Conservation Small Mammal Keeper

Job Title:                    Conservation small mammal keeper
Function:                   Husbandry of Wildwood’s small mammals
Responsible to:       Head of Conservation and Rewilding
Salary:                        Pro Rata £13,019.00 per annum *
                                    * Initial three-month contract.

Wildwood Trust is a registered charity that, uniquely, focuses on British Wildlife. The Wildwood Trust became a charity in 2002, having existed since 1998, establishing a unique mix of animal collection, wildlife education, conservation and ecological services.

Wildwood Trust has shown excellent growth in its over 10 year existence and is now in a position to develop its Conservation department to further its ambitions in recreating the biodiversity of the ‘Wild Wood’ and other wild habitats.

Wildwood has developed 3 unique skills which we will develop over the coming years:

  • The careful husbandry of Wildwood’s collection of British native, naturalised and once native wildlife.
  • The public education of our relationship with wildlife, its historical context and its future conservation.
  • The husbandry skills and knowledge necessary to set up pioneering conservation projects, aimed at producing balanced, semi-natural ecological systems. Many leading ecologists believe this to be key to the long term survival of our natural heritage.

This post is for a highly motivated person, who is practical and hardworking, which is primarily based within our conservation yard and has some knowledge of animals and ecology.

This role will suit a fit person, who can work outdoors during all weathers doing a physically demanding job. You need to be able to work independently as a keeper within a small Conservation team, specifically:

  • Husbandry of small mammals in our conservation centre, small mammal exhibits
  • Maintenance and up-keep of conservation yard, enclosures and equipment
  • Assisting the management for captive breeding of small mammals, including water voles, harvest mice, dormice and water shrews.
  • Maintaining appropriate records, database and administration duties
  • Assisting with ecological surveys and/or mitigation projects, including the preparation of water voles for reintroduction
  • Supervision of volunteers
  • Computer literate

For a full job description, please download here.

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to  ‘’ or contact ‘Marianne Benson, Human Resources Manager, Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ’. Tel: 01227 712111.

Applications will not normally be acknowledged. If you would like yours to be acknowledged, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

The closing date for applications is 24th August 2018