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

 

Director of Life Sciences

 

We are keen to recruit a dynamic and knowledgeable Director of Life Sciences to help lead the organisation forward.  The Director of Life Sciences is a key member of the Executive Team, and will be working closely with and supporting managers.  We are firm believers that our employees are our greatest asset and we are looking for a Director of Life Sciences who can provide strong leadership on a daily basis.

 

The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing this department which will allow us to continue to grow and fulfil its mission.

 

This crucial role will also be responsible for:

  • Leading on all aspects of the life sciences department strategy and operational aspects
  • Overall management of staff within the life science departments
  • Act for the Zoo as a liaison with Defra, EAZA, BIAZA and other legal entities concerned with zoo legislation
  • Represent the Zoo in the media
  • Maintain and develop relationships with key political and academic partners
  • Be conversant with relevant codes of practice and legislation, ensure compliance with the zoo licensing act and other relevant legislation; drive best practice in the zoo community

 

The successful candidate must have at least 4 years’ experience as a senior manager in a zoo or closely related field and hold a higher degree and / or further professional postgraduate qualification in a relevant veterinary or biological field.  They will also possess a good working knowledge of the roles, goals and objectives of the modern zoo.  Having previously held a position with managerial responsibilities and having successfully led teams that have contributed to improvement, they must be able to demonstrate innovative thinking.   They will, in addition, possess the interpersonal skills and the vision to be both an effective leader and an influential team member of the Zoo’s senior management.

 

The role is on a permanent, full time basis. Salary is paid monthly, with an annual holiday entitlement of 34 days (inclusive of bank holidays) and a 5% employer’s pension contribution (after qualifying period).

 

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter and 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.

 

 

Financial Controller

 

We currently have a vacancy within our Finance Team for a Financial Controller. The successful applicant will support the Director of Finance by producing accurate, relevant and timely accounts and management information which complies with statutory and charity regulatory requirements.  The Financial Controller will also work as part of the operational management team representing finance and providing finance business partner support to the team.

 

The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of a charitable group statutory reporting framework and experience of managing an efficient and effective team.  They will be responsible for:

  • ensuring accounting records are current and accurately represent the group financial position of the organisation
  • preparing the monthly reporting cycle to the Finance Committee and, as necessary, the Trustees
  • maintain and develop relevant and timely financial performance management information
  • continuing development and integration of the Zoo’s Finance ethos
  • developing and improving financial processes and procedures to ensure accounting records are accurate and support the management accounting process
  • managing the employee payroll
  • leading on the Zoo’s Gift Aid and VAT reporting and compliance
  • preparing, guiding and supporting the annual budget process
  • managing the annual statutory audit process

 

The ideal candidate must be ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified, with at least 5 years’ previous technical experience (preferably charitable) and managing a team.  They should also have excellent all-round IT skills.  Good communication (written and verbal) and organisational skills are also essential.

 

The role is a permanent, full time position.  Salary is paid monthly, 31 days holiday per annum, 5% employer’s pension contribution (after qualifying period).

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Discovery and Learning Manager

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Discovery and Learning Manager within our Discovery team.

 

The award winning Discovery Team teaches over 25,000 children each year through curriculum linked and STEM agenda based sessions as well as delivering school holiday and weekend programmes and visitor engagement opportunities across the site.

 

The Discovery and Learning Manager will report to the Director of Discovery and Learning and will be responsible for leading the Discovery Team in providing an exceptional standard of service to public visitors and visiting groups of students across all key stages.  We are looking for an inspirational leader and educator with innovative educational ideas that can be used across the site to engage and inspire our visitors to take action to support conservation of nature.

 

The successful candidate will have significant experience in developing, delivering and evaluating educational programmes designed to encourage behaviour change. Knowledge of the educational strategies that engage visitors in learning is very important and an understanding of zoos and their operation is advantageous. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

 

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter giving details of your current salary to recruitment@twycrosszoo.org

Closing Date: 31st May 2017

 

 

Discovery Team Leader

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Team Leader within our Discovery team.

 

The key purpose of this role is to improve knowledge of conservation and welfare by delivering a high standard of varied educational activities to all ages.

 

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead on development of formal and informal education programmes for schools, community groups and other sectors
  • Expand current programme to increase income for the department
  • Preparation of sessions for groups from pre-school to undergraduate
  • Responsible for management of direct reports
  • Produce educational marketing and promotional material

 

Key Skills & Requirements:

The successful applicant will have a degree (or equivalent level qualification) in a Zoo-related subject and, ideally, will hold a teaching qualification or have significant teaching experience.  Excellent presentation skills are essential along with an outgoing and confident personality and supervisory experience. Experience in handling small animals (mammals and exotics) would be preferred.

 

This is a full time position, 5 days out of 7, including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide 31 days holiday per annum.

 

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

Closing Date: 31st May 2017

 

 

Fundraising Officer – Part Time (2 days/wk)

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Fundraising Officer to join our team to generate income through a pipeline of trusts and grants.

 

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing applications for small, medium and large trusts and funds, writing inspirational and compelling reports to ensure success.  The individual will also be expected to deliver against income generation targets.

 

The successful candidate will have significant experience in developing, delivering and evaluating applications.  Knowledge and an understanding of zoos and their operation is advantageous. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

 

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter giving details of your current salary 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

 

 

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.