Friday, January 27, 2017

Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team

Mammal Keeper – Twilight Team

Permanent – Full Time (40 hours)

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 opportunity for a Keeper to join our Twilight team on a full time basis. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the largest ex situ breeding groups of Rodrigues fruit bats, as well as many other exciting species on the section from Sengi to Capybara.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards. 
The role will involve delivering personalised animal experiences to small groups of visitors in both public zoo spaces, behind the scenes and in animal enclosures. These encounters generate revenue for the zoo, and so guests are hosted to the highest standards of customer care and service in accordance with risk assessments, Health and Safety regulations and animal welfare.
The successful candidate will have:
•        A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Proven experience in the care and management of a wide variety of mammal species, as well as the highest standards of exhibtry
•        Outstanding observational skills with an excellent attention to detail
•        Experience implementing environmental enrichment and working within strict Safe Working Practices
•        Experience of implementing guest experiences to a very high standard
•        A full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £17,367.09 per annum based on 40 hours per week 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 Keeper role to

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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