Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Assistant Curator of Birds and Mammals

Assistant Curator of Birds and Mammals

Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens

A unique position has arisen within our small team of animal keeping staff. We are looking for a keen, passionate, enthusiastic person to join our team as assistant curator of birds and mammals. They will aid the curator of birds and mammals in all duties and will take a lead role within the Park. This is a permanent full-time position working 40 hours a week over 7 days on a rota basis which will require some weekends and bank holidays.


Beale Park is part of the Child Beale Trust and is set within a 38-acre site, which in turn is part of the 350-acre country estate that runs alongside the idyllic setting of the Berkshire countryside and alongside the River Thames.

Responsibilities and duties:

·        To maintain a high standard of husbandry care of all bird enclosures, public viewing areas and off show exhibits.

·        To prepare and feed the aviary section and cover other sections when required due to days off, holiday, illnesses etc.

·        To encourage the reproduction of animals within our collection plan.

·        To provide additional animal care if needed, such as incubation, hand-rearing and extra care for sick individuals.

·        To provide accurate and up-to-date paper records of behaviours, reproduction, births, deaths, and movements of individuals to be given to the animal registrar.

·        To be confident in capturing and restraining of all animals within our collection.

·        To be responsible for the correct identification methods such as ringing and ID chips within all sections.

·        To provide assistance, training, and supervision of volunteers, work experience, and staff.

·        To be confident in public engagement activities and answering queries from members of the public.

Skills and qualifications:

·        Full clean driving licence

·        Previous experience as section head of birds or similar is essential and must have worked in the environment for a minimum of 8 years.

·        Extensive knowledge of avicultural, husbandry, diet and reproduction.

·       A good understanding of conservation and education in the modern zoo environment.

·        A good level of health and fitness to carry out a heavy workload.

·        Must be able to aid in construction work for existing and new exhibits.

·        DMZAA or equivalent is preferred but not essential.

·        Good verbal and written communication skills

·        Computer literate.

·        Good organisational and time management skills.

·        Ability to work within a team and also use one’s own initiative.


·        First Aid training.

·        Uniform provided.

·        Free parking.

·        Four weeks holidays, excluding public holidays (28 days).

·        Pension scheme.

Closing date for applications is: 17th Aug 2018

To Apply :
If you would like the opportunity to join our park as the assistant curator of birds and mammals please send your CV and cover letter to Do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information about this position.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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