Friday, March 10, 2017


(Lakes & Birds)

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 Lakes & Birds Team are looking for confident and enthusiastic Lead Keeper to join the team.


This is an exciting opportunity for a Lead Keeper within our Lakes & Birds team. The lead keeper will be responsible in a senior role for leading the team in all aspects of the daily care of the animals, ensuring excellent levels of guest experiences and providing logistical support to the animal department as a whole.
You will be working with an incredible variety of species including Western Lowland Gorillas, Californian Sea lions, Chilean Flamingos, African White-backed Vultures and our very successful breeding group of Pink-backed Pelicans.


Our ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You must be able to lead by example and have strength in team management as well as the ability to think creatively and make operational decisions as they arise.
You will ideally have 5 years’ experience working in an animal collection, including in a supervisory role and have a flexible approach to work well under pressure. A specific vocational and technical qualification, such as a DMZAA qualification or suitable recognised equivalent experience is essential.
Please note, internal applicants must be at minimum Grade 2 Keeper level to apply.


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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