Thursday, February 2, 2017


Seasonal – Full Time – 8 months

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 1.9 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 an exciting vacancy for a Seasonal Horticulturist to join our Gardens team.
This is the team that manages the landscape within the Zoo itself and the environment within some of our tropical houses. The team achieves an excellent standard of horticulture, essential for this world-class visitor attraction. 

The Gardens Team is part of the wider Horticulture and Botany division which manages all of the zoo’s horticultural features, gardens and greenhouses in our 125 acre site, including 5 National Plant Collections and a Nature Reserve. We aim to create the greatest possible conservation impact for plants as well as animals.

Successful candidates will:
•        Have proven experience within a horticultural role
•        Have an understanding of maintaining plants, general horticultural tasks, and some experience of using horticultural equipment and machinery
•        Be hardworking, reliable and work well in a team

A full driving licence valid in the UK is essential.

Hours of work will be 40 hours per week on a roster of 5 days out of 7.
Salary is £15,801.47 (pro rata to service) for a 40 hour working week and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Seasonal Horticulturist role to

The closing date for application is Thursday 16th February 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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