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Keeper - Parrots & Penguins

Reference: AUG20171736
Expiry date: 23:59, 21 August 2017
Location: Chester
Salary: £17,367.09 Per Annum
Benefits: Excellent benefits

PERMANENT – 40 hours per week

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 a fantastic opportunity for a Keeper to join one of our large and varied Bird Teams, and assist with the daily care and management of species including Passerines, Pigeons, Cassowary, Penguins and Parrots.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal conservation and welfare and we are looking for someone who can deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in the care and exhibition of birds in a zoological or bird collection
  • Excellent avicultural knowledge and experience of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction techniques
  • Enthusiasm for and the understanding of modern zoos and the conservation challenges zoos face
  • Outstanding observational skills, with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence valid in the UK would also be advantageous.

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £17,367.09 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo .

To apply for this position, please attach your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Keeper role.

Closing date for applications is Monday 21 st August 2017