Saturday, December 6, 2014




Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.

We are currently recruiting for a Lead Keeper on the Bird section. The post will involve assisting the Bird Team Manager in the daily management of the sections along with leading, training and working closely with other team members and interns under the direction of the Team Manager to ensure excellent standards are met. The successful candidate will provide extensive knowledge and proven expertise in bird husbandry and management with a wide variety of species within a zoological environment.

Candidates will have a higher education qualification in a Zoological related science (min HND) or equivalent experience. 
The successful candidate will be able to clearly demonstrate leadership qualities, being an enthusiastic and motivated team player. They will have outstanding observational skills, attention to detail and a proven track record in delivering the highest standards of avian husbandry and exhibitory.  
A thorough knowledge in and understanding of avian conservation practices is essential.
Demonstrable practical experience in training a variety of bird species in a zoo environment is also required.

A good understanding of risk assessments is required. This role may involve representing Chester Zoo and the Bird teams for media interviews and internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas. Therefore, excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Applicants should have a full driving licence and be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays in a roster system.

Salary is £21,384 per annum for a 40 hour week.

To apply, please contact the recruitment line on or 01244 389477.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 19th December 2014.

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