DEPUTY CURATOR OF BIRDS
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 Birds. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of bird species.
• Assisting the Curator of Birds in the daily management of two 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 bird sections
• Working in the zoo’s public displays and quarantine areas, and supporting off-show breeding areas
• 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 birds
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to build strong working relationships across teams
• Excellent skills in the husbandry and management of birds and in the design of bird exhibits and facilities in a zoological 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 http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo.
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 Birds role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.
Closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd March 2017.
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