Closing Date: Thursday 29 February 2024
3-5 days a week for 4-12 months
At Port Lympne Reserve, situated near Hythe in Kent, we have an internship placement available on the Small Carnivore Section. We are looking for a passionate, hardworking individual to work alongside our small team of enthusiastic and likeminded Carnivore Keepers. Port Lympne works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.
Port Lympne is home to a wide range of small carnivore species from Northern Lynx to Rusty Spotted Cats and contribute to the breeding programmes of species such as Serval and Clouded Leopards.
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.
The position is physically demanding, so a good level of physical fitness is required. You will need to be happy to work at height as well as being comfortable with heavy lifting. The individual will also need to be comfortable with the butchery of small animals. A clean manual driving licence would also be an advantage.
Candidates must be 18 or over and we are looking for a commitment of 3-5 days for 4-12months for this internship. We are looking for an individual to start in January 2023.
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 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 Simon Griggs: Volunteer@aspinallfoundation.org
Please specify which internship you are applying for in your email subject.