Animal Keepers / Animal Keeper - Trainees
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
Salary: £15,918 - £18,990 depending on qualifications and experience
The charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park – is looking for committed, compassionate and conservation-minded individuals to join our animal management team.
RZSS aims to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction, a mission that sees us work both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world. From inspiring our visitors about wildlife in our parks to field conservation projects and breeding threatened species for reintroduction, RZSS is making a huge difference and we need your help to continue to grow.
A number of exciting opportunities have arisen for experienced Animal Keepers to work within the Living Collections team at Edinburgh Zoo, it is highly desirable that the successful candidate has experience of working within a zoo keeping role. This is a physical hands-on role in a busy animal park which will involve bending and lifting, feeding, cleaning, maintaining and presenting the enclosures and general care and welfare of the animals and associated tasks, including record keeping and interacting with our visitors. A working knowledge of ZIMS, SPARKS and other zoo management systems would be desirable.
Who we are looking for
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is highly desirable and experience of working with a wide range of animal taxon groups is also desirable. You must also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and good animal management skills. You must be a team player, have excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate a quality approach to your work. A full UK driving license is desirable.
We have several temporary contracts available for cover positions ranging from 3 months to a year in duration, the earliest available from October. The working hours are between 22.5 to 37.5 hours per week depending on the post (annualized figure) and the posts all involve weekend and occasional evening work.
As a Charity, first and foremost, we work hard to make sure our benefits package is competitive and attractive. As well as the fundamental benefits like salary and pension, we offer other rewards that can help you financially, can make work a bit easier and make life outside of work a lot more fun!
For an experienced candidate, this is an opportunity to join a team that aims to be dynamic and innovative, if you have qualified with the DMZAA please mark your application for the post of Qualified Keeper. For someone new to the profession, this is an ideal learning environment, please mark your application for the post of Trainee Keeper. For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.
Closing date: Sunday 8 October 2017
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