Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elephant Keeper


Knowsley Safari Park is the largest safari park in the UK, and at present we are under going redevelopment. As part of this development process the elephant programme is going through some exciting changes. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate that can assist in developing and delivering the elephant programme. The elephant section at Knowsley Safari Park manages a herd of 1.6 African elephants in a protected contact system.

The successful candidate will have sound knowledge of animal husbandry and a strong team mentality to achieve the team’s objectives. The candidate will have an open minded approach to different techniques of elephant management. They will have previous experience of working with elephants and a good understanding of elephants as a unit. Experience of positive reinforcement techniques for the purpose of training would be advantageous.

Sound knowledge of working within safe working protocols and risk assessments will be essential. A full UK driving licence is essential, and tractor and trailer driving experience would be beneficial. The successful candidate will have an Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals qualification (or equivalent).

This is a full time, permanent position (average 40 hour working week) which will include bank holidays and weekends on a rotated basis. The position comes with a salary of up to £18,720 depending upon suitability and experience as well as 23 days holidays each year plus 8 days in lieu of bank holidays and a generous pension scheme. Continuous professional development is encouraged and the company will provide the tools to accomplish this. 
Please submit all applications in writing with a CV to:
Recruitment Department
c/o The Animal Office
Knowsley Safari Park
Prescot L34 4AN
Closing date: 06 January 2013

Interviews: An interview date is yet to be confirmed

Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive here at Knowsley, we are unable to respond to all unsuccessful applicants. Therefore, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us before 11 January 2013.

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