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

Closing date:

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

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


With a growing animal collection, the position will help ensure the husbandry, management and maintenance of the teaching collections of birds and paddock animals are of the highest standard, and enhance delivery of practical training to groups of students. 


The post holder will:


- Specialize in managing the diverse bird collection of increasing conservation relevance, including Edward’s, brown eared and Palawan pheasants, Manchurian cranes, bald ibis, chough, as well as poultry, rheas, waterfowl, turacos, kookaburra, owls, finches, pigeons and parakeets. You will also work with donkeys, alpacas, goats, dwarf zebu, wallabies and mara, and potentially exotic mammals, as required for cover. 


- Work closely with two other Section technicians to 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 birds, and at least some experience with hoofstock. Experience could be gained either working full time in a zoo, bird park or similar setting for at least two years, or else through maintaining your own bird collection over many years, so that you are able to take charge of our birds’ care, breeding, health planning etc. 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 are also sought.  The role entails weekend and Bank Holiday working on a rota basis.


Closing Date:  17 February 2020


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

• 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)

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

• Access to discounted hair treatments at the Andover campus

• 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




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