Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Animal Carer - Isle of Wight Zoo

Animal Carer
Closing Date: 10th May 2011

General post info:

•45 hrs/wk
•Rate of pay negotiable depending on age and experience

Job spec:

•Care and management of big cats and other species as required
•Provision of food and water
•Butchery activities including manual handling and butchering carcasses
•Cleaning out animal accommodation
•Provision of veterinary care
•Behavioural/environmental enrichment
•Assisting with development of nutrition programmes and preventative health care
•Enclosure decoration and general maintenance/upkeep
•Record keeping
•Capture and restraint
•Security of big cat collection
•Public education
•Assisting in the development of public education programme
•Assisting with animal training routines
•Conducting daily presentations
•Involvement in other educational activities

Key skills/attributes:

•Responsible attitude and understanding of secure management of high risk animals
•Reliable with a strong work ethic
•Ability to work independently with self-drive or as part of the diverse zoo team
•Desire to contribute to the development of an up=and-coming zoo
•Excellent communication skills
•Flexible with an open-minded 'can do’ attitude
•Attention to detail
•Great sense of humour


•Minimum 1 year experience working with big cats
•Experience with public education


•Experience as duty manager of an animal collection
•Formal animal care qualifications
•Firearms licence
•First Aid certificate
•Health and Safety qualifications
•Full driving licence

To apply for this post, please download an application form and return it to:

Chief Executive's Office
Isle of Wight Zoo
Yaverland Road, Sandown
Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB

Alternatively you may email your application.


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