Saturday, May 2, 2009

Trainee Reptile & Bird KeeperPermanent Full-time - Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo

Trainee Reptile & Bird KeeperPermanent Full-time - Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo

The opportunity:

At Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo, we really do have it all. Our zoo itself houses everything from Gorillas, Tigers and Leopards, right through to Monkeys, Meerkats and Skunks. For you though, the really interesting areas will be our Creepy Caves, home to some amazing reptiles, and our Monkey and Bird Garden, which is where we keep our feathered friends. This role is just as varied as the creatures themselves. As you’d expect, a big part of it will be about the animals’ welfare – you’ll need to make sure they have the right food at the right times, and that their areas are clean and well maintained. You’ll need to look after our guests too, helping them to discover more about the different species through both interaction and educational talks.

Our requirements:

It goes without saying that you’ll need a demonstrable interest in animals. You’re likely to have undertaken some sort of Animal Management course, or you might have a good understanding of natural sciences. However, what’s really important here is that you’re full of enthusiasm and genuinely passionate about bringing the world of reptiles and birds to life. In particular, you should be confident when it comes to interacting with and inspiring guests of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll be working five days out of seven, including many weekends and bank holidays, so flexibility is important, and because this is a trainee position, we’re looking for someone who’s keen to learn and hungry to build a strong knowledge of the birds and reptiles we keep.

The organisation:

Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, the world’s second largest operator of visitor attractions with a portfolio that includes THORPE PARK, Alton Towers Resort, The London Eye and Madame Tussauds. When it comes to all-round family entertainment, Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo is the full package. Not only do we have a theme park complete with thrilling, action-packed rides, we’re also home to a SEA LIFE centre and of course, our fantastic Zoo.

What’s in it for you?
We offer a competitive salary along with a great benefits package, including a pension and a Merlin Magic pass which will give you free admission to all of our attractions. What’s more, by joining an ever-expanding global business, you’ll be sure to receive exceptional development opportunities.

We believe in equality of opportunity and employ people solely on the basis of their abilities.

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