Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Deputy Section Head Large Carnivores

Deputy Section Head Large Carnivores

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is seeking an experienced and hardworking dedicated keeper to deputise in a small team of enthusiastic likeminded keepers. We have one of the leading collections of large carnivores in the UK including snow leopards, tigers, lions, cheetah, wild dogs, wolves and hyenas. The position will also include some reptile work.

This is a very physical role and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake all duties on the section from cutting up/prepping meat, cleaning, maintaining records to designing and building enclosures. The deputy will be required to manage the section in the absence of the Section Manager. Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for doing talks and displays to the public.

You must have significant experience working with large carnivores in a zoo park or equivalent environment and posses an excellent knowledge of large carnivores. Hands on catch and restraint experience and meat preparation experience is a must as is a full valid driving licence. We are looking for an individual who is hardworking, passionate and committed with a knowledge of current conservation issues and experience in recordkeeping, writing risk assessments and presenting talks to the public.

Some reptile experience would be an advantage as would a firearm licence and experience gained in off road driving. An animal management qualification or equivalent is not essential but would be an advantage as would experience in a supervisory or leadership role.

To apply: Please send a full CV and covering letter to: The Human Resources Department, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Port Lympne, Nr Hythe Kent CT21 4PD. Or e-mail personnel@howletts.net

Closing Date: 30th April 2010

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