Thursday, March 9, 2017



Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 50 years. As a business we are passionate about providing wondrous and immersive experiences which lead to lifelong memories for the 800,000 guests that visit us every year. Our Animal Adventure team are looking for confident and enthusiastic Lead Keeper to join the team.


This is an exciting opportunity for a Lead Keeper within our Animal Adventure. The lead keeper will be responsible got providing daily care for animals and ensuring high standard of guest experience in the section. You will be assisting the Team Manager with general day to day operating duties including the supervision and training of staff in subjacent roles.
You will be leading on all aspects of daily husbandry, management of resources as well as enclosure maintenance and all other animal areas working to a safe manner at all times.


Our ideal candidate will have a specific vocational and technical skills pertaining to the husbandry and management of the managed species and a DMZAA qualification or suitable equivalent is essential. You must have a full driving licence and experience in visitor interactions within an animal organisation as well as proven record of expertise inall elements of husbandry, exhibition, captive breeding and welfare.
Our ideal candidate will have the ability to mentor, train and enthuse junior members of the team to ensure bets practice is maintained within the section. You will have great organisation and time management skills as well as excellent communications skills and computer proficiency.


This is a Permanent position, working 40 hours a week hours over 5 days as required by the business to include weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Hours will vary from 8.30am until close (times vary throughout the season).


We expect all of our team to embrace our company values, and display ‘Longleat behaviours’. This post requires flexibility of hours, energy application and passion.

At Longleat, we focus on our People and our Guests, to listen actively, to work as a team, to empower others and to show empathy.  Our values are:

We Engage and Inspire – We focus on engaging and inspiring our guests, delivering unique and lifelong memories
We put People First – We seek to serve others and put their interests first. We treat them with respect, we value their opinions and collaborate to be better together
We Continuously Improve – We embrace change and pursue excellence in everything we do
We act with Integrity – We work in a principled, open and conscientious manner
We take Safety Seriously – Never compromising on a safe and secure environment

When we recruit we place equal emphasis on technical ability and personal attributes to match our brand values.


At Longleat Enterprises Ltd we offer unique benefits such as complementary Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar admission tickets, attractive discounts on annual passes, special nightly rates on group hotels, discounted hotel Spa treatments, life assurance cover, and 29 days paid holiday (pro rata). 

Do not miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the Animal Adventure team at longleat! We welcome applications online via our website -

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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