Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trainee Animal Keeper

Trainee Animal Keeper

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile
ZSL is seeking a Trainee Animal Keeper on the HUB region of the animal department, within the Farm and sealions area at Whipsnade Zoo.

The main role of a Trainee Keeper is to manage the day to day operational duties relating to animal husbandry and visitor interaction within the HUB Section specifically within the Farm area. This is directed day to day by the section Team Leader or other key senior animal department staff within the section. The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas to the required standard
  • Be comfortable with interacting with visitors.
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work within a diverse team.
  • Assist on other sections as required.

Person Specification
The successful candidate will:

  • Practical experience of animal management with domestic farm animals, hoof stock and equids
  • Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections
  • Willingness to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked
  • Proven practical work experience within this field
  • Be reliable and have good time-keeping and attendance record
  • A full driving license is also required.

To Learn more or apply please click HERE

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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