Monday, September 29, 2014

Vacancy – Five Sisters Zoo

Vacancy – Permanent position

Five Sisters Zoo – Head of ‘The Lost Kingdom’ & ‘The Castle Zoo’

About the role:
Five sisters Zoo was founded in 2005, it is an ever evolving zoological collection with innovative guest experiences and animal habitats.

The Successful candidate will work under the leadership of the Zoo manager, providing the best possible care and management for a diverse collection of animals. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the launch of our new facility that will house a variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and primates with a prime focus on Ecto-therms.

This Brand new facility with some of the largest reptile enclosures found under one roof you are likely to have seen. It will be an immersive interactive guest experience and it will be the
responsibility of the Head of this department to ensure that operations run smoothly at all times.

This is a ‘Hands on role’ requiring the successful candidate to be able to work practically, efficiently and effectively whilst overseeing public interactive areas, staff and volunteers.

As well as managing ‘The Lost Kingdom’ the successful candidate will also manage the smooth daily operations of ‘The Castle Zoo’ which is one of our most loved interactive experiences in the park, consisting of a Medieval theme with nocturnal exhibits, raptors and domestic livestock.

It's important that all visitors have an enjoyable day out and Guest experience is paramount to our overall mission. You will be responsible for conversing with visitors whilst carrying out
your daily duties around the park as well as delivering engaging presentations. It's essential therefore that you enjoy and are just as confident working behind the scenes as well as Front of House. 

Key Accountabilities:
Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care.
Ensure a positive impression of yourself and the company is presented to all customers (internal and external) at all times to reflect the quality of the organisation.

The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, hard working individual with at least 3 years experience working within a zoological collection and with proven expertise with Ecto-therms. 
Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential and experience with any of the above named species is preferable. 
The successful applicant will have the ability to continuously develop themselves through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence. 
Applicants must hold a qualification in Zoo animal management or equivalent and have a full valid driving licence.

About you:
You are expected to have completed the DMZAA qualification or have relevant based qualifications. 
The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills have an understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and animal training using operant conditioning methods, Reptile handling experience is highly beneficial. 

Candidates are expected to be computer literate with a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Word and Animal record keeping systems.

The position is based at Five Sisters Zoo, you will work an average 40 hour week, and working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.

This Position is a Permanent position.
Salary will be circa £17,000
Holiday entitlement is 28 days per year.

Should you feel that you have the attributes for this vacancy, please send your CV and covering letter in writing or email to:

FOA Zoo Management Team
Five Sisters Zoo
West Calder
West Lothian
EH55 8PT


Closing Date: 12.00pm - Friday 17th October 2014

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