Monday, June 27, 2016




We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.7 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have a vacancy for a Mammal Keeper to join our Giraffe team for 16 months to cover maternity leave. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a range of hoof stock, from Giraffes and Okapi to Babirusa and Onager.

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 mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

We are looking for someone with proven experience of working with large mammals. They will have experience of implementing environmental enrichment and operant conditioning. Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices is also essential for this position.

In addition to the daily care and management of the species on section, a proven track record for delivering the highest standards of exhibitry is a must and the ideal candidate will have outstanding observation skills with an excellent attention to detail.

The successful candidate will be educated to a minimum of HND or degree level in Zoo Animal Management/Zoological Science, or have equivalent experience.

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages including ZIMS would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full clean driving licence valid in the UK is also a requirement.

Salary is £17,367 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays). In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits including:

    •    a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with high contribution levels paid by the employer
    •    health care insurance
    •    excellent company sick pay arrangements available after 12 months service
    •    25 paid holidays, in addition to bank holidays pro rata to service
    •    20 free admittance tickets per year for family/friends
    •    staff discount from restaurants and retail shops plus a subsidised staff canteen
    •    free entry to participating zoo’s and collections through BIAZA
    •    access to West Cheshire Credit Union
    •    child care vouchers
    •    free car parking
    •    uniform

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

Closing date for applications is Monday, 4th July 2016.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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