Friday, July 20, 2012

Section Head: Great Apes

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 have 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 Section Head on the Great Apes section. This section will manage all the great apes 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, managing and training staff, and developing the section and its activities in line with the Zoo’s strategic aims.

We are seeking a high performing individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management. You will have a minimum of 8 years’ experience as a keeper, with some supervisory responsibility, and demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of great apes.  You must have excellent communication skills and be committed to the continued professional development of yourself and your team.  A proactive and positive approach, together with the ability to lead and motivate a team is essential.  An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, and experience of chimpanzee and/or gorilla introductions 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

Closing date: Friday 3rd August 2012

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