Monday, June 26, 2017

Senior Animal Keeper

Senior Animal Keeper
(Wildlife World - Lotherton Hall Estate)
Lotherton Hall Bird Garden 

Contact:        Peter Quince (

£20,661 - £22,658

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 recognised animal husbandry qualification DMZAA / NVQ Level 3 in Animal Husbandry or equivalent or equivalent experience - we may have just the job for you as an Senior Animal Keeper at our popular visitor attraction in based at Lotherton Hall Estate in Leeds, which houses a variety of birds and small mammals.

The visitor attraction, currently called Lotherton Bird Garden is currently undergoing exciting redevelopment and will emerge later this year as Wildlife World, housing not just our exotic birds, but additional small mammals with a new Visitor Centre, enclosures, facilities and structures to enhance the visitor experience.

You will need to work as part of the team on a 7 day rota basis and should have specific knowledge related to the needs of exotic birds and mammals and their specialised requirements.  You will have substantial previous working experience in a zoo environment and have the ability to supervise and develop staff within the post holder’s responsibility.

You will ensure standards are maintained with the feeding and movement of the birds and animals, and in the cleaning, decorating and maintenance of the enclosures and ponds and in the visitor interpretation.  You will also be responsible for ensuring accurate records relating to animal welfare are kept and maintained. Previous experience in delivering verbal presentations to groups and individuals is also essential to the role.

To apply for this job:
If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a completed application form to You can view the job description and download an application form here

Closing date for applications is: 14th Jul 2017

Closing Date: When sufficient number of applications have been received

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Aquarist (Maternity Cover)

Aquarist (Maternity Cover)
The Deep 
East Yorkshire

The aquarist is an integral part of the husbandry team, reporting to the senior staff in this department.


This post is a fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.  The contract will start in July 2017 and will terminate on 30 June 2018. The salary is £17.607 per annum.

The hours of work are 39 per week over 5 days, working one in three weekends on a rota basis. Some out of hours and bank holiday work can also be expected due to the nature of the job. Other benefits include 25 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays and pension scheme.

Job summary

The main duties involved in the position will be participation in the routine preparation of feeds, feeding and maintenance of the displays and quarantine. This will involve working with other team members to maintain the exhibits, livestock and life support systems.


  • Maintenance of livestock and exhibits to an exemplary standard that fulfils zoo licensing and curatorial standards.
  • Adherence to company policies with regards to record keeping, water testing, aquatic animal health monitoring and safe working practices.
  • Actively contribute to research programmes undertaken by the Husbandry Department.
  • To assist in the positive promotion of the image of The Deep at all times.
  • Ensure that the company’s policy on Health and Safety is adhered to during your work activities.
  • Comply with the staffing rota as set out by Senior Staff.
  • Aid the husbandry department to achieve the target of maintaining the fabric of The Deep to a standard acceptable to the Chief Executive.
  • Co-operate fully with the entire staff of The Deep with the aim of making The Deep a truly world class Visitor Attraction.
  • Aid the senior husbandry staff in developing any new exhibition areas/revised displays.
  • Participate in staff training and assessment.


  • The successful applicant shall also be required to undertake any general duties as determined by their line manager.
  • A reasonable amount of physical work will be involved in carrying out your duties.
  • You are expected to participate in all training provided by The Deep.
  • Due to the nature of the business the successful applicant will be required to work some weekends and evenings.

Person Specification


Can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of tropical marine systems and fish husbandry.
  • A desire to work with a variety of animals from invertebrates to penguins.
  • A commitment to The Deep, and its environmental and ethical policies  
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to working in animal care.
  • Self-motivation and a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Excellent team-working skills and good verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Reliability (exemplary time-keeping and attendance)
  • Qualification in biology, marine biology, zoology and/or general science at college or university level or equivalent experience.
  • Good knowledge of principles of zoology, aquatic biology and a keen interest in environmental matters.
  • A willingness to learn and a commitment to self-improvement.


  • Demonstrable commitment to animal conservation either through voluntary work placements, projects or fundraising events.
  • A knowledge of terrestrial invertebrate husbandry is advantageous.
  • Good practical ability with items such as pumps and filters.
  • Good problem solving skills
  • A keen interest in marine matters.
  • Knowledge of amphibian and reptile species and their husbandry.
  • A dive qualification of minimum PADI Rescue diver and ability to pass a HSE dive medical.

To apply for this job:
Download and complete application form from HERE or collect a paper application form from The Deep visitor attraction reception or retail desk between 10am and 5pm each day.

For queries please contact: Louise Kirby at 
01482 381004.  

Deadline for receipt of completed application 9am, Monday 3rd July 2017.

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 10th July 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Animal Care Assistant

Animal Care Assistant

We are the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are looking for people someone who lives and breathes customer service for the role of Animal Care Assistant at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

As an Animal Care Assistant you will work with the Animal Care Team assisting in the daily management of resident animals and rescue, rehabilitation and release of rescued seal pups, ensuring consistently high standards of the team and their animal husbandry.

Do you have the following:

- 3 years + experience in developing training plans and coordinating husbandry and veterinary training for Pinnipeds and various other species to meet individual needs.
- Experience gained through significant work experience from the animal care role and through advanced studies / education and previous experience in a relevant field.
- A working knowledge of filtration and Life Support Systems as employed on the site to ensure correct maintenance is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and swift resolution of problems if they occur.
- A good understanding of animal health, husbandry, animal training and behaviour to ensure each animal receives individual care.
- A good knowledge of the water environment, which will allow the identification and resolution of problems with the environment for the animals.
- A practical ability to participate in conservational projects and environmental impact reduction that assist in underpinning the Sanctuaries brand.

You will be required to be on call and applicants must live within 20 minutes of the centre and hold a valid driving licence.

If this sounds like you and you can promote and maintain the highest standards of customer services at all times, giving a truly memorable experience to all of our customers.

With the ability to 'think on your feet' and take ownership of issues that may rise, you'll have demonstrable experience of working to a high standard in a pressurised environment ideally within a maintenance team.

If this sounds like you then you could be in with a chance of joining the team and enjoy some of our great benefits including a Merlin Magic pass, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of Lego, and much more!

We offer flexible opportunities, in a totally unique environment. We know this is a great place to work.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. Our seal sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre, and also has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Patagonian & Californian Sea Lions, Penguins, Otters, Goats, Sheep and Ponies. Occasionally the Sanctuary's facilities and expertise are called upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as Dolphins and Turtles.

Apply HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Temporary (6 months) – 30 hours per week

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.

Our award winning Discovery and Learning Team is central to our visitors’ experience and their engagement with animals and conservation issues and we deliver this through diverse, fun and exciting means.  We also reach 25,000 students each year in our taught sessions, ranging through all the key stages and above.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Learning Assistant to join our team to assist our Education Officers and Zoo Rangers in the delivery of interactive learning experiences for school groups, children’s clubs and visitors.

Our Learning Assistant will deliver our discovery workshops, help run our different children’s clubs and supervise activities and run interactive conservation education activities for our visitors throughout the year. Our Learning Assistant will also assist with visitor engagement at exhibits and enclosures to help promote Chester Zoo’s mission.

The successful candidate will have:

•        A Zoology or Biological Science degree, or equivalent qualification
•        Experience of education work within a zoo, conservation organisation or similar environment
•        Outstanding communication and presentation skills, which will be used for teaching and delivering learning in different formats
•        Excellent attention to detail and the ability to think critically about new programmes
•        A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and other technology for public presentations
•        Excellent time management and planning skills
•        Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work alone and within a team setting
•        Experience working in a public facing role, with demonstrable customer service skills

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Hours of work are 30 hours per week, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered. During busy periods, there will be a requirement to be flexible with regards to hours of work.

The rate of pay for this role is £8.35 per hour 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 should be considered for our Learning Assistant role to

Closing date for applications is 7th July 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Animal Keeper – Herpetology Team

Animal Keeper – Herpetology Team

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Animal Keeper to join our Herpetology team on a full time basis. Marwell is looking to expand its already varied Herpetological collection due to new projects such as the Tropical House and other exciting future plans. This is a great time to join a forward thinking and progressive team.

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 Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and Invertebrates species and Aquarist experience would also be advantageous. 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.

In return we will offer you support, training and continued professional development, not to mention a fantastic working environment! You can also expect free entry to the park and great event discounts.

If you would like to join our unique and vibrant organisation and become part of our Marwell Family, please visit our website, 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:  11th July 2017

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.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, June 19, 2017

Animal Care Manager

Animal Care Manager
Fota Wildife Park
Republic of Ireland

Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 465,000 visitors.

Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education, research and entertainment have ensured that we are uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity. Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past 6 years upgrading its infrastructure and developing 27 acres of additional
land that focuses on Asian animals including Sumatran tiger, Indian rhino and Asiatic lion.

Job Brief – Animal Care Manager
An exciting position has arisen for an Animal Care Manager within Fota Wildlife Park reporting to the Park Director. The objective of the role is to support senior and lead Rangers to carry out day to day animal husbandry in accordance with international best practice. The role will form part of the senior management team and will be responsible for the operational management of animal issues and assist with development and implementation of the expanding Wildlife Park’s strategic needs and goals.


  • To work with the Director to implement strategic plans in the animal area including the development of new animal exhibits within a long-term strategic plan of Fota Wildlife Park.
  • To plan and organise all animal collection and movement in accordance with best practice
  • To manage all responsibilities in the context of robust adherence to and compliance with Health and Safety Policies and Procedures with all animal staff and facilities at the Park
  • To implement and develop, in consultation with Park Director and Senior Rangers, a range of animal training and enrichment activities
  • To effectively lead a team of three senior rangers to ensure that day to day animal husbandry duties, including animal observation, health and welfare and ensure that feeding and  cleaningtasks are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • To liaise with veterinary personnel in relation to animal health and ensure all veterinary recommendations are carried out in an effective manner.
  • To work effectively with other Department Managers especially the Operations Manager to ensure the efficient running and continued development of the wildlife park.
  • To liaise with HR to ensure best practice in recruitment and development of animal care team as well as in the areas of performance management and grievance procedures.
  • To manage the budget for the yearly operation of the Animal Collection and Staff.
  • To ensure that all animal record keeping is effectively maintained and up to date and provide reports to the park director as required
  • To take full responsibility for positive outcomes to welfare audits
  • A 39-hour week applies to the post with a requirement to work one weekend in every five.

To be considered for this post the following qualifications and experience is essential:

  • At least a primary but preferably a master’s degree in Animal Science or equivalent in a related discipline
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience, to include management experience in an Animal Collection Role, in a Zoological Park setting or equivalent.
  • Capacity to represent Fota Wildlife Park at national and international level, at conferences, species meetings, forums and at other collections.
  • Competency in customer engagement and interpersonal skills and ability to engage with the press and media.

The successful candidate will also have sufficient experience to demonstrate:

  • An ability to effectively lead and manage an experienced team of Rangers and maintain a positive culture
  • An ability to communicate in a professional manner including good interpersonal skills
  • An ability to plan and organise work activities effectively to deliver positive outcomes
  • An ability to problem solve and make sound and timely decisions
  • A comprehensive understanding of Health & Safety as it applies in a Zoological Setting
  • Proficiency in the use of IT systems including ZIMS
  • A commitment to Continuing Professional Development for self and staff

Experience in the following would be an advantage:

Experience in and/or a qualification in Health & Safety and Project Management would be an advantage

Attractive Salary to include pension and other benefits such as support relocation assistance where relevant

Closing date for applications is: 28th Jul 2017

Apply for this job:
CV and covering letter to be returned via email only to David Casey

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant