National Zoological Gardens of SA: Internship Programme 2018 / 2019 (Animal Welfare)

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa hereby invites applications for Animal Welfare Internship / Graduate Programme for 2018 /2019.

Location: Pretoria, Gauteng
Period: 18 Months

Animal Collection Intern Animal Welfare at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic and motivated person to be appointed as:

ANIMAL COLLECTION Intern: ANIMAL WELFARE

The successful applicant will be expected to assist with a number of projects relating to Animal Welfare for the NZG’s animal collection in conjunction with the Animal Collection Manager. These include but are not restricted to:

  • To develop and conduct Animal Welfare audits of the zoo enclosures.
  • To assist with investigations into Animal Welfare concerns as they arise.
  • To assist with co-ordination and implementation of Animal Welfare mitigation strategies as they arise.
  • To assess and develop current Environmental Enrichment protocols and application.
  • To assess and develop Animal diet protocols.
  • Present reports at meetings and symposia on occasion to staff and management.

The incumbent may be expected to work occasional weekends.

This post reports directly to the Manager: Animal Collections and Conservation.

This is an 18 month internship.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BSc (Honours) or BTech in Zoology, Nature Conservation, Animal Health or Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DVN).
  • 1 year experience at an Animal Welfare organisation, rehabilitation centre or other captive wildlife facility.
  • Competent in Microsoft office software: Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint

Key competencies:

  • The successful candidate must have a strong interest in Animal Welfare and be able to display this interest through previous projects, volunteer work and/or experience.
  • The candidate must be able to conduct independent research and be able to critically analyse scientific papers.
  • The candidate must be able to write scientific reports.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability

  • Develop and conduct Animal Welfare audits
  • Environmental Enrichment protocols and application.
  • Co-ordination and implementation of Animal Welfare mitigation strategies
  • Reports at meetings and symposia
  • Assess and develop Animal diet protocols
  • Assist with investigations into Animal Welfare concerns

Experience

  • Competent in Microsoft office software: Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • Experience at an Animal Welfare organisation, rehabilitation centre or other captive wildlife facility.

Knowledge

  • the legislation relating to animal welfare

How to apply

Click here to apply online

About The Employer

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) is a rapidly transforming facility reporting to the National Research Foundation (NRF). It has an impressive animal collection, a breeding centre as well as a wildlife research centre. The NZG is well placed as an education and awareness platform for visitors comprising of educators, learners, students, special interest groups and the general public. The following challenging opportunity is in the process of being filled:

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