Closing date for Applications: Friday 31st August 2018
Exciting rhino internship placement
Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve work in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to conservation and the reintroduction of captive bred species back into their natural habitats.
At Port Lympne Reserve, situated near Hythe in Kent, we have an exciting internship placement available on our Rhino section.
These placements are 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.
Port Lympne reserve is home to a number of critically endangered Black Rhino, who are part of a successful breeding programme. We have had 41 births in the park, and we have had the opportunity to release some of our heard back into South Africa and Tanzania.
Candidates need to have a good level of fitness and will be happy with heavy lifting as this position can be physically demanding. The applicant will also be happy working with heights.
This placement is ideal for individuals already studying or have recently finished an animal related course and are looking to gain experience in the zoo industry. Previous experience with animal husbandry is beneficial, but not essential to the role.
We are looking for a commitment of 3-5 days a week for 4-12 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, specifying the department you would like to work with, to April Hall, Volunteer@aspinallfoundation.org