Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Animal Trainers - Chessington Zoo

Chessington Zoo has seasonal positions available for enthusiastic and career-minded animal trainers and is currently looking for an experienced trainer to work on the animal behaviour team.

Your challenge…

Main responsibilities include:

Maintain a high level of animal husbandry on the Section

Provide relevant training to designated stock to present animals in an enjoyable and informative way

Maintain training of stock, and initiate ideas and training

Ensure the Health and Safety of self, internal and external customers

Maintain a constant level of work in the Section with a view to public appreciation

Ensure our guests feel immersed into interactive, educational and informative talks and displays of natural behaviour

Monitor levels of food stores and supplies to minimise wastage.

Work closely with the Head of Section to ensure sharing of best practices and consistency of procedures and processes across Park wherever possible

What you’ll bring…

Our ideal candidate will have/be:

Excellent communication skills

Willing to share their enthusiasm with members of the public and other staff members.

Able to deliver to our guests in a clear, confident and enjoyable manner Diving qualifications are preferred.

Ability to operate in a calm and professional manner when under pressure Dedicated, hard working and a team player.

At least 2 years professional animal training/care experience in a zoo or aquarium setting however consideration will be given to applicants with a demonstrated background of animal care.

Working pattern…

We have 2 full time positions available:

1 x 6 months

1 x 12-18 months

They are both based at Chessington World of Adventures.

Typical working pattern will be 8 hours on a 5 day basis collating to a 40 hour week. This will however be determined by the needs of the business, you will be required to work weekends and bank holidays. You will be based primarily on site, however there may be a need to undertake occasional travel to other attractions.

Please send resume and cover letter to


Head of Animal Behaviour and Enrichment


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