Experienced Elephant Keeper
The Aspinall Foundation
Littlebourne, GB
3d ago

Closing date for applications : Friday 24 January 2020

Salary £17,992.00 to £20,218.00 per annum DOE

Plus a living out allowance of £2,500 p.a. if on-site accommodation is not required or available.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, is home to the largest breeding herd of African elephants in the UK.

Through our conservation organisation, The Aspinall Foundation, we manage two National Parks protecting numerous forest elephants in West Africa.

We are recruiting for an experienced keeper, who will assist the Section Manager with the smooth running of the section which currently houses 5 : 8 African elephants managed in protected contact.

The Role

Applicants should have :

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience with large exotic species, preferably elephants
  • An understanding of Protected Contact elephant management
  • Proven ability to motivate, train and supervise staff
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • A genuinely flexible attitude to work
  • Broad knowledge of elephant conservation, behaviour and welfare
  • A full manual driving licence
  • The right to work in the UK
  • This is a physically demanding job. Duties will include heavy lifting and strenuous cleaning, as well as enclosure maintenance, browse cutting, grass strimming and operation of vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks.

    The Person

    You will be a team player with good communication skills. Ideally, you will have gained the DMZAA or an equivalent qualification or be prepared to undertake this which the company will support or have substantial practical experience.

    The company encourages succession planning and therefore, looking to the future, supervisory experience would be advantageous in this role.

    We provide extensive staff training and will offer the opportunity to develop your professional skills and abilities.

    Candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours. The is a permanent, full-time position working 40 hours per week, generally 8am to 5pm, 5 days a week including weekends and bank holidays.

    To apply : Please use the form below or email a CV along with a covering email to personnel aspinallfoundation.org

    Or post to : Human Resources, Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne, Kent, CT21 4PD.

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