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Animal Encounters Officer

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Job title: Animal Encounters Officer

Location: Crystal Palace

Salary: £19,442 - £20,798 - Inclusive of London Weighting

Duration: Part Time, Permanent, (Saturday, Sunday and one day in the week – not specified)

Our client is the only College in London that aims to deliver outstanding and inspirational land-based learning opportunities across the Greater London region. Our most recent Ofsted report rated the College “good” with good effectiveness of leadership and management. Aspiring to excellence, the College has an excellent reputation for quality, is financially strong and has continuous growth in student numbers. Fundamental to the College’s forward-thinking strategy is support for the environment and food supply in Greater London and the southeast.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced encounters officer for Crystal Palace. The post-holder will take responsibility for the College’s day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock in accordance with the animal welfare policy to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks. A key requirement is to coordinate and supervise college students and volunteers carrying out practical duties in animal areas at weekends as well as coordinating and supervising animal interactive education sessions, taster days and activities for prospective students in liaison with schools. This also includes coordinating and supervising animal interactive sessions for the public at weekends.

The Animal encounters officer will be assisting academic staff within the School, supervising students and providing technical assistance and advice as required. You will also be supporting students in the finding of work experience placements and complete records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Line Manager as appropriate. Part of the role also involves ordering feed, bedding and other consumables for all centres as required in consultation with Line Manager as well as storage, security and stock control of such consumables. You will ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in all animal areas and associated storage and service areas.

The successful Animal encounters officer will hold a Level 2 qualification or higher in an animal care discipline and have experience of caring for a range of rodents, exotic animals, birds and farm-stock on a day-to-day basis. You will also have experience of working with the public, demonstrating good principles of “Customer Care”, good knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas as well as awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit.

What’s in it for you?

offers a unique working environment with a range of benefits including:

* Access to the LGPS Pension Scheme
* Employee assistance programme
* Free admission to the Enfield gardens and most events for up to four guests on presentation of staff pass
* Free parking at most centres

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to the college being defined as a ‘specified place’. The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

How to Apply

* To apply please click apply and follow the online application process.

Closing date: 11 January 2019

Interviews: 23 January 2019

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