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Er zijn niet vaak open vacatures voor dierenverzorging functies in dierentuinen.
Toch gebeurt het soms dat er vacatures zijn. Als deze bij Stichting de Harpij bekend worden gemaakt zullen ze op deze pagina te vinden zijn en soms zijn ze te vinden in ons blad.
Omdat ons blad echter maar 4 maal per jaar wordt uitgegeven, zullen op onze site de meeste recente vacatures te vinden zijn.
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Vacancy announcement: HEAD KEEPER

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by Allwetterzoo Münster and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It was one of the first nature conservation centres in Cambodia, located within Phnom Kulen National Park at the trailhead to the historic site of Kbal Spean, about 50km north of Siem Reap Town and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor. The animal collection at ACCB currently includes approximately 550 individuals from about 40 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. The primary goals of the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity are:
  • To promote the rescue of selected native Cambodian wildlife and to provide adequate rehabilitation and release facilities while ensuring the maintenance of internationally recognized standards.
  • To provide facilities and technical expertise for the conservation breeding of selected threatened species, and to initiate and carry out appropriate reintroduction programs.
  • To serve as an education and training centre for communities, wildlife officials and visitors to the centre in order to increase awareness of and build capacity for conservation and environmental protection and management, and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
  • To initiate and participate in wildlife conservation and research activities in Cambodia, including in situ conservation activities, species recovery efforts, biodiversity inventories and natural resource-use assessment, and to provide information to support management recommendations for protected areas.

    The ACCB is currently looking to fill its full-time Head Keeper position.
    This is a challenging but rewarding position for a highly dedicated and motivated individual with a keen interest in making a contribution towards conservation. In addition, she or he will have to be prepared to support a variety of other activities at ACCB as required, such as assisting the Veterinarian, helping with environmental education, maintenance, administration, participation in special events, or fundraising. The Head Keeper is required to live permanently on-site and to be on call for emergencies.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities
    The Head Keeper reports to the Curator and works closely with the existing team to deliver an excellent husbandry program for the animals held at ACCB including e.g., rehabilitation and release, environmental enrichment and animal record keeping
  • Provide day-to-day oversight, assignment of daily tasks, training, and leadership of the animal keeping team; oversee and directly participate in preparation of food, feeding of animals, cleaning of enclosures, and other daily tasks
  • Carry out animal observations with regards to health issues and behaviour and inform the Curator and Veterinarian when illness or injury is suspected
  • Perform routine inspection of enclosures for cleanliness and structural defects
  • Perform minor maintenance and repair of animal enclosures when feasible
  • Assist in the development of training plans for animal keepers; participate in the routine development of staff expertise in animal husbandry and training, operant conditioning, and environmental enrichment
  • Provide training and operant conditioning to permanent animal collections to enhance animal welfare, enrichment, and safety
  • Make recommendations for improvement in all aspects of the animal husbandry and breeding conservation program; assist in developing and implementing animal husbandry and conservation breeding protocols
  • Implement international standards to ensure ACCB´s animal collection receives the best care possible
  • Assist in carrying out all aspects of artificial incubation and special care, including hand-rearing, for neonates/juveniles
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager, Field Conservation Manager, Curator and animal keeping team in pre-release assessments of animals prior to (re-)introduction to the wild
  • Assist with animal acquisitions, if required
  • Continually learn and adapt techniques to optimize animal husbandry and breeding success
  • Supervision of students or volunteers

  • A degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behavior, zoo keeping or related field
  • Working experience in a zoo, rescue centre or similar working environment
  • A keen interest in the conservation of birds and chelonians is essential, as currently these are the focus species of ACCB
  • Working experience with birds and/or chelonians would be an advantage
  • Demonstrable experience in staff training and capacity building
  • Excellent administration, organization and communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of wildlife and habitat conservation, especially with regards to Southeast Asian conservation issues
  • Good command of English (spoken and written)
  • Good improvisational and practical skills
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with a sometimes heavy workload (also on weekends and possible night shifts) and to multi-task in a demanding environment
  • Ability to live and work under simple conditions in a rural area. Some previous experience of working/living in developing countries and/or in tropical climates would be an advantage
  • Computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. ZIMS experience would be an advantage
  • Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate
  • Ability to work in a multi-national team
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • A clean driving license for cars

  • Free shared accommodation, water, electricity and internet at ACCB, located at Kbal Spean in Phnom Kulen National Park
  • Airfare to/from site if required, including one return flight per year (for contracts >1 year)
  • Full-time work (usually from 7-11 am and 1-5 pm), with flexibility as required and on-call availability for emergencies
  • 6 days off per month
  • 30 days annual leave per calendar year
  • A salary will be provided, which will be sufficient to cover living expenses

    Closing date: Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled
    Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods (minimum 1 year). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

    Starting date: as soon as possible
    Please apply as soon as possible via email (not exceeding 10 MB) including cover letter, CV and the contact details of two references to:
    Christel Griffioen, ACCB Curator

    Overzicht vacature
    BedrijfAngkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)
    FunctieHead keeper
    Aantal uren0
    Reageren27/12/2017 - 27/01/2018

  • Job opportunity - Wildlife animal keeper (with venomous snake experience) - Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation.
    Puerto Viejo de Limon. Costa Rica

    Jaguar Rescue Center (JRC) is a tropical wildlife rescue center located near Puerto Viejo, in the beautiful south caribbean side of Costa Rica. We take care of an average of 600-700 injured wild animals a year, mainly due to electrocutions, dog bites, car accidents, confiscations, orphans, etc. We work with all kind of central american animals (Primates, xenarthrans, procionids, birds, reptiles, etc). We focus our philosophy on the release of all the animals whenever is possible (over 250 releases a year), but also we have some permanent non releasable animals and an education collection of venomous snakes. We hare a complete state of the art wildlife hospital to give the best attention to all the animals with 24/7 veterinary attention.
    For more information visit
    Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation & Release Center in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

    JRC is recruiting a professional wildlife caretaker with professional zookeeping experience to join our team with specific attention on handling venomous snakes and preferably experienced with general capture and handling of wildlife in order to help with and perform animals rescues. The successful candidate will take care of the educational snake collection, perform some of the snake and other animal rescues and translocations, and help coordinate the tasks of the rest of rescue center as well as any other task needed.

    We are a busy rescue center with staff and volunteers from all around the world. We look for an eager to learn, passionate person who will share our philosophy of rescuing and releasing wildlife and will use his/her professional experience not only handling and taking care of animals but joining and teaching our team and showing leadership, passion and team work.

    This full-time position provides competitive salary commensurate with experience and adequate to the country we live in. We are next to the beach in one of the most beautiful places in the world, a place worth living and a job worth working, but we are also a little bit isolated and surrounded by jungle. Candidate must be able to adjust to these environmental conditions.

    The application deadline is February 10 th, 2018.

    Interested applications should write to with the CV and a cover letter showing your interest in the position. After that, we will do video conference interview to the selected candidates.

    Overzicht vacature
    BedrijfJaguar Rescue Center (JRC)
    FunctieWildlife animal keeper
    Aantal uren40
    Reageren02/01/2018 - 10/02/2018

    Op de EAZA website is hiervoor een aparte pagina.
    Hierop staan regelmatig vacatures van diverse Europese dierentuinen, maar ook vacatures vanuit andere werelddelen zijn hier soms te vinden.

    Andere vacatures in het buitenland zijn soms te vinden op de websites van onze zusterorganisaties.
    Klik op een link om naar direct naar de vacature pagina van de beteffende organisatie te gaan.

    BdZ (Duitsland)
    ABWAK (Groot-Brittannië en Ierland)
    ASZK (Australië)
    AZA (Noord-Amerika en Canada)
    CASA (Canada)
    Als dierentuinmedewerkers organisatie krijgen we regelmatig vragen over werken in de dierentuin.
    De dierentuinmedewerkers onder ons weten wat werken in de dierentuin inhoudt en de meeste van ons zouden geen ander werk meer willen. Veel dierentuinmedewerkers hebben van hun hobby hun werk kunnen maken.

    Ook voor veel buitenstaanders klinkt ´werken in de dierentuin´ als de ideale baan.
    Voor sommige mensen is dit ook het geval, veel mensen hebben echter een verkeerd beeld van het werk. Dit komt waarschijnlijk omdat bij de verzorging van dieren alleen gedacht wordt aan het voeren van dieren en niet aan bijvoorbeeld het scheppen van grote hoeveelheden mest, het schoonmaken van verblijven, het vegen van paden, het wassen van ramen. En dit zijn uiteraard slechts een paar voorbeelden van andere werkzaamheden, die ook bij het vak horen. Afhankelijk van de organisatie en afdeling kan het lichamelijk erg zwaar werk zijn.

    Dierentuinen ontvangen vele brieven van sollicitanten die ´iets met dieren willen doen´, zonder dat zij enige ervaring hebben.
    Werk in de dierentuin is zoals gezegd vaak zwaar en de kans op een baan is vaak klein. Dat neemt niet weg dat het voor velen erg leuk werk is, maar dit zijn wel facetten dit in gedachten moeten worden gehouden als men kiest voor een opleiding in de richting ´dierentuinen´.
    Praktijkervaring is in de meeste gevallen noonzakelijk om kans te maken op een baan binnen de dierverzorging van een dierentuin.
    Vaak worden vacatures binnen dierentuinen opgevuld met verzorgers die al bekend zijn binnen de organisatie, bijvoorbeeld door middel van stage.

    Van oudsher één van de bekendste opleidingen op dit gebeid is het Groenhorst College in Barneveld (en 9 andere lokaties in Nederland).

    Andere opleiding met een zelfde richting zijn te vinden op de volgende websites:
    VMBO en MBO opleidingen
    Op deze website staan alle AOC opleidingen in Nederland vermeld.

    HBO opleidingen
    Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein Wageningen. Leeuwarden, Velp
    Christelijke Agrarische Hogeschool Dronten, Almere
    Hogeschool HAS Den Bosch