Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Head Keeper – Mammals – Paignton Zoo

Head Keeper – Mammals – Paignton Zoo

Full time – 38.75 hours/week working 2 weekends out of 3 on a roster.
£24,139.70 pa

We are looking for a Head Keeper in our Mammals department.  This is a supervisory position involving stock and staff management. Reports to the Senior Head Keeper of Mammals and ultimately Curator of Mammals.

Responsibilities to include:
Ø        Monitoring behaviour and health status of the mammal collection on a daily basis.
Ø        Performing ‘hands-on’ husbandry duties including animal restraint, enclosure furnishing and hand-rearing.
Ø        Training and working closely with the team of keepers.
Ø        Ensuring that Health & Safety protocols are being observed.
Ø        Record keeping.
Ø        Member of zoo firearms crew

Ø        Strong zoo husbandry background (at least four  year’s experience).
Ø        Two years in a supervisory position.
Ø        Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals and Aquariums preferred (or equivalent qualification e.g. City & Guilds in Zoo Animal Management, Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals, recognized other country animal keeper qualification). 
Ø        Good leadership and team building skills.
Ø        IT and accurate record keeping skills.
Ø        Ability to supervise students and volunteers.
Ø        Willingness to work weekends, and beyond normal working hours if required.
Ø        Full driving licence

Applications by post only (i.e. not by e-mail) and to include a full CV and handwritten covering letter to:

Neil Bemment
Curator of Mammals
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Closing date:        Friday 21st April
Interview date: 3rd & 4th May

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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