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Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals)

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Job Details
  • 5438
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Atherstone, Warwickshire
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • £22,907 per annum + attractive benefits

Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals)

The East Midland Zoological Society has been running Twycross Zoo for almost 60 years in the heart of England in 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 are home to 400 animals, including one of the largest chimpanzee families in the UK, and our primate collection is up there with the best in the world! We’re the only zoo in the UK to house all four great apes and we care for many other endangered species to the highest welfare standards, including Eastern black rhino, Sumatran tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards.

In 2014, we launched our 20-year £55 million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats include our 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 (Mammals)

Reporting to the Deputy Team Leader, as a Senior Animal Keeper you will ensure a high standard of animal care in the Mammals section, which includes a range of species from domestic animals to large hoofstock and carnivores including Giraffes, Black Rhinos, Tigers, Snow Leopards, and Tapirs.

Your 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
  • Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner

Our Requirements – Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals)

  • At least 4 years proven experience as a zookeeper working with Category 1 mammals in protected contact
  • An appropriate animal related qualification such as a Science Degree or DMZAA
  • 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
  • Excellent IT skills, with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Superb communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose

The Package

  • Permanent contract
  • Salary of £22,907
  • 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
  • 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. 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. We aim to inspire visitors to support biodiversity conservation in any way they can. 

This is an exciting time to join Twycross Zoo as we have recently been awarded £20m grant funding to develop the National Science and Conservation Centre (NSCC) on the Twycross Zoo site. The NSCC will support vital work around species conservation. It will bring 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 and other endangered species, in naturalistic complex environments. The facilities will include a lecture theatre, classrooms, and laboratories, all planned to open in 2024.

Shortlisting and interviews for this Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals) role will take place while the advert is live; the vacancy will be closed as soon as the successful candidate is appointed. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

All applications for this Senior Animal Keeper (Mammals) vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

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