Animal Registrar

Department: Animal Records
Job Title: Animal Registrar
Reports to: Head of Animal Collection
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working to save species from extinction. Headquartered in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Durrell focuses on the most threatened species in the most threatened places. Established by author and conservationist, Gerald Durrell, in 1963, Durrell delivers its conservation mission through our three integrated core areas of operation:

  • Field Programmes: conservation action where it is needed most.
  • Conservation Knowledge: training future conservation practitioners and monitoring and evaluating conservation science which underpins all Durrell activities.
  • Jersey Zoo: a centre of excellence in animal husbandry, research, training and education.

With a track record of more than 50 years, Durrell leads some of the world’s longest running and most successful species and habitat recovery programmes. The quality of our work is equally as important as how we deliver it. Our values, underpin how we approach our work and the work environment we create.

Our values


We are clear on why we do what we do, are connected as an organisation, we understand and demonstrate enabling / delivery, we are passionate about what we do and work tirelessly to achieve it.


We are accountable for our actions; we act with integrity and always have the best interests of the Trust at heart. We take it upon ourselves to update our knowledge and deliver excellence, and our ethics are of the utmost importance.


We develop and encourage our staff, we work as a team, work well with other departments and trust and respect each other. We promote a learning culture, treat people fairly, encourage diversity in the workplace, and value the opinions and views of others.

Job Purpose:

  • To maintain a comprehensive zoological information system, providing accurate and timely information essential to the operations of the animal collection.
  • To organise and coordinate animal imports and exports.
  • To work collaboratively with animal staff and others to deliver the Durrell Conservation Strategy.

Principal Accountabilities:

Animal Records

  • Maintain Zoo Information Management System (ZIMS) database, containing a detailed inventory of Durrell’s animal collection.
  • Train and supervise staff with regards to the collection of accurate animal records, their subsequent use, and using ZIMS.
  • Collaborate with other zoo staff to improve the accuracy of records systems and solve problems.
  • Review records-keeping procedures and practices as required, assess data and information needs, and recommend and implement improvements to information management.
  • Provide records data and advice to staff, studbook keepers and external organisations and authorities as required.
  • Represent Durrell as its liaison to Species 360 (overarching organisation that manages ZIMS).

Animal Exports and Imports

  • To process the relevant animal transitions form and to submit the form to the Head of Animal Collection and Head Vet for confirmation that the animal is able to be imported/exported.
  • To contact the receiving/supplying institution to initiate the animal movement.
  • To ensure that all necessary documentation for animal transports (e.g. CITES) are in place and ascertain whether any additional animal transport legislation would impede the movement of the individual.
  • To liaise with the Veterinary Department ensuring all necessary animal health screening tests for the animal transfer are undertaken.
  • To make all necessary animal transport bookings transports with carriers, along with arrangements for accompanying staff where necessary, to arrange travel itineraries and to coordinate transports once underway.
  • To ensure that the relevant personnel undertake to provide provision to deliver or receive animals from/to the supplying/receiving institution/individual.
  • Maintain specific licences, complying with import/export requirements for Jersey.
  • Being the point of contact for animal transports, being responsible for notification to carriers, receivers/senders and all regulatory bodies and compliance entities en route.
  • To prepare relevant loan agreements for the animals exported.
  • To send and receive annual reports concerning animals that are in on loan, out on loan or are administered by Durrell by order of an MOU with various governments (loan transfer animals).

Other responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise as requested for species in overseas conservation.
  • Maintain manuals documenting operation, procedure and general use of the animal records system and animal transaction procedures.
  • Keep abreast of new developments and trends with regard to record keeping, information management and animal transactions, and then implement them if adopted by Durrell.
  • To support the Durrell Conservation Academy in delivering training courses and providing support and supervision for conservation students where required.
  • To ensure that the Department produces timely reports, identifying progress against targets.
  • In addition to these functions the Registrar is required to carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required for the effective and efficient performance of the department and Durrell as a whole.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please send your completed application form and CV with cover letter to, clearly indicating for which position you wish to apply for.

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Key Information


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust




Full Time


Graduate, Mid Level


Administration, Conservation


Jersey, Jersey

Application Deadline:

21st December 2018 at 11:30pm