Technician - Birds and Paddocks Section, Animal Management Centre, Hampshire

Closing date:

Sparsholt CollegeHampshire
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £15,075 - £18,290 (dependent upon qualifications)
Contract term: Permanent

£15,075 - £18,290 (dependent upon qualifications) 

The post holder will work under the direction of the AMC Head in undertaking the husbandry, management and maintenance of the teaching collections of birds (Edward’s, brown eared and Palawan pheasants, Manchurian cranes, bald ibis, chough, poultry, waterfowl, turacos, kookaburra, owls, finches, pigeons and parakeets) and paddock animals (donkeys, alpacas, goats, dwarf zebu, wallabies, mara, rheas, domestic waterfowl). 

Working closely with, and covering absences for, the second technician across both collections, the post holder will ensure correct animal husbandry, both directly and through providing supervision and support to students in practical husbandry sessions, to achieve exemplary standards in animal care, training and the learner experience. 

Candidates should be educated to at least level 2 in a relevant vocational subject and be able to demonstrate significant practical experience and expertise with either birds or hoofstock, and at least some experience with both. Experience could be gained either working full time in a zoo/farm park or similar setting for at least two years, or else through maintaining your own bird/domestic hoofstock collection over several years, so that you are able to take charge of our animals’ care, breeding, health planning etc. In return for this responsibility, you will be able to help shape the collection’s further development.

A positive and flexible approach to a varied workload, real enthusiasm for the animals you work with, and an affinity for working with and engaging young learners are required. Some educational or supervisory experience would be advantageous. The practical skills to maintain and improve enclosures is also sought.  The post holder will be required to work alternate weekends.

This post is based at the Sparsholt campus. The AMC is Zoo-Licensed and BIAZA accredited, and holds a significant animal collection with exciting plans for imminent development.


On-site accommodation in a shared house with two other members of staff may be available.  Approximate overall monthly cost excluding utility bills is c. £215 per month 

Closing Date:  25 November 2019

College Benefits 

• Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)

• Death Benefit grant of 3 x salary if in the pension scheme

• Free on-site parking

• Car Share Scheme

• Occupational Sick Pay Scheme

• Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme

• Flexible Working Policy

• Holiday entitlement of 22 days (rising to 25 days after 5 years’ service) plus Public and Bank Holidays along with college closure days at Xmas. 

• Ability to Purchase Additional Annual Leave via a salary sacrifice arrangement 

• Access to an employee assistance scheme

• Free cash point facility

• Free Library membership

• On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per annum)

• Gym classes at the Sparsholt campus

• Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, flowers, fruit & vegetables, fish and game

• Access to discounted hair treatments at the Andover campus

• Discounted admission to Marwell Zoo

• Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications

• Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices

There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider

More about Sparsholt College
Address: Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2NF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1962 776441