Temporary Assistant Team Manager
Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation, research and education.
We currently have a vacancy for a Temporary Assistant Team Manager (maternity cover), to join our busy Aquarium section from June 2014. The successful candidate will supervise and work alongside Keepers to undertake daily animal care duties, focusing on welfare, hygiene and life support. They will ensure that all exhibits are of an excellent standard for both animals and visitors alike, and provide outstanding customer care.
The successful candidate will have considerable experience of working in a zoo/aquarium and have a thorough understanding of the contribution ex situ populations of animals can make to education, science and conservation. They will be expected to have a degree in a relevant biological science (or have accrued an equivalent knowledge base) and understand how scientific method can be used to contribute to both ex situ & in situ conservation. They must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the biology and husbandry of marine & freshwater fish and of aquatic invertebrate and have a proven track record in both conservation breeding and exhibitory. Excellent exhibit theming skills are a requirement of this role. The successful candidate will have outstanding observational skills, attention to detail and be committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of animal health and welfare.
Candidates must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and should have some management experience as they will be assisting the team manager in all aspects of running the department. They will be competent in the use of Microsoft Office packages – familiarity of ZIMS is desirable but appropriate training will be provided if required. Experience in conducting and publishing scientific research and of working in field conservation programmes are also desirable.
Salary is £23,487 per annum for a 40 hour week.
To apply for this role, please contact the recruitment line on email@example.com or 01244 389477 to request an application form.
Please also submit a covering letter.
Closing date for applications is Friday, 11th April 2014.
We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates. If you believe you have limited experience in some of the criteria requested but would still want to be considered, please express this in your covering letter.
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