Deputy Team Leader - London

Zoological Society of London
Dunstable, UK
14 Jun 2019
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
WZ Deputy Team Leader, Large Hoof stock (Full-Time / Permanent)

We're ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we're working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering - working for wildlife.

Role Profile

An exciting opportunity has arisen at ZSL and we are looking to recruit a Deputy Team Leader for the Large Hoofstock section at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, which includes reticulated giraffe, white and greater one horned rhino, common and pygmy hippo, Grevy's zebra and several species of antelope. The role will be supporting the Team Leader with the day to day operational running of the department and managing the department in their absence. The successful candidate will manage the team, supervise volunteers and will work closely with all members of staff to ensure best animal care and practice is adhered to, develop projects and to help achieve ZSL's strategic aims.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Mentor, train and enthuse junior members of a team.
Instruct and oversee best practice within the section and supporting the Team Leader in ensuring agreed standards of work are met.
Familiarity and compliance with all health and safety protocols and documentation. This includes emergency procedures, risk assessment and safe working practices.
Maintain high standards of hygiene, equipment care and house-keeping as routine part of daily duties
Familiarity with other ZSL departments and an ability to contact key people in emergencies e.g. duty electrician out of hours.

Person Specification

Proven track record in the husbandry and management of a wide variety of ungulates including animal moves, diet, training and enrichment.
An ability to manage and prioritise a diverse workload.
Demonstrate innovation and initiate new ideas in conjunction with the Team Leader
Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate to colleagues of all levels regardless of their position.
Support agreed management decisions and communicate this effectively to staff
Apply appropriate judgement when discussing confidential or commercially sensitive information.
Use initiative in identifying and dealing with a problem and taking responsibility to make sure the problem is resolved completely. This means the ability to trouble-shoot problems as they arise.
Ability to maintain high standards of publicly viewed exhibits.
Willingness to provide assistance for call-outs and emergencies outside of normal working hours (within reason).
Maintain a professional and positive attitude and level of communication with colleagues.

Please note : This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), permanent position reporting to the Team Leader of Hoof Stock. The post will be based at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedford, LU6 2LF. Having a "can do attitude", solution-focused approach and the ability to make objective decisions under pressure will make you a success in this role.

Benefit Package:

This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, joint contributory pension scheme (7% employer contribution), complimentary zoo tickets and more.

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV plus a covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the " Apply for this job online " button.

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