Wednesday, October 18, 2017



South Lakes Safari Zoo is a modern, vibrant zoological collection committed to conservation of biodiversity through our engaging facilities.
Under new management we aim to provide a first-class zoo experience dedicated to inspire in people a respect for animals, the environment and the world in which we live, delivered through authentic experiences and sustainable practices. We employ a talented team who are passionate about welfare, conservation, and education. Our 51-acre zoological park in the heart of the beautiful Lake District is home to over 100 exotic and endangered species in beautiful naturalistic surroundings that bring the visitor closer to nature.


We are looking for a full-time Animal Manager – Sections, to oversee and help implement our animal programme and to ensure the delivery of our high standards of welfare. This post will be hands on focussing principally working daily with the keeping team to ensure best operational practice is consistent and maintained, that enrichment, and other welfare programmes for the animals in the collection are implemented and ensuring that individual and team training is continuous. 

Responsible for the coordination and day to day supervision of the animal team under the direction of the Animal Director, to aid with recruitment but responsible for the training of new employees therefor excellent communication, organisational and people management skills are essential. The role is to ensure that the staff, facilities and animals are managed to achieve excellence.  Providing best practice husbandry, contributing to our understanding of the biology of these species and delivering attractive animal exhibits and meaningful encounters to our visitors.
Supporting and implementing the work of the Animal Director, the role will work closely with the Animal Director, Animal Manager, Senior Keepers, and the Veterinary team to implement the animal care programmes, monitoring to ensure expected standards are maintained and providing training and support when necessary. Taking an active role on developing the collection in line with the Zoo’s masterplan. 


The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience of working with multiple species represented at this collection at a senior level within a EAZA accredited Zoo.  Have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced today in a modern zoo; specifically, with regards to husbandry, welfare, nutrition, and successful breeding programmes.

Strong leadership and people management skills are essential with experience in dealing effectively with team development, and a positive attitude towards hands on mentoring and coaching junior managers and developing apprentices and trainees.

Located south of the Lake District National Park and an hour away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the position offers a rewarding experience and a chance to live in what is arguably the most beautiful part of England.

This role is 40 hours per week on a rota basis, including some weekends and bank holidays as required.  All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: 14.11.17. 

Please send applications to  

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Biologist Intern

Biologist Intern

National Marine Aquarium 

As a husbandry intern you will be involved with the day to day running of the aquarium's displays and the back of house facilities and their maintenance. Your main aim will be to provide support and assistance for the biologists and their day to day duties. Internship positions are full time positions (37.5 hours per week) that run for 3 months and will also include rota'd weekend work.

Closing date for applications is: 31st Oct 2017

For more information and an application form please go HERE.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Primate Keeper

Primate Keeper
A position has become available for an experienced Primate Keeper, it is 45 hours a week, weekend work and flexibility in working hours is essential to this role.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated individual to join our small, friendly team. This position involves tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and enclosure maintenance, covering various sections as required, as well as helping with preparation of food.
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring the highest standard of care for your animals, and must be capable of working well within a team, as well as alone and unsupervised. You must be educated to at least GCSE level in English and Maths, and an animal based qualification is desirable.
Due to the physical nature of the job, applicants will need to be physically fit and healthy, and be fully prepared to work outside in all weathers.
·  A good knowledge about primates and global animal conservation issues.
·  An ability to communicate this knowledge to the general public.
·  A full driving license is essential due to our rural location.
·  Your own transport is required; however, accommodation is available.
Please send an up to date CV and covering letter by email to Andrew Swales.

CLOSING DATE: 31st October 2017

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early and will only be contacting those who we wish to interview.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Assistant Horticulturist

Assistant Horticulturist

The Living Rainforest currently has a vacancy for an assistant horticulturist with the plant department. This is a rare opportunity to work with unusual and exotic plants.

Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the tropical plant collection is contained within three tropical glasshouses consisting of more than 600 species, many of which are rare or endangered in the wild. These include aroids, calatheas, ficuses, gingers, heliconiums and many others. There is also an outdoor exotic plant themed garden.

The role:
·       This is primarily a hands-on practical role, working with a small group of volunteers on a diverse range of tropical and temperate plants reporting directly to the Chief Horticulturist.
·       You will be expected to assist with basic plant care such as watering and pruning, propagation, exhibit construction, informal education and much more in this diverse role.
·       You will assist in the supervision and training of volunteers, interns and work experience students to ensure consistently high standards. You should have some experience of supervising a small team and teaching relevant skills, this need not be in a horticultural setting.

  • ·       Applicants should have a minimum 1 year horticultural experience (full time employment)
  • ·       Knowledge of tropical and rainforest flora would be preferred.
  • ·       Educated to ‘A’ level standard or equivalent including at least one science and must include Maths and English GSCE.
  • ·       Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • ·       Applicant should be physically fit and able to lift 20kg unassisted, and able to work in a hot climate.
  • ·       A full clean driver’s license and own vehicle will be necessary for travel to and from workplace as public transport is limited.

·       The Living Rainforest is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send a one page cover letter and CV to Human Resources.

Post: HR Department, The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 0TN

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Bird Keeper

Bird Keeper

Jersey Zoo

Job Purpose

To promote the Trust's work in the captive breeding of endangered species by working on the daily management of the animal collection under the direction of the Department Head or the Deputy Head and by teaching visiting students practical aspects of animal management, carrying out research and supporting others conducting research. To develop the Trust's work overseas by contributing to species recovery programmes.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To maintain high standards of cleanliness in all animal enclosures, public viewing areas and “off view” facilities;
  • To prepare and distribute food to the animals, following the prescribed diets;
  • To ensure the accommodation for animals is maintained to a high standard for the safety, health and well-being of the animals and for attractive exhibition to the public;
  • To monitor the animals carefully for behavioural, reproductive and medical problems and ensure prompt action is taken to alleviate them;
  • To encourage, or discourage, the reproduction of the animals according to the species management plan by identifying and developing reproduction or contraception techniques;
  • To provide additional animal care as necessary, beyond the normal routine, hand-rear young and attend sick animals;
  • To assist with the capture and restraint of animals, for enclosure movement, veterinary examination or export from the collection, while minimising stress and ensuring the maximum amount of information is collected during each event;
  • To be responsible for correct techniques, such as ringing and id chip implants, used to identify animals within the department;
  • To provide accurate daily records to the Animal Registrar of animal movements, births, deaths, transactions, reproduction and behaviour to ensure a full set of data is available for each animal to facilitate future management and research;
  • To be up to date on and able to cover for different animal routines to prevent any breakdown in procedures due to days off, illness, or holiday leave of other staff members in the department;
  • To provide assistance, information, training and supervision to visiting students, ITC trainees and conservation education staff to support DWCT’s training and education programmes;
  • To deliver regular public engagement activities, including keeper talks as required, about the animals on site, providing accurate, current and in-depth information relating to the breadth of conservation work of the Trust;
  • To answer queries from volunteers and the visiting public to promote the work of DWCT;
  • To adhere to prescribed safety and emergency procedures to ensure the safety of animals, fellow staff and the visiting public;
  • To contribute to the development of management strategies for species maintained at the Trust, including design and modification of accommodation, dietary modifications, reproduction techniques and research projects to improve the success of captive breeding programmes;
  • To propose and carry out original research to further knowledge of species maintained at the Trust and to provide practical support and specialist advice to students, researchers or ITC trainees conducting research in the animal collection;
  • To propose and, if requested, carry out original field research overseas to further knowledge of species for which the Trust has developed a species recovery programme;
  • To contribute to proposals for initiating recovery programmes in Jersey and overseas for new species to further the Trust strategy;
  • To assist senior keepers and department heads in dealing with correspondence from the public, fellow scientists and other conservation organisations when required;
  • To ensure correct export, import and quarantine procedures are followed at the request of the Animal Registrar and the Zoo Vet and ensure the Head of Animal Collection is kept informed;
  • To train and supervise trainee keepers or volunteers assisting in the animal collection to ensure their safety and that of the animals;
  • To attend national and international scientific meetings and conferences and to make presentations of the Trust’s work if requested.

Knowledge and skill

  • BSc (Hons) Zoology or related subject desirable;
  • Wide knowledge of biology, ecology and captive requirements of animal species for which post is responsible;
  • A high level of health and fitness in order to be able to carry heavy loads and work in extreme outdoor weather conditions;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to work within a department team, both as a team player and using one's own initiative;
  • Good organisational and time management skills.


Durrell reserves the right, if operational requirements make this necessary, to vary your normal duties on either a short term or an ongoing basis provided that such variations do not result in any increase to your normal number of working hours per week.  Any need to make such a variation will be discussed with you and confirmed in writing by the Human Resources Department prior to implementation.

Closing date for applications is: 7th Nov 2017

Apply for this job:
Please email for an application form

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Monday, October 16, 2017



0871 - Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Job Description
It is the responsibility of the Biologist to be aware of all aspects of the Life Sciences Department.  This includes maintaining all department protocols, adhering to policies and fulfilling daily responsibilities concerning the care and maintenance of the animal collection.

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology (or related field) preferred. 
• Prefer 3 years of experience working in a public aquarium with teleost and/or elasmobranch species.  (Pay rate to be determined by experience level.)
• Must be SCUBA certified with a minimum of 50 logged hours of dive time. (Advanced certifications preferred.)  
• Must represent Golden Nugget in a professional manner with all guests.

Professional Animal Care
• Perform daily routine as scheduled.
• Maintain accurate and informative daily animal records.
• Prepare daily diet preparation for animal collection.
• Perform daily water quality testing of all exhibits.
• Assist Curator / Life Sciences Manager with medical treatments and husbandry procedures as needed.
• Conduct yourself in helpful and respectful manner with all guest interactions.
• Participate in various public presentations, with or without animals.
• Communicate any animal related or other concerns to Curator / Life Sciences Manager.
• Interact with dignitaries, professionals, special guests, VIPs or tours as directed.
Department Management
• Observe and help maintain department areas (and those not normally your responsibility) as directed.
• Report supply needs to Curator / Life Sciences Manager.
• Assure exhibit "readiness" for opening in absence of Curator / Life Sciences Manager.
• Make frequent daily rounds to evaluate cleanliness of work area/ equipment and safety concerns.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
• Ability to SCUBA dive daily.
• Excellent analytical, problem solving, administrative, multi-tasking, organization and prioritization skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), fluent English and articulate.
• Ability to work efficiently, independently and consistently producing quality results.

Learn more HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant