Friday, June 30, 2017

Deputy Team Leader- Herpetology

Deputy Team Leader- Herpetology 
(Full-Time / Permanent)
ZSL - London Zoo

The mission of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education, conservation and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Role Profile:

An exciting opportunity has arisen at ZSL London Zoo for herpetology deputy team leader. The role will involve the management of a team responsible for the day to day husbandry of a large and diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians, focusing on animal welfare, bio-security, record keeping and ensuring that exhibits are maintained to the highest standards.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist team leader in managing, mentoring and training staff.
  • In consultation with other stakeholders, write and implement training processes and protocols, best practice guidelines and procedures for health and safety and animal husbandry purposes.
  • Assist team leader in ensuring that the relevant systems (ZIMS etc.) are kept up to date and accurate.
  • Work on section to contribute to husbandry of animals on section.
  • Quality control and problem solve day to day work on section with appropriate communication and consultation with team leader.

Person specification:

  • Applicants should have a higher education qualification in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience.
  • Candidates should have experience in managing teams and projects.
  • An evidence based approach to animal keeping with excellent attention to detail is required. Candidates must understand, and have a practical ability to implement, up to date herpetological husbandry practices and a proven capability for aesthetically appealing enclosure construction.
  • Applicants should be able to take the initiative to tackle and prevent problems as well as make improvements to facilities and protocols.
  • Applicants should understand current challenges to herpetological conservation and the specific conservation roles zoos can fulfil.
  • Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Experience with behavioural management and handling of a range of herpetological species, including potentially dangerous taxa, is important.
  • A robust understanding of water quality monitoring and management is essential.
  • Experience of and interest in research, scientific writing and peer-review publication would be beneficial.

Please note: Hours are an annual average of 37.5 per week, worked within a roster which includes one in two weekends.

Closing date for applications is: 16th Jul 2017

To apply for this job:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button HERE

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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