Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Zoological Manager - Isle of Wight Zoo

Zoological Manager

Permanent position
Full time: 45 hours per week
Salary: £24,000-£28,250 negotiable depending on experience
Post commences: Spring 2011

General information:

The Isle of Wight Zoo is the Island’s original and leading zoo specializing in big cats and lemurs. It is located on the popular east coast of the Isle of Wight overlooking a spectacular sandy beach just half an hour’s drive away from the capital town. The zoo is privately operated by a proactive and dedicated team.

A valuable and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Zoological Manager to join our organization to manage the zoological activities and assist with future development.

Additional information:

The successful candidate will have a strong motivation towards team work and leadership and be dedicated to achieving the highest standards for the organization. A desire to make a personal contribution to an up-and-coming zoo is a key aspect of this post. Relevant management and animal care experience is essential.

Key personality attributes:

  • Reliable with a strong work ethic
  • Resilient and determined, able to perform under pressure
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude, self-motivating and pro-active
  • Warm, friendly with good sense of humour
  • Flexible, innovative and ability to ‘think on your feet’
  • Enthusiastic, morale boosting and inspiring
  • Energetic, fast-working and efficient
  • Attention to detail


  • Proven track record in leadership and management of staff
  • Competent with the management and exhibition of large felids, primates and small mammals
  • Must have experience working with large felids
  • Technically competent with animal records keeping systems eg ARKS
  • Excellent interpersonal and organization skills
  • Ability to make a positive impact on the visitor experience and deal with daily issues
  • Public presentation experience
  • Must be prepared to work some weekends and flexible attitude towards working hours
  • Full driving license
  • Good health and physical fitness


  • Duty Manager experience within a zoo or associated organization
  • Experience of business management within a zoo or associated organization
  • Health and Safety qualifications or formal training
  • ANC or equivalent Animal Management qualification
  • Firearms license and experience

Application process:

Please visit our website: http://www.isleofwightzoo.com/

for further information and to fill out an application form. Apply to the Zoo Director, via letter or email enclosing the form along with an up-to-date C.V, detailing relevant experience, skills and qualifications. Closing date for applications: 12 April 2011

Isle of Wight Zoo
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB


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