Head Primate Keeper
Colchester Zoo is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable person to join its dynamic workforce in the role of Head of Section. The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years firsthand experience of working with Great Apes. Knowledge of aquarium LSS will be considered an advantage. Further to this the applicant must have a minimum of 5 years working in a supervisory capacity and with proven leadership skills clearly demonstrated.
To be considered for this position you must have good interpersonal skills and be competent at managing a team of four keeping staff. You will be expected to develop this group and lead them by example. Giving support and assistance to each as needed, to ensure that a strong team ethic is achieved leading to optimal working conditions and extremely high standards of animal welfare. This is a hands on position for which you will need to be hard working, physically fit and show great enthusiasm for the role.
The section for which you will be responsible has a diverse range of species; therefore applicants are expected to show a high level of individual ability and knowledge to manage this range of species and exhibits.
The section comprises of the following: Orangutans; Chimpanzees, Spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, turtles, toads and two aquarium exhibits.
You will report directly to the zoological curator. It is expected that you will have been awarded an animal science degree, the DMZAA or equivalent and hold a full UK drivers licence. However, due consideration will be given to the individuals own level of zoological experience.
Please send your CV and covering letter marked for the attention of Clive Barwick, Curator, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL.
Closing date for applications: Friday 12th September 2014
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