Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Keeper (Mammals) – Paignton Zoo

Keeper (Mammals) – Paignton Zoo

From £19,303.70 - £20,794.80 - dependent on experience and qualifications

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 a qualified 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, focusing on animal welfare, bio-security, record keeping and ensuring that exhibits are maintained to the highest standards

You will have at least 2 years of prior experience working with Mammal species in a zoological collection or similar establishment and will have completed the DMZAA course or will have over 4 years experience.

You will have a broad knowledge of husbandry practices and proven experience in the successful husbandry of a wide range of mammal species. Experience working with primates would be an advantage.  You will be a team player with good time-keeping and attendance and able to demonstrate professionalism. 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.

To complete an online application form please visit our website www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/about/vacancies


Closing date:  Friday 11th May 2018

Interview date: TBC

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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