Vacancies

Animal Keeper: Great Apes

 

Twycross Zoo holds a large variety of primates – every species of great ape (gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, orang-utan) plus a range of other species.  We have impressive breeding records for many of these species and recent changes to husbandry practices have enabled more natural groupings and enclosure modifications. We have more to do!

We are going through an exciting period of change as this zoo develops and so are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward.

Currently we have a vacancy for an Animal Keeper on the Great Apes section. The section manages all the great ape taxa.  This is a key role which will involve working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping; as well as interacting with the zoo visitors and assisting with the training and development of staff.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, high performing individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management. You will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a keeper and demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species.  You must be a good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills and be committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff.  An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, would be advantageous.

The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org.

Closing date: Friday 18th July 2014

Deputy Section Head: Large Mammals

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head on the Large Mammals section, with a core working focus on elephants. The Large Mammals section is comprised of a variety of hoofstock, carnivores and our herd of 5 Asian elephants.  This is a key role which will involve working on the section, supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry, as well as developing and training staff and taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff.

We are seeking a high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record of working with and training elephants in a protected contact system, with good experience of managing and administering elephant foot care.  Experience of managing an elephant calf would also be desirable.

A minimum of 5 years’ experience is essential for this role, with some of this time having been spent supervising other staff.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species on the section.  You must be a good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills and committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff.  An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, would be advantageous.

 The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org.

Closing date: As soon as a suitable applicant has been appointed.

Catering and Events

The catering provision at Twycross Zoo is provided in partnership with Centreplate. For details of current vacancies please follow the link and click on Midlands & Wales - http://www.centerplate.co.uk/career-opportunities

 

Information for potential zookeepers

Zookeeping is a highly competitive career and positions in animal collections such as Twycross Zoo are highly sought after.  Applicants for any of our animal keeping vacancies would need to have a relevant, animal-related qualification such as National Certificate/Diploma in Animal Care or Animal Management or a degree in a subject such as Animal Behaviour, Animal Science or Zoology.

For trainee keepers, practical, hands-on experience is very important, so get as much animal-based experience as possible, preferably with zoo animals.  For higher grades, you will need to have several years’ relevant experience in order to be considered.

The British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) website has further information on careers in zoos.

 Important information for all applicants

  • If applying for a current vacancy, please state clearly which role you are applying for in the subject line of your email application.
  • Unfortunately we do not keep candidate details or CVs on file and therefore cannot accept speculative applications.