Monday, April 28, 2014

Deputy Section Head: Large Mammals

Deputy Section Head: Large Mammals

Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), World Primate Centre, has a comprehensive collection of primate species, together with other mammals, birds and reptiles.  The Zoo has exciting plans to further its work in the conservation of endangered species. We have impressive breeding records for many of these species and recent changes to husbandry practices has enabled more natural groupings and enclosure modifications. We have more to do!

We are going through an exciting period of change as this zoo develops and so are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward.

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head on the Large Mammals section, with a core working focus on elephants. The Large Mammals section is comprised of a variety of hoofstock, carnivores and our herd of 5 Asian elephants.  This is a key role which will involve working on the section, supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry, as well as developing and training staff and taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff.

We are seeking a high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record of working with and training elephants in a protected contact system, with good experience of managing and administering elephant foot care.  Experience of managing an elephant calf would also be desirable. 
A minimum of 5 years’ experience is essential for this role, with some of this time having been spent supervising other staff.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species on the section.  You must be a good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills and committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff.  An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, would be advantageous. 

The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date: Friday 9th May 2014

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