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

 

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.

 

 

Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

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 elephant, 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 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.

 

 

TEMPORARY / SEASONAL ROLES

 

Guest Services Rangers & Retail Assistants

(Temporary Contracts until 10th September 2017)

 

 

2017 promises to be an exciting year here at Twycross Zoo as we continue to develop and deliver our masterplan. This includes our newly-opened Gibbon Forest – a large indoor/outdoor visitor experience containing several moats which will help us to showcase our extensive and precious collection of gibbons.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Enthusiastic team members to join the Guest Services and Retail departments of our award-winning animal collection
  • Individuals with exceptional customer service and communication skills – these are essential requirements to make sure our customers have a great day out
  • The ability to be a multi-skilled customer service assistant – you will be involved in a number of aspects of the visitor experience, including providing a friendly and professional welcome, ensuring visitors are up to date with the latest zoo information, operating tills, driving sales and working at our Soft Play facility
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness across the site is also an essential requirement
  • People who are able to arrange their own transport due to our rural location

 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • Training in all aspects of the job
  • Set in more than 80-acres, with around 500 animals of almost 150 species, Twycross Zoo is a great place to work
  • Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18-20, £6.95 at ages 21-24 and £7.20 at age 25 and above (minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons) (Rates are subject to review from 1st April)
  • You will work on a temporary basis from 18th March to 10th September 2017, including bank holidays, weekends and school holidays. Contracts are ‘zero hours’ and shifts are allocated by mutual agreement which may require you to work up to 5 days out of 7
  • Staff membership card, giving you free entry to the zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets
  • Free allocation of tickets to share with family and friends (depending on the number of hours you work)
  • Free car parking

 

If you would like to be part of our team, we would like to hear from you now.  Please follow our application process by visiting http://www.twycrosszoojobs.co.uk.  Shortlisted applicants will then be contacted and invited to one of our group Assessment Centres which will be held 4th & 8th March 2017.

 

The closing date for these roles is 28th February 2017

 

 

 

Education Officer

(Temporary Contract Expected To Last 6 Months)

 

We currently have a vacancy for an Education Officer within our Education Department.  This role is on a temporary basis for a period of 6 months to support the Education Department during its peak time.  Reporting to the Discovery & Learning Manager, the key purpose of this role is to prepare and deliver classroom based learning to groups of students from pre-school age up to undergraduate level and produce educational material for the Zoo.  You will also be involved in the delivery of school holiday clubs and activities and marketing the Zoo’s educational services and dealing with enquiries from the public and visitors.

 

The successful applicant will have a degree in a Zoo-related subject and will have significant teaching experience.  Excellent presentation skills are essential along with an outgoing and confident personality.  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.

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.

 

 

 

 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.