Vacancies

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 with the opening of Gibbon Forest in 2016.

 

PERMANENT ROLES

 

Deputy Team Leader : Great Apes

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Team Leader 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
  • Supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry
  • Developing, supervising and training staff
  • Taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff within the Great Apes section

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • High performing and enthusiastic
  • Proven track record of working with Great Apes
  • 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.

 

 

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
  • 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.

 

 

 Animal Stores Co-ordinator

 

A new role has been created for an Animal Stores Co-ordinator to co-ordinate, monitor, source and order supplies for the animal department which comprises of 4 sections: Great Apes, Primates, Large Mammals and Birds & Pets.   The successful candidate will have strong organisational skills and take a hands-on approach, being confident in handling all types of produce including meat and fish in frozen and fresh forms.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop the animal stores and goods ordering processes to improve efficiency
  • Ensure stock is controlled, monitored, organised and rotated (general stores, dry feed, fresh and frozen food)
  • Source competitively priced alternatives
  • Receive, unload and organise deliveries and donations
  • Assist in the management of budgets in conjunction with the Curator of Living Collections
  • Collect goods and donations using zoo vehicles as required
  • Assist with stock movement around the site
  • Ensure animal stores, barn, centralised kitchen and yard areas are maintained to a high level of cleanliness and tidiness

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Strong organisational skills in both operational and administrative areas
  • Good communication skills with a calm and approachable manner
  • Good IT skills (word, excel) and basic mathematical competence
  • Experience in stores management desirable
  • Full valid driving licence essential and willingness to undertake training on operation of zoo vehicles
  • Self-motivated and independent with ability to work well within the broader zoo team
  • Physically fit for the required tasks including daily manual handling

 

The role is permanent full-time working 40 hours per week Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700 with 1 hour’s unpaid break and may include occasional weekend working.  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.

 

 

TEMPORARY ROLES

 

 

Senior Animal Keeper : Great Apes

(Temporary Contract : Likely to last 9 months)

 

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 4 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 temporary expected to last 9 months to cover maternity leave.  The role is a full time position (working on average 5 days out of 7) and includes 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.

 

 

SEASONAL ROLES

 

 

Education Ranger

(Temporary Contract : Likely to last 6 months)

 

We currently have vacancies for one Education Ranger who will support the team during our Summer season.  With an immediate start, this role is offered on a temporary, zero hours contract basis.  Hours are allocated by mutual agreement and you may be required to work up to 5 days out of 7 dependent upon visitor numbers and weather conditions.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver presentations and activities
  • Staff exhibits and facilitate visitor engagement
  • Handle enquiries from visitors
  • Some assistance with the delivery of pre-booked educational programmes
  • Assistance with production high quality resources for educational activities

Key Skills and Requirements

  • Excellent presentation skills and great customer service
  • A zoo-related qualification would be desirable
  • An Education-related qualification and/or experience would be advantageous
  • Experience handling small animals

 

Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20, £7.05 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.  Uniform is also provided

To apply for this position, 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.

 

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.