Saturday, April 1, 2017

Animal Assistant

Animal Assistant

Job title and reference:        Animal Assistant (ref: CPE3.17)

Salary:                                    £20,200 per annum (rising to £20,604 after probation)

Contract type:                       Fixed term until 31 October 2018

                                               Two positions available

Hours of work:                      Full time/35 hour week on a rolling rota which includes working 3 weekends in 4.         

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London has been open since Victorian times, when the tea trader and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to the local community. Since then, our collection has grown significantly and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history gallery – all surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful Gardens offering breath taking views across London.

The Animal Walk and Butterfly House further bring to life founder Frederick Horniman’s vision of an outside space reflecting the Museum’s collections. The Animal Walk is home to alpacas, goats, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens, both the Animal Walk and Butterfly House guide visitors on walks through their centres for a close up views of animals and butterflies.

We are looking for two Animal Assistants to assist the Animal Keeper in the day-to-day running of the Animal Walk & Butterfly House. You’ll have a BTEC in Animal Management (or equivalent) and genuine flair and enthusiasm for animal care.

You will have had hands-on experience of caring for animals (ideally in a city farm/wildlife centre/zoo environment), and will be used to interacting with the public in a busy and popular attraction - you’ll be able to inform and enthuse visitors of all ages about the animals in your care. You’ll be able to work in all aspects of running the Animal Walk & Butterfly House (animal care, maintenance, record-keeping, plant propagation and care) and willing to work outside all year round in all weathers.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Tuesday 18 April 2017. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017.

The Horniman is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

More details and how to apply HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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