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Zoo and Education Manager - Plantasia Tropical Zoo - Swansea

Parkwood Leisure, Lex Leisure and Legacy Leisure
Up to £28,000 per annum
Closing date
13 Apr 2023

Zoo and Education Manager - Plantasia Tropical Zoo - Swansea

This is an outstanding career opportunity with a market leader committed to providing a diverse and meaningful range of leisure and culture related activities for the local communities in which we serve.

The post holder will Manage the efficient and effective development and operation of the animal collection and educational offers, at Plantasia Tropical Zoo. They will focus on ensuring all Zoo Licence requirements are met, and high standards are maintained. The post holder will ensure there is a high standard of welfare at all times, to the husbandry of all animals within our Zoo collection. They will endeavour to provide a positive and progressive relationship with Educational Services, private hirers and members of the public, also, to ensure high standards of service and customer care for all users.

The post holder will also manage and develop conservation projects, and link with partners to ensure goals are met.

The Opportunity

  • To manage the staff and rotas for the Zoo & Education Officers, as well as students placements and volunteers.
  • To ensure the health and safety of the animal collection, and ensure animal care and husbandry is compliant with the Zoo Licence Act.
  • To lead the development of educational programmes, both structured and passive.
  • To be responsible for the smooth operation of the mechanical plant, equipment checks, upkeep and monitoring of environmental systems related to the animal and plant collection.
  • To ensure that appropriate veterinary care and support for the animals is commissioned and managed
  • To manage and deliver the education service for schools / further education and all user groups
  • To undertake care of the animals taking responsibility for feeding, cleaning and record keeping as necessary
  • To directly deliver workshops and educational groups talks as workloads demand
  • To ensure there is a programme of Conservation works scheduled, that is relevant for the venue.
  • In liaison with the Visitor Attraction Manager contribute to the marketing, PR and communication strategy for Plantasia Tropical Zoo
  • To develop partnerships to foster innovation, support professional development with the intention of improving the quality of the offer and increase visitor numbers
  • To be aware of all Health & Safety issues within Plantasia, to constantly implement and assess procedures, drawing attention to any useful practices.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required to assist in the running of Plantasia Tropical Zoo
  • To undertake Duty Manager responsibilities for the venue, ensuring all departments are managed effectively.

The Person

  • The post holder will hold an animal husbandry, zoological or education qualification.
  • The post holder will demonstrate skills gained, over a minimum of two years, in managing zoo collections
  • Demonstrate skills gained as a duty manager or shift manager in a visitor attraction, leisure or educational environment.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and to manage and oversee others.
  • A high degree of flexibility
  • The ability to solve work problems logically and make decisions appropriate to a management position
  • The ability to respond positively to change and to deal effectively with work pressures as they arise

What can Parkwood Leisure offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave
  • Free gym membership for you and a nominated person
  • Employee discount portal Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Company sick pay
  • Career progression
  • Training and development

Parkwood Leisure is a well established business that is continuously growing. Successful applicants can look forward to joining a company that can offer career prospects and believes in investing in its people.


£28,000 per annum

How to Apply

Please apply with a letter of application and CV by clicking 'Apply'.

The Parkwood Leisure Holdings Ltd Group are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers that are committed to inclusion and diversity.

If you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as interviews will be held throughout the process. Please note that if you have not received correspondence within 21 days then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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