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

Veterinary Nurse

 

A permanent position has become available for an experienced qualified Veterinary Nurse, to become part of our busy team.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the veterinary facilities
  • Delivering the preventative medicine programme and triaging cases
  • Dispensing medication
  • Assisting with health checks and clinical procedures
  • Record keeping
  • Training staff on veterinary procedures

 

Key Skills & Requirements

  • Qualified, experienced, RCVS registered veterinary nurse
  • Dedicated to animal health and welfare
  • Good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
  • Efficient and organised
  • Flexibility
  • Enthusiastic, high performing and motivated
  • Committed to continued professional development of yourself, other staff and students

 

We are a clinical associate of the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and as an expanding teaching centre we teach final year veterinary students throughout the year.  Experience in the use of ZIMS would be helpful and zoo-based nursing practice, knowledge of anaesthetic darting, along with experience of large animals would be advantageous.

 

The role is full time, working 5 days out of 7, including weekend duties as part of a veterinary team rota.  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

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Guest Services Rangers

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Enthusiastic team members to join the Guest Services and Retail departments of this award-winning animal collection
  • Friendly, welcoming individuals with exceptional customer service and communication skills – these are essential requirements to make sure our customers have a great day out
  • The ability to be a multi-skilled customer service assistant; you will be involved in a number of aspects of the visitor experience, including providing a friendly and professional welcome, ensuring visitors are up to date with the latest zoo information, operating tills, driving sales and working at our new Soft Play facility
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness across the site is also an essential requirement

 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • Training in all aspects of the job
  • Set in more than 80-acres, with around 500 animals of almost 150 species, Twycross Zoo is a great place to work
  • Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20 and £6.50 at age 21 and above (minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons)
  • You will work on a temporary basis throughout the Spring/Summer period (from Easter to September), including bank holidays, weekends and school holidays.  Contracts are ‘zero hours’ and shifts are allocated by mutual agreement which may require you to work up to 5 days out of 7.
  • Staff membership card, giving you free entry to the zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets (after 1 month’s service)
  • Free allocation of tickets to share with family and friends (depending on the number of hours you work)
  • Free car parking

 

If you would like to be part of our team, we would like to hear from you now.  Please register your details at http://www.twycrosszoojobs.co.uk

Successful applicants will be invited to one of our assessment centres, which will be held in June.

Due to the number of applications we receive for seasonal positions, we will only contact you again if you are successful in reaching the next stage of the recruitment process.

The closing date for these roles is 22nd May 2015.

 

 

 

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.