Saturday, October 2, 2010

Senior Keeper/Keeper - Elephant Section

Senior Keeper/Keeper - Elephant Section
Twycross Zoo
£15,104 to £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 have recently opened our new Sri Lankan themed elephant experience ‘Uda Walawe’ which incorporates sand and grass paddocks, as well as a large pool. We have also completed improvements to the indoor stabling so as to provide a sand floor. Our current herd consists of 1.4 Asian elephants, including a young bull born in 2009 as a result of AI. We continue to support AI and research projects.

We currently have a vacancy for a new Keeper to become the 5th person in our elephant team. We have a close contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey commands in a calm and consistent manner, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out. The correct candidate will be required to:

• Supervise and develop staff (depending on grade)
• Demonstrate that they have either attained a relevant animal management qualification or be prepared to take the Advanced National Certificate for the Management of Zoo Animals
• Have good communication skills and be able to communicate with visitors on either a one-to-one basis or presenting to a larger audience
• Have a flexible work attitude
• Work as part of a progressive thinking team

Full training will be given as required, as required. However, applicants must have experience as a professional animal keeper, although not necessarily with elephants.

Pay ranges from £290.46 pw (£15,104 pa) for a Trainee Keeper up to £332.69 pw (£17,300 pa) for a Senior Keeper. Grade is determined by the job holder’s level of competence, expertise and knowledge, not length of service at the Zoo. Salary is paid monthly and we provide 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

Closing date: 15th October 2010

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