Monday, April 4, 2016



Chester Zoo, which is home to more than 20,000 animals and over 500 different species, is a registered charity with a mission to conserve the living world.

The zoo has expanded with the exciting new ‘Islands’ development opened in 2015. This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region. As a result of this growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Bird Keeper to join our large and varied bird section.

The post will involve the daily care and management of a wide range of bird species including: Passerines, Hornbills, Pheasants and Parrots as well as providing the chance to assist with cover keeping on other sections within the bird teams.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

We are looking for a dedicated individual with excellent avicultural knowledge and experience of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction techniques. Enthusiasm for and an understanding of modern zoos and the conservation challenges zoos face is also essential for this role. Proven experience in the care and exhibition of birds in a zoological or bird collection is essential.

There may be opportunities to work on some of our overseas bird conservation activities, so a willingness to travel is also desirable.

The successful candidate will be educated to HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have the equivalent experience. They will have outstanding observation skills, with a high attention to detail and proven experience in delivering the highest standards of husbandry and exhibitry. Having previously worked effectively as a member of a team, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence valid in the UK would be an advantage.

Salary is £17,367.09 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our BirdKeeper role to

Closing date for applications is Monday 18th April 2016.

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