Senior Animal Keeper/Research Liaison (Great Apes) – Twycross

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Senior Animal Keeper / Research Liaison Officer (Great Apes)

East Midland Zoological Society has been running Twycross Zoo for almost 60 years in the heart of Atherstone. We are an award-winning conservation and science-led zoo, and are a registered charity, welcoming over half a million people every year.

We house 500 animals which include the largest chimpanzee family in the UK and the biggest primate collection in the world. We are the only zoo in Europe to house all 4 Great Apes – Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo and Chimpanzee, and we care for some of the most endangered species to the highest welfare standards, including Sumatran Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards.

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

The Role – Senior Animal Keeper / Research Liaison Officer (Great Apes)

As a Senior Animal Keeper / Research Liaison Officer reporting to the Deputy Team Leader and Research and Conservation Manager, you’ll facilitate and manage research across the Great Apes section and ensure animal keeping is carried out to our high standards.

Your animal keeping duties will include:

  • Preparing and distributing food and water to animals
  • Observing the animals and assisting with their capture and restraint
  • Assisting with maintaining enclosures and public viewing areas
  • Motivating colleagues, assisting with the development of Trainee Keepers, and providing guidance to students and apprentices
  • Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner

Your research duties will include:

  • Managing, planning, and coordinating research projects and schedules focused on Great Ape behaviour, welfare, and cognition
  • Training and supervising researchers conducting research, and supporting them with training animals
  • Supporting researchers with data collection and developing appropriate research methodologies
  • Contributing to the dissemination of research, including written publications and public engagement in science activities
  • Offering admin support to the Research and Coordination Manager to aid research application processes and researcher / student inductions 

Our Requirements – Senior Animal Keeper / Research Liaison Officer (Great Apes)

  • Proven experience as a zookeeper, with experience facilitating research with Great Apes behaviour, welfare and cognition
  • An appropriate animal related qualification (or working towards)
  • Excellent IT skills, with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Superb communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A suitable level of physical fitness for assisting with the capture and restraint of animals as well as manoeuvring tools (including wheelbarrows)
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and without supervision, with a flexible approach to duties and working hours
  • A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose

The Package 

  • Permanent contract
  • Salary of £21,558
  • 31 days annual leave
  • Uniform
  • Staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off
  • Complimentary Twycross Zoo ticket allowance for friends and family
  • Free access to other BIAZA zoos and aquariums
  • 25% discount in the Twycross Zoo gift shop
  • 10% discount in Twycross Zoo food and beverage outlets
  • Free onsite parking
  • Star of the month award scheme
  • Access to work counselling services

You’ll work on average 5 days out of 7 per week between the hours of 8am to 6pm during the summer and 8am to 5pm during the winter months.

More About Us

Twycross Zoo is at the forefront of conservation, education and research, and we have a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme, aiming to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of visitors about our animals and their plight in the wild.

This is an exciting time to join Twycross Zoo as we have recently been awarded £20 million grant funding to develop the National Science and Conservation Centre on the Twycross Zoo site. The NSCC will support vital work around species conservation, bringing together experts in conservation science and train the next generation of conservationists, whilst offering researchers from around the world the opportunity to study the four Great Apes as well as 100 endangered species, in naturalistic complex environments. The facilities will include a lecture theatre, classrooms, and laboratories, all planned to open in 2024.

All applications for this Senior Animal Keeper / Research Liaison Officer (Great Apes) vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

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