Thursday, May 17, 2018

Qualified Animal Keeper - Predators

Qualified Animal Keeper - Predators

ZSL is seeking a qualified keeper to work on the new Predator section at London Zoo. The role will involve the day to day husbandry of mammals including Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, African hunting dogs as well as a range of smaller mammal species. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver high standards of animal welfare and husbandry, be involved in training and enrichment programs and also respecting the importance of daily observations, communication and record keeping. Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment and experience with high security animals is fundamental. Experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team. Working hours are 37.5 per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work in a responsible, safe and efficient manor around high security animals.
  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist & develop training and enrichment programs on a regular basis.
  • Adhere to the highest industry standards of zoo husbandry and welfare.
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Communicate efficiently with public to increase public satisfaction and support the ZSL mission.

Person Specification
  • Proven practical experience of animal management with a range of exotic species with a focus of large cats.
  • Have strong attention to detail and safe working practices with high security animals.
  • Passion to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should veterinary procedures be required.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
  • Be a positive influence on section and work well in a team environment.
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course or equivalent work experience.
  • Be reliable, have good time-keeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate leadership and professionalism.

To learn more and apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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