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Assistant Team Manager - Hoofstock

Reference: JUN20195430
Expiry date: 23:59, 11 July 2019
Location: Chester
Salary: £25,933.21 Per Annum
Benefits: Excellent benefits package
Permanent – 40 Hours

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out. We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Team Manager to join us on a permanent basis working across the Hoofstock section. This post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a variety of hoofstock species including Rothschild’s Giraffe, Black Rhinos, Okapi, Grevy’s Zebra, and Malayan Tapir to name a few.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

The role:

The role will involve assisting the Team Manager in the daily management of the Hoofstock section along with mentoring, training and developing the team under the direction of the Team Manager.

The successful candidate will be able to develop and implement new ideas for improving husbandry, building strong working relationships with other departments to ensure standards are met.

This role will also involve representing Chester Zoo and the Hoofstock team for media interviews and internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will have:

• A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent practical experience

• Extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on hoofstock including Rhinoceros’ and Giraffes including several deer and antelope species.

• Experience of supervising a team and will be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment

• A good understanding of risk assessments and safe working practices

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• A full driving licence valid in the UK

• Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages (including an understanding of ZIMS) would be advantageous

Salary for the role is £25,933.21 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis including some weekends and bank holidays. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Assistant Team Manager role to

Closing date for applications is date for applications is 11th July 2019