Friday, August 30, 2013


West Midland Safari Park


About the role:
The successful candidate will work under the leadership of our Discovery Trail Head Keeper, providing the best possible care and management for our diverse collection of animals.  The main responsibility for this role will be working within our aquarium, but will also be required to work with Marine mammals and Penguins including the presentation of shows and talks.

Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole and Animal Keepers may also be required to provide cover, across a range of species including: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Nocturnal mammals and lemurs.

It's important that all visitors have an enjoyable day out and guest experience is paramount to our mission. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out your daily duties around the park. It's essential therefore that you are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House.

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

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.

The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual with previous experience working within a zoological collection. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and experience as an aquarist is preferable.

Applicants must hold a qualification in Zoo animal management or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

About you:
Ideally, you will have completed the DMZAA qualification (or equivalent) or have relevant qualifications. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and animal training using operant conditioning methods.

Candidates are expected to be computer literate with a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Word and Animal record keeping systems.

The position is permanent and based at West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, working 5 days a week including weekends, bank holidays and some evenings during special park events.  We do have sites at 2 other locations in the UK, so travel may be required to these sites on occasion.  Therefore, a full, valid driving license is essential to the role.

Should you feel that you have the attributes for this vacancy, please send your CV and covering letter to: Michelle Gale, Human Resources Manager, West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF

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Closing Date:  12.00pm – Monday 2nd September 2013

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