South Lakes Safari Zoo is a modern, vibrant zoological collection committed to conservation of biodiversity through our engaging facilities.
Under new management we aim to provide a first-class zoo experience dedicated to inspire in people a respect for animals, the environment and the world in which we live, delivered through authentic experiences and sustainable practices. We employ a talented team who are passionate about welfare, conservation, and education. Our 51-acre zoological park in the heart of the beautiful Lake District is home to over 100 exotic and endangered species in beautiful naturalistic surroundings that bring the visitor closer to nature.
We are looking for a full-time Animal Manager – Sections, to oversee and help implement our animal programme and to ensure the delivery of our high standards of welfare. This post will be hands on focussing principally working daily with the keeping team to ensure best operational practice is consistent and maintained, that enrichment, and other welfare programmes for the animals in the collection are implemented and ensuring that individual and team training is continuous.
Responsible for the coordination and day to day supervision of the animal team under the direction of the Animal Director, to aid with recruitment but responsible for the training of new employees therefor excellent communication, organisational and people management skills are essential. The role is to ensure that the staff, facilities and animals are managed to achieve excellence. Providing best practice husbandry, contributing to our understanding of the biology of these species and delivering attractive animal exhibits and meaningful encounters to our visitors.
Supporting and implementing the work of the Animal Director, the role will work closely with the Animal Director, Animal Manager, Senior Keepers, and the Veterinary team to implement the animal care programmes, monitoring to ensure expected standards are maintained and providing training and support when necessary. Taking an active role on developing the collection in line with the Zoo’s masterplan.
The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience of working with multiple species represented at this collection at a senior level within a EAZA accredited Zoo. Have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced today in a modern zoo; specifically, with regards to husbandry, welfare, nutrition, and successful breeding programmes.
Strong leadership and people management skills are essential with experience in dealing effectively with team development, and a positive attitude towards hands on mentoring and coaching junior managers and developing apprentices and trainees.
Located south of the Lake District National Park and an hour away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the position offers a rewarding experience and a chance to live in what is arguably the most beautiful part of England.
This role is 40 hours per week on a rota basis, including some weekends and bank holidays as required. All applicants must have right to work in the UK.
Closing date: 14.11.17.
Please send applications to Karen@cumbriazoo.co.uk
Independent International Zoo Consultant