Friday, July 28, 2017

Animal Encounters Officer

Animal Encounters Officer

Job title: Animal Encounters Officer / Resource Technician (Animal Care)
Location Brooks Farm, E10 5BS
Salary £17,245 to £18,601 plus £1,791 London Weighting

Permanent, Full Time (weekend and 3 week days)

The post-holder is required to work weekends and is likely to be asked to work Monday- Wednesday, although flexibility to accommodate changing demands and circumstances is highly desirable, to include half-day and holiday cover.

Capel Manor College is London’s only Specialist College for land-based studies and an internationally renowned learning resource for all those interested in Horticulture, Animal Management, Saddlery, Arboriculture, Floristry, Garden Design, Countryside and the Environment.

We are currently looking for an Animal Encounters Officer / Resource Technician who will be providing day-to-day care for a wide range of animals kept by the College and Supporting and resourcing the teaching of animal care including maintaining practical facilities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
•        The day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock in accordance with the animal welfare policy to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks
•        Supervising college student volunteers carrying out practical duties in animal areas at weekends
•        Co-ordinating and supervising animal interactive sessions for the public at weekends
•        Assisting academic staff within the School, supervising students and providing technical assistance and advice as required
•        Completing records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Line Manager as appropriate
•        Ordering feed, bedding and other consumables for all centres as required in consultation with Line Manager. Storage, security and stock control of such consumables
•        Ensuring high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in all animal areas and associated storage and service areas
•        Ensuring that all requirements and regulations relating to health and safety are adhered to at all times

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with excellent interpersonal / communication skills, along with the ability to keep accurate records and follow rotas and working routines carefully and conscientiously.

Required Qualifications and Experience:
•        Level 2 qualification or higher in an animal care discipline
•        Experience of caring for a range of rodents, exotic animals, birds and farm-stock on a day-to-day basis
•        Experience of working with the public, demonstrating good principles of “Customer Care”
•        Knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas
•        Awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit

What’s in it for you?
Capel Manor offers a unique working environment with a range of benefits including:

•        Access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or LGPS (depending on job role)
•        Employee assistance programme
•        Superb staff development opportunities

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to the college being defined as a ‘specified place’. The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. Where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on and complete an online application form.

Closing date is 10th August 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant




Working with Malagasy Carnivores, Exotic Felids, Reptiles and a number of farm animals, in a secluded and beautiful setting. Not open to the public.

18 X Hours (2 Days) per week minimum. Further hours during staff holiday periods.

We are looking to recruit a self motivated and hard working individual who is passionate about captive husbandry and conservation. Must have good communication skills, excellent personal organisation skills and an exceptionally high standard of hygiene and cleanliness.
Must be able to work alone or as part of a very small team in a personal environment.

Duties to include: Diet preparation, feeding and maintenance of enclosures, enrichment. Gardening and maintenance of grounds.

Previous experience working with small or large Carnivores is essential, and a keen interest/knowledge of gardening and plants would be beneficial.

To apply please send a full CV with covering letter to:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, July 27, 2017

General Manager - SEA LIFE Melbourne

General Manager - SEA LIFE Melbourne

Are you passionate about creating memorable experiences of amazing discovery whilst inspiring our guests and team to love the oceans and the creatures that live in it? Would you like to work for one of Melbourne’s most iconic attractions which is home to over 10,000 animals, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles and a diverse collection of sharks and rays? If you answered “YES!” to both of those questions, then you’ll be excited to hear that there is an awesome opportunity for a General Manager to lead the incredible team here at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

About the Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, dynamic and talented General Manager to lead the future strategy and day-to-day operation at one of Australia’s most famous animal attractions, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium!

While no two days will ever be the same, your overarching responsibility will be the day to day running of the attraction with a focus on product delivery, guest experience and financial performance. You will achieve this by ensuring that our teams are working together cohesively to deliver the highest possible standards to achieve attraction financial metrics and non-financial KPIs.  The role is responsible for all aspects of SEA LIFE Melbourne’s Aquarium’s day to day performance and will lead the attraction team in all areas of the business – from the delivery of amazing and memorable experiences to each and every guest, overseeing the implementation of all sales and marketing initiatives to drive visitation, achieving outstanding commercial results and ensuring that health, safety and security is always our number one priority. In addition, you will lead the future strategy of the attraction identifying future growth opportunities and the plans to achieve these from a growing Melbourne market.

 About You

Knowledge in creating, implementing and driving strategy and developing and managing a range of budgets is essential for this role so you should be able to demonstrate a proven track record this area. As people are our greatest asset, we will also be looking for a leader who has the ability to support and coach direct reports in developing the skill sets needed for their roles and the business. Previous experience in a similar role, with a strong understanding of sales & marketing and driving results, is essential for this role. We are a looking for a General Manager who can come in and build upon the great work that our team here at SEA LIFE has already achieved and move the attraction forward to the next level. In this role, there is an opportunity to have a direct involvement in shaping the future of the business and achieve significant growth but we need to make sure that the successful candidate balances their approach and understands that we do it all for the love of fun!

Learn more HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Retail and Education Assistant (Wildlife Park)

Retail and Education Assistant (Wildlife Park)

Salary £15,657

Askham Bryan College is a large, and growing, specialist land-based College, with centres throughout Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Tees Valley.

We are currently looking to recruit for a Retail and Education Assistant to join us to provide excellent customer service and learning opportunities to all visitors to the wildlife park.

Delivering educational programmes to general visitors and groups, including schools, you will also manage visitor admissions and bookings, gift shop sales and deal with enquiries.

Ensuring that all visitor areas are well maintained you will assist with the day-to-day management of the Wildlife Park and act as duty manager as required.

Candidates will have practical experience with animals, a customer service background and the ability to work well as part of a team.  Enthusiastic and committed to providing excellent customer service, you will be IT literate and have strong communication skills.

Specific experience of customer service in visitor attractions (particularly zoological facilities) and delivering wildlife related learning activities would be beneficial. A recognised qualifications in Animal Management or similar is essential.

To apply for this role please visit our website

Closing date will be Friday 4th August 2017

Interviews 12th August

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Full time position
 Working 37.5 hours per week

Salary Range £15,600 or £18,217 per annum depending on experience and qualifications

Bristol Zoological Society is recruiting for the position of Animal Keeper for Wild Place Project. This is a full-time position working 37.5 hours per week as part of the departmental rota which will include weekends and bank holidays.

The successful applicant will have experience of working with a variety of zoo species and previous knowledge and experience working within a zoological collection with a variety of bird species is essential for this role.

It would be desirable although not essential if applicants were holding either the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or a relevant degree with appropriate experience. Candidates will preferably have experience working with a variety of species as well as experience in multi taxa exhibits.

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to  Please clearly mark your application ‘Animal Keeper - WPP’. 

The closing date for this position is 9th August, 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Keeper: Primates

Animal Keeper: Primates

Twycross Zoo is an award winning zoo and visitor attraction based in rural south Leicestershire and is currently delivering on a £55 million Masterplan, which will transform the zoo over the next 20 years. We have already opened two major new habitats since the launch of the Masterplan in March 2015, including Giraffe Savannah and the moated island complex Gibbon Forest; we are also in the process of building our new chimpanzee complex and have the exciting plans for developing the Zoo and growing all areas of our charity.

We currently have a vacancy for a G2 Animal Keeper to work on our Primates section. This area manages all our small primate species including gibbons, callitrichids, cebids, guenons and lemurs.

Key Responsibilities:
• Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public

Key Skills & Requirements:
· Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
· Committed to continued professional development
· A good team worker
· 2 years zoo keeping experience (primates) and a relevant animal-related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA.

The role is offered on a permanent contract. The role is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly, 31 days paid holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV along with a covering letter to

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant