Monday, October 17, 2016

Head of Living Collections

Head of Living Collections
Wildwood Trust

SalaryCommensurate with skills and experience

About Wildwood Trust:
Wildwood Trust is a registered charity that, uniquely, focusses on British Wildlife. The Wildwood Trust became a charity in 2002, having existed since 1998, establishing a unique mix of animal collection, wildlife education, conservation and ecological services.

Wildwood Trust has displayed excellent growth over its 14-year existence and is now creating a new role to oversee the management of its animal collection. The animal collection is central to our charitable and business objectives, supporting our ambitious objectives to enthuse and educate people and support conservation and rewilding efforts across the UK. Wildwood (Canterbury) has recently been joined by Wildwood (Escot) thus, management of the animal collection and keeper team spans over the two parks This is an exciting time for Wildwood Escot as we are building a new animal collection at the site. Wildcats, lynx, otters and wild boar are already there with wolf cubs arriving in November and Badgers by the end of the year. This post will be responsible for the huge expansion in the collection, ensuring these animals are managed safely and that staff are fully trained and mentored in their husbandry.

The Post:
The post of head of Living Collections at Wildwood Trust encompasses animal management, legislation and record keeping, design and management of enclosures and leadership of the keeper teams.
This post is for a highly motivated person, with extensive management experience within a zoological / wildlife park setting. The individual will be proactive and forward thinking with a good understanding of collection operations. The post holder will have excellent leadership and management qualities to enthuse and develop our team of dedicated keepers.  The post holder must demonstrate the qualities needed to ensure all the Trust’s objectives are met: and assist in achieving all commercial, communications, conservation and operational objectives. The role requires knowledge of enclosure design and maintenance with responsibility for ensuring we can display animals in natural woodland settings balancing efficient operations, visitor needs and animal welfare.

This is a full time post, 37.5 hours per week.

For a full job description and personal specification please go to our website
Or call 01227 71211

CV and covering letter should be emailed to
Or sent to:
Eileen Bartlett
Office Manager
Wildwood Trust
Herne Common
Herne Bay

Closing date is 2nd December 2016

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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