Zoo Looking For Someone To Look After Their Tigers


Oh take my notice now, there’s a job vacancy for a keeper in the carnivores team at Chester Zoo and I want it.

It means you’ll get to work with a ‘wide variety of mammal species’ ranging from the Sumatran tiger, Asiatic lion, giant otter, African painted dogs, as well as two species of bear.

Which compared to some of my colleagues around here would be a literal and figurative walk in the park.

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The zoo’s careers page said the person who’s successful will join a team of ‘passionate, talented, enthusiastic experts’ who do everything to keep the zoo going – from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving their 1.9 million annual visitors an ‘inspirational day out’.

Liking what you hear so far? Well, the role description reads:

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.


As great as it all sounds straight away, 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 UKCompetency 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.

The salary for this post is £23,148.52 per annum and they say they ‘offer a range of amazing benefits’ which can be found on the Chester Zoo careers page.

To apply for this position you will need to provide your current CV and complete the application form on the website highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for the role.

The closing date for applications is March 18, 2018, but you’re not going to get the job because it’s mine, if I can blag the qualifications bit.