Animal Team Leader (Hoofed stock section)
Location: RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Animal Team Leader to work within the Living Collections team at Edinburgh Zoo. To operate effectively in this role, it is essential that you have experience at senior zoo keeper level or have sufficient practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment. You will also require extensive experience working with and managing a range of animal taxon groups, but in particular ungulates. Experience working with large mammals such as rhinoceros and giraffes are particularly desirable, and the ideal candidate would be experienced in working in a protected contact style with these taxa. 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. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and practice of building and maintaining external networks of stakeholders and partnerships and will have a practical understanding of conservation and zoo biology. Experience of working in a supervisory or managerial role is essential preferably underpinned by formal management training.
Who we are looking for
It is a requirement of this role that you will have passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) or a directly equivalent zoo husbandry qualification. 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, with strong leadership skills. You must have excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate a quality approach to your work. A full UK driving license is desirable. A working knowledge of ZIMS, SPARKS and other zoo management systems would be desirable.
This is a full time permanent position where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week (annualized figure) and the post involves 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! 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: Sunday 24 June 2018
We are the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RSZZ), and for over 100 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity as well as an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction. Through our two sites, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, we provide unique and memorable experiences and engage with nearly 750,000 visitors per year in the wonders of the natural world, taking care of over 1,000 rare and endangered animals in safe and stimulating surroundings.
Our Mission: Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction.
Registered Charity No: SC004064
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