P/T Zookeeper/Presenter – Zoo2U

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Part time Zoo keeper/Presenter

Zoo2U Discovery Centre, Alsager ST72UB

Zoo2U are recruiting for a part time Animal Keeper/Presenter, working 2 to 3 days per week. We are looking for a confident, outgoing, passionate and experienced individual to join our small but growing friendly company/team. This position may lead to a full time contract.

The Company

Zoo2U is a family run business with a heart for outreach into the local community. Our mission is to ‘Interact, Educate and Inspire’ with all those we come into contact with. Zoo2U has hand picked a unique collection of exotic animals, which in turn create a varied adaptable team suitable for all occasions. The animals are all friendly and are comfortable interacting with humans, which means that Zoo2U can offer a unique hands-on animal encounter. Zoo2U offers close encounters with exotic animals and tailor their experiences to meet educational school curriculum requirements, while offering kids clubs, children’s parties, fairs and fetes, therapy for special needs and even corporate events! Zoo2U is a zoo licensed centre which also operates pre-booked experiences on site.

The Candidate

You will have a relevant animal related qualification and at least two years experience in the zoological industry. You must have presented talks/demonstrations to audiences of varying ages and abilities. You will be dedicated and passionate about animal welfare and be willing to represent the company to a very high standard. You will hold a current clean driving licence and be able to use both a manual and automatic vehicle.

Your role will include daily husbandry tasks for our diverse range of animals. You will use a variety of methods to enrich and stimulate the animals in your care. You will ensure best practice and compliance with health and safety regulations. You will always strive to improve zoo management standards. You will have a minimum of 2 years working within the zoo industry, ideally with practical knowledge of reptiles, birds and mammals. You will be expected to give public talks to a high standard and keep detailed animal records. You will be hard working, physically fit, enthusiastic and reliable. You will be an excellent timekeeper and have a keen eye for detail. You will already put animal welfare at the centre of everything you do. You will be required to be a team player, however, you may also find yourself working alone on some days. You will be required to expand the services offered by Zoo2U, through suggesting new idea's and working closely with the management team to ensure the ideas become a reality. This position would suit someone who is keen to advance their career, with potential progression into a full time role.

Responsibilities:

Daily animal husbandry

Maintenance of animal enclosures/public areas

Public presentations onsite and at a variety of outreach and therapy events/sessions

Liaising with veterinarians

Daily monitoring of animal health and well being, and administering preventative/curative treatment

Essentials

Relevant qualification(s)

Public speaking skills

Organisational skills

Clean driving license

Knowledge of manual record keeping

Non-smoker

Minimum 2 years’ industry experience is required. Ideally with:

Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of reptiles, including lizards, tortoises and non-venomous snakes

Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of birds, including parrots, raptors and kingfishers

Practical knowledge/experience of husbandry techniques for a variety of mammals, including hedgehogs, tenrecs, skunks, meerkats, opossums

Desirable

Teaching qualifications

First aider

Current CRB/DBS

Falconry experience

Please apply in writing enclosing a full CV and covering letter to melissa@zoo2u.co.uk

Closing Date

25th January 2019


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