Vacancy

Twycross Zoo is an award winning zoo and visitor attraction based in rural south Leicestershire.  Founded in 1963, it became a registered charity in 1972. Attracting 500,000 visitors each year, Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan underway.  The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection and enhanced visitor experience.  Twycross Zoo is at the forefront of conservation, education and research. It has a strong commitment to its award winning education programme which aims to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding about the animals and their plight in the wild. 

PERMANENT ROLES

Deputy Team Leader: Great Apes

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Team Leader: Great Apes.

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway. The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection.

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Team Leader to work with all four species of Great Apes (gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo).

Key Responsibilities:
• A hands-on role, working on the section
• Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry
• Developing, supervising and training staff
• Taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff within the Great Apes section

Key Skills & Requirements:
• High performing and enthusiastic
• Proven track record of working with Great Apes
• Substantial experience of zoological animal management, with at least 8 years’ relevant experience
• Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of large mammals
• Good team worker with positive outlook
• Excellent communication and IT skills
• Committed to continued professional development of yourself and others
• An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday (including bank holidays).

Please apply on-line by sending 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.

 

Cleansing Ranger

We currently have a vacancy for a Cleansing Ranger.

Responsibilities
• Undertake a high standard of cleaning across the Zoo premises including, and not exhaustive to, toilet facilities, retail outlets, general zoo grounds and office areas.
• Duties will include dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and other cleaning focused tasks across the site.
• Perform and document routine inspection of toilet facilities and conducting stock checks of cleaning supplies.
• Carry out heavy cleansing tasks and special projects as required.
• Notify management of occurring deficiencies or needs for repairs.
• Follow all health and safety regulations.

Requirements
• Proven working experience as a cleaner
• Ability to handle heavy equipment and machinery
• Basic knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies

This is a permanent position with a minimum hours of 48 per month (12 hours per week) including weekends, school holidays and Bank Holidays. Rates of pay are £5.88 – £7.65 depending on age (minimum school leaving age for Health and Safety reasons). Salary is paid monthly.

Uniform is provided, along with the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets.

Please apply on-line by sending 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.

 

Opportunities in Catering – Recruiting Now!

Levy Restaurants, part of the Compass Group and in partnership with Twycross Zoo, offers a wide range of food and beverage options to our visitors.  Since joining the team at Twycross in January 2017, Levy’s have undertaken redevelopment works across the site including refurbishment of the main restaurant area (The View) and introduction of the Vine Cafe which also offers Costa Coffee (proud to serve).

If you’re interesting in Catering, have a passion for great customer service and would like to help contribute towards our zoo’s conservation aims, please contact katie.turner@compass-group.co.uk for more details on current vacancies.

 

 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.

 

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