Kingston Maurward Animal Park Manager

Post Reference: VC18

Hours: 39 per week, worked over Monday to Sunday with flexibility to meet business needs

Salary: £22,895 per annum which is Point A31 on the Support Staff Salary Scale. In addition, on-site accommodation may be available.

Job Purpose: To manage and develop The Kingston Maurward Animal Park

Vision: The College is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated service-driven professional.  Reporting into the Commercial Finance Manager, this role will be instrumental in driving visitor excellence and ensuring the delivery of optimised revenue through admissions, membership and other commercial activity including through our in-house catering and venue hire contract.

You will need to be creative, an excellent communicator and have experience of people engagement, ideally in a visitor attraction setting. Someone who understands the importance of brand values, and who can create an experience for all visitors to enjoy, ensuring they leave having had a memorable time.

You will lead on membership recruitment, education and visitor experience and lead the team to deliver a quality experience for all visitors.

This role is for someone who wants to create innovative experiences for visitors from all walks of life, has a passion for people engagement and learning, and understands what good visitor standards look like. You will need to look for new opportunities to develop the interpretation and visitor experience on site and have a clear understanding of income generation and your contribution to this. You will work to develop commercial opportunities to assist the college’s financial security, maximise income and profitability for your department and the wider organisation, while having strong controls on expenditure. Managing a small team of permanent and casual staff you will work proactively alongside colleagues elsewhere on the campus to promote our services.

As the leading land-based college in the area, Kingston Maurward is ideally placed to promote our services for the benefit of our students and the rural economy.  The role of the Animal Park Manager will work to create an outstanding reputation for these services and be recognised locally and nationally by the public and our peers alike.

Status: Permanent

KMS 600 Appendix F – College Application Form

Job Description – Animal Park Manager

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Zoë Gwennap on 01305 215052 during normal working hours

The Closing Date for Applications:           Friday 15 November 2019 at 9:00am

Proposed Interview Date:                            Friday 22 November 2019

To Apply:

Please return the completed Application Form by email to or by post to: HR Department, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY.

Applicants for this position must complete a college employment application form. CVs will not be accepted.

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You will be asked to provide evidence of all the qualifications listed on your application form at interview.

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Kingston Maurward College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The College welcomes applications from people with a disability and will offer interviews to all those who are able to reasonably fulfil the criteria outlined in this Job Description. If applicants with a disability shortlisted for interview require any assistance in attending please contact the College’s Human Resources Manager in order that alternative arrangements are made.

Kingston Maurward College reserves the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Following receipt of completed application forms, if you have not heard from the College within 2 weeks of the closing date regrettably you will not have been short listed on this occasion. All short listed applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date or no later than 3 days prior to the interview date (where an interview date is specified).

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