Thursday, March 8, 2012

Experienced Animal Keeper - Large Carnivores

Experienced Animal Keeper - Large Carnivores

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is seeking an experienced, hardworking and dedicated keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and like-minded 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, and cleaning, to enclosure building and maintenance. 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 in animal keeping at keeper level gained in a zoo park or equivalent environment and a full valid driving licence. We are looking for an individual who is hardworking, passionate and committed with knowledge of current conservation issues and experience in presenting talks to the public. You will also need a flexible approach to working hours, the confidence to represent the company in the media, a hands on approach to the restraint and handling of animals and the ability to run the section in the absence of the section manager and deputy.

Previous experience working with large carnivores is essential; please do not apply if you not have the relevant experience. reptile experience and a firearm licence is desirable as is experience gained in off road driving, experience of carcass collection and butchery. Ideally you will have obtained an animal management qualification or equivalent but if not you must be willing to work towards obtaining a relevant qualification. Working hours are: 40 hours a week worked five days out of seven.

To apply: Please send a full CV and covering letter to: Sharon Bell, Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Port Lympne, Nr Hythe Kent CT21 4PD. Or e-mail:

Closing Date for Applications: 22nd March 2012


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