Experienced Carnivore Keeper
Wages £7.83 to £8.41 DOE
Plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per year
Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.
This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to the breeding programmes of species such as Asian wild dogs and Clouded leopards.
The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, livestock dispatch and butchery, basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks, and record keeping. On occasion, the post holder may be asked to supervise the team. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards future plans for the section.
The position is full time, 40 hours per week, working five days a week and will include weekends and bank holidays.
We are looking for someone with proven experience gained in a similar mainstream zoological collection. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare, a sound knowledge of health and safety practices. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone. Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this. The role is physically demanding and will involve heavy lifting, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties.
A valid full UK driving licence is essential.
All applicants must have right to work in the UK
Closing date for applications: Monday 10 September 2018
To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to – firstname.lastname@example.org
or post to Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne Lane, Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5EL.
Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.
Independent International Zoo Consultant