Qualified Animal Keeper - Hoofstock - ZSL

Posted: 11 July 2022 | Full-Time | London, United Kingdom 


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

Role Profile

ZSL is seeking an experienced qualified keeper to work on the Hoofstock section at London Zoo. The role will involve the day-to-day husbandry of 14 different mammal species including Giraffes, Okapis, Babirusa, Camel, Pygmy hippo and Zebra. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver high standards of animal welfare and husbandry, set up and manage training and enrichment programs, respect the importance of daily observations, communication and record keeping and actively engage in research and dissemination to the wider zoo community. Applicants must have hoof stock experience in a zoo environment and must be passionate about pushing the boundaries of hoof stock husbandry to constantly improve welfare.  Experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a large team. Working hours are 37.5 per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends so flexibility regarding hours is crucial.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Observe the behaviour, health and security of animals and report any problems to the Team Leader or manager including defects or repairs required to enclosures and relevant departments required to support work needed.
  • Assist & develop training and enrichment programs on a regular basis.
  • Adhere to the highest industry standards of zoo husbandry and welfare.
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Assist with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Communicate efficiently with public to increase public satisfaction and support the ZSL mission.
  • Complete and engage with research projects.
  • Be actively involved in public engagement including giving talks and demonstrations.

Person Specification

  • Proven extensive practical experience of animal management with hoof stock.
  • Passion to work on evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should veterinary procedures be required.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
  • Be a positive influence on section and work well in a team environment.
  • Have a qualification in a relevant field at university level and/or diploma in the DZMAA Keeper’s course/ keeper apprenticeship or equivalent work experience.

Please note: Flexible working is required for this position which will include working alternate weekends and bank holidays. Applicant must also be presentable, flexible in their approach and totally reliable. The job includes heavy lifting and manual work in all weathers.

What do we offer?

You will have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program as well as regular webinars and activities around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.

Other benefits include 25 days holiday, life assurance, stakeholder pension (employer contribution is matched up to 12%), complimentary zoo tickets with a 30% discount in shops and online, subsidised canteen, enhanced paternity and maternity leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership and access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the “Apply for this job online” button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 24th July 2022

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