Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.
We are currently recruiting for a Team Manager for a six month fixed term contract to lead and develop our Giraffe section. The post will involve the daily management of one of our hoof stock sections along with mentoring, training and developing the team. The successful candidate will provide extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on Giraffes and Okapi, proactively developing new ideas for improving husbandry, building strong working relationships with other departments to ensure standards are met. Candidates will have a higher education qualification in a Zoological related science (min HND) or equivalent experience.
The successful candidate will have considerable leadership qualities, experience of supervising a team and be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment. A good understanding of risk assessments and COSHH are essential to ensure all staff are fully aware of safety and management procedures. This role will involve representing the Giraffe team at internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas. Therefore, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Applicants should have a full driving licence and be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays in a roster system.
Salary is £28,475 per annum for a 40 hour week.