Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Keeper - The Living Rainforest

The Living Rainforest currently has a vacancy within the Animal Department and will be considering candidates at Junior or Senior Keeper level.

The Living Rainforest is registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. Our animal collection is contained within two tropical houses and consists of several hundred small animals of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, toucans and turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

The Role:
• Work with a diverse range of tropical animals of all taxa.
• Work closely with other departments including horticulture and education.
• Supervision and training of volunteers and work experience students.
• Will involve aspects of public education such as school tour guiding and weekend keeper talks.
• Opportunity for a varied job role including aspects of zoo animal management, enclosure design, research and creation of public talks.
• The job role is likely to be physically demanding and involve some heavy lifting and occasional construction and maintenance work.
• Working hours are approximately 9.00 – 5.30pm five days per week on a rota'd basis. Some weekend and bank holiday work will be required, as well as an occasional evening.
• Salary and Job title will be commensurate with level of experience. Holiday allowance of 20 days per annum plus days off in lieu for bank holidays.
• Would suit an innovative and creative individual looking to gain a broad spectrum of experience.

• Applicants should have some zoo industry experience with exotic species.
• Applicants are preferred to have an Animal related qualification.
• Please note there is no convenient public transport to The Living Rainforest and therefore the successful applicant will require their own transport.
• The Living Rainforest is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send a current CV and cover letter stating why you would like to work at The Living Rainforest, what job role you would be able to perform, an expectation of salary and what you could bring to this role. The closing date for applications is November 4th.

Emma de Tute

The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN

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