Senior Animal Keeper
Location: RZSS, Edinburgh Zoo
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 Collections team at Edinburgh Zoo, it is essential that the successful candidate has experience of working in a supervisory or managerial role, specifically where the stock is predominately primates. It is a requirement of this role that you will have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or a directly equivalent zoo husbandry qualification. A working knowledge of ZIMS, SPARKS and other zoo management systems would be desirable. The successful candidate will be required to cover all aspects of managing the section in the absence of the Team Leader, this includes the management of staff and the facilitation of agreed research liaison activities on behalf of the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Primate Research Group.
Who we are looking for
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is essential and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups is desirable. Experience working with category 1 dangerous animals is essential and previous experience working with chimpanzees is desirable. You must also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skill about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training is very desirable.
This is a full-time permanent position where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.
Closing date: Sunday 4 June 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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