Keeper - Birds
We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.
We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.
We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!
If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.
We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Keeper to join one of our Bird Teams on a permanent basis.
The role will involve the daily care and management of a wide range of bird species including: Passerines, Hornbills, Pheasants, Parrots and Penguins.
Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal conservation and welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.
The successful candidate will have:
· A Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science degree, HND or equivalent experience
· Proven experience in the care and exhibition of birds in a zoological or bird collection
· Good avicultural knowledge and knowledge of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction techniques
· An understanding of modern zoos and the conservation challenges zoos face
· Excellent observation skills, with a high attention to detail
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence valid in the UK would also be an advantage.
Hours of work are 40 hours per week worked 10 days out of 14 including weekends and Bank Holidays.
The salary for this role is £18,384.92 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo
Closing date for applications is: 29th Jul 2018
To apply for this position, please go to http://www.chesterzoo.org/careers and click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper - Birds role.
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