Closing date for applications: Friday 3 May 2019
Wages £NMW to £8.30 per hour DOE
Plus a living out allowance of £2,600 per year or, possibly, on-site accommodation.
Howletts Wild Animal Park, based in Kent, is seeking a passionate, experienced, hardworking and motivated animal keeper to work with a small team of enthusiastic and likeminded keepers on our carnivore section. Howletts works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.
This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of species from honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contribute to in-situ conservation programmes. For instance, one of the team is, at present, helping care for confiscated cheetah and lion cubs in Somaliland.
The successful applicant will be expected to undertake general husbandry duties, livestock dispatch and butchery, basic enclosure furnishing, maintenance tasks, and record keeping. The company is committed to staff training and you will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities, and to contribute towards future plans for the section.
The position is full time, working five days a week and will include weekends and bank holidays.
We are looking for someone with experience gained in a similar mainstream zoological collection. Most importantly, you will have excellent standards of husbandry and welfare, a sound knowledge of health and safety practices. You must be confident in engaging with the public, familiar with basic computer software packages and have good verbal communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is also confident to work alone. Ideally, you will have gained DMZAA or an equivalent qualification, or be prepared to undertake this which the company will support. The role is physically demanding and will involve heavy lifting, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. You will also need to be comfortable working at height to perform enclosure maintenance duties.
A valid full UK driving licence is essential.
All applicants must have right to work in the UK
To apply: Please use the form below or email a CV along with a covering email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post to: Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.