The New Year has brought a new job for maintenance worker Mike Grace and seen the 48-year-old swop art for animals and full-time employment at DZG.
Mike, of Sandwell, decided to explore his long-term passion for animals by volunteering at DZG on losing his maintenance job at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery after 22 years’ service.
And he so impressed DZG managers that they offered him a full time position in the zoo’s busy maintenance department.
Mike said: “It was a shock to be made redundant after all that time, but I jumped at the chance to do some voluntary work at the zoo. “I have always been passionate about animal welfare, and I have always felt at ease around animals. I am delighted to have landed a full time job at DZG, it’s just the most fantastic news.”
Curator Matt Lewis said: “During Mike’s stint as a volunteer he was very reliable and we offered him a seasonal position doing outreach work and also assisting education staff in the Discovery Centre.
“Mike is extremely conscientious and he really enjoys his work; he has done so well during his time with us that we have offered him full-time permanent employment as a painter and maintenance worker and look forward to working with him.”
CAPTION: Mike Grace who landed his dream job at DZG.