Zoological Education Centre - Technical Support Assistant

Shuttleworth College - Biggleswade

7 hours - Weekend and Bank Holidays 

About the role:

We are looking for a Technical Support Assistant to join our Animal Sciences department at our Biggleswade campus. As a Technical Support Assistant, you will play a pivotal role in the success of our students through:

  • Contributing to the day to day running of the Zoological Education Centre
  • Participating in the care of animals housed within the centre; to include farm, pet and exotic species (chelonian, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and exotic mammals).
  • Preparing resources and provide support to teaching staff and students during practical sessions
  • Ability consistently to support a high quality learning experience for all students
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain high standards of animal welfare

About you:

  • Level 3 qualification in relevant subject (Animal Management / Animal Science)
  • Relevant current vocational experience in the animal care sector
  • Experience of caring for a wide range of animals to include farm, pet and exotic species (chelonian, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and exotic mammals)
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the UK animal care industry

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

For further information please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.