Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Senior Animal Keeper

Senior Animal Keeper

Location:        Edinburgh Zoo
Salary:        Competitive

About Us
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.  Both parks are premier visitor attractions, offering visitors a fantastic day out.  Of equal importance is our excellent international reputation for our conservation and education programmes and we are looking to the future with confidence.  We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure we can sustain our excellent reputation.  Our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction. It’s an exciting time at RZSS having just celebrated our centenary year. 

Senior Animal Keeper
A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Animal Keeper to work within the Living Collections Department on a full time permanent basis.  Working on the Hoofstock Section, it is essential that the successful candidate has passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level and has relevant experience working with hoof stock.  Experience of working in a supervisory or managerial role would be beneficial. The successful candidate will be required to cover all aspects of managing the section, including the staff, in the absence of the Team Leader.

 About You
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is essential and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups desirable. You must also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training is desirable.

Working hours are 37.5 hours per week (annualized figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.

Salary for this post will be £19,767 per annum

Applications should be received by Friday 18th July 2014.

For full information on how to apply, please visit the Edinburgh Zoo vacancy page and follow the instructions.  http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/careers-vacancies/

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