Monday, July 10, 2017

Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper

Harewood House Trust

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £15,600

Harewood House
The Harewood House Trust is an independent charitable trust which manages and maintains Harewood House and its immediate grounds, including the well renowned Bird Garden by opening to the public as a visitor attraction and events venue and attracting over 140,000 visitors a year.

Since 1970 the Bird Garden has promoted an understanding of birds and their environment through preservation, conservation and education. It is currently home to 43 different species of bird.

In 2016 Harewood House Trust opened its Farm Experience as an added visitor attraction and educational facility which is home to six different species of domestic livestock.

The Role
A vacancy has arisen to join our small and dedicated team, which will require the successful applicant to oversee the husbandry, breeding management and maintenance of the species and their enclosures on a designated section within the Bird Garden, as well as covering other areas in the absence of other team members, in particular the domestic livestock in the Farm Experience.

The successful applicant must have at least two years’ experience in a zoo collection, or similar environment, ideally with avian species. An animal care, behaviour or conservation related qualification is also essential coupled with excellent record keeping and animal health monitoring skills. In addition to this an understanding of in-situ and ex-situ conservation is required, along with a dedication to high standards of animal welfare, particularly environmental enrichment.  Experience in artificial incubation and hand rearing of a variety of avian species would also be desirable.

The post-holder must be confident with public speaking as they will be required to deliver visitor talks and interactive sessions including school groups.

Candidates must be punctual, have attention to detail and be able to work to work to tight deadlines.

This is a full- time, permanent position based at Harewood, Leeds. Flexible working is required, including working weekends and bank holidays

To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter identifying how you meet the job description/person specification and include references, current salary and notice period. Please email this to by 25th July 2017
The first round of interviews will take place at Harewood House the week commencing 31st July 2017

Harewood House Trust is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through recruitment.  Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to entirely objective criteria only.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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