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Connecting keepers worldwide

The vision of ICZ

A global network of zookeepers contributing to the highest standard of professional animal care and the role of zoos today.

The mission of ICZ

ICZ will contribute to the highest standard of professional animal care by:
  • Continuing to build a global network of animal care professionals
  • Supporting regional associations
  • Facilitating the exchange of knowledge and skills
  • Promoting professionalism via training and resource sharing
  • Supporting keepers involved in conservation projects

    Vacancy: ICZ Steering Committee Member

    Volunteer Position

    The International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) is a conglomerate of zookeeper associations from around the world. Our vision is ´a global network of zookeepers contributing to the highest standard of professional animal care and the role of zoos today.´
    The ICZ is managed by a steering committee, which is currently made up of representatives from eight zookeeper associations (AKTAP, GACAS, AICAS, AFSA, ABWAK, ASZK, BdZ and Harpij).
    In order to widen our representation, we would like to involve new steering committee members who are not connected to one of the associations listed above. Therefore, we are looking for zoo-professionals who are able to communicate in English, have regular access to e-mail and would like to devote some of their time working in a diverse team to achieve something for the betterment of the profession.
    You would be expected to work on a wide variety of projects and be able to meet deadlines. The steering committee has one face-to-face meeting per year and bimonthly e-mail meetings. Skype meetings or other meetings will occur as required.
    Steering committee members will need to be self-funded through their work, association or independently until funding sources are better secured.
    Each term is for a period of three years, with elections in the congress-year. If you do not believe you can hold the position for three years, you should not nominate.

    How to Apply
    Inquiries or applications can be directed to Liz Romer (President, ICZ) at president@iczoo.org. Applications should include a current resume and a cover letter outlining your strengths and commitment.
    Applications close on June 30th, 2019.
    The positions will be voted on by the ICZ executive committee.

    Illustrated handbook on zookeeping

    We need your help!
    The ICZ committee is presently seeking YOUR assistance for a very exciting project. It is an illustrated handbook on zookeeping which will be produced in a number of selected chapters. The aim is to provide instruction for these keepers who are unable to read or source educational material in their own language.
    This project aims to provide keepers with a simple guide to improve animal husbandry and keeper safety via the use of pictograms. To create these we need people from zoos and wildlife parks around the world to send us sequential shots of keepers undertaking their daily tasks. The first one we will be concentrating on is feeding. The photos will only be used in the development of the pictograms and not for any other purpose. It doesn´t matter how good or poor your facilities are the main idea is to see how the actual tasks are being done.
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    To help please contact Carsten Knott - Vice President ICZ. You will receive an answer with the link to upload the pics to a cloud in a specific time frame.

    New - Association Member of the ICZ

    . Available to established Zookeeper Associations which are currently not a member of the ICZ. This membership category was developed in 2017 to cater for the growing number of zookeeper associations worldwide.
    We hope that in joining the ICZ you will be able to have better access to resources and a network to assist your members improve their skills, and thus the welfare of animals in their care.

    ICZ Association Membership Benefits include:
  • Instant ICZ membership for all Association Members and their members
  • Inclusion of your Keeper Association logo on the ICZ website
  • Your Keeper Association included in ICZ collateral
  • ICZ Associate Members attend ICZ events at Association Members prices

    Provide your association with the ability to:
  • Assist on ICZ Committees where appropriate
  • Contribute to the ICZ´s newsletter `Keeper Notes´
  • Include your Association events on the ICZ´s website calendar
  • Attend ICZ Congress Open Meetings
  • Host an ICZ Steering Committee meeting - as appropriate
  • Contribute financially to ICZ projects

    Requirements of Member Associations
  • Provide a contact able to communicate in English
  • Promotion of ICZ events and brand through their association communication platforms
  • Annual report on activities and membership of the association to ICZ one month prior to the ICZ Steering Committee annual meeting
  • Reciprocal member discount to their events

    For further information and an application form please contact the outreach officer.

    Include the ICZ in your will

    Consider leaving a bequeath for the ICZ in your will.
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