Working for Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is a unique experience 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.
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 2000 parrots, therefore you will need to enter aviaries during your time with us.
General Maintenance/Builders – Volunteering/Work Experience:
As Lincolnshire Wildlife Park continues to grow each year, as you can imagine 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 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.
Part-Time Office/Retail Cleaner – POSITION TAKEN
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park are looking for a part-time cleaner to help maintain our offices and retail environment to a high standard of cleanliness. This position would be perfect for a semi-retired individual, stay-at-home parent or those who currently have a part-time cleaning job; however the position is open to any keen and hard-working individual, who would like to gain key skills amongst a team of dedicated staff. You will be expected to carry out such cleaning duties as mopping, hoovering, dusting, emptying of waste/recycling bins, W.C cleaning & general cleaning of equipment and shelving units.
We are looking for a hard-working and enthusiastic person, with a positive attitude towards work and cleaning skills of the highest priority. Current certification or previous experience in a cleaning role would be preferred but not essential. You must be available to work weekends and bank holidays and have your own transport to the park (please note that the park is in a very rural location). The job vacancy will be late afternoon/early evening hours so you must be available at these times, early morning & lunchtime hours cannot be given.
Working Hours: 2 – 2.5 hours per shift, maximum of 4 shifts per week (may include working weekends)
Pay: Negotiable during interview, depending on qualifications/experience proof.
How to apply: Please email a member of our team at firstname.lastname@example.org including any necessary contact information, C.V, copies of certificates or any other information you think we may find useful for your application.
Zoo Keeper – POSITION TAKEN
A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Animal Keeper to work within a small 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 (annualized 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: 16 March 2016.
How to apply:
Research and Education coordinator – POSITION TAKEN
This voluntary position offers a unique opportunity to work in this small, friendly zoo where your input will really make a difference. This position will provide you with practical experience that will facilitate a career in conservation, animal behaviour, education or zoo management. You will organise researchers, help them set up their research projects and facilitate communication between academic and sanctuary staff and the researchers. You will help design new ways of communicating research, conservation and factual information to the visiting public and start to develop resources for teachers and school children that fit with the National Curriculum. You also have the chance to gain hands on experience of caring for the animals (more details in job description below) and devising fundraising schemes.
Time period: 3 months starting in March 2016 with possibility to extend to 1 year. Position can be extended after an initial period of 3 months is all parties are happy with progress.
Pay: This position is voluntary and therefore unpaid. We will, however, provide ensuite accommodation on site and one main meal/day free of charge. Accommodation has wi-fi, television, fridge and microwave.
Working hours: 5 days/week
Qualifications needed: BSc of 2:1 or above in a relevant field (e.g. zoology, biology, psychology, conservation, education, environmental science).
Driving license and access to a car: Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is in a remote location not served by public transport, so a car is necessary to allow shopping and social activities.
Prior engagement with research (e.g. research project as part of degree; Research assistant work) and experience of the research process (literature searching, identification of research questions, design, ethics, data collection, data analysis, communicating findings).
Experience of communicating ideas, facts or research to different audiences (written media, blogs, presentations, talks)
Personal attributes needed:
Excellent communication skills, hard working, enthusiastic, creative, organised, excellent Inter-personal skills
Deadline: Submit (i) a CV (max 2 pages), (ii) covering letter that explains how you meet the qualifications, experience and personal attributes specified above and your motivation for wanting the position (max 1 page) and (iii) the email addresses of two referees to email@example.com by 21st February 2016. Promising candidates will be invited to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park for an interview on Wednesday 5th March 2016.
About the Parrot Zoo Trust:
The Parrot Zoo Trust (that incorporates the National Parrot Sanctuary) is a registered charity and home to nearly 2000 parrots, most of whom were pets donated to the sanctuary by private owners when they discovered them to be unsuitable pets. At the sanctuary parrots learn to be parrots and are group housed in large aviaries. Many parrots arrive in poor physical and mental condition, but most quickly improve when introduced to a more natural social environment. In addition to parrots the sanctuary is home to a collection of tortoises, ring tailed lemurs, marmosets, meerkats, coatis and otters.
This post has two main roles:
Research coordinator: You will be responsible for liasing with the Scientific team based at Lincoln and York Universities to ensure that applications for research are assessed for feasibility, processed by the relevant ethics committees and then timetabled appropriately. You will help train new researchers when they arrive and help them get their research projects set up. You will liase with researchers to give regular update reports on ongoing research to the scientific team and the sanctuary staff. You will be responsible for managing and updating records of the participation of each animal in research tasks. You will be involved in ongoing data collection focussed on the welfare. We would be happy to support the successful candidate running their own research projects under the supervision of the scientific team.
Education coordinator: You will be responsible for generating ideas for signs, interactive displays, leaflets that will effectively convey information to visitors about the resident animals of the sanctuary. You will be trained to give talks and tours to school groups and you will be responsible for generating resources for teachers that address key learning points in the National Curriculum.
In addition you will have the opportunity to learn how to care for the resident parrots, primates, reptiles and other mammals and obtain hand on experience with these animals. You will also be asked to generate ideas for fundraising, investigate grants that may support education or welfare research and you will have the opportunity to understand the business management of the zoo.
The balance of time between these roles will vary and will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
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.