Closing date: 23rd May 2019
Full time, permanent
Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, is home to the largest breeding herd of African elephants in the UK. Through our conservation organisation, The Aspinall Foundation, we protect numerous forest elephants in Africa.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our small team of dedicated elephant keepers. Previous experience of working with animals is essential for this role, but not necessarily with elephants. We do expect candidates to show a passion for elephant welfare and some knowledge of current conservation issues. The position may include helping on the Park’s Hoofstock section from time to time.
This is a physically demanding job. Duties will include heavy lifting and strenuous cleaning, as well as enclosure maintenance, browse cutting, grass strimming and operation of vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks (training will be given).
Candidates must have excellent observation skills and be computer literate. Being comfortable talking to visitors would be an advantage.
Candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours. The position is 40 hours per week, generally be 8am to 5pm, 5 days a week. This position is paid at the national minimum wage for a trainee keeper, rising with experience to £8.50 per hour, with a living out allowance of £2,500 a year if on-site accommodation is not needed.
Please note: A full manual driving licence is essential for this role.
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.