Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Animal Trainer

Animal Trainer
Job title:       Animal Trainer
Company:     Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Salary:                   £17,500 + excellent benefits
Location:      Chessington, Surrey                                                                    
For your wildest adventure yet, give into your animal instincts at Chessington World of Adventures Resort’s Zoo & SEALIFE!
Guests visit Chessington World of Adventures for Britain’s wildest day out and the animals they encounter all add to the atmosphere of excitement and discovery. From Tigers to Sharks, Gorillas and Military Macaws to Marmosets, our Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre boast a huge array of wildlife.
This unique chance to be part of our family orientated Resort, will ensure the successful candidate has their fair share of adventure too!
About the role:
Working in the team who prepare, care for & train our Sealions, Mammals and various Exotic Birds for educational presentations & shows; no 2 days in this role are ever the same!
Main areas of responsibility include:
  • Planning, evaluating & executing environmental enrichment for all animals on the section.
  • Delivery of first-class daily animal presentations, shows, commercial activities and memorable experiences to our Adventurers.
  • Continually interacting with guests, answering questions & providing information to enhance their ‘Wild’ experience!
  • Positive reinforcement training of a wide variety of species for husbandry, guest interactions and presentation behaviours.
  • Demonstrating a commercial awareness to seek new initiatives to increase revenue and minimise costs, whilst maintaining standards.
  • Working with the whole attraction team in delivering a family focused environment that both follows the code of safe working practices as well as exceeding customers expectations.
  • Mentoring, coaching and supervising work-experience students and apprentices.
  • Keeping through and up-to-date records.
This role is permanent working full time; 5 days out of 7. Shifts include early’s and late’s, weekdays, weekends & bank holidays; flexibility is required to meet the needs of the business.
About you:
Our ideal candidate will have extensive work experience of animal training in demonstrating operant and classical conditioning; preferably with marine mammals and/or exotic mammals and birds. Along with a thorough theoretical knowledge of animal learning, a bachelor degree or equivalent would be advantageous. Exceptional presentation skills and showmanship is a must, in addition to the ability & passion to interact with the public. With the enthusiasm to learn & develop in the role, a good level of understanding of natural sciences and knowledge of dietary requirements of animals is required, to build upon. Strong communication & computer skills are required; swimming & diving ability with a SCUBA certification is advantageous.

About the rewards:
Join the team here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you’ll reap the rewards that come with working for Merlin Entertainments, the world’s number two visitor attraction operator. Your Merlin Magic Pass gives you free admission to all of our attractions, so you can treat your friends & family to a day out at Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, LEGOLAND and Madame Tussauds, among many others. We also offer a fantastic pension plan, Employee Assistance programme, annual accrued holiday, discounts including O2, Holiday Extras, Silent Night, Lego plus much more!
And that’s not all, with excellent opportunities to learn new skills & qualifications relevant to your role, there will always be further prospects to grow, develop and try new things with full and continuous support along the way.
About us:
Merlin Entertainments Group is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates over 90 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages in 20 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 40+ million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 16,000 employees.
Closing date 1st April 2013. An assessment centre will be scheduled for the following week.
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