Friday, April 17, 2015



Colchester Zoo are looking to recruit an experienced Deputy Head to assist the Head of the Zoo’s ‘Tiger’ Section and supervise in their absence. The successful applicant will be expected to lead a small team of staff and oversee the day to day management of a diverse collection of animals, ensuring the highest standards of animal husbandry, welfare, and health and safety at all times. Species include Amur Tigers, Pygmy hippo, Timber Wolves, Patas Monkeys, a number of different Vulture species, Owls, Visayan Spotted Deer and Warty pigs in a mixed exhibit and a variety of reptile, amphibian, invertebrate and fish species.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

·        Ensure the highest standards of animal husbandry and welfare at all times including assisting in the implementation of training and enrichment programmes, monitoring health, researching nutritional needs and ensuring excellent enclosure presentation.

·        Supervise staff in the absence of the Head of Section which will include managing rotas and holidays, training new and existing staff to the required standards, organising working protocols and procedures and providing feedback on performance.

·        Assist in the management and implementation of all aspects of Health and Safety including working protocols, risk assessments and manual handling.

·        Manage animal records, produce reports and put forward proposals.

·        Ensure the highest of standards of visitor experience through exceptional customer services and care.
We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and hard working, with a minimum of 7 years experience in a Zoo environment. Excellent customer service, communication and animal husbandry skills are essential as is previous experience supervising staff and an excellent understanding of health and safety in a Zoological setting. Experience with at least some of the species listed above would be beneficial and in particular with Big cats.
Applicants must have the Diploma in the Management of Zoo animals and Aquaria (DMZAA) or an equivalent qualification and a full valid driving licence is essential.

This is a permanent full –time position with a start date as soon as is possible and Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter to The Curator, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL

The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 1st May 2015.

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