Senior Animal Presenter
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, based in Kingussie. 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.
Senior Animal Presenter – Part Time (22.5 hours)
A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Animal Presenter to work within the Living Collections Department. The role will involve the development and delivery of an innovative and creative programme of live animal interactive activities and the delivery of keeper experience packages to a high standard. The successful candidate will supervise the work of other colleagues, to engage and excite visitors’ and ensure high animal welfare. They will also contribute to the development of the Society in achieving its Mission and Aims.
The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, with proven presentation skills. In addition you will have team supervision and people management skills and also be comfortable working as part of a team whilst building strong relationships across the organisation. Customer service will be key to this role and you must have an excellent understanding of the principals involved and how to interact with the public to ensure a memorable experience.
To operate effectively in this role, it is essential that you hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level. 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.
This is a part-time position working 22.5 hrs per week. The successful candidate must be able to work weekends.
This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure check.
Closing date: Monday 6 October 2014
For more details and information on how to apply, please visit the Edinburgh Zoo or Highland Wildlife Park’s vacancy page and follow the instructions.
Registered charity number: SC004064
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