Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deputy Section Head: Great Apes

Deputy Section Head: Great Apes


Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), the World Primate Centre, holds a large variety of primates - every species of great ape (gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, orang-utan) plus a range of other primates including gibbons, lemurs, callitrichids, cebids and guenons to name a few! We have impressive breeding records for most of these species and recent changes to husbandry practices has enabled more natural groupings and enclosure modifications. We have more to do!

We are going through an exciting period of change as this zoo develops and so are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward. The new sections formed will be 'Apes' and 'Primates' following the merger of several sections.

We therefore have a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head on the Great Ape section. The section will manage all the Great Ape groups including chimpanzees, gorillas, orang- utans and the only bonobo group in the United Kingdom. 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 a keeper and demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of great apes. You must be committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff. Supervisory experience as well as an animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, 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 to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

Closing date: Thursday 26th July 2012

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