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Animal Keeper – Primates & Small Mammals

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is an award-winning zoo set in 100 acres of open countryside just outside Bristol.

An opportunity has arisen for a motivated individual to join our committed and friendly team of animal keepers. We are looking to recruit an experienced animal keeper onto our Primates & Small Mammals section.

We are not looking for a candidate with no experience for this role. However, we are prepared to offer the successful candidate the appropriate keeper level to reflect skills and experience from a trainee up to senior keeper.

This is a key role within the team, and you will take a full and proactive role in the daily management of the section, as well as helping with other sections as and when required.

This is a full-time position working a 40-hour week on a flexible rota (including weekends and bank holidays).

We expect applicants to have knowledge and practical experience of at least some of the species concerned, a strong work ethic, good team working skills and the ability to maintain high levels of hygiene.

Species held on section: Siamang, Ring-tailed Lemur, Ruffed Lemur, Meerkat, Cotton Top Tamarin, Skunk, Porcupine, Prairie Dogs, Bennet’s Wallaby and Bactrian Camels.

Typical aspects of the role include:

  • Assist in the daily management and care of all the animals on section. Including food prep, feeding, enclosure maintenance, enrichment and training.
  • Deliver talks and experiences to our visitors.

Applicant requirements:

  • Applicants will have at least 1 full year paid work as a keeper in an animal establishment or have completed an internship at a reputable collection.
  • Be familiar with the care required for a variety of species on section.
  • Animal-based qualification.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Have high standards of hygiene when working.

Other job holder expectations:

  • Ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of their work and responsibilities.
  • Mindful of the visitor experience in all aspects of your work.
  • Demonstrate professionalism towards sensitive and confidential information.
  • Comply with and promote Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended Health and Safety training as and when required.
  • Drive the company vehicle for the collection of resources, e.g. meat and veterinary supplies.
  • Undertake other duties as are relevant with the position.

Salary: starting as: Level 1 Keeper – £22,089.60 per annum (£10.62 per hour).

To apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter to the subject of your emails should read ‘Animal Keeper – Primates & Small Mammals’.

Your application must include an accurate summary of your relevant experience and a complete list of your working history. If your experience is with other zoo species, please describe and explain why you would like to move towards this section. Cover letters should be no longer than 1 side of A4.

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