Friday, September 20, 2019

Part Time Animal Keeper

Part Time Animal Keeper

4 days a week – Based on the Gorilla Section
Salary commensurate with experience
Plus a living out allowance, or possibly, on-site accommodation.

Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, in conjunction with the Aspinall Foundation, are a charity based organisation committed to protecting rare and endangered animals from extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction programmes. The parks are home of one of the world’s most prized wild animal collections and are one of the biggest visitor attractions in Kent.

The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity that is actively involved with several projects incorporating a diverse range of conservation activities both at their Kent based Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve and overseas projects in the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar. Over the past few years alone, we have released Back to The Wild a range of animals including 8 black rhino, 49 Javan langurs, 9 Javan gibbon, 11 European bison and over 60 western lowland gorillas back to their natural habitat.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated Gorilla keepers at Port Lympne Reserve. The ideal candidate will have some experience of working with animals, in a mainstream zoological collection and an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare. A recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification would also be advantageous.

The main duties will involve:
•        observing the behavior, health and security of animals and reporting any problems to the Section Head
•        Preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
•        Cleaning and maintaining enclosures as well as adjacent working areas.
•        Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
•        Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must have a good level of physical fitness. A full valid driving licence is also essential to the role. Ideally you will possess good all-round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of the Gorillas at the park.

This role is 32 hours a week working 4 days out of 7 including weekends and bank holidays, the successful candidate will have a genuinely flexible approach to working hours. All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Friday 11 October 2019

To apply: Please email a CV along with a covering letter to -
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD

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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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