Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Herpetologist & Animal Trainer

Herpetologist & Animal Trainer

Marine Aquarist & Main Tank Life Support Technician

Two exciting Zoological vacancies at Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks is looking to recruit two experienced Zoological team members.
 The aquarium is part of Deep Sea Leisure plc which has 6 other aquarium visitor attractions in the group.  Our displays include animals from the British coastline to tropical reefs. At the heart of the aquarium is a 3.8 million litre Shark Tank; as well as a diverse collection of terrestrial vertebrates and invertebrates.

The Marine Aquarist and Main Tank Life Support Technician will be responsible for a number of the Marine Displays – ranging from small native invertebrates and fish to tropical reef exhibits, as well as assisting the Curator with the maintenance and operation of our signature Shark Tank exhibit - it would be advantageous therefore to have previous experience working on a large water system or display.

The Herpetologist and Animal Trainer will be responsible for the terrestrial exhibits including Caiman, Snakes, Otters, amphibians and invertebrates. Previous experience of breeding reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates would be advantageous.  This is a hands on position involving training of animals and also involving delivering public presentations and animal encounters.

For both vacancies a proven track record in Animal husbandry is essential, and experience of developing and maintaining display tank systems is desirable.  A proven ability to design, construct and maintain systems is a must and familiarity with PVC pipework, basic joinery and maintenance of life support equipment including pumps is a crucial part of these hands-on posts. Other responsibilities will include providing veterinary care, involvement in display development and breeding programmes as directed.

It's important that all visitors to Blue Planet Aquarium have an enjoyable day out and this is where you will play a part. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out your daily duties around the aquarium - as well as delivering engaging and inspiring presentations. It's essential therefore that you enjoy and are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House. This is a full time post which involves a rota pattern and often includes working weekends and Bank Holidays.  

We do recognize the time and effort it takes to apply for a position, but as an employer of choice we receive a high volume of applications and in the interests of economy, Aspro UK does not notify candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application; consequently if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

If interested, please send your CV and covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF. Or email recruitment@asprouk.com 

Your application letter should highlight why you would be able to fulfill this key role within the organisation and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements. Please include your salary expectations. Closing date: 24 January 2014.
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Blue Planet Aquarium is committed to Equal Opportunities: www.blueplanetaquarium.com

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