Friday, August 3, 2012

Qualified Animal Keeper

Qualified Animal Keeper at Banham Zoo

About the role:

The successful candidate will work under the leadership of our Lead Qualified Keepers and Head Keeper, providing the best possible care and management for our diverse collection of animals. Taxa include primates, felids, canids, large hoofstock including giraffe, birds and other small mammals.

Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole and Qualified Animal Keepers are expected to be able to provide cover across a range of species

Key Accountabilities:

Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care.

Effectively handle animals to minimise stress and risk of injury to all involved

Assist in the supervision and development of staff responsible to the role to address staff learning and development needs and promote a positive working environment.

Ensure a positive impression of yourself and the company is presented to all customers (internal and external) at all times to reflect the quality of the organisation.

Monitor compliance within the department of policies and procedures in relation to administration and health & safety to ensure they are appropriately followed.

Continuously develop yourself through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence.

About you:

You are expected to have worked in a zoo environment for at least 4 years. You will possess the ANCMZA/DMZA and have experience working with some of the taxa identified above. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

You will have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and training using operant conditioning methods.

A full driving licence is essential and candidates are expected to be computer literate with a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Word and ARKS/ZIMS.

About us:

Based at Banham Zoo you will work an average 40 hour week with every third weekend off, however, working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.
Some additional weekend cover will be required to provide holiday cover.

Salary and benefits:

The salary for this post is £15,500 per annum.

To apply, either by email or post, please send covering letter, CV and application form to Mel Anderson, Head Keeper, at either  or Banham Zoo Ltd, The Grove, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE.  Closing date for applications is 31st August 2012.

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