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Twycross Zoo
Experienced Primate Keeper
Up to £17,346 pa

Twycross Zoo, based in Leicestershire, is a registered charity and is famous for its collection of primates. We are proud of the work we do in conservation and education and take part in many captive breeding programmes for endangered animals. About three quarters of the animals housed at Twycross are classed as endangered species.

We need an experienced primate keeper to join one of our primate sections caring for callitrichides, spider monkeys, woolly monkeys, howlers, langurs, colobus and guenons. It is ideal if you have already achieved an animal-related qualification, but it is more important to have “hands on” experience of caring for primates. We are not looking for more trainee keepers at this point.

Pay ranges from £15,735 pa for a Grade 2 Keeper up to £17,346 pa for a Senior Keeper. Grade is determined by the job holder’s level of competence, expertise and knowledge, not length of service. The shift pattern is 6 days on and 2 off and we offer 31 days holiday, uniform, 5% pension contribution and the possibility of on-site accommodation.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to or by post to Human Resources, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX .

Closing date: apply immediately, we will appoint the right person as soon as we can.


Flamingo Land Zoo
Experienced Zoo Keeper

Flamingo Land zoological department is looking for an experienced zoo keeper to join our team. Flamingo Land is one of the leading tourist attractions in the UK, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors each year. The zoo is in an exciting phase of development that has recently seen the creation of a number of themed zoogeographic areas and the development of the education and conservation departments. The successful candidate will be expected to work with a variety of taxa, including large ungulates, carnivores, primates, birds and reptiles. All of our zoo keepers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities which include research, environmental enrichment and education.

You will have at least three years experience working in a zoological collection and have passed the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals. Experience with Carnivores and Primates would be an advantage, but you will receive direct training in the husbandry of these species. You will also be enthusiastic, reliable and a good team player.

Interviews will take place during the week beginning the 29 th March 2010.

Please send a CV and covering letter before 28 March 2010 to:

Ross Snipp
Zoo Manager
Flamingo Land
Kirby Misperton
North Yorkshire
YO17 6UX

01653668287 ext 225

Closing date: 28 March 2010


Blackpool Zoo
Sealion Trainer/Presenter

With the completion of Blackpool Zoo’s Active Oceans devolvement we are looking to employ a full time experienced Sea Lion Presenter/Trainer, to assist and help develop the events side of the zoo’s animal department.

The successful candidate will assist in the care, training, and presenting of the zoo’s sea lions and will be involved in all aspects of their animal husbandry. They will also assist on other parts of the Large Mammal Section and other events animals.

You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. A minimum of 3 years Animal training and presenting experience (2 years with sea lions), plus proven people skills, and a qualification related to animals/wildlife or a willingness to undertake the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals.

Although at the moment the main focus will be the management and training of sea lions, birds & other mammals may eventually be used.

In return we offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.

Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation is available with this post, if required.

The closing date for applications is 11 th April 2010.

Blackpool Zoo is ideally and conveniently located on the outskirts of
the " UK most popular holiday resort". Less than a 5 minute drive from
the M55 motorway, the zoos site is also easily accessible from
numerous rural villages in the surrounding area. The zoo itself is
situated in a well established green belt area of the town and is
only a 10 minute drive away from the town centre, which offers a
veritable feast of nightlife, entertainment and shopping as well as
the famous Golden Mile coastline.
Blackpool can genuinely offer "something for everyone", from singles
to families, yet, within an hour drive of this vibrant town you can
be in the Lake District, Manchester or even the Yorkshire Dales

For further details and an application form, please apply, in writing enclosing a full CV and quoting Reference SP/AD/10, to:

Personnel Department
Blackpool Zoo
East Park Drive


Tropical Wings Zoo
Mammals Keeper

Tropical Wings Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced, motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual with a passion for all animals to join our dedicated team of animal care staff.

The ideal candidate will have:

·         A love of all animals
·         Experience working with animals/ Qualification
·         Excellent communication skills and be able to participate fully in our education and presentation             programme
·         Animal training experience desirable

To apply:

Send CV and covering letter to: Lucy Norman, HR Manager, Tropical Wings Zoo, Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ  or by email to


Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Cambodia
Volunteer Keeper

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by the Allwetterzoo Münster and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia , located on 25 ha of land in the Phnom Kulen National Park, ca. 40 km north of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. The goals of the ACCB are the rehabilitation of confiscated, mainly globally threatened wildlife and the conservation breeding of selected species, in combination with environmental education and capacity building of local communities as well as in-situ conservation and research.

 The ACCB is currently looking to fill the position of Volunteer Keeper to join our team of four Cambodian keepers and one expatriate Head Keeper. This is a challenging position in a demanding environment suitable for a highly dedicated and motivated individual.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Carry out all aspects of animal husbandry (e.g. daily routines, appropriate rehabilitation and release) related to the current stock of c. 200 mammals, birds and reptiles.
  2. Carry out building and maintenance work .
  3. Co-supervise and train Cambodian animal keepers and site support staff .
  4. Assist with education work and field research as required.
  5. Assist with the general daily operation of the centre.


  1. Good command of English.
  2. Excellent organisational and communication skills and ability to multi-task.
  3. Experience in animal husbandry, ideally with a special interest in reptiles.
  4. Good practical skills .
  5. Full clean driving licence (ideally including small motorbike).
  6. Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate.
  7. Ability to live under simple conditions in a remote, rural and isolated area.

Conditions / remuneration:

Travel expenses at the beginning and the end of the contract will be covered. Free shared accommodation at ACCB and a small allowance to cover living expenses will be provided. On-site transport and satellite internet are available, also for reasonable personal use. Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods. The work agreement is on a volunteer basis (not as staff of Münster Zoo or ZGAP), thus health or social insurance contributions will not be covered.

Starting date: As soon as possible; applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Please apply via email including covering letter, CV and the contact details of two referees to:

Markus Handschuh, Project Manager, Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), Siem Reap, Cambodia. Email:

and copy your application to:

Dr. Martina Raffel, Allwetterzoo Münster, Sentruper Straße 315, D-48161 Münster, Germany. Email:



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