SENIOR HEAD KEEPER OF MAMMALS
This is a supervisory position involving stock and staff management. Responsible to the Curator of Mammals.
Responsibilities to include:
Ø Monitoring the behaviour and health status of the mammal collection on a daily basis.
Ø Training and working closely with the team of keepers.
Ø Performing ‘hands-on’ husbandry duties including animal restraint, enclosure furnishing and handrearing when required.
Ø Ensuring that Health & Safety protocols are being observed.
Ø Assisting other departments when carrying out studies pertaining to the mammal collection.
Ø Writing reports & record keeping.
Ø Co-ordinating a roster and holiday leave for up to 25 staff.
Ø Member of zoo firearms crew
Ø Strong zoo husbandry background (at least five years experience).
Ø Three years in a supervisory position.
Ø City & Guilds in Zoo Animal Management, Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals or Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals and Aquariums (or equivalent qualification) preferred.
Ø Good leadership and team building skills.
Ø IT and accurate record keeping skills.
Ø Ability to supervise students and volunteers.
Ø Willingness to work weekends, and beyond normal working hours if required.
Ø Full driving licence
Terms and conditions:
Ø 38¾ hours per week (5 day week)
Ø Roster that currently involves working 2 out of 3 weekends
Ø 28 days annual leave per annum (including Bank Holidays)
Ø Salaried, pensionable post £25,892 p.a.
Applications by post only (not by e-mail) and should include a full CV and handwritten covering letter to:
Curator of Mammals
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park,
Devon TQ4 7EU
Closing date: 31 July 2016
Independent International Zoo Consultant