Vacancies

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

 

 

Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Large Mammals section which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including Asian elephant, giraffe zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat and Kirk’s dik dik.

 

Key Responsibilities:

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

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with hoofstock and carnivores, and/or preferably experience of managing elephants in protected contact
  • 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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 Deputy Team Leader: Large Mammals

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Team Leader to work on our Large Mammals section. This area 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:

  • 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 zoo animal management
  • 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

 

The role is on a permanent contract and is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) , including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly with and 31 days paid holiday per annum (pro-rata).  Uniform is also provided

 

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.