Tuesday, July 5, 2016



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:
Neil Bemment
Curator of Mammals
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, 
Totnes Road, 
Devon TQ4 7EU

Closing date: 31 July 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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