Why work for us?…

When you join Wildwood Escot you become part of a small but ambitious team of dedicated and passionate people who aspire to continuously develop and expand our park. This in turn contributes to the Trust’s overall aim and mission to protect, conserve and rewild British Wildlife. Everything we do, whichever position you are in, impacts on and contributes to that aim: every employee has an important role to play within Wildwood Escot. We celebrate when things are going well; we pull together with a strong teamwork ethic when the going gets tough. We believe employee development is fundamental to a high performing, happy and engaged workforce, therefore we invest in your training and support. We care about your well-being. We employ people who share our values and vision and this is demonstrated in their commitment to their colleagues and their exemplary customer service provision. You work for us knowing your efforts are making a difference to the lives of native and formerly native British animals and you are helping to conserve and restore Britain’s wild spaces for future generations.

  • You’ll be part of a great team of people who enjoy what they do and who have a lot of fun
  • You’ll be part of an amazing organisation which is striving to improve British animals’ lives and futures
  • You’ll be working in a beautiful setting in the middle of Devon’s countryside
  • You and your immediate family have free entry to our Wildwood sites
  • You’ll receive staff discount in the café and shop
  • Free onsite parking

 


Position:                              Maintenance Manager

Salary:                                  £22,750

Applications close:         April 23rd

We have a unique opportunity for a highly motivated, confident individual to take the lead on our challenging maintenance and development programme.

The successful applicant will have a proven background in the oversight, management and delivery of construction projects. Specific experience within the family attractions, zoos and/or agricultural/animal management sectors would be highly valued.

Day-to-day, the Maintenance Manager will plan, organise and deliver a range of routine maintenance tasks including grounds-keeping, animal enclosure, visitor facilities and buildings maintenance. Working with other departmental managers, you will record, plan and coordinate the ongoing maintenance needs of the park, judging priorities, costs, safety issues, etc., and allocating appropriate staff time and resources.

Working closely with the General Manager, and coordinating with other departments, you will play a significant role in the planning, design and delivery of a number of complex build projects to meet the demands of our expanding animal collection. This will necessitate hands-on experience in a wide variety of construction disciplines.

You will be expected to identify and source the right materials and acquire them at the best possible prices, coordinating delivery according to the logistical demands of the project.

Where necessary, you will be expected to work with a range of outside contractors, verifying their qualifications/certificates/insurance and safe working practices, acquiring and evaluating quotes, establishing on-site work practices. Your oversight of contractors will ensure that all health & safety standards are maintained, and that contractual obligations, deadlines, standards of work, etc., are met, taking appropriate steps to intervene where necessary.

Where necessary, you will be expected to work with local planning, HSE and Building Regulations representatives to ensure that on-site projects are conducted according established standards and procedures.

As a departmental management role, it will entail a number of associated responsibilities in HR, Health & Safety, Financial Admin and Budget Management.

The post demands an individual able to demonstrate strategic thinking with substantial managerial and problem-solving ability capable of meeting and overcoming a broad range of logistical and situational challenges. Excellent leadership and communication skills are therefore a must.

Advantageous Knowledge and Skills:

  • Construction project management
  • Construction site management
  • Formal training/qualification in at least one construction discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in a variety of construction disciplines
  • Small to medium sized plant operation
  • Chainsaw operation
  • Formal Health & Safety training and experience
  • Demonstrable experience in the effective management of health and safety issues
  • Outstanding team leadership and organisational skills
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of building regulations
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of planning procedures
  • Comprehensive commercial awareness and budget management experience
  • Demonstrable experience in routine HR administration and team management
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of horticultural issues
  • A genuine knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the natural world
  • A working knowledge of wildlife and environmental conservation issues

Interpersonal skills, essential:

  • Highly motivated with a strong commitment to meeting the Charity’s objectives
  • Highly adaptable, able to prioritise and operate effectively on own initiative
  • The ability to identify and solve problems with minimal management oversight
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Ability to judge, set and work to deadlines
  • Able to work well as part of a team, and establish constructive and collaborative relationships with colleagues
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage and motivate others
  • Reflective and able to evaluate your work critically

 

Application:

Please apply in writing, providing a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the position.

Email: george@wildwoodtrust.org


 

Position:                              Maintenance Technician

Salary:                                  £19,000

Applications close:          April 23rd

We’re looking for a hard-working, self-motivated individual to join our maintenance and development team.

The successful applicant will have a proven background in the construction industry demonstrating competence in a range of construction disciplines. Specific experience within the family attractions, zoos and/or agricultural/animal management sectors would be highly valued, though not essential.

Day-to-day, you will work within the maintenance team on a range of routine maintenance tasks including grounds-keeping, animal enclosure, visitor facilities and buildings maintenance.

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, you will play an important role in the delivery of a number of complex build projects to meet the demands of our expanding animal collection. This will necessitate hands-on experience in a variety of construction disciplines.

In addition to working within the maintenance team, you will be required to coordinate and cooperate with other departments and, from time-to-time, assist other departments in a variety of customer-facing situations so an outgoing, personable disposition and excellent communication skills are essential.

You’ll need to be able work safely and to a high standard with minimal supervision. An ability to think on your feet, exercise initiative tackle problems as they arise will be highly valued.

Advantageous Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience in a variety of construction disciplines
  • Small to medium sized plant operation
  • Competence with a comprehensive range of power tools
  • Chainsaw operation
  • Competence in fundamental Health & Safety issues
  • A working knowledge of horticultural issues
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for wildlife and environmental conservation issues

Interpersonal skills, essential:

  • Highly motivated with a strong commitment to meeting the Charity’s objectives
  • Highly adaptable, able to prioritise and operate effectively on own initiative
  • The ability to identify and solve problems with minimal management oversight
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Reflective and able to evaluate your work critically

 

Application:

Please apply in writing, providing a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the position.

Email: george@wildwoodtrust.org

 


Job title:                        Visitor Services Assistant

Reporting to:              Visitor Services Supervisor

Hours of work:         Variable according to season

 

We’re looking for a bright, friendly, outgoing individual to join our amazing Visitor Services Team. The successful applicant will have a proven background in sales and customer services. Specific experience in the family attractions, leisure and catering sectors will be highly valued though not essential.

As the first point of contact, the Visitor Services Team is ‘the face of Wildwood,’ responsible for creating a warm welcome for all our visitors ensuring the highest standards of customer care at all times.

Our members are a vital part of our mission and you will play a crucial role in building our membership base. This will require excellent sales and communication skills. The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to convey key product knowledge, anticipating and handling objections in a friendly, informative manner, persuading visitors to become members by generating genuine enthusiasm and support for our mission.

Working in a busy and often pressured environment, a calm, clear head, and the ability to deal with a range of characters and challenges in a friendly, efficient manner is a must.

From time-to-time, you will be expected to assist your colleagues in other departments so a strong team orientated approach to work and the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and are essential.

For further information, download the Visitor Services Assistant Job Description

Application:

Please apply in writing, providing a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the position.

Email: charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org