Animal Caretaker (m/f)

AAP is a Dutch organisation that operates at two locations; Almere (The Netherlands), and Villena (Alicante, Spain). The goal and ideal of AAP is to improve the welfare of abused or neglected exotic mammals from all over Europe in a professional manner. This is achieved by providing shelter to exotic animals that were illegally traded, or that were housed at circuses, laboratories, or private owners. For most animals we will find suitable homes in zoos, reserves or in our own sanctuary, after rehabilitation in our centres.

Werken bij de primatenafdelingAAP is an internationally renowned knowledge centre. AAP is actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing both Dutch and European policy- and decision-makers and by working together with professional groups at national and international level. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication, and inventiveness form important guidelines of our culture.

AAP operates from their two locations in Almere (The Netherlands) and Villena (Alicante, Spain).  In total, we employ about 115 paid staff and more than 200 volunteers.

For the Primate team in Almere we are looking for an

Animal Caretaker (m/f)
(temporary for 32 hours per week)

Your role

You are carrying out tasks regarding the daily care of the primates.

The practical work consists for a large part of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment and assisting to rehabilitate the animals. You will monitor food and water intake and the general behaviour of the animals. Easy maintenance work according to agreements and instructions and administrative tasks are part of your work. You will work according to standard (safety) procedures, protocols and a hands-off policy. You will be training and guiding a number of trainees and volunteers. The team is self-managing and we therefore expect you to be a good team player as well as being able to work independently. You are managed by the Team leader of the department. You work in a large team of 11 experienced caretakers.

Affinity with the goals of AAP * minimum MBO level 3 (NLQF3 / EQF 3) * work experience with exotic mammals in captivity * good physical condition and ability to work under stress * prepared to work weekends and public holidays * capable of working independently as well as a team player * taking initiative * disciplined to work with protocols * prepared to share knowledge and information * competent in both spoken  and written English * capable of working with relevant computer software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).

We offer
We are offering you a temporary position of 12 months with the possibility of extension. The start date will be the 1th of July. It is a very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a green environment. The salary ranges between € 1.539,- and € 1.861,- gross per month (based on 32 hrs) depending on relevant work experience.

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information call Huub Vlemmix, Team Leader Primate Department, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Send your application letter and cv before the 25th of May by e-mail to, mentioning number 2019-05-RRACPR, attn. Elly Koppers, Team manager HR.

A practical assignment is part of the application process.