Job details

Assistant Team Manager - Carnivores

Job reference: 000124

Location: Chester

Closing date: 16/01/2022

Salary: 27378.50

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: Carnivores

Hours per week: 40

Assistant Team Manager – Carnivores

The Role

This is a key role working as part of our professional team, assisting the Team Manager to ensure the highest standards of animal husbandry, welfare and exhibitory are maintained on the Carnivore section. A modern, progressive zoo offering opportunities to work with a great team responsible for one of Europe’s largest and most diverse carnivore collections.

As  Assistant Team Manager – Carnivores you will:

  • Support the team in the absence of the Team Manager.
  • Lead by example in maintaining the highest standards of animal husbandry, welfare and exhibitory.
  • Manage interns ,working alongside Keepers to undertake the daily animal care duties, focusing on husbandry, welfare and exhibitory
  • Show willingness to share knowledge and ideas

What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?

As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, we have ambitious goals, exciting plans, and there’s always lots going on here. We’re an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and we know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development. We have ambitious goals, and we want you to be with us for the long term on our exciting journey.

We are a founding member of British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), and we lead the way with pioneering conservation, research and education and driving the concept of modern zoos.

The Package

You’ll be working mainly fixed hours, typically 8am to 5pm, although some evening work may be required from time to time. You will work 40 hours per week, 10 days out of 14 on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays, with set days off each week.

  • Permanent  Contract
  • £27378.50per annum
  • 33 days annual leave per year (increasing with service)
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus multiple complimentary tickets for your friends and family
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Employer contributory pension scheme

Our Requirements

  • Be able to clearly demonstrate leadership qualities, being an enthusiastic and motivated team player
  • Be open-minded to developing and implementing new ideas for improving husbandry and building strong working relationships with other departments to ensure high standards are met
  • Experience of working with a variety of carnivore species, ideally gained within a similar zoo environment
  • Excellent husbandry knowledge and the highest standards of exhibitory, which should be supported by a relevant zoological qualification
  • Outstanding observational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment and have good problem solving skills
  • Have a good understanding of risk assessments to ensure all staff are fully aware of safety and management procedures
  • Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Full UK driving license valid in the UK.

Although not essential, the following would be desirable:

  • Experience of managing a team.


The closing date for this job has now passed.