Saturday, December 10, 2016

Herpetological Field Assistant (Curacao Island, Caribbean)

Herpetological Field Assistant (Curacao Island, Caribbean)

The Integrative Ecology Lab of Jocelyn Behm and Matt Helmus from the Center for Biodiversity at Temple University is looking for a field assistant to help out with herpetological field surveys aimed at studying how human development influences exotic and native species on Curacao from mid-January to mid-March 2017 (start date somewhat flexible).

Previous field experience is required.
Previous field experience with herps, insects, birds, and/or in the tropics preferred.

Field work will entail surveying and capturing herpetofaunal species (lizards, frogs) and their prey (invertebrates and plants), and visual surveys for avian predators. Curacao is a small island in the southern Caribbean situated between Aruba and Bonaire just north of Venezuela.

Field assistant duties:

Ability to perform day and nighttime surveys in hot, mosquito-y, conditions.
Must be comfortable handling lizards, frogs, insects, and their excrement
Willing and able to learn new field techniques as needed
Attention to detail, organized, and able to accurately follow instructions
Must be clean, courteous, and able to get along with others in a team setting and shared housing situation
We will provide lodging and cover roundtrip travel costs from the US to Curacao, and a stipend is available to cover food costs while in Curacao.

To apply, please send brief cover letter describing your interest in the position and previous relevant experience, along with a CV and contact information for 3 references to: biodiversity [at] temple [dot] edu

Review of applications will begin December 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Learn more HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Penguin Trainer

Penguin Trainer

Ski Dubai will shortly be looking for a new Penguin Trainer for their exciting, interesting and highly successful project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

We fully appreciate that there are not a lot of people out there with Penguin training experience so you will learn this aspect on the job. It is essential though that applicants have considerable animal husbandry and training experience with a serious and genuine interest in promoting an educational conservation message to a multinational public.

Previous applicants may re-apply. Competition has been tough for previous posts and we appreciate you may have gained a position elsewhere since we last advertised.

The trainers will participate in the husbandry and training of the penguin collection, including the maintenance of holding area, preparation of diets/penguin feeding and the set-up and maintenance of presentation areas.

You will work with and alongside a team of friendly, outgoing and dedicated international (5 different countries) trainers. The penguins AND the trainers ARE the team.

Our aim is to create leaders.

Key Tasks:
  • Monitor and perform daily feeding and training of King and Gentoo penguins
  • Monitor penguins and public during public demonstrations
  • Clean exhibit on a daily basis, including touch-up after presentations
  • Manage the LSS
  • Observe penguins for signs of stress or illness
  • Keep records current each day
  • Public speaking for a variety of penguin presentations and guest orientation
  • Performs other duties as required
  • Reliable

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Zoology or Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or related field or equivalent experience
  • Preferably three year of training experience, ideally with marine mammals. Alternative expertise in animal husbandry given serious consideration (incubation, hand rearing).
  • Must be fully experienced in using ZIMS. (We would expect you to teach our team the ins and outs of using this record system).
Key Competencies:
  • Previous experience in maintaining living specimens
  • Ability to work well with staff and supervisors
  • Ability to perform well under duress typical of positions dealing with living organisms
  • Able to work alone and to work with others
Typical Physical Demands:
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs. to shoulder height
  • Carry materials, transport boxes, buckets, etc. throughout the facility
  • Able to work on rota
  • Standing, walking for long periods in an extremely cold freezing environment
About Dubai

Dubai is a great place to work. There are 400 different nationalities living and working here. We get around 10 million tourists a year. It is a safe and friendly place to live. Although a Muslim country everyone is free to practice their own religion, women can drive and pretty nearly everything you can get in the US or Europe is available here...and then some. The climate is very hot for six months of the year and beautiful for the other six months. We have the best restaurants and the best chefs in the world. The best bands are regular visitors and the range of entertainment available is immense.

Just to give you a flavor. I freely admit some can be outside a Penguin Trainers salary.

 If interested please forward your resume along with a recent photo to:

Applications close on the 31st DECEMBER 2016


Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

International Technical Advisor

International Technical Advisor

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife: International Technical Advisor
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a national conservation Non-Profit Organisation in Vietnam, ensures ending the extinction of threated species and recovering their wild populations in Vietnam. 

Our aims are:
ü        Delivering effective education programs to empower people to take informed action.
ü        Working with Government to effect positive, long-lasting change for wildlife.
ü        Rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing confiscated threatened wildlife, and contributing to conservation-breeding programs for globally-threatened species, in support of wild populations.
ü        Increasing understanding of conservation requirements of threatened wildlife through rigorous scientific research.
ü        Demonstrating and promoting good animal welfare to organisations throughout Vietnam.

The Technical Advisor will report to the Executive Director, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, but will also be required to maintain regular contact with the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK (the primary funding body for this post). He or she will work closely with the existing team to deliver an excellent husbandry programme for the small carnivores and pangolins held at Cuc Phuong National Park including health monitoring, environmental enrichment, live food production and captive breeding of Owston’s civet. Importantly, the Technical Advisor will also help develop captive research to increase the successes of conservation breeding programs for global threatened species. He/She also responds to develop fund-raising, reports and communication and will be expected to contribute to grant applications and maintaining relationships with donors.

Start date: in February 2017.

Duration of contract: 2 year; preference will be given to candidates prepared to stay for longer. 

Probation period: 3 months

Salary:         £10,000 per annum (For who may not be familiar with the cost here, total local living cost and accommodation are less than 20% of your salary). Travel insurance is the responsibility of the employee but will also be covered by the project.

Location: Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province

Accommodation: will be provided at Cuc Phuong National Park.

Benefits: 12 working days annual holiday following Vietnamese Labour law, plus 10 national holiday days.

Hours of work:        8 hours each day and 5 days/week. However, as the animals within the centre are nocturnal it is expected that the employee would sometimes work during the evenings. Any overtime will be accrued and time given off in lieu.

Working with: Save Vietnam’s Wildlife /WWCT staff, including those based at Cuc Phoung and in the UK; other NGO partners; government departments; visiting researchers; and community organisations.

Essential criteria:

• Educated to degree level in biology or similar field.
• Veterinary nursing qualifications and/or zoo keeping certificate would be highly advantageous Knowledge and experience
• Significant experience in the field of captive animal management.
• Clinical nursing skills, including wound care, euthanasia and post mortems, and dispensing medications.
• Demonstrable experience in staff training and capacity building.
 • Sound knowledge of wildlife and habitat conservation.
• Familiar with south-east Asian conservation issues and living/working in Vietnam/Asia.
• Demonstrable experience of working effectively with a number of partners including communities, government departments and NGOs.

Skills and personal qualities
• Dynamic, effective team leadership skills with ability to work under own initiative.
• Good communicator; able to write, speak and present with a high level of proficiency in English.
• Excellent administration and organisation skills.
• Computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, website management and social media.
• Resilient, highly motivated, good humoured and positive personality.
 • Creative, adaptable and resourceful to meet the demands of a challenging environment.
• Active, fit and healthy.

Desirable criteria
• Experience of captive husbandry of small mammals.
• Proven fundraising skills and experience of writing successful grant applications.
• Driving licence and ability to ride a motorbike.
• Ability to maintain basic equipment and vehicles.
• Some knowledge of Vietnamese would be advantageous.
• Willingness to travel as required.

A job description is available. Please send a CV and covering letter to Ms Kim Anh: by 30th December 2016.

For more information of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife please visit:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Zoo Keeper - Ectotherms

Senior Zoo Keeper - Ectotherms

  • Rare chance to work at one of the world's most ambitious and conservation-focused zoos.
  • Care for a diverse collection of native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
  • Contribute directly to the conservation of native fauna through breed-for-release programmes.
  • Unique opportunity to participate regularly in field conservation projects.

Auckland Zoo delivers exciting and educational visitor experiences that inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment, and is a leader in the field of zoo-enabled conservation. This is an opportunity to join the Life Sciences team and be part of an organization that is proud of its contribution to the conservation of species and their habitats in New Zealand and abroad.

Auckland Zoo recently opened the award-winning $15million NZ fauna precinct, Te Wao Nui, which is providing many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both in the zoo and in the field. It features six zones displaying more than 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and more than 110 native plant species.

The role:

As the Senior Ectotherm Keeper works as part of a team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of a diverse range of native reptiles, frogs, fish, and invertebrates species including tuatara, Otago and chevron skinks, Archey's frog, long-fin eels and giant weta, exotic species such as American alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Australian lizards and bird-eating spiders.
The organisation is committed to conservation in the field, as well as in the zoo, and all members of the Ectotherm team are fortunate to regularly participate in a diverse range of field programmes in New Zealand. To meet the Zoo's operational needs, the successful candidate may occasionally be required to care for other animal taxa or undertake additional tasks at the Team Leader's and/or Curator's discretion.

To be successful in this opportunity you be a highly experienced specialist keeper with a comprehensive knowledge of the management and husbandry required for a range of ectotherm species. You will be able to demonstrate high standards, possess exceptional attention to detail, be highly organised and keen to learn. Good team skills and demonstrable supervisory experience are essential whilst the ability to work independently and to show initiative is also crucial. An interest in and aptitude for fieldwork and prior relevant experience is advantageous along with proven scientific writing skills.

A relevant degree in biological sciences/conservation is required and a minimum of five years practical experience caring for a diverse herpetological/entomological collection is essential.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a world-class organisation, contribute to conservation and progress your career - are you ready to do something wild every day?

This is a full-time permanent role, working 40hrs per week on a 14-day roster system including weekends and public holidays. A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role.

This position is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.

Applications close Wednesday, 28 December at 10.30pm

Please note that while this role is closing on the 28 December, we will not be in contact with candidates until the 9th January 2017.

Auckland Council is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment of candidates, we will require Police Vetting of candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

For further details and to apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ungulate Keeper

Ungulate Keeper

We are Chessington World of Adventures Resort and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Ungulate Keeper.  In this role you will work within the Ungulate Team and take an active role in the day to day running of our collection. This will include delivering unrivalled standards of animal husbandry required by our large variety of animals including zebra, giraffe and white rhino. You will be part of the team creating the most stimulating environment possible – not just for our guests, but for the animals too - and since we’re big on conservation, education and research, you’ll have a big part to play in that too. You will also be keen to support all areas within our Zoo, which will in turn benefit your own personal development. You will ensure the Health & Safety of yourself, our visitors and our guests at all times as well as develop a personal training programme in conjunction with your Head of Section.

We are looking for the following skills and experience;
Our ideal candidate will have completed an animal based qualification, with five years of relevant experience of working in a Zoo environment or equivalent.
You will be a clear and confident speaker, able to engage with the public, delivering fun and educational presentations and more importantly an alert listener, willing to learn and develop.
You will have passion and excitement for your chosen field, with a keen drive to develop your career as an Animal Keeper.
This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week which will include weekends and bank holidays.

Alongside a competitive annual salary and 28 days holiday you can look forward to enjoying a great benefits package  including a Group Personal Pension Plan, Merlin Magic pass, Employee Assistance Programme, Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of LEGO, and much more!

To Apply please click HERE

Work Locations : Chessington World of Adventure Resort Chessington World of Adventure Resort Leatherhead Road Chessington KT9 2NE

Closing Date : 15-Dec-16, 11:59:00 PM

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Park Manager

Park Manager

Wildwood Trust

Job Title: Park Manager ( full time post)
Function: Managing the Wildwood Escot Animal Park
Salary:      £25,000 to £35,000 (dependent on skills and experience)

About Wildwood Trust:
Wildwood Trust is a registered charity that, uniquely, focusses on British Wildlife. The Wildwood Trust became a charity in 2002, having existed since 1998, establishing a unique mix of animal collection, wildlife education, conservation and ecological services.

The Post:
Wildwood Trust has displayed excellent growth over its 14-year existence and is now seeking an experienced Park Manager to develop our new British Wildlife visitor centre at Escot Park in Devon. The Park Manager will manage operations, specific projects & day to day commercial activity as Wildwood expands and develops the park. Reporting to the Chief Executive, with a remit to develop, exploit and manage all secondary spend opportunities whilst ensuring that the Park is running smoothly and efficiently.
 The Park Manager must have a good understanding of project development, and project management, health and safety, staff management and ideally have some building or commercial development background.
 The role will involve motivating and managing a team, project managing the building of new animal enclosures, facilities management of grounds, garden & building maintenance. This post will ideally suit someone who is an experienced manager with a background in development and/or the leisure/zoo industry.

A recruitment pack can be downloaded from
Applications should be sent to:
Attn E Bartlett
Wildwood Trust, Herne Common

Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ.  

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant