ANIMAL KEEPER – Full Time
We are looking to add a dedicated animal keeper to join our team, on a varied hour, fixed full-time contract (5 days), working with a variety of taxa.
It's an exciting time here as we continue with our expansion plans and see new, exciting species added to the collection.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and passionate about wildlife, with the skills required to communicate this to our visitors.
You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of modern zoo practices relating to husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and veterinary care as well as understanding the importance of research and conservation activities.
There are also heavy focuses on site maintenance and horticulture.
The successful candidate should have previous experience working with animals in a similar role in a zoological collection and hold a relevant qualification in animal management.
The position also includes educational work, providing tours to school groups and assisting with outreach activities.
Delivering educational talks and animal experiences are also an important part of the position.
The position will cover working on all sections on a scheduled basis. These being primates, carnivores, birds, small mammals and reptiles.
Experience with primates & small carnivores is preferable but not essential as in-house training will be provided.
HOURS OF WORK
This is full time contract, on a flexi rota system which includes working regular weekends and bank holidays as well as being on call for out of hour's emergencies and working sometimes early or late to meet business needs.
Normal hours are seasonal - Main season (8am-5pm), Winter season (8am-5pm) – Currently. These may be subject to change.
We use a system called BrightHR to notify of monthly rotas in advance and training will be given upon induction. Pay is in line with national minimum wage.
• Relevant qualification.
• Previous experience working within a zoological collection with specified taxa.
• Motivated and enthusiastic individual who can work alone and as part of a team.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.
• People management experience preferable.
• Good organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent hygiene standards.
• Computer literate.
• Wide knowledge of biology, ecology and captive requirements of taxa relevant to the collection.
• Flexible approach to work and ability to work under pressure
• Full clean driving license is preferable but not essential.
• Good understanding of health and safety within the work place is also essential.
Should we receive sufficient applications before this, we will extend or shorten the deadline as appropriate.
Interviews will take place on 1st & 2nd November.
If you are successful, you will be invited along for two trial days at the centre.
To apply, please download an application form from www.hemsleyconservationcentre.com/vacancies
If you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.
Independent International Zoo Consultant