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

 

Team Leader – Maintenance

 

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Team Leader in our Maintenance Team with responsibility for responsive maintenance.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Has a broad knowledge of maintenance strategies and techniques and the ability to use them in an innovative and cost effective way
  • Day to day responsibility for effective line management of staff
  • Planning work schedules and assigning appropriate resources to projects
  • Assessing job requirements and requesting materials in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that the maintenance requirements for the organisation are met
  • Ensuring staff are adequately trained to ensure legal compliance, that new staff are properly inducted and the performance management of direct reports
  • Work within budget
  • Work closely with other departments across the zoo

 

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 role is full time, working 5 days out of 7, working on average 41.5 hours per week.  Required to work weekends on a rota basis.  Salary is paid monthly with 31 days paid holiday per annum.  Uniform is provided.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter, including details of your salary expectations 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.

 

 

Trainee Animal Keeper: Birds and Pets

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Trainee Animal Keeper to work across our Birds & Tropical and Pets@Twycross sections. These areas manage a range of birds and animals including hornbills, flamingos, penguins, parrots, some reptiles, small mammals, domestic animals and invertebrates.

 

Key Skills:

  • Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
  • Commitment to continual professional development
  • A good team worker

 

The role is permanent, part-time (10 days out of 21) and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum (pro rata).

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter (detailing your salary expectations) 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.

 

 

Deputy Section Head: Elephants

 

The elephants section comprises a herd of 5 Asian elephants, which includes two mother/daughter pairings, ranging in age from 12 months to 30 years old.  A new grass paddock and raised visitor walkway with viewing area was completed last summer to complement the large sand paddock and pool.

 

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 Large Mammals section

 

Key Skills & Requirements

  • High performing and enthusiastic
  • Proven track record of working with elephants in a protected contact system
  • Good experience of elephant foot care
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience preferred
  • Able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the natural history and management of elephants
  • Good team worker with positive outlook
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • An animal related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA

 

This is a full time position, including weekend duties on a rota system.  Salary is dependant on experience and is paid monthly. We provide uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution and free single accommodation.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter (detailing your salary expectations) 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.

 

Research & Conservation Coordinator

 

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 starting with Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest in 2015.

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Research & Conservation Coordinator in our Life Sciences area who will be responsible for developing the research and conservation remit of the Zoo.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director of Life Sciences to develop the research and conservation remit of the zoo, liaising with researchers and universities
  • Carry out all administration and student management relating to research and conservation
  • Liaise with conservation organisations in accordance with the Conservation Strategy
  • Assist the Director of Life Sciences in the development of Memoranda of Understanding with key institutions and the implementation of such agreements
  • Manage the zoo’s library
  • Promote, and continue to develop, the public engagement activities pertaining to research and conservation and generate items for internal and external communication of science

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Educated to MSc level in an animal-science related subject
  • Good computer skills and proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint
  • Ideally previous experience in a similar role
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work to a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
  • A good understanding of the role of the modern zoo

 

The role is permanent, full-time (5 days out of 7), salary is paid monthly with 31 days holiday per annum.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter (detailing your salary expectations) 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.

 

 

SEASONAL ROLES

Catering

The catering provision at Twycross Zoo is provided in partnership with Centerplate, specialists in venue and event catering.  For details of current vacancies please follow the link and click on Midlands vacancies: 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.