Monday, January 22, 2018

Senior Keeper (Mammals)

Senior Keeper (Mammals)

 Paignton Zoo

From £20,472

Full-time – 38.75 hours per week includes working a rota of 2 out of 3 weekends.


Paignton Zoo, one of the largest in the UK and a registered scientific and education charity, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced keeper to join our Mammal team. You will be responsible for the hands-on day-to-day husbandry of a large and diverse collection of mammals, with a focus on primates.

You will have at least 4 years’ experience working with mammals and 2 years’ with primates as well as having completed the DMZAA course or equivalent qualification.

Previous supervisory experience would be beneficial.  You will be a self-motivated team player with experience of training new keepers.  Good communication and ICT skills would be an advantage.

You will have a broad knowledge of husbandry practices and an understanding of Zoo license regulations. Experience with great apes would be an advantage.
A full driving license is essential. 

Paignton Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period):
•        28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years.
•        Defined contribution pension scheme
•        Company sick pay
•        Branded uniform provided (as required)
•        Relevant internal and external training provided
•        Free entry to our 3 zoos for staff and immediate family
•        Complimentary tickets
•        Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
•        Free staff parking
•        Child care vouchers

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date.  We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Further details on applying can be found on our website

Closing date: Friday 23rd February 2018
Interview date: TBC

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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