(Salary dependant on experience)
Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation; a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.
For the right candidate, this position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from Honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to the breeding programmes of species such as Asian wild dogs and Clouded leopards.
The position is full time, working five days a week and will include weekends and bank holidays. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, butchery, conduct basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks, and record keeping. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards future plans for the section.
We are looking for someone with proven previous experience gained in a similar mainstream zoological collection. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare, a sound knowledge of health and safety practices, and a good taxonomic understanding of carnivores. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages, and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone and unsupervised. Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this. The role is physically demanding and will involve some heavy lifting, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties. A valid full UK driving licence is essential.
Single person accommodation may be available with this position.
To Apply: Please email your full C.V. and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
or send to Human Resources Department, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 10 January 2018
All applicants must have right to work in the UK
Please visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us.
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