Sunday, August 14, 2011




This is a supervisory position involving stock and staff management. Responsible to the Curator of Mammals.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years experience in the husbandry of a wide range of species as well as in staff management.

Responsibilities to include:

 Monitoring the behaviour and health status of the mammal collection on a daily basis.
 Training and working closely with the team of keepers.
 Performing ‘hands-on’ duties including animal restraint when required.
 Ensuring that Health and Safety protocols are being observed.
 Assisting other departments when carrying out studies pertaining to the mammal collection.
 Writing reports and record keeping.
 Co-ordinating a roster and holiday leave for up to 25 staff.
 Member of zoo firearms crew


 Strong zoo husbandry background (at least five years experience).
 Three years in a supervisory position.
 City and Guilds in Zoo Animal Management, Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals or Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals and Aquariums (or equivalent qualification) preferred.
 Experience of hand rearing desirable.
 Good leadership and team building skills.
 IT and accurate record keeping skills.
 Ability to work with students and volunteers.
 Willingness to work weekends, and overtime if required.
 Full clean driving licence.

Terms and conditions:

• 38.75 hours per week (5 day week)
• Roster that involves working 2 out of 3 weekends
• 28 days annual leave per annum (including Bank Holidays)

Salaried, pensionable post. Accommodation available.

Applications to be by post only (not by e-mail) and should include a full CV and handwritten covering letter to:

Neil Bemment
Director of Operations and Curator of Mammals
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Totnes Road, Paignton
Devon TQ4 7EU

Closing date: 31 August, 2011

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is an education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife. Charity Number 300923.


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