Monday, January 23, 2017



PERMANENT - 40 hours per week

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction. We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out. We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world! If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you. We currently have an exciting vacancy for a Deputy Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of species ranging from Reptiles & Amphibians, to Fish & Invertebrates.

The Role:
•        Assisting the Curator of Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates in the daily management of the four sections, acting as a deputy to ensure the highest standards of animal husbandry, welfare and exhibitry
•        Overseeing budgets and conservation/research projects
•        Coordinating exhibit development and staff training
•        Collection planning and welfare audits for the Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates sections
•        Working in the zoo’s public displays and quarantine areas, and supporting off show breeding areas
•        Reviewing and editing peer-reviewed documents
•        Representing Chester Zoo at media interviews, internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences both in the UK and overseas

The successful candidate will have:
•        A Biological Science degree, HND or equivalent experience
•        Expert knowledge of the taxonomy, biology and key conservation issues relating to Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates
•        Strong leadership skills and the ability to build strong working relationships across teams
•        Experience in the husbandry, design and management of animal exhibits and facilities within a themed environment
•        Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
•        Excellent project management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks
•        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Experience of managing databases for ex situ populations (EEP/ESB) as well as using SPARKS/PMx, and of working on in situ conservation projects would be an advantage. A Masters degree in Biology or a closely-related subject would also be desirable.

Hours of work are 40 hours per week worked Monday to Friday, with the requirement to work some weekends and Bank Holidays as part of the Duty Curator rota.
The salary for this role is £34,019.72 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please attach your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Deputy Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates role.

Closing date for applications is 14th February 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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