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  ‘jobs@wildwoodtrust.org’ 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