Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Carnivore Keeper

Carnivore Team

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is also one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.
The zoo is currently expanding with the exciting new ‘Islands’ site opening in spring 2015.  This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.  As a result of this growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Mammal Keeper to join our carnivore team.
This post will involve the daily care and management of a variety of carnivore species including Asian Lions, Sumatran Tigers, African painted dogs, Malayan sun bears and Cheetahs to name a few.  Training will also be provided on several other mammal sections to cover any shortcomings in staffing levels.
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with carnivores and other relevant mammal species and experience of working in a zoo or safari park.  The successful candidate will be educated to HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have the equivalent experience.  The Carnivore Mammal Keeper will need to have experience of operant conditioning, and an understanding of implementing environmental enrichment would be advantageous.  Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is vital for this role.
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages is desirable for this role in order to maintain accurate records.  A full clean UK driving licence is also required.
Salary is £16,984 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).
To apply: please contact the recruitment line on recruitment@chesterzoo.org or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30th September 2014.

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