Friday, July 31, 2015

Deputy Section Head: Elephants






Deputy Section Head: Elephants

Twycross Zoo is currently going through an exciting period of change as the zoo develops and we are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward.

The elephants section comprises a herd of 5 Asian elephants, which includes two mother/daughter pairings, ranging in age from 12 months to 30 years old. A new grass paddock and raised visitor
walkway with viewing area was completed last summer to complement the large sand paddock and pool.

Key Responsibilities
· A hands-on role, working on the section
· Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry
· Developing, supervising and training staff
· Taking administrative responsibility, alongside other senior staff within the Large Mammals section

Key Skills & Requirements
· High performing and enthusiastic
· Proven track record of working with elephants in a protected contact system
· Good experience of elephant foot care
· Minimum of 8 years’ experience preferred
· Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of elephants
· Good team worker with positive outlook
· Excellent communication skills
· Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
· An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is dependant on experience and is paid monthly. We provide uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension
contribution and free single accommodation.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org detailing your salary expectations and notice period.


Applications will close once a suitable candidate has been appointed.

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Research & Conservation Coordinator




Research & Conservation Coordinator

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest in 2015.
We currently have a vacancy for a Research & Conservation Coordinator in our Life Sciences area who will be responsible for developing the research and conservation remit of the Zoo.

Key Responsibilities:
· Assist the Director of Life Sciences to develop the research and conservation remit of the zoo, liaising with researchers and universities
· Carry out all administration and student management relating to research and conservation
· Liaise with conservation organisations in accordance with the Conservation Strategy
· Assist the Director of Life Sciences in the development of Memoranda of Understanding with key institutions and the implementation of such agreements
· Manage the zoo’s library
· Promote, and continue to develop, the public engagement activities pertaining to research and conservation and generate items for internal and external communication of science

Key Skills & Requirements:
· Educated to MSc level in an animal-science related subject
· Good computer skills and proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint
· Ideally previous experience in a similar role
· Excellent communication and organisational skills
· Ability to work to a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
· A good understanding of the role of the modern zoo

The role is permanent, full-time (5 days out of 7), salary is paid monthly with 31 days holiday per annum.

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Team Manager - Gardens, Horticulture and Botany






Team Manager - Gardens, Horticulture and Botany

Chester Zoo
Cheshire

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.

With the new ‘Islands’ site now open, 2015 is set to be an exciting year! This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead a horticultural team; the successful applicant will be involved in the landscaping, planting and maintenance of 125 acres of award winning gardens and animal enclosures. We are increasingly developing our plant conservation work and the successful applicant would take an active role in that.

  • The successful applicant will supervise and develop staff and manage the operations and resources of the Horticulture and Botany section efficiently to maintain the highest standards of horticultural activities. They will work with the Curator in developing specific zoo projects and plant conservation work and manage their operational development and delivery.
  • The successful applicant will have a minimum of an NVQ 3 in Horticulture or RHS General. They will have a PA1 and PA6 spraying certificate and a full driving licence. They will have proven practical experience and supervisory level experience.
  • The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of a wide range of horticultural skills and practices including; propagation, growing from seed to planting out, care and cultivation of plants and knowledge of soil science.
  • They will have a good understanding of Integrated Pest Management and an ability to recognise pests, diseases and weeds and treat them by either biological or chemical means. They will have excellent plant knowledge, both hardy and tropical, and a good understanding of botany.
  • The successful candidate will have plant conservation experience and a good understanding of environmental issues, with experience in creating plant exhibits. They will be able to manage a team and have good communication and organisational skills.
  • The successful candidate will ideally have an understanding of plant record databases and labelling systems.

Salary is £30,227 per annum for a 40 hour week.

Closing date is Friday, 14th August 2015.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Head Keeper




Head Keeper


Tropical Wings Zoo is currently looking to recruit an experienced, highly motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual with a lifelong passion for all animals to head our dedicated team of animal care staff on a full time basis.   You will also have active responsibility for overseeing and managing the diverse animal collection.  
The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that the keeper team is managed effectively, giving the highest standards of care to the animal collection, meeting all zoo legislation, assisting in keeping our records up to date and exceeding health and safety requirements.
You will be required to co-o

rdinate the team to meet the many responsibilities of your role. This will require good people management skills and the ability to effectively delegate roles to the team.
This would be a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Keeper looking for their next challenge!
Salary:  Circa £22k dependant on skills and experience

The ideal candidate will have:
Experience of working with animals and their husbandry within a zoo environment at a senior level is preferable. 

Being a team player with the ability to inspire confidence and loyalty will be essential to effectively running  the Keeper Team

Experience in developing and leading teams


To apply:
Send a completed application form, CV and covering letter by email to humanresources@tropicalwings.co.uk

Closing date: This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Zoo Operations Manager





Zoo Operations Manager

Chessington World of Adventures Resort
July 2015


Exciting times ahead as Chessington World of Adventures Resort have an opportunity to really sink your teeth into!

About the role

As our Zoo Manager you will be responsible for leading and motivating a team in delivering excellent standards of safety, guest care and animal welfare at this unique Zoological collection.  In addition you will partner with trusts such as Ape Action Africa, World Land Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust as we build on the fantastic achievements we have had with our own conservation fund – Chessington Conservation Trust.

You will lead the Zoo Team to deliver a consistently excellent standard of safety, Guest Service and Animal welfare whilst continually enhance and promote the Zoo both internally and externally, assisting in the planning to develop the Zoo in line with growth plans for the Resort, utilising the available funds to maximum effect. You will advise on revenue flows from Zoo based activities to maximise the Park’s potential yield whilst promoting Education, Conservation and Research through Zoo based activities and resources.

Based at Chessington World of Adventures, you will work 5 days per week, however, hours are flexible and will include weekends and bank holidays.

About you

You will be an engaging and supportive leader with a solid background in the Zoo environment in a managerial capacity. You will have previous experience in financial planning and project leadership. Sound knowledge of DEFRA, EAZA and Zoo licensing are essential. What matters most is you understand and embrace Chessington world of Adventures resort and are excited by the possibility of building on our great successes within the Zoo.

About the benefits

Join the team here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will receive an attractive remuneration/ benefits package as well as a Merlin Magic Pass that gives you free admission to all of our attractions, so you can treat your friends & family to a day out at Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, LEGOLAND and Madame Tussauds, among many others. We also offer a fantastic pension plan, 33 days holiday, private medical cover, Life Assurance, Employee Assistance programme, discounts including O2, Holiday Extras, Virgin Active, Lego plus much more!

About us

Here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort you will find two onsite hotels, an extraordinary array over 40 rides and attractions within 10 themed lands as well as over 1000 animals across the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre! Add to this over 35 eateries, stands and shops, the opportunity to dance along with the cast of the all new ‘Penguins of Madagascar! Operation Cheezy Dibbles’ live show and fantastic opportunities throughout the year to meet characters such as the Octonauts, it's fair to say, we really are Britain’s Wildest Adventure!

About Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees. 





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Senior Keeper




Senior Keeper

Hobbledown
Surrey

Full time Senior Keeper required - 40hrs per week including weekends and bank holidays.

Hobbledown in Epsom, Surrey, is currently looking for a full time Senior Keeper to work within the Animal Department.

The ideal candidate will have:
 - A minimum of 3 years’ paid experience working in a zoological collection working with a range of taxon;
 - Excellent leadership qualities and proven track record of supervising a team;
 - Strong knowledge and experience working with, in particular exotic & domestic animals;
 - The Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals - DMZAA, or equivalent;
 - A good understanding of ZIMS and Zoo licencing would be advantageous;
 - Good communication skills, enthusiasm, and an outgoing and friendly personality;
 - Ability to interact and communicate well with our guests in a courteous and friendly manner and inspire our younger visitors;
 - A presentable appearance, flexible in their approach to work, totally reliable, and be able to work effectively both within a team and on their own when the need arises.

The post holder will be required to support and assist the Curator in the management and husbandry of Hobbledown’s diverse animal collection as well as the supervision of the animal team involved with their care.

A full driving licence preferred.

Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.

Salary circa £17000 pa.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to angela@hobbledown.com


Closing date for applications Friday 21st August 2015



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Animal Keeper – Full Time






Animal Keeper – Full Time

Rodbaston campus
£13,850 - £14,499 per annum
Job ref: HR1415-118


The Animal Zone at South Staffordshire College requires an Animal Keeper. The successful candidate will have a wide range of knowledge and experience with livestock ranging from domestic and companion animals to the more unusual animals of varying species. The ideal candidates will have experience of working in a Further Education environment.
A full British driving licence is also required due to the nature of the work involved and experience of
driving various vehicles and farm machinery would be advantageous.
As the Animal Zone is an important teaching resource to South Staffordshire College as well as a licenced Zoo, degree level education would be desirable but not essential from the successful candidate along with any other animal related qualifications.
The successful candidate will have a flexible approach as there will be a requirement to work weekends and holiday periods.

Closing date: Monday 10 August 2015

For an application pack please email your details quoting the post reference number to: recruitment@southstaffs.ac.uk or go to 
http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/about-us/college-vacancies/ to download an application form and job description.



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