Friday, February 16, 2018

Deputy Head of Section Elephants

Deputy Head of Section Elephants

Located in the picturesque village of Woburn, Bedfordshire; Woburn Safari Park is home to some of the world’s most magnificent and endangered animals.  Today it forms part of the Bedford Estates, which also includes Woburn Abbey, Woburn Golf Club and The Woburn Hotel.

We are currently looking for a passionate and experienced Deputy Head of Section to assist with the management of the elephant section within Woburn Safari Park, which welcomes approximately 520,000 visitors each year.

Woburn’s Elephant Herd consists of 4 Adult Asian elephants and our young elephant, which are managed primarily in free contact.

As Deputy your role will be to assist and deputise in the absence of the Head of Section.  You will assist with the development of a passionate and experienced team of Animal Keepers, ensuring that safe and efficient animal husbandry is practised at all times and complying with section SSSMZP Section 8.8.

You will be responsible for the welfare of your team, our visitors and the animals within your area, monitoring and reviewing animal behaviour, keeping accurate records and ensuring that internal protocols and industry guidelines, such as BIAZA and DEFRA are adhered to.

You will have proven people management experience gained within a deputy or supervisory position and will hold an animal management qualification.  Experience of working with elephants in a free contact environment would be an advantage.

You will also be required to hold a full current driving licence.

The position is full time working 5 days out of 7. As this will include regular weekend and bank holiday working, a flexible approach to days / hours will be required.

To apply or learn more please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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