Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Permanent - Full Time

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 Lead Keeper to join our Carnivore section. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide variety of mammal species ranging from Sumatran tiger, Asiatic lion, Giant otter, African painted dogs, as well as two species of bear.

The role:

As a Lead Keeper you will supervise students and volunteers, working alongside Keepers to undertake the daily animal care duties, focusing on husbandry and welfare.  You will ensure that all exhibits are of an excellent standard for both animals and visitors alike, and provide outstanding customer care.
The role will also involve representing Chester Zoo and the Carnivore team for media interviews and internal and external meetings, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will:
•        Have a HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
•        Have extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management of carnivore and bear species relevant to the section
•        Have experience of working in a Zoo/Safari park setting
•        Be open-minded to developing and implementing new ideas for improving husbandry and building strong working relationships with in the team and with other departments to ensure high standards are met
•        Be able to clearly demonstrate leadership qualities, being an enthusiastic and motivated team player
•        Be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment and have good problem solving skills
•        Have a good understanding of risk assessments to ensure all staff are fully aware of safety and management procedures
•        Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
•        Have a full driving licence valid in the UK

Competency in the use of computers and basic Microsoft Office software, including an understanding of ZIMS, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

Salary is £21,866.96 per annum for a 40 hour 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 Lead Keeper role to

Closing date for applications is Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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