Job details

Team Manager Rhinos

Job reference: 000132

Location: Chester

Closing date: 22/01/2022

Salary: 34458.07

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: Rhinos

Hours per week: 40


The Role – Team manager rhinos  

This is a key role working as part of our Collections team taking responsibility for a team of 10 animal care staff looking after Eastern Black and Asian One Horned rhino and a variety of species including Banteng , Bongo, Anoa ,Roan antelope and a number of other hoofstock. The team manager will be involved in representing the zoo in a variety of media interviews, internal and external meetings as well as workshops and conferences in UK and overseas. 

As a Team Manager you will: 

•    Manage the day to day operations of the section including staff rotas and time and attendance records.
•    Ensure facilities are maintained to the highest of standards including  fire safety practices
•    Maintain a safe culture of working within a team and ensure current RA/SWP is applied
•    Ensure appropriate staff development and mentoring opportunities are available for all staff in a recorded, transparent process. 
•    Ensure care for interns and developing keepers with aid of assistant team manager 
•    Building strong working relationships within the team and across departments 
•    Work within set budgets to ensure equipment is appropriate for tasks
•    Using a breadth of knowledge in care of hoofstock and rhino, support a team of staff to deliver high quality husbandry care to a range of animal species.
•    Support the commercial activity of the zoo where appropriate
•    Support the curatorial team to develop and improve animal exhibits that lend themselves to appropriate conservation messaging and a very high quality animal care standard.

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.

The Package

•    Contract – Full time
•    40 Hours per week 
•    33 days annual leave increasing with time served
•    Salary of £34458.07 
•    Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends
•    Access to healthcare plan
•    Employer contributory pension scheme 

Our Requirements – Job Title

•    A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent practical experience 
•    Extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on rhinoceros and hoof stock including breeding management. 
•    A proactive approach to developing new ideas for improving husbandry.
•    Considerable leadership experience, experience of supervising a team and be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment. 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Although not essential, the following would be desirable: 

•    A proactive approach to developing new ideas for improving husbandry.
•    A proven understanding of risk assessments and COSHH is essential for this role to ensure all staff members are fully aware of safety and management procedures
•    A full driving license valid in the UK

More About Us

We’re not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals. We’re not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We’re a major wildlife charity that’s committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a hugely significant contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction. 


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