Vacancies

Human Resources Assistant

 

We are looking to recruit a Human Resources Assistant to support the day to day work of a busy HR team in an organisation employing circa 110 permanent staff and a temporary workforce which peaks at circa 80 in peak summer season.

 

The main duties are as follows:

 

  • maintaining employee files both manual and electronic form; recording training records, absence events, staff correspondence and employment terms
  • recruitment; placing adverts, co-ordinating applications, short-listing for some roles, arranging interviews and assessment centres, carrying out first day inductions, generating contracts of employment, obtaining references
  • producing statistical information; compiling reports, headcount, turnover etc
  • administering and co-ordinating work experience placements
  • providing a friendly, efficient and confidential first point of contact for manager and employee queries

 

The successful candidate will have a strong HR administration background with excellent organisational skills and a high level of accuracy and confidentiality.  Ideally, you will have experience in a similar role.  Qualified or part-qualified in HR either CIPD or equivalent is desirable.

 

You must be able to prioritise with confidence and communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation, and have a good working knowledge of all Microsoft packages, including spreadsheet work and report generating.

 

This is a permanent position working 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday or 5 days out of 7.

 

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

 

Closing date for applications: As soon as a suitable applicant has been appointed or sufficient applications have been received.

 

Team Leader – Maintenance

 

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 Team Leader, responsible for Mechanical & Electrical section in our Maintenance Team.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • Sufficient knowledge of electrical, plumbing and mechanical areas to be able to supervise a team
  • Day to day responsibility for effective line management of staff
  • Planning work rotas and assigning appropriate resources to projects
  • Assessing job requirements and requesting materials in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that the mechanical, plumbing and electrical requirements for the organisation are met
  • Working on the job as required by the work schedule
  • Ensuring staff are adequately trained to ensure legal compliance, that new staff are properly inducted and manage the performance 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.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform.  Required to work weekends on a rota basis.

 

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

 

Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with elephants

 

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 and plans for ape developments also going ahead.

 

With the expansion of our Large Mammals collection, we now have a vacancy for a Senior Keeper on this section, which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat, Kirk’s dik dik, Asian elephant and giraffe.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
  • training and record keeping
  • interacting with zoo visitors
  • assisting with the training and development of staff

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with elephants
  • enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
  • substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
  • good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
  • commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • previous experience of supervising and training staff
  • zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.