Friday, May 16, 2014

Animal Collections Manager

Peripatetic Animal Collections Manager
£25,485 to £27,843 plus £1,737.50 LW

Our client is looking to recruit a full time Peripatetic Animal Collections Manager who will be working at Crystal Palace Park (average 2 days per week), Enfield (average 2 days per week) and Gunnersbury Park (average 1 day per week).

About the College

Capel Manor College in Greater London, is a vocational college delivering courses in Arboriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Saddlery, Floristry and Balloon Artistry, Garden Design and Horticulture.

Key Duties:

•        Monitoring of animal husbandry practices across all sites. Peripatetic, working at Crystal Palace Park (average 2 days per week), Enfield (average 2 days per week) and Gunnersbury Park (average 1 day per week).
•        Planning schemes of work and staff practical rotas. Production of course materials, assessment books and schedules for practical assessments across all courses.
•        Delivering and assessing (to the appropriate examination body standards) a range of subjects related to Practical Animal Husbandry and Science. 
•        Line managing Practical Instructors / Technicians at each centre.
•        Arranging regular meetings with practical staff and providing feedback at team meetings.
•        Co-ordinating animal management plans across all centres, implementing and monitoring procedures and animal records / systems to comply with the Secretary of State Standards of Modern Zoo Practice.
•        Continuing to develop in liaison with the Animal Care Management Team a rationale for the animal resources, their husbandry and management, including sourcing new animal stock, co-ordinating breeding plans, sales of animals, movement of stock across sites and the maintenance of animal documents in accordance with DEFRA, Soil Association, Rural Payments Agency and Natural England regulations.
•        Liaising with external bodies and organisations in connection with resource management and licensing. Developing and maintaining links with other collections and organisations.
•        Ensuring that all requirements and regulations relating to health and safety are adhered to at all times.  Responsible for ensuring that the health and safety of students and visitors is maintained whilst in contact with animal resources.
•        Co-ordinating the supply of essential husbandry resources, feed orders and deliveries across centres.
•        Co-ordinating veterinary visits and maintaining animal welfare codes.
•        Maintaining professional knowledge of current legislation and practices relating to animal care and welfare.
For a comprehensive list of duties, please refer to the College Job Description.

Essential Criteria:

•        Professional qualification in an animal discipline, preferably HND, Degree or equivalent.
•        Experience of planning/managing the husbandry of a variety of animal species.
•        Experience in managing resources including staffing and budgets.
•        Experience of taking a lead on Health and Safety compliance.
•        A commitment to and enthusiasm for the teaching and guidance of students at all levels.
•        A commitment to animal welfare.
•        Ability to plan and organise self and others.
•        Effective communication skills.
•        Sound problem-solving and decision-making skills.
•        Good team leadership skills.
•        Ability to work on own initiative within agreed strategic guidelines.
•        IT competent.

Start date: ASAP
Closing date:  02.06.14

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to Capel Manor College being defined as a ‘specified place’.

Capel Manor College aims to employ a workforce which reflects the community it serves. Therefore applications from minority groups are welcomed. The College is a Two Ticks Employer (Positive About Disabled People) and therefore where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

Capel Manor College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

It is anticipated that candidates who progress from the application stage will be asked to attend the College for an interview within three weeks of the closing date. Therefore, if you do not hear from the College within that time you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

To apply, in the first instance, please send a copy of your CV along with covering letter to: 

Please note, if you are successful in the selection process you will be required to complete a College application form before the advertised close date. A CV will not be accepted on its own.

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