Sunday, April 29, 2018

Assistant Wildlife Supervisor

Assistant Wildlife Supervisor

Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm
& Eco Centre

Claydon Rd, Hogshaw, Bucks, MK18 3LA                                                                             01296 670444                                                 

Assistant Wildlife Supervisor
Full-time Position – 42.5hr / week
£18500 / annum

This is a full-time position, 5 days out of 7, including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.

Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre is an open farm and visitor attraction. We pride ourselves on sustainability and promoting a Green approach to living. We are self-sustaining and Eco with our energy production, water management, sewerage management, and our ‘farm to folk’ philosophy.

We have only been fully operational for nearly 4 years and we already have a loyal following of supporters and visitors. We are growing fast and are looking for forward thinking, motivated, creative and hardworking individuals to help us achieve our mission.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team at a time when our Wildlife offering is developing. We have already expanded our pets corner to include exotic pets, we already have our first owls and Reindeer. We have now started the construction of our new Wildlife zone which will house a variety of native and European species focusing on conservation, rescue and education.

This new area of the Park will be 5 acres and house reindeer, fallow deer, Native Raptors and other Bird species, Native mammals including Scottish Wildcat, Red Foxes, Red squirrel just to name a few. We will also be looking at European OR extinct Native species such European Lynx. There will be some invasive species representatives such as Bennetts Wallaby and some smaller deer species too.
All species chosen will tell their own educational story to our visitors and our schools as ambassadors for nature and the natural world.

 These are just the species that we have chosen so far, there is still lots of other habitats and enclosures that have not been allocated to species to provide flexibility for native rescue, rehabilitation or release projects.

Our new facilities are vast in size and designed in a natural way, with the animals needs and natural behaviours at the fore front of all our decision making.

Reporting to the Live-stock supervisor & General Manager.

The successful application will have:

•        Excellent presentation skills are essential;
•        Must be outgoing, charismatic and have a confident enthusiastic personality;
•        Must be organised, self-motivated with good interpersonal skills;
•        Motivated individual who can work alone and as part of a team;
•        Have a proven record with outstanding customer service

The successful applicant will be expected to:

•        Deliver entertaining, exciting and educational public presentations;
•        Assist in the organisation of farm/Wildlife events;
•        Practically work on the livestock department as required;

Necessary skills required:

•        Knowledge of wildlife and conservation;
•        Practical Animal Handling experience with the animals listed above.
•        Proven record with animal training and positive reinforcement training methods.
•        DMZAA or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
•        Minimum 5 years employed practical experience within a Zoological organisation;
•        Experience of running a small animal department and small team;
•        Experience of Microsoft excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint;
•        Experience of Zoo licencing standards;
•        Experience of animal recording systems and standards;
•        Flexible approach to work and able to work under pressure;
•        Excellent written English;
•        Excellent creative writing skills;
•        Full driving license;

We ask that the successful candidate has their own transport to and from work, be punctual and flexible with working hours and is willing to relocate.

Please mark any email correspondence FAO:
Jay Wood (General Manager) and include a CV with your covering letter.

Post open until filled.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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