• To support the Department Head in the running of a busy herpetological department, managing the animal collection and contributing to the Trust’s conservation projects as required.
• To manage and motivate departmental staff and aid them in their professional development.
• To teach visiting students practical aspects of animal management, instigate research projects and support others conducting research.
• To ensure that the husbandry of the collection conforms to our high standards of animal welfare and ethical guidelines.
• To manage the collection and departmental resources during the absence of the Department Head.
• Strong background in the captive husbandry of herpetological species with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working within zoological collections a necessity.
• Practical experience of reptile and/or amphibian conservation projects desirable.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Degree in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field required.
• Wide knowledge of biology, taxonomy, ecology and the captive requirements of the reptile and amphibian species for which the post is responsible.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English) and experience of delivering presentations.
• Good organisational ability and project management skills desirable.
• A high level of health and fitness as aspects of the job are physically demanding and a willingness to travel.