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Casual animal keeper

Calderglen Zoo

Calderglen Zoo

Scotland Closing date for applications is: 2nd Feb 2020
Contact: Natalie Martin ([email protected])
Sector: Animal Care
Type: Paid
Contract type: Part-time

South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture

Location:  Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride

Hours:  As and when required 

Qualifications required: A relevant degree in animal science

Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals preferred but not essential.

Casual recruitment

An opportunity is available for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to join our team at Calderglen Children’s Zoo in East Kilbride near Glasgow.

Calderglen children’s zoo is a small thriving attraction with over 148,000 visitors annually. We would expect the successful applicant to share our vision of a modern small zoo and to be instrumental in moving us forward.

As members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), we are committed to providing an excellent customer experience within the framework of welfare and education.

Calderglen Zoo is part of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd

To assist with the operation of the Children’s Zoo and Conservatory within the Country Park.   To assist with the provision of information to the public, primarily in relation to the Children’s Zoo and Conservatory.

Key Tasks:

Assist with the day to day operation of the zoo and conservatory

Assist with all aspects of animal welfare and animal husbandry

Direct delivery of both a formal and informal activity programme for calderglen zoo and to assist with the development of these programmes

Assist in the maintaining the record management system for all animals

Maintaining quality systems and health & safety procedures

As part of our approach to good practice and safer recruitment we carry out a number of pre-employment checks for example, Identity, Asylum and Immigration and employment history etc.

This post is excepted in terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 2003.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007.  Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children. 

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by South Lanarkshire Council. 

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£11.44 - £12.31 per hour