Organisation: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Salary: £20,585.00 - £22,376.00 Pro Rata

Location: Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Scottish Cairngorms

2022 was a phenomenal year for our charity and its parks as we launched a new Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) strategy pledging to reverse the decline of at least 50 species by 2030.

At our Highland Wildlife Park, we saw our polar bear cub (Brodie) take his first steps outside, welcomed the arrival of three snow leopard cubs, continued our fantastic work on the saving the critically endangered pine hoverfly and had a very successful first breed season of our Scottish Wildcats with 22 kittens being born… and that’s just in one year!

If you would like to get involved, come and work on the wild side and help protect, value and love nature.

Fixed term – This is a fixed term role until 31 October 2023.

Hours – We are looking for between 15 – 37.5 hours per week. There is some flexibility in the number of hours per week and this would be discussed at interview.

To prepare, cook or bake (role depending) all food for RZSS Highland Wildlife Park food outlets that deliver the highest standards of produce which not only exceeds our visitor expectations in flavour, substance and presentation, but is also in support of RZSS vision and mission.

Some of the things you’ll do:

Working with direction from the Catering Coordinator, prepare all raw food in line with hygiene legislation, minimising all food wastage through effective production. This can involve either cooking the day’s menu options or baking.
Ensure all food presented is of the highest quality, making sure of dietary requirements.
Assist with the set-up of the kitchen on a day to day basis.
Contribute to an effective ordering and stock control procedures by having an accurate knowledge of stock and informing Catering Coordinator when stocks are low.
Take responsibility for delivery and return processes, reconciliation, discrepancies and ensuring all stock is safely stored and easily accessible in line with Health & Safety guidelines.
Actively be involved in improving storage and stock and stock control systems, suggesting improvements in the overall layout and organisation.
Contribute to menu development and the analysis of food quantity and quality.

What we’re looking for:

You’ll be qualified to SVQ Level 2 or equivalent qualification or relevant experience preferable
Have a good understanding of legislative requirements regarding food preparation and delivery.
Can demonstrate high level of catering competence.
What you’ll get in return:

Competitive salary / hourly rates
Friendly and fun working environment
Free staff transport (from Inverness and local area)
Discount in both retail/catering
Opportunity to observe the work of our animal keepers first hand
Free admission to Edinburgh Zoo and other BIAZA listed UK zoos
Free admission to other local attractions (ASVA listed)
Full training provided
Shortlisting of applications and interviews for this position will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once a successful candidate has been found. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as quickly as possible.

Please see the role profile for further information on what the role involves and essential/desirable criteria.

Application Deadline: Friday 17/03/2023