Deputy Section Head - Elephants
Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), the World Primate Centre, has over 1,000 animals and is one of the most comprehensive collections of primate species and subspecies in the western world. 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 a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head on the Elephant section. The section manages our herd of 4 female Asian elephants currently in free contact but is at the exciting early stages of moving into a protected contact system. This is a key role which will involve working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry, supervising and training staff, and deputising in the Section Head’s absence
We are seeking a high performing individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management. You will have a minimum of 5 years experience as an elephant keeper and demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and protected contact management of elephants. You must be committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff. Previous experience of working with elephants through a process of changing from free to protected contact would be desirable. Supervisory experience as well as an animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DMZAA, would be advantageous.
The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution.
If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to Human Resources, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone CV9 3PX or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: Friday 15th June 2012
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