Gorilla Keeper
The Aspinall Foundation
Howletts Wild Animal Park, Great Britain
13d ago

Howletts Wild Animal Park, situated near Canterbury in Kent, is home to the largest captive breeding group of Western Lowland Gorillas in the world with over 140 births to date.

Through our charity, The Aspinall Foundation, we manage and protect over a million acres of Congo and Gabon into which we are reintroducing gorillas.

Gorillas from our collection in the UK have joined orphans from the bushmeat trade to create this population. This is a rare opportunity to become part of this cutting edge conservation initiative.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team of dedicated gorilla keepers. The ideal candidate will have some experience gained in a mainstream zoological collection -

preferably with great apes - an awareness of current conservation issues and a passion for animal welfare. A recognised Zoo Animal Management qualification would also be advantageous.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake all general husbandry duties including heavy lifting and strenuous cleaning, as well as enclosure maintenance, browse cutting and operation of vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks.

The role is physically demanding, so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness. Candidates must have excellent observation skills, be comfortable talking to visitors and have a full valid driving licence.

The position is 40 hours per week, working 8am to 5pm, 5 days a week. Candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours which will include weekends and bank holidays.

  • A living out allowance is available if you do not live in site accommodation.
  • All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

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