Saturday, November 14, 2009

Research & Studies Officer - Twycross Zoo

Research & Studies Officer - Twycross Zoo

We currently have a vacancy for a Research & Studies Officer, reporting to the Animal Health & Research Manager. This important role is to support, initiate and drive research at the Zoo, providing a high standard of service to researchers, students and Zoo staff. It involves communicating effectively with internal and external individuals and organisations to implement the Zoo’s research strategy. The job holder will also ensure that the veterinary procedures files are well maintained, liaising with the Animal Records Registrar. The role requires someone who has both research and veterinary knowledge and experience.

Full Job Profile for Research & Studies Officer

Key Responsibilities:

• Facilitate student and other external research as per the Zoo Research Strategy
• Initiate research in areas of priority for the zoo and on occasion act as supervisor for such projects
• Support research and conference presentations by zoo staff and support keepers on Animal Management courses and other zoo-funded training, acting as zoo tutor for the Sparsholt animal management course • Manage the database of research projects
• Liaise with the Animal Records Registrar to ensure medical files of documents relating to veterinary procedures are maintained
• Have responsibility for keeping the Zoo’s research web pages up to date
• Respond to enquiries about research, manage the research application process, support researchers during the course of their research on site, liaising with supervisors, negotiating with section heads, zoo sections and management as necessary.
• Ensure that project reports are received and disseminated. Prepare reports on project outcomes in order to inform standard operating protocols
• Maintain a database of zoo publications and posters
• Provide reports as requested on zoo research activity
• Facilitate links with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, supporting research staff in zoo related projects, initiating priority projects and encouraging support from students
• Support the development of Wildpro and the integration of the Wildlife Information Network into the Zoo as a new department
• Support the WildTech project
• Establish relationships with researchers in other local, national and international research establishments in fields of interest to the zoo
• Represent the zoo on external committees as appropriate
• Represent research interests on in-house bodies as appropriate, such as training, enclosure design, enrichment committees

Key Skills and Requirements:

• Demonstrates research experience
• Essential has veterinary knowledge and experience
• Able to cope cheerfully with a variety of work and be flexible in their approach
• Able to work as part of a team and build networks to support research
• Has good communication skills, effective at all levels and in all appropriate environments
• Good presentation skills
• Will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check, which must be clear
• IT literate and confident with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Has an interest in the Zoo’s work and purpose

Hours of Work:
Normal hours are 0900 to 1800 (1700 in winter, when clocks change) Monday to Friday

How to Apply
You must follow the application instructions fully and accurately to be shortlisted for interview. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV with a covering letter to

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