Thursday, March 22, 2018

Section Head – Large Mammals

Section Head – Large Mammals

Permanent – Full time – 40 hours per week.

Due to the restructuring of the Animal Department, award winning Blackpool Zoo is looking for an experienced Section Head, to oversee the day to day running and future development of one of its animal sections.

The role dictates that a ‘hands on’ approach will be required and an emphasis on coaching of individuals and team building. You will need to be able to manage and priorities a diverse workload and have problem solving skills. 

As well as being responsible for your section, you will also be part of the Senior
Animal Management team within the zoo. In this role, you will help to develop and
move forward the animal department in a new and exciting time within Blackpool Zoo’s history.

You will need to be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable.
 A minimum of 5 years zoo keeping experience with at least 3 years with large mammals, plus proven people management skills and the DMZAA  course, or equivalent, are essential.

The section currently maintains animal species ranging from Giraffe, Red & Grey Kangaroo, Bongo, Sitatunga, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Vicuna, Tapir, Reindeer, Lions, Amur Tigers, Iberian Wolves, Anteater, Aardvark, Red River Hog and Ratites. Although experience with big cats is not essential, it would be desirable.

A full driving license is essential.
We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to further your career within the zoological world.
Blackpool Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period);
•        28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) rising to 33 days after 5 years.
•        Work place pension
•        Company sick pay (after 1 year service)
•        Branded uniform provided (as required)
•        Relevant internal and external training provided
•        Free entry to our 2 aquariums for staff and immediate family
•        Complimentary tickets
•        Discount in our catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
•        Free staff parking
•        Company life cover
•        Childcare vouchers

Subsidised single occupancy (on site) accommodation will be available with this post, if required.

Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernization and development process.
The Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specializes in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates over 60 parks around the world and attracts over 20million visitors

The closing date for applications: 21st April 2018

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Mrs Anita Bubbins, Personnel Manager, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY3 8PP or by email to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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