Working for Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is a unique career available nowhere else in Europe. Working closely with nearly 2000 parrots is a unique experience. Taking a part in the rehabilitation work and being involved with leading edge research programs are just some of the things we can offer.
Zoo Keeper (POSITION FILLED)
A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Animal Keeper to work within a team at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, specifically in the animal sector where the stock is predominantly psittacines. However work will also include small mammals and primates. Working on this section, it is essential that the successful candidate has bird awareness and zoo animal management experience and it is strongly preferred that they will have passed a Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or an equivalent zoo biology focused qualification. Experience of working with the general public would also be beneficial. The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of a team caring for all the species within the park and assist with our keeper volunteer programme; under the supervision of the section’s senior keeper or head keeper.
To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo environment is essential and experience of working with a range of wild animal species is desirable. You must also have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and skills about good zoo animal management. You must hold a full driving license and if the successful candidate is not formally qualified, you must be willing to acquire the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals.
Working hours are 35 hours per week (annualised figure) and the post involves weekend and occasional evening work.
Salary range for this post will be £11,266 – £17,000 dependant on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 15.03.19
How to apply:
At Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, we do often have vacancies for Volunteers to come and work alongside our current Zoo Keepers in maintaining the enclosures to gain valuable experience working with animals. If you are studying for a career within the animal management, care or veterinary sector and would like some practical experience, then we may be able to offer a positive start for you.
What is Involved?
Working with animals can be very physically demanding and will involve a high volume of cleanliness & manual labour when clearing, re-bedding and maintaining enclosures. You will be expected to assist our keepers with enclosure & aviary cleaning, general park duties, food preparation & occasional interaction with sick or injured birds or animals.
What is expected from you?
As mentioned, working with birds and animals is very physically demanding, therefore you will need to be fit and active with a positive mental attitude towards work. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn & confident with public interaction. This is important as we are an attraction for visitors and you may be required to speak with them, especially when maintaining our Walk-Through aviary environment. You will not be handling and cuddling animals on a daily basis, this position is to gain practical day-to-day experience; and you will be expected to respect the animals and current staff members at all times. Individuals must be confident with animals and birds alike, we house over 1000 parrots, therefore you will need to confidently enter aviaries during your time with us.
General Maintenance or Builders – Volunteering/Work Experience:
As Lincolnshire Wildlife Park continues to grow each year, a vast amount of general maintenance work needs to be carried out along with building new enclosures and aviaries. If you are studying a career in general maintenance or building and would like to gain some practical experience then we may be able to help.
How to apply:
You will need to provide proof of your current education and course information, as well as any previously acquired grades or work experience. Please include with this, a copy of your C.V and clear contact information for us to arrange an interview if you are successful. Please send all applications for volunteering or work experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is a very popular option and we do often get high numbers of volunteers or work experience students, so please understand if you are unsuccessful or if we cannot offer the specific dates you require. Health & Safety is paramount, therefore we are only able to accept so many volunteers each day; as all volunteers must be shadowed by a keeper during their introductory stage, no matter what qualifications or previous experience they have received.
Important Information for Applicants:
Under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, we are required to check that anyone taking employment with us has the legal right to work in the UK. All shortlisted candidates will therefore be asked to provide documentary proof of this during the interview process and we will be required to take a copy of the successful candidates’ documents before the employment commences.