Monday, February 20, 2017

Senior Biodiversity Scientist

Senior Biodiversity Scientist
We are recruiting for a Senior Biodiversity Scientist

Location: Mutsamudu, Anjouan, Comoro Islands
Application deadline: 9th March 2017
Starting date: As soon as possible
Contract: 18 months with extension possible
Conditions: Salary from €1600 month (negotiable), one return flight per year, insurance cover
To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter to

Who are we?
Founded in February 2013 following a five-year field programme, Dahari has quickly established itself as one of the leading NGOs in the Comoros with a multicultural team of 60. Dahari’s holistic intervention model includes agricultural and agroforestry development, forest management targeting water resources, ecological research, and biodiversity conservation initiatives based on a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) approach. The NGO also runs complementary ecotourism and marine resource management programmes. Our work is gaining increasing recognition, including through the technical support of globally recognised partners such as CIRAD, ICRAF, and IUCN, and the financial support of international funders such as the EU, CEPF, GEF-Satoyama, and the Darwin Initiative.

We invite you to visit our website to find out more about Dahari. We are also on Facebook at

Job description
Reporting to Dahari’s Directors and advised by researchers from our partners Bristol Zoological Society and the University of Oxford, you will support the team of Comorian ecological technicians to ensure:

•        The management of a project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, whose objectives are: field research and data analysis to identify threatened species and/ or indicators of natural forest, forest mapping, research on wood-use, organising a system of participatory monitoring of biodiversity and forests with local communities;
•        Participation in and support to field activities: biodiversity research and monitoring projects and their evaluation;
•        The development of future ecological research projects and the drafting of related funding dossiers including in-depth research on Pteropus livingstonii;
•        Contribution to the strategy and development of Dahari’s natural resource management and biodiversity conservation activities;
•        Strengthening the technical capacities of Comorian staff in collaboration with technical partners in Madagascar and more widely internationally;
•        Publishing scientific papers based on the results of the work (Dahari’s work has recently been published in Oryx and Unasylva).

Candidate profile

 How to apply?

Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and cover letter to the following address: Queries about the post ahead of submission are welcome.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Deputy Head of Section – Animal Encounters

Deputy Head of Section – Animal Encounters

This position is offered on a permanent full time basis and will also provide maternity leave cover for the present Head of Section from mid-May onwards.

The Department of Animal Welfare & Conservation is currently recruiting for an organised, dedicated, reliable, confident team member to join the Animal Encounters section.

The Animal Encounters section encompasses a diverse range of species found in the “foot safari” area of Woburn Safari Park; including raptors, psittacines, small mammals, birds, marine mammals, primates, hoof stock, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

As Deputy Head of section you will directly line-manage all non permanent members of staff including seasonals, interns and volunteers.  The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Head of Section and cover their maternity leave from May 2017.

The successful applicant will need to be:
•        Able to manage and motivate a large, diverse animal keeping team
•        A highly motivated, hard working individual who has a good understanding of behavioural welfare and previous experience training and working with a variety of species.
•        Able to take part in public presentations as well as demonstrating exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant should demonstrate:
•        Considerable supervisory or staff management experience in a similar environment
•        A passion for Animal Welfare & Conservation; be highly motivated, flexible and committed to Woburn Safari Park’s high standards of husbandry and welfare
•        Previous practical experience of working with a range of species (hands on experience with the species we hold is preferable however those candidates’ with comparable experience will be considered)
•        Strong animal training experience preferably in public demonstration settings
•        Strong customer service and communication skills
•        An excellent understanding of health and safety in a zoological setting
•        An organised approach to managing animal records, reporting systems and proposals to improve the section in line with our brand values

The zoo animal management qualification (DMZAA) is desirable but not essential for this position, however; the successful candidate would be expected to work towards achieving this qualification. A full, valid driving licence is essential for this role

If you are looking to work within an “award winning” environment then please apply through our website at:

Closing date:                24th February 2017

If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Keeper – Giraffes

Keeper – Giraffes
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 us on our Giraffe section.

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 hoof stock 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 Thursday 2nd March 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Section Leader (Birds) (Senior Keeper)

Section Leader (Birds) (Senior Keeper)

The Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) (registered charity no.1108609) currently has a vacancy for a Senior Keeper to join our animal park team at Paradise Wildlife Park running our Bird Section as Section Leader.

Applicants must have experience with the husbandry and management of a wide variety of species due to our current and expanding section. This includes, amongst others, psittacines, raptors and a breeding EEP colony of African penguins.

Our bird section is primarily focused on training and displays therefore experience in these areas is essential to this particular role rather than aviary bird and breeding experience.

The bird section is responsible for 2 free flight bird shows daily (1 in winter), along with flying birds in the animal park’s mixed taxa shows. Experience in presenting shows and delivering keeper talks is essential, as is experience of training and maintaining birds in free flight shows using positive reinforcement. This position also holds the opportunity to take a lead (experience dependant) with training of other species in our mixed taxa shows.

Paradise Wildlife Park has a small team of bird keepers, cover keepers, interns & volunteers that you will be tasked with supervising, training and working alongside. Therefore, the applicant must be very personable and able to communicate well with staff and visitors.

The successful applicant will have a hands on keeper role on this busy area of the park and will be responsible for the day to day running of the section, husbandry, diets, welfare of the animals and supervision of staff.  The applicant will be responsible for delivering and training staff for the delivery of interactive animal experiences such as ‘Feed the Penguins’ and for presenting and flying birds in our free flight shows using positive reinforcement.

The successful applicant must have minimum five years of experience working within a zoo environment and experience working with birds and animal training is a must.

Across the animal park team, we have a supportive and strong development programme with our staff regularly attending conferences and training events, in this position you would be tasked with representing PWP/ZSH at these events.
This is an exciting time to join our bird team as we move into our peak season and have plans for future section development.

Job Details:
•        Full time; Permanent position
•        Reports to; Head keeper & Senior ZSH management
•        Hours; Summer 8am-6pm, Winter 8am – 5pm. Includes weekend and bank holiday work on a flexible rotated basis. Flexibility is necessary in this post
•        Part of a cohesive section leader/senior keeper team
•        Annual Salary dependant on experience

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
•        Carry out and enforce high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines
•        Ensure an up-to-date knowledge of relevant best practice, in regards to husbandry, animal training and statutory regulations, including Health and Safety
•        Undertake and record animal observations
•        Deliver high standards of visitor interaction in the form of; shows, keeper talks, experiences and education events
•        Overseeing and training of bird keepers, cover keepers, interns and volunteers
•        Attend and contribution to regular senior keeper meetings
•        Regular communication with head keepers
•        Liaise and assist in general duties and requirements as directed by senior management
•        Other duties to support effective and efficient site maintenance may include: Fire Marshall, First Aider, Company vehicle driver, including tractor trailer, Litter picking/rubbish removal/sweeping and general cleaning in order to maintain high standards (nb - full training will be a given prior to the post holder being required to undertake new tasks)

•        An animal science related qualification; DMZAA or level equivalent
•        5 years’ experience in a zoological collection. Including experience with a range of taxa.
•        Excellent communication skills
•        Excellent people management skills
•        Experience with ZIMS desirable
•        Free flight bird and presentation experience
•        Adaptable for a flexible rota
•        Physically fit for the demands of this role
•        Full UK driving licence

If you would like the opportunity to join our team please send your CV and cover letter to

This opening will close once a suitable candidate has been selected so please send applications as soon as possible.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Senior Keeper - Birds

 Senior Keeper - Birds

Tropical Wings Zoo is one of the best interactive zoo attractions in Essex.  We pride ourselves on providing a unique butterfly and animal experience with fun for all age groups.

We are currently looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Keeper for our bird section.

Main Duties
•        General animal husbandry duties performed to very high standards.
•        Daily encounters requiring good presentation skills.
•        The ability to interact with visitors of all ages.

This is an interesting and demanding job and the position requires hard work and dedication. 
Working closely with the Head Keeper and Deputy Head Keeper, you should be team orientated as well as being able to work on your own initiative. 
We inspire our employees to enjoy their role, share ideas and be instrumental in the development of the Zoo.

You should possess at least 2 years animal keeping experience and have strong experience with all species of birds within a BIAZA or EAZA recognised institution and will ideally have completed and passed a Diploma in Animal Management (DMZAA) or equivalent.

Excellent communication skills are required for this role as you will be engaging and presenting to the general public, children and/or young people.
The ideal candidate should have proven presentation and husbandry skills, together with a flexible, ‘can do’ attitude.

We operate on a 5 out of 7 day working week and working at weekends and bank holidays is an essential requirement of the position.

Debbie Fox
HR Manager

Tropical Wings – 01245 425394

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Birds of Prey - Seasonal Position

Birds of Prey - Seasonal Position

National Centre for Birds of Prey
Duncombe Park, Helmsley,
North Yorkshire YO62 5EB. UK

Tel 0844 7422035

Seasonal Position Available at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley.

The National Centre for Birds of Prey is looking for another exceptional person to join our team.
Previous experience of working with raptors is preferable, but not essential. A passion for all birds of prey, not just the falconry species is vital. An ability to speak well to the public is important.

Based at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5EB.
The position is seasonal and will start 1st April and run until 31st October
No accommodation is provided.
A full UK driving licence and your own transport is essential.
No personal birds, dogs or other livestock are allowed on site.
The whole site is a no smoking area inside and out.
Salary will be £15900 per annum pro rata. Paid monthly.
The working week is 5 days long. Staff need to assume they will be working weekends and bank holidays.
The normal working day is 8.30am until 5.30ish. If a bird has been lost or if there is a special event on, the working day can be considerably longer. Staff keep going until the work is done.
A “can do” attitude and an ability to adapt to changing work patterns is essential. An ability to work hard is crucial.
28 days holiday per annum pro rata.

Duties will include:-
•        helping in the husbandry of the entire collection
•        the maintenance and cleaning of all aviaries, weighing room and freezer room and the general tidiness of the whole centre, including weeding and lawn mowing
•        helping in providing flying demonstrations for the visitors, including a well-founded commentary
•        providing guided tours, school visits, experience days, hawking days and hawk hikes for customers
•        talking to members of the public and answering questions
•        basically if anything needs doing – the bird staff get to do it! All staff are expected to “muck in” whenever necessary. Everyone has a clearly defined role, but everyone is expected to help out as required.

Submit a CV and covering letter to

Closing date for applications 22nd February 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant