Keeper - Herpetology
Job Title: Keeper
Reporting to: Head of Herpetology Department
Full time / Part-time: Full Time
Permanent / Contract: Permanent
For its world-renowned Herpetology Department, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is looking for a Keeper with an understanding of the role and function of a modern zoological collection and ex-situ conservation programmes.
Responsibilities will include the daily husbandry of a diverse herpetological collection and associated invertebrate food colonies in conjunction with the other section staff, detailed record keeping, training of visiting students and participation in wider herpetological and zoo activities including research as required.
(For a full job description explaining the role and duties in detail please visit www.durrell.org/jobs)
• We are looking for a highly experienced specialist keeper with a very thorough knowledge of the management and husbandry required for a wide range of reptile and amphibian species.
• The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate very high husbandry standards, be highly organised and motivated to learn and possess good levels of fitness.
• It is essential to have proven experience in and comprehensive knowledge of the successful husbandry and breeding of a variety of amphibian and reptile species.
• The successful candidate will be diligent and passionate with a logical, precise and consistent approach to animal keeping.
• Exceptional attention to detail is required as is competency with standard computer software.
• Good written and verbal communication skills and considerable interpersonal skills are essential as the position involves interaction not just with colleagues but also students, visitors and on occasion the media.
• The successful applicant will be a strong and reliable team player able to maintain a high work rate with good time-keeping, high levels of cleanliness and an organised work environment.
How to apply
To apply for this position please send your completed application form (download from www.durrell.org/jobs) and CV with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly indicating for which position you wish to apply for.
Closing date for internal applications: Sunday, 19th February 2017.
1. Job Purpose
To promote the Trust's work in the captive breeding of endangered species by working on the daily management of the diverse herpetological collection and associated invertebrate food colonies under the direction of the Department Head or the Supervisor and by teaching visiting students practical aspects of animal management, carrying out research and supporting others conducting research. To develop the Trust's work overseas by contributing to species recovery programmes.
2. Principal Accountabilities
§ To maintain high standards of cleanliness in all animal enclosures, public viewing areas and “off view” facilities;
§ To prepare and distribute food to the animals, following the prescribed diets;
§ To ensure the accommodation for animals is maintained to a high standard for the safety, health and well-being of the animals and for attractive exhibition to the public;
§ To monitor the animals carefully for behavioural, reproductive and medical problems and ensure prompt action is taken to alleviate them;
§ To encourage, or discourage, the reproduction of the animals according to the species management plan by identifying and developing reproduction or contraception techniques;
§ To provide additional animal care as necessary, beyond the normal routine, to incubate eggs, hand-rear young and attend sick animals;
§ To assist with the capture and restraint of animals, for enclosure movement, veterinary examination or export from the collection, while minimising stress and ensuring the maximum amount of information is collected during each event;
§ To be responsible for correct techniques, such as id chip implants, used to identify animals within the department;
§ To provide accurate daily records to the Animal Registrar of animal movements, births, deaths, transactions, reproduction and behaviour to ensure a full set of data is available for each animal to facilitate future management and research;
§ To be up to date on and able to cover for different animal routines to prevent any breakdown in procedures due to days off, illness, or holiday leave of other staff members in the department;
§ To provide assistance, information, training and supervision to visiting students, ITC trainees and conservation education staff to support DWCT’s training and education programmes;
§ To deliver regular public engagement activities, including keeper talks as required, about the animals on site, providing accurate, current and in-depth information relating to the breadth of conservation work of the Trust;
§ To answer queries from volunteers and the visiting public to promote the work of DWCT;
§ To adhere to prescribed safety and emergency procedures to ensure the safety of animals, fellow staff and the visiting public;
§ To contribute to the development of management strategies for species maintained at the Trust, including design and modification of accommodation, dietary modifications, reproduction techniques and research projects to improve the success of captive breeding programmes;
§ To propose and carry out original research to further knowledge of species maintained at the Trust and to provide practical support and specialist advice to students, researchers or ITC trainees conducting research in the animal collection;
§ To propose and, if requested, carry out original field research overseas to further knowledge of species for which the Trust has developed a species recovery programme;
§ To contribute to proposals for initiating recovery programmes in Jersey and overseas for new species to further the Trust strategy;
§ To assist senior keepers and department heads in dealing with correspondence from the public, fellow scientists and other conservation organisations when required;
§ To ensure correct export, import and quarantine procedures are followed at the request of the Animal Registrar and the Zoo Veterinarian and ensure the Zoo Programme Director is kept informed;
§ To train and supervise trainee keepers (students) or volunteers assisting in the animal collection to ensure their safety and that of the animals;
§ To attend national and international scientific meetings and conferences and to make presentations of the Trust’s work if requested.
3. Knowledge and skill
§ BSc (Hons) Zoology or related subject desirable;
§ A very thorough knowledge of the management and husbandry required for a wide range of reptile and amphibian species;
§ Have proven experience in the successful husbandry and breeding of a variety of amphibian and reptile species;
§ The successful candidate will be highly organised and motivated to learn;
§ The successful candidate will be diligent and passionate with a logical, precise and consistent approach to animal keeping;
§ A high level of health and fitness in order to be able to carry heavy loads and work in extreme outdoor weather conditions;
§ Exceptional attention to detail is required as is competency with standard computer software;
§ Good written and verbal communication skills and considerable interpersonal skills are essential as the position involves interaction not just with colleagues but also students, visitors and on occasion the media;
§ The ability to work both as a team player and using one's own initiative;
§ Time management skills.
Durrell reserves the right, if operational requirements make this necessary, to vary your normal duties on either a short term or an ongoing basis provided that such variations do not result in any increase to your normal number of working hours per week. Any need to make such a variation will be discussed with you and confirmed in writing by the Human Resources Department prior to implementation.
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