Thursday, March 1, 2012

Zoo Keeper (Host)

Zoo Keeper (Host)
Based at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Keeper for a Day

This amazing Keeper for a Day experience gives participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals, and also offers a unique insight into the day-to-day life of our keepers and their charges. Keeper hosts will be responsible for up to 5 participants. This popular experience is going from strength to strength and it will now be running 5-days a week (Monday to Friday) between April – October.

Lookout Lodge

ZSL are launching a new overnight experience called Lookout Lodge. Guests can stay overnight in their own private lodge, and we will be running family-friendly and adult only nights. The night will be a fully hosted experience and includes tours, BBQ dinner, breakfast and much more. There will be a maximum of 32 guests per evening, and the host keeper will be supported by members of the Explainer team who will lead the talks. Lookout Lodge will be running 5-nights a week (Wednesday to Sunday), between April to October.

Keeper host needed

We are looking to recruit an experienced keeper to host these popular experiences. The rota could also include work on an animal section, and will include a combination of daytime, evening, overnight (accommodation provided) and weekend work to cover the experiences above. We are interested in hearing from experienced keepers looking for full or part time hours. Positions will be on a fixed term basis between March – October 2012.

As a host you will need to welcome and engage with guests, and create a safe, relaxed and enjoyable environment. As the Keeper host you will be responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing any activities involving behind the scenes / animals. The Keeper host is supported by the Explainer team on the Lookout Lodge experience, who will lead on the majority of talks.

You will have:

  • Proven relevant experience as a Qualified/Senior Keeper or equivalent, a degree in a relevant biological subject, the City of Guilds Diploma in Zoo Animal Management or equivalent
  • ability to work as a member of a team and go that extra mile
  • Guest empathy
  • proven supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • clear and effective oral and written communication skills
  • good computer skills
It is essential that the Keeper is willing to become a trained first aider.

If you would like to know more about this exciting new positions and wish to apply; send your CV with a covering letter detailing your suitability for the position to HR department, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, Nr Dunstable, Beds. LU6 2LF or email

Closing date for all applications: Friday 9 March 2012


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