Vacancies

2015 promises to be an exciting year here at Twycross Zoo and we are looking forward to seeing some great new developments around the park, including:

  • Gibbon Forest – a large indoor/outdoor visitor experience containing several moats. This will help us to showcase our extensive and precious collection of gibbons
  • Giraffe Savanah – a new development which will be located by the elephant walkway

 

 

PERMANENT ROLES

 

Animal Keeper: Great Apes

 

We currently have a vacancy for an Animal Keeper to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape; gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
  • Commitment to continual professional development
  • A good team worker
  • 2 years zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification

 

The role is permanent and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum (pro rata).

 

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

 

Closing date: Sunday 31st May 2015 or once sufficient applications have been received.

 

 

 

 

 

SEASONAL ROLES

 

 

Education Administrator

Temporary Contract (immediate start upto 31st July)

 

 

We currently have a vacancy for an Education Administrator to assist the Discovery and Learning Team with group bookings and other administrative tasks.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take bookings for Discovery programmes, including schools programmes and other groups as necessary
  • Maintain accurate records for all bookings
  • Process payments and ensure invoices are created for all payments
  • Handle enquiries from visitors in a helpful, courteous and timely manner

 

If you meet these requirements and possess good people management and communication skills with a flexible and calm approach to work, we would like to hear from you.

 

The successful applicant is required for an immediate start and will work on a temporary basis until 31st July 2015.  Contracts are ‘zero hours’ and shifts are allocated by mutual agreement which may require you to work up to 5 days out of 7.

 

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20 and £6.31 at age 21 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

 

This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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.