The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL has a vision of A World Where Wildlife Thrives, and its purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile

An opening has arisen for a Newly Qualified Animal Keeper on our HUB section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The HUB section is comprised of our Birds of the World free flight demonstrations including species of psittacine, raptors, soft bills, corvids & waterfowl, as well as our children’s farm which is home to numerous rare breeds, domestic pets & poultry. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is entering an exciting time of change with new developments and master planning initiatives, with our HUB section at the heart of the first stages.

This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.

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 with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Cleaning and maintaining of exhibits and other designated areas.
  • Training of of animals using positive re-enforcement.
  • Present live animal events to the zoo visitors
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors and media.
  • Supporting broader ZSL lead events such as late evenings and specialist functions.

Person Specification

  • Have practical experience of animal training for displays.
  • Have proven experience and deep understanding of positive reinforcement training.
  • Be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of husbandry techniques of a range of species.
  • Be confident a presenting to large and varied zoo audiences and engaging on a smaller scale.
  • Have knowledge and experience of practical animal handling.
  • 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 reliable and have good timekeeping and attendance record and able to demonstrate professionalism and excellent team ethic.

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.  A full manual driving license is also required.

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To Apply

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

Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd of July 2021 (23:59)

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.