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Howletts Wild Animal Park is on the hunt for new carnivore keeper

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Original article from Kent Live

Have you ever dreamed of working with wild animals? Then we might just have the perfect opportunity for you.

Howletts Wild Animal Park is on the hunt for a new carnivore keeper, who will be tasked with looking after 14 carnivorous species including Sumatran tiger, Dhole and Honey Badger.

The 90-acre site near Canterbury is involved with the conservation of rare and endangered animals through breeding and reintroduction programmes.

Many of these species are currently in the carnivore section, as last year two cheetahs were successfully reintroduced to the wild in South Africa.

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Duties include delivering "the highest standards of animal husbandry", adhering to strict health and safety protocols and occasional livestock dispatch and butchery.

Sorry to put a dampener on your hopes, but this position isn't just for anyone.

Two hand reared Siberian Tiger cubs playing in the winter sun at Howletts wild animal park, Kent.GAPH20130205A-006_X.jpg

The Aspinall Foundation which works in conjunction with Howletts is looking for someone with a minimum of two years carnivore keeping experience.

They role also requires an animal based qualification, a good level of physical fitness and being comfortable working at height to perform husbandry duties.

If this role at the heart of the conservation doesn't quite take your fancy, or you don't have the qualifications,then don't fear as Howletts are also hiring for 10 other job roles.

Wages for the role range from national minimum wage to £19,703 per year depending on experience.

These include: chef de partie, junior sous chef, restaurant supervisor, facilities supervisor, food and beverage assistants, breakfast chefs, kitchen porter, face to face fundraisers, fundraising executive, senior corporate, weddings and events executive.

A gorilla at Howletts

In total the park is home to almost 1,000 animals. In a normal year it sees 400,000 visitors pass through its entrance.

Some 200 staff members work at the park all year round, while seasonal employment is provided for a further 150 people.

If the role of carnivore keeper, or any other position takes your fancy you can apply using this link.

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 30.

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