Wednesday, February 14, 2018

C.E.O, Executive Director

C.E.O, Executive Director

Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Shaldon Wildlife Trust, a conservation charity in the South West, is highly regarded within the zoo community despite its modest size and is an active member of both BIAZA and EAZA.  It houses a wide range of conservation-sensitive species including smaller primates, a range of small mammals, some birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. 53% of the animal collection is listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List and most species are part of EEP programmes. The Trust supports no less than 8 in-situ projects in Asia, South America and Madagascar.

We are seeking a high-performing individual who has the enthusiasm and drive to embrace this challenging position.  The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Trust including on-site security, Health & Safety, other legislative responsibilities such as zoo licensing and preparing regular reports for the Board of Trustees. The job entails a 40 hour 5-day working week including weekend rotas.

This is a demanding role for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and passionate individual.
Salary is Circa £22500 pa with the possibility of accommodation, to be discussed at the interview process.

The three permanent members of staff are supported by a large work force of volunteers.  The Trust also provides training and work experience for a wide range of students at all academic levels.  You must be committed to professional development of yourself and other staff.

Duties include:

•        Day to day administration of the Trust
•        Daily zoo-based tasks such as food preparation and enclosure maintenance etc
•        Dealing with visitors, volunteers and Trust members
•        Recruitment and training of staff and volunteers
•        Organising fundraising events and grant applications
•        Preparing and depositing banking
•        Dealing with veterinary issues
•        Ordering, collecting supplies and dealing with suppliers
•        Preparing press releases and dealing with the media generally including social networks
•        Representing the Trust at relevant zoo meetings within the UK and overseas
•        Liaising with BIAZA and EAZA regularly
•        Liaison and support as well as fund raising for our field conservation partners.

The ideal candidate will have:

•        A true understanding of the conservation and educational role of zoos
•        Exceptional inter-personal & leadership skills and a hands-on approach
•        A proven track record of managing staff and working with volunteers
•        Knowledge and experience of marketing, PR and fundraising
•        Business/administration management skills including responsibility for budgets
•        Cash handling and reconciliation
•        Proficiency in IT
•        A full driving license

Other desirable qualities:

•        Practical building and maintenance skills
•        An interest in horticulture
•        Possession of a fire arms license or a willingness to train
•        Experience in using Species 360 software (ZIMS)
•        Experience in creative media such as Photoshop

For more information about this role, please contact the current Director Nic Dunn directly at

Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to:

Or by mail to:

Helen Madley, Chair of the board of trustees
Shaldon Wildlife Trust
Ness Drive
TQ14 0HP

Please note that we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. We would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.
All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submission. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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