Monday, August 12, 2013





Salary £35,000

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is seeking an enthusiastic and competent individual to co-ordinate the activities of its Gardens Department within the context of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust’s recent Strategic Planning Review.

The position is answerable to the Director of Operations and will involve the botanical management of the Zoo site, servicing the visitor amenities and overseeing the recycling initiatives. A broad knowledge of horticultural practices and a keen interest in environmental and conservation issues relating to the natural world are essential. 

Whilst the post is primarily supervisory, (i.e.~15 staff including a Head Gardener, Cleaning Supervisor and Environment Officer), the CoP&G will be involved in all   aspects of managing the Zoo grounds and where appropriate assist with gardening duties.

Other qualities to include computer literacy i.e. word-processing, database management & email (a knowledge of CAD and similar software packages advantageous), an ability to deal with a wide variety of correspondence, giving talks and conducted tours of the Zoo, and being prepared to attend meetings which may be outside normal working hours.

The successful applicant will be expected to possess:
·        a degree in a relevant subject and/or equivalent professional qualification/experience
·        a minimum of 5 years’ experience in botanical employment
·        a full driving license

40 hours per week, (some weekend working will be required). 28 days annual leave p.a.

Applications should include a full CV and hand-written covering letter and be posted to:

Neil Bemment, Director of Operations
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Closing date:   31 August, 2013

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage. Registered Charity No. 300923 

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