, data collection and data encoding.
•        Implementation of guidelines, protocols and working schedules for all Department and personnel.
•        Administration and record-keeping of the collection.
•        Management of food stocks and in-house insect production.
Applicants for the position must fulfill the following requirements:
•        At least 3 years experience in captive captive husbandry
•        A degree / diploma in zoology, ornithology or another related field are preferred. DMZAA will be the minimum qualification and if your qualification is not specialized in captive animal management, you will be expected to enroll in this course.
•        Extensive knowledge of Zoo animal husbandry, nutrition, disease, ecology and behavior.
•        Expertise in artificial incubation and hand-rearing techniques.
•        Experience with record-keeping and data collection.
•        Basic computer skills (Word, Excel and internet as a minimum, knowledge of ZIMS would be an advantage).
•        High level capability in oral and written English.
•        Flexibility in working hours and an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Working conditions:
•        Initial contract is for 2 years; starting with a probationary period of 3 months.
•        Work schedule is based on 6 days / 48 hours per week.
•        Working hours depending on the season.
•        1 month paid holiday per year excluding official holidays in UAE.
•        One paid return economy ticket to “home-airport” per year;
•        Salary depends on experience and highest degree obtained.
•        Shared Accommodation, is included at ABZC
•        Medical Insurance included.

Please submit a motivation letter, 2 references with contact details and CV to:

meyer@albustanzoo.ae all applications will be handled as confidential and if you don’t receive feedback after 30 days, your application was unsuccessful. 












Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Animal Keeper – Carnivores



Animal Keeper – Carnivores



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.



A full time opportunity has arisen to join our Animal Management Team as an Animal Keeper on our Carnivores section.

We have exciting plans for our collection and exhibits, offering great opportunities for creative project and team work with a focus on animal behavior, nutrition and enrichment. This post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with our extensive carnivore collection including species such as Amur tigers, Amur leopards, snow leopards, otters and mongoose.   



Animal Keepers are responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care, including husbandry routines, managerial operations and environmental enrichment, and supporting veterinary intervention as required.

The successful candidate will have a background in the keeping of a variety of Carnivore species. You will be able to work well as part of a team, have the ability to use your initiative, display an interest in and commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and must possess strong communication skills.

Accommodation may be available on a short term basis to the successful candidate. Please note this would incur a rental cost. Due to the need to drive park vehicles, candidates must also hold a full driving license valid for the UK.



If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, marwell.org.uk 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: 12th February 2018



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. marwell.org.uk













Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Experienced Animal Keeper


Experienced Animal Keeper 

Experienced Animal Keeper with strong interpersonal skills

Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden has been on a continuous journey of development for the last few years and we have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

We are currently looking for an experienced animal keeper to join our team. Are you ready to come on an exciting journey with us? Read on!

In the role as Animal Keeper on our Hoofstock section you will be part of a team that ensures the highest possible welfare standards for our large collection of species, including but not limited to; Giraffe, White Rhino, European Bison, European Elk, Eland antelope, Wildebeest and Gemsbok. We aim for optimal welfare for all our animals at all times and as such you will not only be responsible for ensuring exceptional enclosure cleanliness and appropriate nutrition for the animals, but you will also be expected to carry out daily animal observations, evaluate behaviour and assess welfare, keep thorough records and plan and execute daily, goal-oriented husbandry training for a wide range of species.
You will be required to research, develop, deliver and evaluate environmental enrichment that meet species-specific needs. Additional duties include coaching of students and apprentices and supporting our education, sustainability, veterinary and research departments.
Lastly, Kolmården’s mission is to inspire adults and children to a lifelong commitment to animals and nature. Therefore, all our animal staff engage with our visitors on a daily basis, inspiring and educating them through guided tours, presentations, media and school programs.

The right candidate for this position has a minimum of 5 years’ experience working as an animal caretaker in a Zoological setting, preferably with species such as Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra and various antelopes. Experience working with animals in mixed exhibits is preferred. A sense of responsibility and awareness of safe practices when working with and around large mammals is a requirement.

The expected knowledge and skills of an experienced animal keeper is valued at Kolmården, but equally important are interpersonal skills. As we are always looking to improve in all areas, a person who is passionate about positive developments, particularly in animal welfare would be suitable in this role. We want you to apply for this position if you are a skilled problem solver who is flexible with a can-do approach in work. Creativity and the ability to think outside the box is important, as is exceptional communication skills alongside a knack for adapting them.
Animal Keepers at Kolmården work under high pressure year-round and the job is physically very demanding. As such, you need to be resilient, effective and physically fit.
Work is more enjoyable when we make it so! Therefore we aim to recruit animal caretakers who possess a positive and optimistic attitude and who know how to have fun.
Naturally, we want all our keepers to be comfortable in front of large audiences. Showmanship and customer service comes easy to them and they are passionate about teaching our visitors about our animals and inspiring them to care for our planet and its wildlife.

Driver’s license and experience of driving a tractor is a requirement for this position. Knowledge of ZIMS is desirable. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. The successful applicant will be expected to master a basic level of the native language within his or her first year of employment. Applicants must have a right to work within the EU.

This is a full-time, permanent position that includes a 6-month probation period. Applications close 31th January 2018.

For questions about the recruitment process, please contact: liza.wrangenby@kolmarden.com
For CVs and any questions about the vacancy, please contact: linda.berggren@kolmarden.com

We look forward to reading your application!














Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      


Dedicated Ape Keeper / Maternity cover


Dedicated Ape Keeper / Maternity cover

There is currently an opportunity for an experienced Ape keeper to join the team at Kolmården Wildlife park for a 15-month maternity cover. Depending on circumstances in the future along with performance, this contract can come to be extended.

In the role as Animal Keeper on our Ape section you will be part of a team that ensures the highest possible welfare standards for our Gorillas, Chimps and Gibbons.
We aim for optimal welfare for all our animals at all times and as such you will not only be responsible for ensuring exceptional enclosure cleanliness and appropriate nutrition for the animals, but you will also be expected to carry out daily animal observations, thorough record keeping and goal-oriented environmental enrichment. The apes partake in an extensive husbandry training program, therefore their team of keepers plan and execute daily positive reinforcement training in protected contact. Lastly, all our animal staff engage with our visitors on a daily basis, inspiring and educating them through guided tours, presentations, media and school programs.

The right candidate for this position has previous experience working with apes in a Zoological setting. A sense of responsibility and awareness of safe practices when working with and around large apes is a requirement. A sound knowledge of learning science theory and how to apply it is advantageous.

As Kolmården Wildlife Park is always looking to improve in all areas, a person who is passionate about positive developments, particularly in animal welfare would be suitable in this role. We want you to apply for this position if you are a skilled problem solver who is flexible with a can-do approach in work. Creativity and the ability to think outside the box is important, as is exceptional communication skills alongside a knack for adapting them.
Animal Keepers at Kolmården work under high pressure year-round and the job is physically very demanding. As such, you need to be effective and physically fit.

Driver’s license is a requirement for this position. Knowledge of ZIMS is desirable. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Applicants must have a right to work within the EU.

This is a 15-month contract to cover maternity leave.
Applications close 5th February 2018.

For questions about the recruitment process, please contact: liza.wrangenby@kolmarden.com
For CVs and any questions about the vacancy, please contact: linda.berggren@kolmarden.com


We look forward to receiving your application!













Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant