Thursday, March 27, 2014

Animal Keeper – fixed term

Animal Keeper – fixed term
The Department of Animal Welfare & Conservation is currently recruiting for reliable, confident team members to join us on a seasonal contract through to November 2014.
Working as part of the successful Animal & Welfare team you will be responsible for maintaining a safe environment for both you and the public by adhering to associated risk assessments and protocols without exception.
You will be expected to practice high levels of animal husbandry and assist in the welfare of the animals within the park. As well as ensuring the visitor experience is exceptional by delivering excellent customer service at all times.
The successful applicant should demonstrate a passion for Animal Welfare & Conservation, be highly motivated, flexible and committed to Woburn Safari Park’s high standards of husbandry and welfare. Candidates must have previous “hands on” practical experience of working with a range of animals and an animal related qualification i.e. Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals.
Preference will be given to applicants that have worked and/or volunteered within the following fields: Zoo’s, Safari Park’s, Farming/Agriculture & Equestrian.
As an essential requirement for this role, successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of dealing with the public, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.
For further information see job description

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to work within an “award winning” environment then please apply – by completing the online application form and ensuring you also attach a copy of your CV and send both of these to
Closing date: 4th April 2014
Please be advised if you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date to consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.


Job Title: Seasonal Keeper, Trainee Keeper

Reporting to: Head of Section
 Deputy Head of Section

Key Contacts: Head of Animal Development & Welfare (HADW)
 Animal Development Officer (ADO)
Animal Administrator
Animal Keepers
Business Partner - Personnel

Job Level: A-B, (Pay Band A –D)

Job Profile: Communication Task management
 Teamwork Attention to Detail
 Personal Drive Leadership
 Decision Making Customer Service
 Problem Solving Accountability

Purpose of Position

To ensure safe and efficient animal husbandry is practised at all times. The post-holder
will be expected to report and advice on husbandry and staff safety matters, via the
Head of Section (HOS) and HADW. Responsible for ensuring the Department’s and
the Park’s Objectives are the driving force behind all his/her activities within the Area
including ensuring the best possible customer experience is delivered within their area
or responsibility.

Tasks and responsibilities

To maintain standards of husbandry and animal care as set by the HADW, and Head
of Section (HOS) or keeping staff with seniority as determined by HOS.

To ensure the most effective use of all resources at all times, both financial and

 To be aware of procedures in case of accident or fire.

To ensure that company policies and procedures are carried out as stated in the
company/staff handbooks.

To ensure the visitor experience including ‘special visits’ are exceptional within the
constraints of the resources available and to support the culture of delivering
exceptional customer service

To ensure health and safety standards and associated administration is maintained to
a high standard by adhering to protocols, following risk assessments and identify and
communicating any potential problems/risks to HOS to ensure they can be avoided.

To ensure adequate administrative records are kept in conjunction with the HOS and
departmental administrator.
 To identify and advise the HOS and HAWD on potential improvements possible within
the animal department.

To undertake any and all practical work within the animal collection as directed and
in accordance with the appropriate protocols.

To support the culture of delivery of exceptional customer service.

To undertake tasks as directed by the HOS AND HAWD.

To ensure a high standard of personal hygiene and appearance at all times.

I understand and agree to the duties and responsibilities as outlined in the job

Manager’s Signature……………………………. Date……………………..

Employee’s Signature…………………………… Date……………………….

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