Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Experienced Animal Keeper

Experienced Animal Keeper

Experienced Animal Keeper – Maternity Cover 6 months Fixed Term
Location:        Edinburgh Zoo
Salary:        Competitive

About Us
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie.  Both parks are premier visitor attractions of Scotland that provide an amazing animal experience as well as an excellent day out!  RZSS has a worldwide reputation for its conservation and education programmes, and the very heart of our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.  We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future.

As well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too.  So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!

Experienced Animal Keeper
A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Animal Keeper (maternity cover) to work within the Living Collections Department at Edinburgh Zoo. Working on the Budongo Trail and Living Links section, it is essential that the successful candidate has great ape or other high security mammal species experience, and a proven interest in primates.  It is also desirable that they have an interest in primate behavioural research.  It is a requirement of this role that they will have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or a directly equivalent zoo husbandry qualification.  The role is available for an initial fixed term period of 6 months.

About You
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo environment is essential and experience of working with a range of wild animal species desirable. You must also have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good zoo animal management. A full UK driving license is desirable.
Working hours are 37.5 hours per week (annualized figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.

Closing Date:  Sunday 3 July 2016

For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.  Please note previous applicants need not apply.

Registered charity number: SC004064

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