Thursday, January 19, 2017

Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals 
Temporary role expected to last 6 months

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway.  The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection.   

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Large Mammals section which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including Asian elephant, giraffe zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat and Kirk’s dik dik. 

Key Responsibilities:
·  working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry 
·  assisting with the training and development of staff
·  training and record keeping
·  interacting with zoo visitors 

Key Skills & Requirements:
·  Minimum of 4 year's experience as a keeper – must include working with hoofstock and carnivores, and/or preferably experience of managing elephants in protected contact
·  enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management ·  substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
·  good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
·  commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
·  previous experience of supervising and training staff 
·  zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification 

The role is temporary for 6 months to cover maternity leave and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum. 

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to:

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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