Animal Keeper - Trainee
Location: RZSS, Edinburgh Zoo
Ever dreamed of going to work every day in a zoo? Well dream no more because the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland – the charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park – are looking for committed, compassionate and conservation-minded individuals to join our expert staff team.
RZSS aims to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction, a mission that sees us work both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world. From inspiring the next generation about wildlife in our parks to protecting chimpanzees in the Ugandan rainforest; looking after some of the world’s most endangered species to saving the Scottish wildcat, RZSS is making a huge difference and we need your help to continue to grow.
As a member of the Living Collection’s team, the successful candidates will be required to perform all duties to ensure the smooth running of the relevant section at Edinburgh Zoo, aiming to optimise, where necessary in conjunction with other departments, the quality of animal welfare and visitor experience.
Who we are looking for
To operate effectively in this role, it is desirable you hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level. Practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is desirable and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups would be advantageous. You should also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training would be beneficial. Appropriate training will be provided.
The positions are as follows: -
(1) A part-time (30 hours per week) fixed term cover contract (1st Apr to 31 May 2017).
(2) A part-time (14 hours per week) fixed term weekend contract (1st Jun to 24th Sept 2017)
(3) A part-time (21 hours per week) fixed term seasonal contract (20 weeks from 3rd Apr to 14th Aug 2017)
(4) A part-time (21 hours per week) fixed term seasonal contract (12 weeks, approx. between June to Sept)
(5) A part-time (14 hours per week) permanent weekend contract (available from 3rd Jul 2017).
The successful candidates must be able to work weekends.
The closing date: Sunday 12 March 2017
For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.
OUR MISSION Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction.
Registered charity number: SC004064
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