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There is something for everyone to help with, if you would like to help in anyway then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected]

 

Careers at South Lakes

With over 900 animals and over 300,000 visitors a year to look South Lakes Safari Zoo is made up of a big team of dedicated and passionate staff.

Our team of over 100 members of staff, with skills ranging from animal carers, to maintenence, visitor services, retail, accounting and admin, together strive tomake sure both animals and you the visitor are well looked after.

If you are interested in joining the team please visit the vacancies tab below for details of job opportunities currently available,  As you can imagine jobs within the animal department are well sought after Why not consider volunteering for South Lakes Safari Zoo?

**NEW Job Vacancies January 2017**

South Lakes Safari Zoo is under new management – A natural park in the Southern Lake District, home to 1400 of the rarest, most endangered animals including African Lions, White Rhino, Sumatran Tigers, Andean Condor, Rothschild and Kordofan Giraffes.  Our unique natural environments enable visitors to get as close as physically possible to  experience the sights, sounds, and a few smells, of these amazing creatures we share our planet with.

Attracting 300,000 visitors a year, SLSZ is the largest visitor attraction in the area, offering visitors a range of up close and personal experiences and encounters.  We are under new management and have a vacancy for an Animal Director and Resident Veterinary Surgeon to join this hard working, close knit team and invite applications from experienced Animal Managers who would like to take the opportunity to become part of our community during this exciting period of rebirth.

 

Animal Director

The Role: Reporting directly to the CEO The Animal Director will lead and direct our team of hard working animal keepers to maintain consistently high standards of welfare and  to ensure the care, feeding, and hygiene of all the animals and animal areas within the park. With responsibility for the establishment of appropriate and proper animal care programmes, the animal director will work closely with head keepers, animal manager and consultant/onsite veterinary teams to develop and implement said programmes, monitoring to ensure expected standards are maintained and intervening/providing training and support when necessary.  The Animal Director will be closely involved with our education function, supporting development of the education, experience and encounter programmes and we expect active contribution to innovative changes to the company to improve animal welfare, generate revenue and encourage the animal care teams to do the same.

The Person: The successful candidate will have knowledge of the intensive management needs of multiple species’ through several years working in operational roles within a zoo/safari park environment. They should demonstrate an active commitment to conservation and have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced today in a modern zoo; specifically around nutrition, husbandry and successful breeding programmes. Strong leadership and people management skills are needed with experience in dealing effectively with external bodies, as well as a positive attitude towards  mentoring and coaching junior managers and developing apprentices and trainees.  Applicants must demonstrate the ability to initiate and maintain positive and effective internal and external relationships and have excellent communication and leadership skills. A valid UK driving licence and firearms experience would be  beneficial.  This role is 40 hours per week on a pre-agreed rota basis, including some weekends and bank holidays.  All applicants must have right to work in the UK.

Resident Veterinary Surgeon

The Role:

We are looking for a full-time Zoo Veterinarian to assist in the development of our veterinary services and support our high standards of welfare. This post will focus principally on developing preventative health care programmes whilst providing day-to-day care for the animals in the collection. It will include mentoring and support for the Animal Department and other animal related programmes operated by the wider business.

  • Develop and maintain veterinary facility and capability at Safari Zoo in conjunction with the Animal Manager
  • Provide day-to-day veterinary care
  • Develop preventative medicine and health programmes
  • Ensure biosecurity of collection
  • Ensure highest standards of animal welfare within the collection
  • Ensure Safari Zoo complies with all legislation related to veterinary issues, including health, safety and wellbeing
  • Contribute to park-wide and Safari Zoo projects and events as required
  • Support staff learning and development and student education programmes

This role is 40 hours per week on a pre-agreed rota basis, including some weekends and bank holidays.  All applicants must have right to work in the UK.


Detailed Job Descriptions can be found below:

Download Job Advert & Job Description – Animal Director 21-01-17

Download Job Advert & Job Description – Resident Veterinary Surgeon 21-01-17

Closing date for both positions: 18th February 2017

To apply: Please email a full CV along with a covering letter to –  [email protected]

Volunteering at South Lakes Safari Zoo

We are looking for Volunteers who are dedicated, enthusiastic and wish to get involved with helping South Lakes Safari Zoo run smoothly during our busy periods. We are looking for people who are passionate about the Animals and the conservation work we do here to help save endangered species.

We are not just looking for people who want to volunteer with animals, but people who can help in lots of different ways sch as craft activities, talks with visitors, face painters, helping raise money for our conservation charities…   a variety of things that you can do both rewarding and fulfilling.

Help us to make a difference.

Duties can include:

  • Aiding Keepers with cleaning and feeding Animals
  • Helping to prepare the Zoo for opening to the public
  • Monitoring the walk through areas ensuring that members of the public are following the park rules (i.e not touching/feeding animals that they shouldn’t)
  • Helping Keepers at the various conservation talks
  • Helping keepers to monitor the public at animal feeding sessions inc handing out the food
  • Talking to the public where possible about the conservation projects
  • Keeping the walk through areas hygienically clean whilst monitoring the public. This includes brushing/washing paths, cleaning barriers
  • Being enthusiastic about SLSZ, the animals and the conservation projects
  • Helping keepers to feed and put animals to bed for the night.
  • Helping in the shop
  • Helping in the cafe

**Variations to these options can be discussed to accommodate if necessary**

 

Love to join us but you’re from away?

We do have limited accomodation available at a cost of £60 per week – first come first served.

Interested ?

There are many ways you can help us here at South Lakes Safari Zoo.  You may be able to Volunteer for a day during the Holidays or a day at the Weekend and would like to do something different. Maybe you have a skill that you would like to use to raise some funds for our Charities here at SLSZ or hold an event.

Here’s a few ideas,,,,,

Face Painting

Tombola

Raffle

Treasure Hunt

All money raised will go to Sumatran Tiger Trust (Charity number 1082186) and Wildlife Protection Foundation (Charity number 1113166)  to help continue the fantastic work that is ongoing. You could be a part of something rewarding.

Interested?

Schools

If you are thinking of a career in Animal Care and would like to carry out work experience here at South Lakes Safari Zoo do get in contact with us. We will need permission from your guardian/ adult and also contact from your school.  We do encourage Students to get in touch with a little information about themselves.

 

Colleges/ Universities

If you are at College or University studying for a career in Animal Care, Vet science, Conservation or Wildlife need some experience to back your application or as part of your course and want to see the work we do here at SLSZ and gain the experience we can offer. Please get in touch with us with a little bit about yourself and what you would hope to gain from your experience here at SLSZ.

Duties can include,,,,,

  • Aiding Keepers with cleaning and feeding Animals
  • Helping to prepare the Zoo for opening to the Public
  • Monitoring walk through areas ensuring that members of the Public are following park rules (i.e not touching/feeding Animals that they shouldn’t)
  • Helping Keepers at the various conservation talks
  • Helping Keepers to monitor the Public at Animal feeding sessions including handing out food
  • Talking to the Public where possible about the conservation projects, Animal behaviour, general SLSZ information such as talk times, directions to enclosures etc
  • Keeping the walk through areas hygienically clean whilst monitoring the Public. This includes brushing/washing paths, cleaning barriers.
  • Being enthusiastic about SLSZ, the Animals and the conservation projects to enthuse the public
  • Helping Keepers to feed and put the Animals to bed for the night.
  • **Variations to these options can be discussed to accommodate if necessary**

 

Love to join us but you’re from away?

We do have limited accomodation available at a cost of £60 per week – first come first served.

 

Interested?

Contact Jenny: 01229 466086 x0 [email protected]