Senior Animal Keeper
Location: Highland Wildlife Park
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. 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. It’s an exciting time at RZSS having recently celebrated our centenary year.
Senior Animal Keeper
A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Animal Keeper position within the Living Collections Department at Highland Wildlife Park. The vacancy is for the second-in-charge post on the animal section responsible for all non-ungulate species, primarily carnivores but also some birds, a primate and a rodent species. The successful candidate will have relevant carnivore experience and ideally a fairly broad exposure to other taxa. It is essential that the successful candidate has passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent zoo animal management qualification and holds a valid UK driving license; both qualifications should be confirmed within your application material. Experience of working in a supervisory or managerial role would be very beneficial. The successful candidate will be required to cover all aspects of managing the section, including the staff, in the absence of the Team Leader.
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo environment is essential and experience of working with a range of animal taxonomic groups desirable, in particular carnivores. 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 zoo animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training is desirable.
Working hours are 37.5 hours per week (annualized figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.
This post is not suitable for those that are relatively new to the zoo community and only applicants with significant and appropriate zoo experience will be considered.
Closing Date: Sunday 24 May 2015.
For full information on how to apply, please visit the Highland Wildlife Park vacancy page and follow the instructions.
Registered charity number: SC004064
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