Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Keeper: Elephant Section -Twycross Zoo

Keeper: Elephant Section - £15,693 - £17,300 pa

Twycross Zoo is in Leicestershire, a registered charity and home to over a thousand animals of 250 different species. We have exciting plans for developing the Zoo further, continuing our work in conservation of endangered species and providing the very best environment that we can.

We currently have a vacancy for a Keeper to join our team of Section Head, Deputy and 2 Keepers caring for our Asian elephants - a group of 4 females and a calf, born in August this year. Ganesh Vijay is the first elephant calf born at Twycross Zoo by artificial insemination and there are plans for the artificial insemination of another cow in the very near future.

We have a close contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey commands, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out. We now have a sand paddock and pool to give the elephants an alternative to their existing choice of grass, earth and hard flooring. Our training regime is calm and consistent and the right keeper will demonstrate self-confidence without arrogance.

You must have experience as a Zoo Keeper to apply for this position, preferably with elephants, and the role is not suitable for a trainee. Grade is determined by the job holder’s level of competence, expertise and knowledge, not length of service.

In return we offer a choice of weekly or monthly pay, uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution and the possibility of on-site accommodation.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to or post it to Human Resources, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone CV9 3PX. Closing date: as soon as we can appoint the right person.

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