Zoo Operations Manager
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Exciting times ahead as Chessington World of Adventures Resort have an opportunity to really sink your teeth into!
About the role
As our Zoo Manager you will be responsible for leading and motivating a team in delivering excellent standards of safety, guest care and animal welfare at this unique Zoological collection. In addition you will partner with trusts such as Ape Action Africa, World Land Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust as we build on the fantastic achievements we have had with our own conservation fund – Chessington Conservation Trust.
You will lead the Zoo Team to deliver a consistently excellent standard of safety, Guest Service and Animal welfare whilst continually enhance and promote the Zoo both internally and externally, assisting in the planning to develop the Zoo in line with growth plans for the Resort, utilising the available funds to maximum effect. You will advise on revenue flows from Zoo based activities to maximise the Park’s potential yield whilst promoting Education, Conservation and Research through Zoo based activities and resources.
Based at Chessington World of Adventures, you will work 5 days per week, however, hours are flexible and will include weekends and bank holidays.
You will be an engaging and supportive leader with a solid background in the Zoo environment in a managerial capacity. You will have previous experience in financial planning and project leadership. Sound knowledge of DEFRA, EAZA and Zoo licensing are essential. What matters most is you understand and embrace Chessington world of Adventures resort and are excited by the possibility of building on our great successes within the Zoo.
About the benefits
Join the team here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will receive an attractive remuneration/ benefits package as well as a Merlin Magic Pass that gives you free admission to all of our attractions, so you can treat your friends & family to a day out at Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, LEGOLAND and Madame Tussauds, among many others. We also offer a fantastic pension plan, 33 days holiday, private medical cover, Life Assurance, Employee Assistance programme, discounts including O2, Holiday Extras, Virgin Active, Lego plus much more!
Here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort you will find two onsite hotels, an extraordinary array over 40 rides and attractions within 10 themed lands as well as over 1000 animals across the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre! Add to this over 35 eateries, stands and shops, the opportunity to dance along with the cast of the all new ‘Penguins of Madagascar! Operation Cheezy Dibbles’ live show and fantastic opportunities throughout the year to meet characters such as the Octonauts, it's fair to say, we really are Britain’s Wildest Adventure!
About Merlin Entertainments
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees.
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