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Primate Care Team Manager

Hiring Organization:
Wild Futures

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Wild Futures Sanctuary currently houses capuchin monkeys (Cebus and Sapajus sp), common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and woolly monkeys (Lagothrix sp). The majority of the residents are victims of the exotic pet trade in the UK.

Primate Care Team Manager

An exciting opportunity to join a friendly, passionate and professional team working at the only GFAS accredited sanctuary in Europe.

Reporting to: the Director of Wild Futures
Responsible for: Primate Care Team, volunteers and interns.

Summary of Role:
The Primate Care Team Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating the primate care team to ensure and oversee best practise and high welfare standards for the primates in our care.


o Responsible for coordinating monkey care in consultation with experienced staff, team and veterinary practice as appropriate.
o Valued member of the management team but is also a hands on proactive member of the sanctuary team
o Able to work around the animals in a respectful and calm manner
o Must be dedicated and flexible, expected to share cover shifts staying on site overnight as the responsible member of staff
o As a manager, proactively supports other aspects of the charity's work as required and as directed by the Director
o Make recommendations as required in respect of the budget and then closely manage the budget as signed off by the Director & Trustees
o Expert in and maintains knowledge and latest thinking in primate care and welfare and all conservation matters relevant to the sanctuary
o Compliance with all relevant health and safety protocols and documentation. Includes, but not limited to emergency procedures, risk assessments and safe working practices.
o Demonstrable ability in instructing others and monitor team compliance

o As Care Team Manager ensures regular communication and update of all primate care issues. Responsible for providing sanctuary wide updates and ensuring relevant personnel are kept informed including the Director
o Willing and able to give talks to the public when the sanctuary is open to visitors
o Provides management contribution and reporting as required at Trustee?s meeting and management meetings

o Calm under pressure, leads, manages, mentors, trains and enthuses members of the care team building a supportive and positive culture
o Ability to positively engage with all team members from a diverse range of backgrounds
o Organise, track and review carer's progress including any management interventions such as appraisals, feedback and career development as may be necessary
o Follows and supports all HR policies & practices
o Designs and produces rotas to ensure appropriate cover, able to prioritise and multi task
o Supports recruitment programmes as required

As manager of the Care Team demonstrates leadership where managing people:

Is an ambassador for the Wild Futures Vision
Works as part of an effective management structure
Contributes meaningfully to both strategy & operations
Leads and directs with clear management, open and honest style
Demonstrates positivity despite any personal feeling
Ability to motivate and persuade individuals to get the job done

As a integral part of the Care Team this role is a Team Player:
Respect for, and commitment to, the vision, mission and values of Wild Futures
Interacts positively with the team, respects the views and opinions of others
Sees where support may be required and openly offers and provides it
Works collaboratively and builds positive working relationships
Appreciates the bigger picture, pragmatic and reasoned
Looks for common ground and goals to support the team
Able to be flexible and adapt to new situations as they arise

Outcomes & Targets Associated with this role:

Smooth running Care Team delivering high welfare standards (as specified) to the monkeys in their care.
Successful and collaborative working relationship with management team and colleagues which supports the delivery of the charity's goals, objectives and vision.

At least five years' experience working with primates in an animal sanctuary, rescue centre or similar environment
Good communication skills, confident and articulate, fluent in English language
Experience of managing a small team preferably in similar environment
Physically fit and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
Degree in zoology or related field OR equivalent on-the-job experience in lieu of degree
Due to the lengthy training process, a commitment of at least two years is expected
Valid driving licence
Permission to work in the UK
Experience working with capuchins and callitrichids
Veterinary care knowledge would be highly useful
Management experience in a live in situation would be helpful

Salary: £21,587pa, 30 days a/l leave pa, rising over 5 years, opportunities for skills secondment

Term of Appointment:

Application Deadline:
October 24th 2019

Please email CV and letter of interest.

Contact Information:
Rachel Hevesi
Murrayton House, The Monkey Sanctuary
Looe PL13 1NZ
United Kingdom

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