We have a very exciting opportunity for 2 Apprentice Keepers to join our Zoo Animal Management (ZAM) team and acquire specialist on the job training. This vacancy is only open to those aged 18 and above due to provisions under the Young People at Work regulations.
The apprentice keeper will work to a high standard under the direction of the Head Keeper. The ZAM department care for the main collection of animals at the zoo and the successful candidate will assist in caring for a variety of domestic and exotic species whilst also providing support for the rest of their respective team where required.
No prior zoo or animal husbandry experience for the post of apprentice is required as full in house training will be given, although candidates will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in zoo animal husbandry. The successful candidate will also be expected to achieve an NVQ Level 2 in animal care during the course of their apprenticeship which is expected to last between 12-14 months. Due to the entry requirements for this qualification we will not be able to accept applications from anyone with any animal linked Foundation Degree or above, or any other Animal Care Qualification i.e. NVQ or equivalent.
Hours: Average 40 hours a week
Salary £3.50 per hour for the first year, rising to national living wage thereafter dependent upon age.
This role is based at Africa Alive!
Due to high volume of applications we are unable to give individual feedback.
If you would like an opportunity to join our team please download and complete an application form and send it, with a covering letter and cv, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this apprenticeship to:- Haylee Parker, Head Keeper, Africa Alive! Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7TF.
Closing date is 15th September 2017 with interviews being arranged week commencing 18th September 2017.