Animal Keeper (Large Mammals) – Twycross Zoo

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Animal Keeper – Large Mammals

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we’ve opened a new £3.5 million world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success.

As part of our Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer our visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.

At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. We offer a diverse range of roles and are committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

With our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

What will this role of Animal Keeper entail?

As an Animal Keeper, you’ll play a key role in caring for the animals in the Large Mammals section of Twycross Zoo, such as our Giraffes, Zebras, Tapirs, Snow Leopards, Amur Leopards and Bush dogs, ensuring that animal keeping is carried out to the Zoo’s required standards. Your duties will include but not be limited to;

• Preparing and distributing food and water to animals • Learning about the animals and reporting any animal health concerns to the Section Head • Assisting with maintaining enclosures, food preparation and public viewing areas to a high standard of hygiene, cleanliness and exhibition • Motivating and encouraging colleagues, assisting with the development of Trainee Keepers and providing guidance to work experience students and apprentices • Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner, whilst working closely with the visitor experience team and delivering Animal encounters. • Willing to be trained as a first aider and to be on call as part of the Zoo's first aid duty rota

What will I need to be considered for this Animal Keeper vacancy?

• At least 3 years’ experience of animal keeping is required, with experience of working with large mammals including Hoof Stock and Big Cats preferable • An appropriate animal related qualification is essential • Superb knowledge of animals and all responsible work practices relevant to zoonotic diseases • A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to work effectively without supervision, with a flexible approach to duties and working hours

What will I receive in return?

As an Animal Keeper, you’ll receive a salary of £18,895 to £19,095, level dependent on experience in addition to great benefits including 31 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays, along with
the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets, and free onsite parking.

Contract: Fixed term contract for 12 months, ideally starting on Monday, April 15th, 2019. You’ll work an average of 43 hours per week, 5 days out of 7. Your hours will be 8am to 6pm and 8am to 5pm during the winter months.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

To apply for this position, please head over to, where you will be able to select this role and submit your CV for consideration.

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