Excellent opportunity to learn all aspects of animal husbandry
At Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, we have an internship placement available on the Gorilla Section. We are looking for a passionate, hardworking individual to work alongside our small team of enthusiastic and likeminded Gorilla Keepers. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.
The Aspinall Foundation is home to the largest captive breeding group of Western Lowland Gorillas in the world with over 140 births to date. The individual will be taught husbandry techniques, as well as the opportunity to operate vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks, therefore a clean manual driving licence will be an advantage.
This placement is an excellent opportunity for you to shadow our keepers and to learn all aspects of animal husbandry. They will provide comprehensive practical training and significant insight into a successful and responsible zoological collection, with the goal of promoting your future employability in a career in animal husbandry.
These placements will be ideal for individuals already studying or have recently finished an animal related course and are looking to gain experience in the zoo industry. These positions can be physically demanding so will need to have a good level of physical fitness, be happy working at height and comfortable with heavy lifting.
We are looking for a commitment of 3-5 days a week for 6-12 months for these internships.
As we are a Registered Charity, funded entirely by visitor fees and donations, we regret we are unable to offer any wages or salary for the placement. We will provide a full uniform and discount at the parks food outlets for the days that you attend work. No other financial benefits are offered. Candidates will need to have the ability to financially support themselves for the entire length of the internship. Please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to offer accommodation.
To apply, email your CV and covering letter to April Hall: Volunteer@aspinallfoundation.org