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Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: CIX-15265

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/02/2020

Salary: Grade 5 £27,511 to £31,865 per annum (Pro rata)

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Cultural Institutions

Division: -

Hours per week: 21 hours per week (0.6 FTE)

Contract Duration: Permanent

Manchester Museum is seeking to appoint a part-time Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology to work with the live amphibian and reptile collection in its Vivarium. We are looking for an individual who would enjoy supporting the conservation of these wonderful creatures and be committed to helping us maintain the highest levels of their daily husbandry.

A caring attitude towards the animals and dedication to supporting the important contribution the museum is making to conservation and non-invasive research is essential. The successful candidate will assist in all areas of animal health and welfare, including liaising with veterinary staff and industry professionals. Manchester Museum does not take the keeping of animals in captivity lightly and is dedicated to ensuring all its specimens are maintained in absolute optimum conditions.

Work typically involves the daily maintenance, cleanliness and presentation of public exhibits, service areas and a variety of administrative duties. Other activities involve supervising visitors and volunteers, as well as helping the Museum to develop and deliver public programmes - through teaching and engagement activities.

Applicants should have meticulous standards and pride themselves on their attention to detail and observational skills. They must have a passion for maintaining live herpetological collections and their associated environments correctly. Ideally, you will have extensive experience of working with a variety of species (whether professionally or otherwise). It is also essential for the candidate to be a self-motivated and organized individual with excellent interpersonal skills and able to work alone when required and off their own initiative. They should also have good knowledge of this specialist area of work and have a willingness to learn and adapt to a flexible work pattern as the role develops.

Ideally, the successful candidate will also have a degree or Master’s qualification in a zoological related science, or equivalent experience. They will also have proficiency in detailed record keeping, competency in the use of computers and associated software packages, such as ZIMS. 

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.                                   

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Andrew Gray


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars/Person Specification criteria that you should address in your application.


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