Animal Presenter – Trainees
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Animal Presenter - Trainee 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.
This is a 35 hours per week, fixed Term position for 12 weeks available for an immediate start, until approx. end Feb 2019
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 are 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: Thursday 6th December 2018
Invitation to interview will be by email/phone and interviews will take place on Friday 14th December 2018
We are the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS), 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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