Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Senior Carnivore Keeper

Senior Carnivore Keeper

Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.

For the right candidate, this position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to the breeding programmes of species such as Asian wild dogs and Clouded leopards.

The Role
This position is full time, working five days out of seven, including weekends and bank holidays. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, conduct basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks and record keeping. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards future plans on the section.

The Person
We are looking for someone with proven previous experience gained in a similar main stream zoological collection, preferably working with carnivores. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare and a good taxonomic understanding of carnivores. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone. Ideally, you will have gained and animal management qualification or be prepared to
undertake one. The role is physically demanding so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height in order to perform enclosure maintenance duties. A valid full UK driving licence is essential.

All applicants must have right to work in the UK

Single person accommodation may be available with this position.

To apply: please email your full C.V. and covering letter to personnel@aspinallfoundation.org

Or send to: Human Resources Department, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 30th August 2016

Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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