Thursday, February 20, 2014



Due to the restructuring of the Animal Department, award winning Blackpool Zoo are
looking for an experienced Assistant Head Keeper to assist in overseeing the day to day running of the Animal Department within the zoo with some ‘hands-on’ operational duties, you will supervise, support and assist the animal keeping team ensuring best practice, compliance with Health and Safety regulations and a consistent and continuous performance to improve the overall zoo animal management standards.

As we move forward under a new departmental management structure, we are looking for someone to be a positive role model to others through demonstrated behaviors.
You will need to be able to manage and prioritise a diverse workload and have problem solving skills. 

As well as being responsible for your area, you will also be part of the Zoo Senior Animal Management Team where not only will you assist and deputise for the Head Keeper and Animal Manager but will also have a very active role in developing and moving forward the animal department within its framework aims and objectives in this new and exciting period within Blackpool Zoo’s history.

The zoo currently maintains over 200 species of animals including key species such as Asian Elephant, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Amur Tiger, Bornean Orang-utan, Western Lowland Gorilla, Cuban Flamingo, Mallagenic Penguin along with a number of EEP & ESB programs.

You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable.
 A minimum of 6 years zoo keeping experience, plus proven people management skills and the DMZAA (previously known as ANCMZA) course, or equivalent, are essential.

We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.
Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation will be available with this post, if required.
Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.
The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specialises in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates 74 parks around the world and attracts over 21 million visitors annually.

The closing date for applications is the 23rd March 2014.

A job description for the post can be obtained from the Personnel Department.

Please apply, in writing enclosing a full CV and quoting the Reference number of the post to:

Personnel Department
Blackpool Zoo
East Park Drive

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