Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Deputy Head of Section

Deputy Head of Section – Animal Encounters at Woburn Safari Park.
Experienced candidates are invited to apply for the post of; Deputy Head of Section.
This is a senior post supporting the Head of Section in managing the animal section within the walk-through area of Woburn Safari Park. The area includes four walkthrough enclosures (including an award winning lemur walkthrough) and numerous educational demonstration areas including birds of prey, parrots and sea lions. The post holder will be expected to effectively support the Head of Section in line managing 10 full time staff and up to 9 seasonal staff. This area of the park accounts for the majority of the visitor’s dwell-time and as a result, the successful candidate must be a balanced animal/people person.
The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of managing people, at least 5 years animal experience preferably within a Zoo/Safari Park environment, and should ideally hold a relevant animal qualification, such as a degree or the animal management diploma.
The “foot safari” of the park will be undergoing a major development in the next few years starting this year with the addition of the Meerkat, Mongoose and Porcupine exhibit in “Desert Springs” situated in the central hub of the visitor area, therefore the ideal candidate must be comfortable with a challenging and changing environment and will ideally have previous experience of planning and designing animal enclosures, as they will support the Head of Section and the team in developing this area.
This role will be an exciting one with plenty of challenges, and the successful applicant will be working within an area where there is plenty of room for development opportunities and career progression within the section and across the park.
Woburn Safari Park's animal department is committed to both conservation and welfare, and is fortunate to have the space in which these goals can be best met. Potential staff must share this commitment. Woburn offers a competitive pay structure for the best candidates.
Applications by way of CV and covering letter to Heidi.barrett@bedfordestates.com by 10th April 2013 with 1st interviews to be held shortly after.
Previous applicants need not apply
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