Head Keeper – Mammals – Paignton Zoo
Full time – 38.75 hours/week working 2 weekends out of 3 on a roster.
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:
Curator of Mammals
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU
Closing date: Friday 21st April
Interview date: 3rd & 4th May
Independent International Zoo Consultant