Friday, October 7, 2016

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Location:        RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Salary:        £15,606 - £18,618 depending on qualifications and experience

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.  Both parks are premier visitor attractions, offering visitors a fantastic day out.  Of equal importance is our excellent international reputation for our conservation and education programmes and we are looking to the future with confidence.  We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure we can sustain our excellent reputation.  Our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction. 

The Role
A vacancy has arisen for an Animal Keeper to work within the Living Collections Department at the Highland Wildlife Park.  It is essential that the successful candidate has suitable zoo experience and it is preferred that they will have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or an equivalent zoo biology focused qualification.  The successful candidate will be expected to carry-out the day to day care of the animals and assist with our resident keeper intern programme, all under the supervision of the department’s senior animal staff.

Who we are looking for
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 reasonable knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good zoo animal management. You must hold a full driving license and if the successful candidate is not suitably qualified, you must be willing to acquire the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals.

Working hours are 37.5 hours per week (annualized figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.

Closing Date:        Sunday 23 October 2016

For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page  and follow the instructions.

Registered charity number: SC004064

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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