22.5 hours per week
Based at Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), a charity founded in 1909, owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. The Zoo is the second most popular paying visitor attraction in Scotland, offering an excellent day out to more than 600,000 visitors annually, and has an international reputation for its very active conservation and education programmes.
A vacancy has arisen for an Animal Presenter to work within the Living Collections Department. The role will involve delivery of all aspects of Keeper Experience packages, working within the animal presentations team. The successful candidate will be required to deliver the Keeper Experience program to a high standard, meeting the needs of the zoo visitors and ensuring high animal welfare. They will also contribute to the development of the Society in achieving its Mission and Aims.
To operate effectively in this role, it is desirable if you hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level. Practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is essential and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups desirable. You must also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training is desirable.
You will be an excellent communicator, with proven presentation skills. You will be comfortable working as part of a team and will build strong relationships across the organisation. Customer service will be key to this role and you must have an excellent understanding of the principals involved and how to interact with the public to ensure a memorable experience.
This is a part-time position working 22.5 hrs per week. The successful candidate must be able to work weekends. Salary is dependent on experience (£13,500 -17,500 per annum pro-rated)
This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure check.
The closing date for this position is Monday 16th December 2013
For full information on how to apply, please visit the Edinburgh Zoo vacancy page and follow the instructions. Registered charity number: SC004064
OUR MISSION Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction
The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC004064
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