About the role:
The successful candidate will assist the Head Keeper in leading and inspiring our existing team of 20 keepers, overseeing the care and management of our diverse collection of animals. Taxa include primates, felids, canids, large hoofstock (including giraffe), small mammals and birds.
Flexibility is key to the successful operation of the animal department as a whole. The Assistant Head Keeper is expected to provide cover and assistance to the Head Keeper and other members of the senior ZAM team in managing the department, including providing cover for holidays and other time off. This is a supervisory role and there is a significant amount of administrative work involved.
Main Key Objectives:
You are expected to have worked full time in a zoo environment for at least 7 years. You will currently be working in a supervisory position. You will possess the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals (ANCMZA) or Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) and have extensive experience with the majority of the taxa identified above. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and a proven ability to motivate and manage staff reporting to this position.
You will have a thorough understanding and interest in modern zoo animal management, including animal enrichment and training using positive operant conditioning methods.
A full driving licence is essential; candidates should also be in possession of a firearms licence or be in a position to acquire such a licence.
You will be computer literate with an excellent understanding of Microsoft Word and ZIMS. A working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint are desirable.
Based at Banham Zoo you will work an average 40 hour week with alternate weekends off, however, working hours will be flexible and include bank holidays and occasional evenings.
Some additional weekend cover will be required to provide holiday cover.
Salary and benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and will include other company benefits
Send, either by email or post, a covering letter and application form, to Mike Woolham, Animal Manager, at either email@example.com or Mike Woolham, Zoological Society of East Anglia (Banham Zoo), The Grove, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE.
Closing date for applications is 7th September 2014 with interviews to be held the following week.
Please note that we are happy to receive a copy of your CV if available but those applicants that reach interview stage will have to complete an application form.
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