Chessington World of Adventures
Company: Merlin Entertainments
Salary: £19,200+ excellent benefits
Location: Chessington, Surrey
For your wildest adventure yet, give into your animal instincts at Chessington World of Adventures Resort’s Zoo & SEALIFE!
Guests visit Chessington World of Adventures for Britain’s wildest day out and the animals they encounter all add to the atmosphere of excitement and discovery. From Tigers to Sharks, White Rhino’s to Pygmy Marmosets, our Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre boast a huge array of wildlife. Every section is designed to help our Adventurers get up even closer and more personal with the cheeky, the mischievous and the exotic – and in this key role, you’ll be right there at the heart supervising the safe & efficient Zoo Operation within our Ungulate section.
About the role
Focusing on animal welfare & husbandry, and adventurers’ experience, you will lead, motivate & develop the Ungulates team of around 15 dedicated staff, to ensure they maintain the highest possible standards. As the team and department develop, you will constantly be seeking ways to maximise adventurer experience, whilst creating the most stimulating environment possible for our animals. Since we’re big on conservation, education and research, you’ll have a big part to play in that too. Taking an active role in the wider elements of the Zoo, you will support with the delivery of revenue-growing activities (e.g. Xtra Adventures) and suggest methods to encourage guests’ footfall and dwell time within Zoo areas of the Resort. A typical day will see you promoting a safe and exciting environment for both your team and your animals. You will have a great attention to detail, and be able to prioritise your resources to maximise efficiency within the team. You will manage your time between hands on operational needs whilst keeping a close eye on recruitment, training, and continued development of your people.
Our ideal candidate will have solid experience of working with Ungulates and will ideally have a recognised qualification in captive animal management. You will have passion and excitement for your chosen field, with a keen drive to utilize advances in modern animal management. With previous experience of leading a team, you will have confidence in making both team & operational decisions. With an understanding of our family friendly resort brand, you will be an excellent communicator to engage our adventurers in our exciting collection across the park. You will have a good business acumen, with a desire to develop the department operationally & provide extra revenue to the business. You will be flexible, able to work full time 40 hours per week on a variable rota basis which will include weekends and bank holidays.
About the benefits
Join our fun and friendly team at the Chessington Resort and you’ll reap the rewards that come with working for Merlin Entertainments, the world’s number two visitor attraction operator. As well as a salary of £19,200, and a working environment that’s one of a kind, you can look forward to an impressive range of benefits including our company pension plan, 28 days holiday, and of course a Merlin Magic Pass which will give you free admission to all of our attractions, including Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, Warwick Castle, The EDF Energy London Eye and Madame Tussauds.
Join our wild and friendly team at Chessington World of Adventures Resort where you will find an extraordinary blend of rides and wildlife in 10 themed lands, uniquely mixed in unexpectedly inspiring landscapes! The Resort is made up of over 40 rides and attractions in 10 themed lands as well as over 1000 animals in the Zoo and our very own SEA LIFE centre. Plus an amazing 150 bedroom safari themed Resort Hotel where you can look out over the Wanyama Reserve to see Grevy’s Zebra and Rothschild Giraffe roam! Add to this over 35 eateries, stands and shops, the opportunity to dance along with the cast of Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party! And fantastic opportunities throughout the year to meet characters such as the Octonauts and Moshi Monsters, it's fair to say, we really are Britain’s Wildest Adventure!
About Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 99 attractions, eight hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 54 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands – including Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND and the Eye - and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 22,000 employees. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Zoo Keeper to join the team at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
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