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Howletts is on the hunt for someone to look after its primates

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If you have ever had the dream of working with wild animals then we might just have the perfect job.

Howletts Wild Animal Park is on the hunt for a new "section head of primates". They will be tasked with overseeing the daily running of the section and lead a team of eight primate keepers.

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

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Many of these species are currently in the primates section, with keepers at the park currently working on reintroducing the rare Javan Gibbons and Javan Langurs back into the wild.

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The species on the section also include Francois Langurs, Gelada, Pied Tamarin, White-naped Mangabeys, Siamang, DeBrazza, Crowned Lemur, Black and White Ruffed Lemur.

Duties include ensuring "excellent husbandry" is maintained, while you will assist in the development of junior staff, volunteers and interns.

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

The Aspinall Foundation, which works in conjunction with Howletts, is looking for someone with a minimum of five years experience in a mainstream zoological collection, ideally in a similar position working with primates.

Candidates must also have previous experience as a deputy head of section or supervisory role.

Wages for the role are up to £24,516 per year depending on experience, with the closing date for applications on Friday July 30.

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 11 other job roles.

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These include: chef de partie, private chef, food and beverage assistants, food and beverage supervisor, seasonal breakfast chef, seasonal chef, kitchen porter, seasonal housekeeping assistants, housekeeping supervisor, seasonal gardener and a guest relations manager.

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 section head of primates, or any other position takes your fancy you can apply using this link.

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