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

 

 

Animal Keeper: Great Apes

 

We currently have a vacancy for an Animal Keeper to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape: gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • A hands-on role, working on the section and covering all areas of daily animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, training and record keeping
  • Interacting with visitors to the zoo
  • Assisting with the supervision and training of staff

 

Key Skills & Requirements

  • A high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a keeper
  • Able to demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
  • A good team worker with a positive outlook
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • Supervisory experience advantageous
  • 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.

 

 

 

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 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
  • 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.

 

 

 

Senior Animal Keeper: Primates

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Primates section. This area manages all our small primate species including gibbons, callitrichids, cebids, guenons and lemurs.

 

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 primates
  • 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.

 

 

 

Trainee Animal Keeper: Birds & Pets

 

We currently have two vacancies for Trainee Animal Keepers to work on our Birds & Pets sections. These areas manage a range of birds and animals including hornbills, flamingos, penguins, parrots, some reptiles, small mammals, domestic animals and invertebrates. One candidate will also provide support to our primates section as and when required.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
  • Committed to continued professional development
  • A good team worker
  • Previous 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, ensuring that you specify the vacancy for which you are applying, to: recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

 

These vacancies will close on 30th April 2017, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.

 

 

 

TEMPORARY ROLES

 

 

Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

(Temporary 6 month contract)

 

We currently have a vacancy for a G2 Animal Keeper to work on our Large Mammals section which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including Asian elephants, giraffe, zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat and Kirk’s dik dik.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
  • Committed to continued professional development
  • A good team worker
  • 2 years zoo keeping experience (hoof stock, carnivores) and a relevant animal-related qualification such as ANCMZA or DZMAA.

 

The role is temporary 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.

 

 

 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.