The Role: Reporting directly to the CEO The Animal Director will lead and direct our team of hard working animal keepers to maintain consistently high standards of welfare and to ensure the care, feeding, and hygiene of all the animals and animal areas within the park. With responsibility for the establishment of appropriate and proper animal care programmes, the animal director will work closely with head keepers, animal manager and consultant/onsite veterinary teams to develop and implement said programmes, monitoring to ensure expected standards are maintained and intervening/providing training and support when necessary. The Animal Director will be closely involved with our education function, supporting development of the education, experience and encounter programmes and we expect active contribution to innovative changes to the company to improve animal welfare, generate revenue and encourage the animal care teams to do the same.
The Person: The successful candidate will have knowledge of the intensive management needs of multiple species’ through several years working in operational roles within a zoo/safari park environment. They should demonstrate an active commitment to conservation and have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced today in a modern zoo; specifically around nutrition, husbandry and successful breeding programmes. Strong leadership and people management skills are needed with experience in dealing effectively with external bodies, as well as a positive attitude towards mentoring and coaching junior managers and developing apprentices and trainees. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to initiate and maintain positive and effective internal and external relationships and have excellent communication and leadership skills. A valid UK driving licence and firearms experience would be beneficial. This role is 40 hours per week on a pre-agreed rota basis, including some weekends and bank holidays. All applicants must have right to work in the UK.
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Independent International Zoo Consultant