Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Animal Presenter – Trainees

Animal Presenter – Trainees

Location:         RZSS, Edinburgh Zoo
Salary:     Competitive

The role
Exciting opportunities have arisen for Animal Presenter - Trainees to work within the Living Collections team at Edinburgh Zoo. This physical hands-on role in a busy zoological park 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. The successful candidate will be required to deliver public engagement activities such as the Keeper Experience program, the daily talks programme, shows and animal encounters to a high standard and in a fun and engaging way meeting the needs of our visitors whilst ensuring high animal welfare and the delivery of our key messages.

Who we are looking for
To operate effectively in this role, it is desirable you hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or equivalent qualification or experience at SVQ 3 or equivalent level. Practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is also desirable and experience of working with a range of animal taxon groups would be advantageous. You should also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good animal management including dietary knowledge. Proven success in animal training or an appropriate qualification in the use of positive reinforcement training would be beneficial.

You will be an excellent communicator, with strong presentation skills. You will be comfortable working as part of a team and will build effective relationships across the organisation. Customer service will be key to this role and you must have an excellent understanding of the principals involved and how to interact with the public to ensure a memorable experience.

Working hours for the roles available are as follows and the posts will involve weekend and occasional evening work:
3 x 35 hours per week (Seasonal starting in June 2018 until 30 September 2018)
1 x 15 hour per week (Fixed Term – 31 December 2018)

The successful candidates must be able to work weekends and occasional evening work may be required.

Our Offer
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!  As well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too.  So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!

For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions.  

The closing date:             Tuesday 15 May 2018

Our Mission: Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction. Registered Charity No: SC004064

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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