Experienced Animal Keeper – Small Carnivore Section

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Experienced Animal Keeper – Small Carnivore Section

Salary: Up to £27,040.00 Per Annum DOE, Plus Desirable Benefits On-site accommodation might possibly be available.

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join our team of dedicated small carnivore keepers. Our Small carnivore keepers look after our Lynx, Serval, palace cats, Fossa, Mongoose, and many other species.

As an experienced Keeper, you will undertake all duties on the section from general husbandry including cleaning and feeding as well as enclosure maintenance and record keeping. You will help train and provide guidance to interns and volunteers. Depending on experience you may also be responsible for supervising the section, staff and assisting with the development of our trainee keepers. Conservation education plays a big role in the park so there will be plenty of opportunities for leading talks and encounters with the public.

Who are we looking for:

The ideal candidate will ideally have at least 3 years’ experience as a Keeper, which must include working with Carnivores. You will possess good all-round animal husbandry skills and be enthusiastic in contributing to the enrichment of all the carnivore species on the section. You will have awareness of current conservation issues, alongside the ability to confidently interact with the public. You will ideally have confidence around all types of carnivores, with a hands-on approach to the restraint and handling of animals where necessary.

This is a physically demanding position so candidates must have a good level of physical fitness. A full valid driving licence is essential. Gun licence, Trailer driving, strimmer experience and other machinery use would be advantageous. Holding a recognised Animal Management qualification and knowledge of H&S including risk assessments would also be desirable.

Contract details:

This is a full-time, permanent position working 40 hours per week, five days out of seven and will include weekends and bank holidays. A flexible approach to working hours is essential in any animal job. All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. A reliable mode of transport is recommended due to our remote location.

The location:

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is a world-renowned wild animal park set within 600 acres of Kentish savannah. The Reserve is home to some of the world’s most rare and endangered animals and offers luxury short breaks accommodation, free roaming animal safaris, once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters and exquisite dining experiences. Most importantly, every one of our employees is part of real conservation in action and their efforts have contributed to animals such as black rhino and western lowland gorillas being returned to their natural habitats in collaboration with our partners at The Aspinall Foundation.

Why you should join us:

We’re on a mission to create memorable experiences that matter, and our Core Values ‘One Team’, Customer’ and ‘Pride’ are what drive us each day to become part of something extraordinary. As well as walking to work surrounded by the calls of Howler monkeys and the roars from our pride of Lions, you will join a supportive team who are passionate about their place of work.

Be part of the Port Lympne and Howletts family and join our pride.

You can also expect a host of other roarsome benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave inclusive of bank holidays, pro-rata to start date, rising with length of service.

  • Living out allowance or onsite accommodation.

  • Comprehensive training and development opportunities, including workshops and e-


  • Enhanced Sickness, Maternity and Paternity Policies.

  • Unlimited free entry for you and a person of your choice into both of our parks as well as

    friends and family tickets.

  • Exceptional discounts on food, retail and accommodation at our parks.

  • Numerous retail discounts and access to a 24-hour counselling line through our Healthy

    Extras Scheme.

  • Company Pension

  • And many more length or service-related rewards and Benefits.

    Your adventure awaits. #joinourpride

    Closing date: Monday 1st July 2024
    To apply: If you want to work in an exciting and unique environment where no two days are the

    same, email your C.V. and covering letter to personnel@aspinallfoundation.org Visit our website: www.aspinallfoundation.org to find out more about us. 

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