Trainee Keeper

Wild Ireland

Closing Date: 01/02/2022
Full Time

This is an exciting and unique role to join the team of animal keepers in a developing Wildlife Park.  The trainee keeper will be responsible for the care of a variety of mammals and birds at Wild Ireland whilst undertaking a comprehensive training program.  This is a hands-on role.   Successful candidates will be working directly with all of the animals at the park.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Care for all animals at the park, including the upkeep and cleanliness of the exhibits, preparing animal foods and diets, basic health checks and animal observation, improving nutrition and diet sheets, developing, and implementing enrichment, participating in an operand conditioning/training program.
  • Successful candidates will work as part of a team but should be able to work alone.
  • Ensure that the feeding, cleaning, exercise, and overall care of the animals in their charge is performed daily.
  • Competent to identify animal health issues and work with veterinary team on animal health issues.
  • Prepare and maintains all animal diaries, logs, records, and reports as required.
  • Responsible for the security, inventory, and logging of any medications and chemicals used.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness, maintenance, and security of the facility. clean and feeds animals and cleans and maintains facility.
  • Prepare and maintain documents, including incident reports, relating to animal control issues and situations.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and ensure safety of employees, members of the public and other individuals.
  • Performs general clerical tasks. Operates a computer and other common office equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.
  • Must wear assigned uniform and maintain clean and official per policy.
  • Must wear PPE and agree to Covid protocol to ensure the safety of the staff, visitors and the animals at Wild Ireland.
  • Participate in Public educational talks, engage with members of the public and school / group tours.

Key Competencies

  • Have keen observational skills to identify issues with the animals
  • Hard working, attention to detail
  • Clean and tidy, organised
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to handle large workloads in a dynamic environment.
  • Have excellent English written and verbal communication skills including public speaking and lecturing both internal and external meetings.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the potential contribution of a modern zoological collection to conservation, science and conservation education.
  • Have an excellent track record in leading and maintaining the highest possible standards of husbandry and welfare, exhibit design and visitor experience
  • Have an excellent knowledge of animals, their diversity and individual husbandry needs.
  • Full driving licence
  • Be willing to engage with all extra curricula training days and Gun training/ licence


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Inishowen Development Partnership is a community led local development company that has successfully delivered rural development and social inclusion programmes and initiatives in Donegal since 1996 on behalf of the European Union and the Irish Government through the National Development Plan.