Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Position:  Animal Keeper (Full-time / Permanent)
Salary: (dependant on experience)

About Us:
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is a long established and expanding family run business. Battersea is one of three BIAZA accredited zoos within our company, and we strive for the highest standards in animal husbandry, conservation and education. Our mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats through engagement and interaction with the public, particularly younger children.

This is realised over our three centres which hold an important and diverse range of species. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo promotes and champions the smaller more child friendly species within the beautiful and historic setting of Battersea park, inspiring young people to take an interest in the natural world.

Overview of Role:
We are seeking an animal Keeper to work with a wide range of species within our Zoo. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within all sections.

Working hours are 40hrs per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends and bank holiday’s, so flexibility regarding hours is crucial. The role is physically demanding and our site is mainly outdoors, so ability to deal with all weathers essential.

Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment however experience with primates and small exotic species would be desirable. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.

A minimum of one year’s paid employment within a zoological or animal related position required. Previous volunteering or internship experience will also be considered.

Main Duties:
• Assisting as instructed with the cleaning of all areas within the zoo.
• Assisting as instructed with enclosure/paddock servicing.
• Assisting under instruction with the preparation of approved diets.
• Assisting under instruction/supervision the carrying out of correct feeding procedures where this is deemed appropriate by the Animal Manager.
• Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
• Assisting where appropriate with the movement and/or training of animals, “Meet the Animals” etc. as directed by senior staff.
• Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors.
• Reporting defects and repairs required to the Animal Manager or more senior staff.
• Assisting in various projects related to animal management as directed by senior animal management staff.

Person Specification:
• Practical experience of animal management with a range of domestic and exotic species.
• Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections.
• Willingness to work on and learn about evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
• Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
• Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
•    Keeper experiences, children’s Birthday parties and public engagement particularly with younger children are an essential part of our business, we are very customer focused so please make sure you are.

Please note*
•    A full clean driving licence is required.
•    Accommodation will not be provided on site.
•    Public transport is an easy option for those seeking this position.
•    We do not hold telephone or Skype interviews; all interviews will be held at the Zoo.

To Apply:
Applicants will need to upload their CV, application form and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability), to

Closing Date: Midnight Thursday 30th June 2016

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